Music is the architecture of the Filipino soul; it has backgrounded our personal and collective lives through the ages. While many things divide us, we Filipinos hold music as a deep common denominator of our “Filipino-ness.” It is time we have a collective celebration of Filipino music, harvest its nourishing past, revel in its present forms, and also innovate by fusing past and present across musical genres of Filipino music.
For six days in October this year (11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 October), the BGC Arts Center will launch a landmark festival: Pinoy Playlist 2018, Ito ay Atin, Sariling Atin. Made possible with the support of Sun Life Foundation, it will be the first of an annual music festival curated by Ryan Cayabyab, Moy Ortiz and Noel Ferrer. The festival will feature great music being generated and appreciated through the ages and in many places and hopefully serve to inspire the rise of Filipino music.
It will reinvigorate the tradition of Filipino music by exposing the breadth and range of Filipino musicality across time, from vocal groups, solo, bands, classic, indigenous to pop and collaborations between these forms, and by celebrating the evolving nature of Filipino music.
The festival is a labor of love of the curators whom the BGC Arts Center is proud and grateful to be working with.
Cayabyab, composer and conductor, is a standard bearer of Filipino music. His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials. He got involved with Pinoy Playlist because “at the end of the day, nothing compares to coming together to experience the rich tapestry of homegrown Pinoy music.”
Ferrer is a respected writer, critic, talent manager and producer of award-winning films and television shows. He has published the groundbreaking book on the making of stars and celebrities in the Philippines through Anvil Publishing. He is also the official spokesperson and education committee head of the Metro Manila Film Festival as well as an active member of the Entertainment Troika of the Philippine Entertainment Portal. Working to make Pinoy Playlist happen, he said: “There is Cinemalaya and other indie film festivals and of course the MMFF for cinema; there is Virgin LabFest and before a National Theater Festival; it is important that there is common ground in Pinoy Playlist featuring all genres, all kinds of artists in their most creative concert formats to showcase the best in Filipino music.”
Ortiz has been singing harmony all his life ––from his earliest years in primary school to his final year in the Ateneo. He is one of the original and founding members of the country’s premier vocal group, The Company, of which he is the artistic and musical director. Moy is also an award-winning composer, arranger, and producer. He also teaches classes and workshops at Mint College and Trumpets Playshop, respectively. On his motivation behind realizing Pinoy Playlist, he said: “We need to acknowledge, honor and celebrate Filipino music in all its forms.”
BGC Arts Center head of content, Maria Isabel Garcia maintains this would not have happened without those who care for Pinoy music with their lives: “The BGC Arts Center is passionately committed to create and celebrate Filipino stories of creativity and there is nothing like music to inhabit those stories. We applaud the passion and work of our curators and the over 100 Filipino musicians and production teams who finely tuned into the Pinoy Playlist idea and contribute to the evolving tapestry of Pinoy music.”
Tickets, ranging from P330 to P2,250, are now available at all TicketWorld outlets and website (www.ticketworld.com.ph). BGC Arts Center is at 26th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For more info, visit www.bgcartscenter.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.