It’s Showtime continues to champion OPM by featuring past and present Filipino acts and supporting their musical careers.
A few years ago, the number of international acts stopping by the country to hold their worldwide tours are unmistakably ballooning. At some point, it became a threat to our local artists, who have working so hard in order to deliver beautiful music and fill arenas during their shows, as Filipino concert-goers seem to prefer watching foreign performances and purchase their records in spite of relatively more costly prices. These were said to be some of the signs that OPM (Original Pilipino Music) is already approaching its slow demise.
While this situation seems to continue up to the present, it’s indeed delighting to witness how OPM has been successfully revived through the unbelievable rise of the independent music scene in the recent years made possible by the outpouring support of the millennials and of the current generation.
Apart from the listeners, the media has also done its part in supporting OPM by promoting Pinoy celebrated and up-and-rising artists and their music via different ways and platforms. Just like It’s Showtime which has been one of the apparent champions of the industry as they invite well-loved local musicians of the past decades and of the present to be the opening act or do an intermission number for the show.
Let’s take a look back on the performances of some of the OPM artists and bands who graced the noontime program and amused us with their timeless and LSS-worthy hits this year.
Oldies but goodies
Arguably, many of us grew up hearing their songs as our grandparents, parents, and/or aunties and uncles fondly listen to them, and even belt those out during our family karaoke sessions, ‘til now. Thus, it was indeed a surreal experience to see 10 of our very own Jukebox Royalties on one stage singing their respective timeless hits. Their number ended with their chorus of the April Boy Regino hit “Paano Ang Puso Ko” alongside It’s Showtime hosts Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz.
Providing us with more summery vibes this month was reggae band Brownman Revival who got the madlang people in the studio, and even at home, grooving to their ear candy bops “Maling Akala” and “Lintik” during the Labor Day episode. Lo and behold, Kuya Escort Ion Perez was also spotted among the audiences doing his signature steps to “Lintik”.
Imago and Barbie Almalbis
Showing off her astounding prowess in playing the guitar and making us bang our heads to the air with her performance of “Torpe”, Barbie Almalbis indeed proved that she’s still one of the queens of Pinoy rock. She was joined on-stage by rock band Imago, currently spearheaded by their new vocalist Kiara San Luis, who made us sing-along with “Akap”. They ended their set with a duet of the all-time favorite hit “Sundo”.
J Brothers and Joseph Aldana of Rockstars 2
And our trip down memory lane continues as we found ourselves singing along to the songs popularized by notable 90’s groups J Brothers and Rockstar 2 as they joined forces to serenade the Madlang People. The two members of J Brothers belted out “Sana’y Bigyan Mo Ng Pansin” while Rockstar 2 vocalist Joseph Aldana sang “I’m Sorry My Love”. Their concluded their number by singing the latter’s “Ika’y Mahal Pa Rin.
DJ Alvaro, Prettier Than Pink, Putr3ska:
It was indeed a collaboration worth remembering as three rock legends of OPM converged on the It’s Showtime stage to deliver an invigorating production to the viewers on the Day of Valor episode – Prettier Than Pink lead vocalist Lei Bautista, DJ Alvaro, and Put3ska vocalist Myra Rauro (a.k.a. Skarlet Brown). They got us singing our hearts out to their classics “Cool Ka Lang”, “Ang Tipo Kong Lalaki”, and “Manila Girl”, respectively.
Our noontime went a bit laidback recently as Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2 grand winner Janine Berdin had a chill jamming session with Mojofly as they sang the rock band’s songs “Mata” and “Mula Noon”.
Itchyworms and Ely Buendia
It was Jugs’ birthday and what’s a greater way to celebrate it than performing with his band Itchyworms and rock icon Ely Buendia? That opening number was indeed one for the books as everyone certainly enjoyed every moment it as they alternately sang parts of the all-time favorites “Beer” and “Spoliarium”.
Although Sir Sonny Parsons was accompanied by new members, the Madlang People were still able to appreciate their presence as they conquered the stage to perform the classic hits of Hagibis along with the grand finalists of Miss Q & A InterTalaktic 2019. The “First Boyband of the Philippines” didn’t fail to still get us bopping to “Nanggigigil”, “You Can’t Stop The Music”, and “Katawan”.
Jinky Vidal, Joey G, Jay Durias and Meds Marfil
OPM stalwarts Jinky Vidal, Joey G, Jay Durias, and Meds Marfil of True Faith assembled to provide the audiences a delightful performance of the song “Tuloy Pa Rin Ako” and to promote as well their upcoming show then.
Instead being the one to receive gifts on his birthday, it was veteran singer-songwriter Rey Valera who gave us a spectacular present as he, together with surprise guests and his fellow TNT hurados, serenaded us with his timeless masterpieces “Malayo Pa Ang Umaga”, Pangako Sa’ Yo”, and “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko”.
The millennial superstars
TNT Season 2 Grand Winner Janine Berdin mesmerized anew with her powerful vocals as she jammed along with the popular 9-piece band Ben & Ben to the spectacular mash-up of their hit “Kathang Isip” and her rendition of Moonstar88’s “Migraine”.
This Band and TNT Divas
Of course, who would not know about the phenomenal heartbreak anthem, “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na”, which we can hear wherever we go, anytime of the day? Thus, when This Band performed this live on the noontime show alongside TNT Divas Marielle Montellano and Gidget Dela Llana, it wasn’t surprising that the madlang people enjoyed it so much.
3D (Dulce, Donna, DJ MOD)
The trio we really didn’t see coming, Dulce, Donna Cariaga, and DJ MOD never failed to amuse us and pierce our hearts with their one-of-a-kind ‘hugot’ filled performances everytime they step on the It’s Showtime stage. With DJ MOD in-charge to drop the beats, TNT Hurado and OPM icon Dulce belts out songs that relate to the spoken word poems compellingly delivered by Donna.
One of the indie bands that catapulted OPM to it new found glory, SUD got the audiences banging their heads to and waving their hands up in the air as they collaborated with Janine Berdin in singing their tracks “Sila” and “Headlights”.
The biggest group to grace the show, MNL 48 returned to the noontime show to let us hear their third single “365 Araw Ng Eroplanong Papel”. It’s so amazing how far these ladies have already gone!
This awesome quintet has charmed us this year with their dashing looks and unmistakable singing and dancing skills not only once, but four times as of this writing. But among those performances, it was their collaboration with It’s Showtime dancers Stephen Robles and Jackie Gonzaga, GT Dawn Chang, TNT Season 2 Grand Winner Janine Berdin, and Hashtag Jimboy Martin that apparently won our hearts as they performed their track “Para Sa Tabi” and the phenomenal hit “Pauwi Na Ako” with them.
Bukang Liwayway with Ato and Aila
Belting out Freddie Aguilar classics “Anak”, “Dukha”, “Bulag, Pipi, at Bingi”, TNT’s Bukang Liwayway duo Pauline Agupitan and Lalainne Araña, together with their fellow TNT alumi Ato Arman and Aila Santos, were able to pull-off a totally powerful number by exhibiting the superb voices they’ve got.
KZ Tandingan, December Avenue, Six Part Invention, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpuz
Just in time for the Valentine’s Day, the noontime program seemed to hold a mini-concert as they tapped various artists to serenade us with heartbreaking and heart-fluttering tunes dedicated for the single people out there.
Janine Berdin and Janine Teñoso
It was indeed a wonderful showdown between two talented Janines as Janine Teñoso and Janine Berdin astounded with their magnificent vocals as they performed their soulful renditions to the hits of Parokya ni Edgar.
In It’s Showtime’s one decade-run, Spongecola has been a gracing the show almost every year, of course, with host Karylle always on the front row seat to display her support to her husband, the band’s frontman Yael Yuzon. While they usually do their sets alone, this year’s different as Janine Berdin joined them in rocking the stage with “Bitiw”.
After taking the world by storm with their unbelievable singing chops, TNT Boys Kiefer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion had their highly anticipated homecoming to the show where their stars began to shine a few years ago and entertained the Madlang People with their hair-raising versions of Beyonce’s “Halo” and Ben King’s “Stand By Me.”
Aside from the local acts we mentioned in this list, rock bands Orient Pearl and Mayonnaise also dropped by the show to perk up our noontime with their head-banging and feet-stomping songs that are truly LSS-worthy.
Indeed, It’s Showtime has done a great job in re-introducing to the younger generations and reliving the memories of the past generations by featuring some of our icons on the program and promoting the modern music Generations Y and Z are enjoying at the present. Mabuhay ang musikang Pilipino, Mabuhay ang OPM!