Once again, BGC Arts Center with Sun Life Foundation will celebrate original Filipino music across genres and generations as they mount “Pinoy Playlist Music Festival 2019.”
For six nights in October at BGC Arts Center’s three performance spaces—Globe Auditorium, Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall and Sun Life Amphitheater—over a hundred artists are set to perform to bring the depth and breadth of all new Filipino compositions to the music-loving public.
The Pinoy Playlist Music Festival is the brainchild of singe-songwriter-producer Moy Ortiz, whose idea strongly resonated with the advocacies of talent manager-writer Noel Ferrer and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. Together, they approached the non-profit foundation, Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc., which runs the BGC Arts Center and readily agreed to work with them.
Since then, the festival has been know as a “festival of Filipino-made music” curated by the trio. On the part of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Managing Director Maria Isabel Garcia serves as over-all festival manager.
Only on its second year, the festival has impressively gathered over 100 artist to perform across six days on October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.
According to the curators, their vision is to “elevate the public’s consciousness that the Filipinos’ homegrown music goes beyond being a mere form of entertainment but a living tradition.
“It is a binding ‘glue’ that forms, strengthens and positively moves the Filipino community, thus rendering it vital and essential [for us] to keep making and supporting Filipino-made music.”
This year, the festival is eager to recognize artists who share its vision via a set of awards, whose most important honoree will receive the 2019 Ryan Cayabyab Award for Musical Excellence.
The festival founders proudly announced they have chosen the prolific singer-songwriter Basil Valdez for the recognition.
Meanwhile, on October 10, a day before the festival starts, Cayabyab, Ferrer, Ortiz will also send outt their first-ever interactive endeavor to teach children from 500 public school about Filipino music. Specific topics include music and the brain, music as self-expression, music as culture-making all strung together in sessions conducted no less by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. Iza Iglesias