THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) celebrates the first ever Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino with a marathon.
Dubbed “Run for EO 255,” it will open the week-long celebration at the University of the Philippines Diliman Academic Oval today. The event is spearheaded by NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and OPM president Ogie Alcasid.
Participants enjoin in 3-km, 5-km and 10-km run with artists, OPM singer and song writers, music enthusiasts as part of the campaign for stricter implementation of Executive Order (EO) 255, penned in 1987 by Former President Corazon Aquino, which requires all radio stations with musical format programs to broadcast a minimum of four OPM songs every hour.
Aside from the marathon, NCCA and OPM has also prepared a lineup of activities around the metro.
#PalakasinAngBosesNgOPM Sessions will be conducted in selected bars all over Metro Manila as part of Battle of the Bars contest.
Busking sessions will happen in various locations around Makati area as well as “My OPM Playlist Exhibit,” a free-playing of OPM songs, to be conducted at Bonifacio High Street.
The culminating activity for the week-long celebration will be the Pinoy Music Festival Year 2 under the theme “Ano’ng OPM Playlist Mo?” a one-night free concert to be held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on July 31.
Annually, every last week of July will be dedicated to celebrating the Pinoy music through the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino, mandated by Presidential Proclamation 933, signed by President Benigno Aquino last December 19, 2014.
The proclamation was issued not only to advance Filipino music but also to contribute to the development of the economy by supporting local industries related to homegrown music. The campaign to strengthen the Filipino music industry is echoed by OPM’s social media tag #PalakasinAngBosesNgOPM.