‘70s OPM icons gather for ‘Yugyugan Nation’

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The title may sound kind of cheesy but if ‘70s music is your thing, then you should definitely be part of Yug­yugan Nation come November 23 at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater.

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“Yugyugan” comes from the unique Filipino word “yugyug,” which means “to shake” or “to dance.” As a slang, the term was used in the 1970s through the 1980s when “disco fever” was scorching hot.

Given this etymology, trust that Yugyugan Nation with the country’s top hitmakers from the said decades for a one-night only song and dance party.

“One thing is definite: What does not know any age is the love for fun. Millennial or not, that’s what we’re giving. We’re giving fun,” enthused noted director Freddie Santos at the concert’s media launch at Maxim’s Hotel.

According to Santos, Yugyugan’s concept came to be during the wake of ’70s composer and vocalist Snaffu Rigor, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer. A small group of friends initially wanted to give Rigor a small tribute, but it eventually turned to be a special reunion for the hitmakers of the “golden era of Original Pilipino Music.”

‘Yugyugan Nation’ brings the country’s hitmakers from the ‘70s and 80s for a one-night only song and dance party

‘Yugyugan Nation’ brings the country’s hitmakers from the ‘70s and 80s for a one-night only song and dance party

The concert will feature Gary Arriola and Bob Guzman of Boyfriends (“Dahil Mahal Kita,” “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal,” “Sumayaw Sumunod”); Sonny Parsons of Hagibis (“Katawan,” “Nanggigigil,” “Legs”); and the ‘70s SuperBands featuring Nonoy Tan and Rey Magtoto of Wadab (“Pag Tumatagal Lalong Tumitibay,” “Parang Ulap”), Mon Espia of Labuyo (“Tuloy Pa Rin”), Jun and Nitoy Mallillin of Abrakadabra (“Bote Diyaryo”), and Monet Gaskell and Male Rigor of VST & Co. (“Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko,” “Magsayawan,” “Rock Baby Rock”), with a very special guest in the iconic Sampaguita (“Nosi Ba Lasi,” “Bonggahan,” “Laguna”).

“When they told me they were able to gather all these top stars, of course my first reaction was, ‘Wow! They’re old.’ But it’s amazing. When you visit their music, these are the songs that filled our jeepney and taxi rides when we were growing up,” the ever lively Santos continued.

“It’s very hard to avoid the ‘age issue,’ but one thing I tell you is it is not an issue. We want to show everyone that we are a nation of fun people—people who enjoy being together instead of fighting. This is the closest we can get for being nationalistic when that night comes,” he added.

“That’s the thing I learned about Filipinos —that we are all born shaking and singing. So what we will give you is a celebration of country and the state of our spirit.”

Asked to compare the music of the “Yugyugan” era with today’s sounds, Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP) chairman Nonoy Tan of the ’70s Superband replied, “You know, music has evolved but during the ‘70s, which we still consider the golden era of OPM the songs were very melodic. Lyrics-wise they were beautiful. The ‘70s were the prime of Filipino music, and that’s what we are going to show the young generation – that it is incomparable.”

Yugyugan Nation is under the musical direction of Butch Miraflor, with script and direction by Freddie Santos, and produced by Ultimate Shows, Inc. with Resorts World Manila. Tickets are now available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office.

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