Serenaded by masters

Lending their support is one of the country’s most vocally strong and harmonized groups, the Ryan Cayabyab Singers.

While his wife is set to headline a three-day Valentine extravaganza in Quezon City with a comedian, Ogie Alcasid stars in a show that puts the spotlight on classic love songs. And he’s got good backup, no less recognized by the Philippines as one of its national artists.

Ogie and National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab will make every guest in attendance at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Resorts World Manila reminisce their romances – may they be happy or bittersweet – on the eve of 14 February.

Two of the most prolific songwriters are working together anew for the “Master of Love” show that will feature their own songs and songs by their friends, including Hajji Alejandro, Basil Valdez and the late Rico J. Puno.

Backing up each other

It feels good for them to come work yet again with each other. Cayabyab, more popularly known as Mr. C, shared his excitement.

“I miss Ogie’s shows. He knows that. Sometimes I miss the cues because I laugh a lot.
Sobrang masaya. I think it’s more than the music. He has additional entertainment package.
This guy is so funny. His interactions with the audience is spontaneous that’s why I miss my cues,” Mr. C said.

They’ve worked together for several times being proponents of the Original Pinoy Music movement, a cause which aims to spread and patronize Filipino music.

“The OC at the PICC” show in 2010 was among the many shows that they did together over decades in the industry.

“He’s a top hitmaker. All of his songs are classic-oriented. He’s very meticulous so when he writes, it’s also like that. He picks at a song’s structure, melody. He’s meticulous but the flow is very natural. So out of 100, 102 or 103?” Cayabyab remarked when asked how Ogie was as a songwriter.

The singer-songwriter, on the other hand, shared how he feels about having a long-time friend do the concert with him.

RYAN Cayabyab.

“Whenever Mr. C is behind the piano, it’s like you’re leaning on a wall. A lot of people when they’re sketchy with their MD (musical director), the pressure adds up. We’ve done a lot of concerts together and I wish we could do more,” Ogie enthused.

It’s good that they have each other since it will be a busy day. Compelled to do a show for love song-loving Filipinos, how are they going to celebrate Valentine’s?

The maestro shared that his wife will be there, while Ogie, as mentioned, will be singing to his legions of fans.

The show will not be a two-man show though. Lending their support is one of the country’s most vocally strong and harmonized group, the Ryan Cayabyab Singers.

Three ladies are also going to share the spotlight with them. They are classical singer Lara Maigue, Newport performer and theater actress Tanya Manalang and Miss Philippines International 2017 Mariel de Leon, who can surprisingly carry a tune.

Special show promotions are available to Resorts World Manila members through the RWM mobile app which is available for free download via the AppStore or GooglePlay.

Tickets to “Master of Love” are available at Ticket World ( and the RWM Box Office at GF Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila. Call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833 for inquiries.

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