In his almost five stellar decades in the entertainment industry, it’s truly undisputable that the “Maestro” Mr. Ryan Cayabyab is indeed one of the most successful and most prolific musicians in the country.
During that span, he was able to rake in innumerable recognitions and accolades from various award-giving bodies. He also showcased his musical prowess through the shows he got featured in here in the Philippines and abroad and embarked on command performances for some of the most powerful monarchs and heads of state in the world. Best of all, he added life to OPM and local media as a whole through the music and songs he composed.
Thus, we’re all delighted when it was announced that he is one of the seven recipients of the Order of National Artist this year, the highest national recognition awarded to Filipinos who made significant and formidable contributions to the development of Philippine Arts.
The revered accompanist, music director, composer, and conductor received the National Artist for Music title, honoring his works that range from theater musicals and choral and orchestral pieces to commercial recordings of popular music, film score, and television specials.
Unbeknownst to us, he was the one who composed and rearranged the classical version of the jingle used by ABS-CBN as its station ID and the score of the opening and closing billboards of TV Patrol and ANC’s The World Tonight.
Apart from that, his award-winning weekly late night musical show Ryan Ryan Musikahan was also aired by the network from 1988 to 1995. After more than a decade, he once again had a regular television stint on ABS-CBN when he was tapped to be the headmaster of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 in 2008.
As we join Mr. C in celebrating another terrific milestone in his life, we compiled a few of the songs he wrote and composed that truly endeared us through the years.
This is undeniably one of the popular love songs on the airwaves from the very first-time Smokey Mountain, the group he formed in the early 1990s, recorded it up to the present that many renditions of it were made. It was also chosen as the theme song of the 2018 blockbuster flick “It Takes A Man and A Woman,” performed by its lead actress Sarah Geronimo.
“Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika”
As ASAP paid tribute to the music of the “Maestro”, some of the Philippines’ most talented singers, spearheaded by Gary Valenciano, graced the stage to sing a few of his hits and closing the number by belting out the empowering “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika”.
This song was first recorded by Hajji Alejandro and won grand prize in the first Metro Manila Popular Music Festival in 1978.
A lot of OPM singers did their take on this enchanting Basil Valdez-Ryan Cayabyab collaboration, such as Morissette who performed it during one of her shows at the Music Museum.
“Tunay Na Ligaya”