Originals Only: OO! OPM is Alive!

OO: Originals Only (Leg 4)  

Oo! (Yes!) OPM is so alive!! And from my perspective, it never died. I have been a fan of OPM (Original Pinoy Music), particularly OPM bands, since I had my own preference in music -- as early as my elementary school days in the 90s when local bands were on the rise. My interest for our homegrown music expanded to other genres as the years go by.

For the past years and until now, it is evident that the trend favors the foreign sounds and covers. That's why when I learned about OO: Originals Only, I knew it was an event that I shouldn't miss!

OO: Originals Only is a movement started by Guji Lorenzana. It aims to support local artists and their original creations, provide a venue to showcase their music of varying genres, and to encourage Filipinos to bring back the love for OPM!

OO has recently completed its fourth leg last March 27, 2017 at Upperhouse, The Brewery At The Palace, Bonifacio Global City. The line up includes a mix of upcoming and established artists -- all amazing and talented, with own flavors of music that are interesting and engaging.

Here are the artists in order of appearance:

Metro Groove
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metrogrooveph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metrogrooveph
Metro Groove 

Metro Groove, being an electronic pop band, gave a cool and funky beat to start the night. Formed in 2017, this pretty fresh band is composed of Marjorie Martinez (lead vocals), Aaron Escueta (keyboards/vocals), and Lance Garcia (guitars).

EJ De Perio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ejdeperio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ejdeperio
EJ De Perio 

This talented 18-year old singer-song writer, EJ De Perio, made me think of what have I been doing in my life when I was at his age!? This guy creates meaningful catchy songs and interprets them well. His songs "Muni" and "Kumusta" play on my head even days after the event. Download and listen to his 1st EP album in Spotify called "Home".

Mikee Misalucha
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikeemisalucha
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikeemisaluchamusic
Mikee Misalucha 

Her music is filled with swag and chill vibes, Mikee Misalucha is a singer-song writer to watch out for. She usually goes with Indie Pop, Folk, Country, Pop, Alternative Rock, and Contemporary R&B type of songs, and that just shows how versatile her voice can be.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gujilorenzana
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gujilorenzana

Guji Lorenzana doesn't need further introduction as this man behind OO: Originals Only is a well-known singer-song writer, actor, host, and DJ. Catch his first single called "We Are" available in Spotify, Apple Music, and major digital outlets worldwide.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mojoflyph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mojoflyofficial

One of the main reasons why I got so excited to be part of OO is Mojofly! I have been a fan of the band since college days and Lougee Basabas-Alejandro (vocals/guitars) was even my "girl crush"! "Mata", "Sa Uulitin", and "Tumatakbo" are just some of my favorite songs back then. Now after almost 7 years of absence, Lougee, Ali Alejandro (drums), Mark Gelbolingo (bass), Kiko Montecillo (keys), and Beejay Valera (lead guitars), are back with a new single entitled "Rally" available in Spotify, Itunes, and other online music stores.

Nicole Asensio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicoleasensio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nicole-Laurel-Asensio-107638759282694
Nicole Asensio 

Totally alluring with a captivating voice, this former lead vocalist of the all-girl rock band General Luna is truly a performer. Nicole Asensio's background in theater and classical music were incorporated in her songs and album "Schizoprano".

Dane Hipolito
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danehipolito
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danehipolitomusic
Dane Hipolito 

Dane Hipolito is a young, good-looking, talented artist  who is making his mark in Filipino music through his own materials. He has been a featured artist in MYX and aside from his hit songs online, he has frequent gigs in malls, bars, and coffee shops. Know more about his gig schedules and his single "Hiwaga" in his page.

Sunday Radio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sundayradiopilipinas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sundayradiopilipinas
Sunday Radio 

Listening to Sunday Radio was a love at first sight, or sound, for this matter. The group is composed of Caloy Mendoza, Roy Antonio, Ash Vanguardia, Tim Sison, and Jeh-Ar Penaloza. Being close friends who play regularly during Sundays in a local church, and also random songs they hear on the radio, they decided to call their band Sunday Radio. I love the feel-good vibes and positive beat they brought whenever they play.

Marq Dollentes
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marqdollentes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theMARQdollentesPAGE
Marq Dollentes 

Last but not the least on the line up was a singer, song writer, and actor from Negros Occidental -- Marq Dollentes. He has released a single called "Christmas Lights" in December 2015 which was played in MYX, and wrote and performed two theme songs for the movie Alimuon ng Kahapon. He has also released a single dedicated to the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan as a means to raise awareness of the rehabilitation project.

It was refreshing to hear these beautiful original music of diverse genres from amazing talented artists whom we should really be proud of! Watch out for the upcoming OO: Originals Only events and say "OO!" to OPM!
with the founder and creator of OO, Guji Lorenzana 

OO: Originals Only
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OriginalsOnlyPh
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/originalsonlyph
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/originalsonlyph

Disclaimer: I was invited as a blogger to feature this event. I did not pay anything. Photos with my watermarks are mine. 
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