One very notable Valentine’s concert this coming February has caught the attention of The Mani-la Times, not only for its timely concept but also its highly interesting roster of performers.
Titled #LoveThrowback, the February 13 production at the PICC Plenary Hall, will fea-ture a total of eight all-star OPM artists, most of whom have already pursued other careers or taken on quieter lives away from the limelight. What they all have in common, though, is the indelible marks they have each made in the lives of many generation of Filipinos.
A gathering of iconic singers of the 1970s through the 1990s, leading the remarkable pack of performers is Total Entertainer Rico Puno who is behind the timeless hits “Kapalaran,” “Buhat,” and “Macho Guapito.” He is also known as the singer who started the trend of incorporating Filipino lyrics in English songs such as his rendition of “The Way We Were,” originally performed by Barbara Streisand.
One of Rico’s contemporaries is Marco Sison. Marco got his break after winning a singing contest in GMA 7’s noontime variety show Student Canteen in the late ‘70s. His songs like “My Love Will See You Through,” “Make Believe,” and “I’ll Face Tomorrow” lorded over the airwaves, making him one of the singers to have captured the true essence of OPM.
During the ‘80s, one of the hottest teen idols and singers was Raymond Lauchengco. After an early stint in musical theater, he joined mainstream show business and got his biggest break as one of the lead stars in the trendsetting film Bagets. As a singer-actor, some of his hits are “So It’s You,” “Farewell,” and “I Need You Back.”
Another ‘80s music icon is Gino Padilla who is the singer behind hits like, “Gusto Kita,” “Let the Love Begin,” and “Closer You and,” which won Song of the Year in Awit Awards. Gino is also known as the artist who starred in a worldwide advertising campaign of a soft drink brand alongside Tina Turner.
The ‘90s music scene, meanwhile, was dominated by bands, and one of the most remarkable vocalists then is Wency Cornejo of pop rock group After Image. His distinct voice gave birth to phenomenal hits like “Habang May Buhay,” “Mangarap Ka,” “Next in Line,” and “Hanggang,” which won three major categories in Awit Awards.”
Still in the ‘90s, a song called “Ikaw Lang” performed by Chad Borja became a hit in the midst of the band scene. The singer then became one of the most in demand and sexiest balladeers of the generation, with memorable originals like “Summer Without You,” Kung Ako Lang Sana,” and “Yakap.
The late ‘90s toward the early part of 2000 witnessed a new set of hitmakers, one of whom was Roselle Nava who started her career in ABS-CBN’s Ang TV. Now a city councilor, her hits “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita,” “Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita,” and even her remake of Basil Valdez’ “You” truly defined a generation.
Rounding up the roster of performers is Nina, tagged as OPM’s Soul Siren. With 10 Awit Awards and the recognition as the first ever female OPM singer with a Diamond Record Awards, she is truly a treasure in the local music scene. Her string of hits includes the original “Someday,” and her memorable covers of “Love Moves In Mysterious Ways,” Jealous,” and “Through the Fire.”
Tickets to the show are available via SM Tickets, Ticketnet, and Ticketworld.