Filipinos taste and love for music, really is one thing that can withstand the test of time. It indeed is among the things that we are passionate about – our liking and patronage of our own music. OPM or Original Pinoy Music is the brand of music which is proudly Pinoy. It can be produced by either a single individual or a group people forming a band. Starting the early 1980s, there has been a lot of noise in the music industry given by these well-adored bands. And up to now, some of the songs they have produced still give the new generation some feels which is a huge part of the Filipino music industry. So now, let us look back on these bands and see where they are heading now or what they have become.
1. Orient Pearl
Who would not remember the band who wrote and performed, “Pagsubok” and “kasalanan”? I mean, those two songs are really iconic and is still heavy loaded with feelings every time it is played! This band is among those Philippine Alternative Rock Bands that gained popularity during the early 90s. The key members of the group were Naldy Padilla (vocals), Leo Awatin (guitar), Ryan Gomez (bass), Dexter Panlilio (keyboards), and JB Medrano (drums)—with Padilla writing most of the lyrics, and Panlilio the music. Together, these members have formed one unforgettable band who was able to produce four studio albums: Orient Pearl 1 (1995), Orient Pearl 3 (1996), Switch (1997), and Pagbabalik (2002). All the 80s kids really jammed with the music of the band. Today, the band has no formal gigs and contract anymore. They have disbanded in early 200s, but some says that members still go out as a group of friends.
2. Orange and Lemons
Honestly, you must check out the “Pinoy Ako” song! It is one of their hit songs! Orange and Lemons is a Filipino Pop Rock band formed in the late 90s. It has 4 members – Mcoy Fundales (lead vocalist), Clem Castro (lead guitarist) and JM and Acer Del Mundo. The formation of this band is actually an interesting story because it started with just a duo. Mcoy and Clem are friends and they decided to perform as a duo. But then, during a gig in Bulacan, they happened to meet the brothers, JM and Ace del Mundo. So they decided to form a band, and name it Orange and Lemons, which is really a cute name for local band. So, they started officially as Orange and Lemons in 1999. They were able to produce three albums and were successful to hit the top during their second, which is the Strike Whilst the Iron is Hot as released in 2005. Pinoy Big Brother gave them their biggest break, when “Pinoy Ako” became the official soundtrack of the show. Sadly, all things should come to an end. Orange and Lemons was officially disbanded in 2007 during member’s’ musical differences.
One of the best OPM bands who strike the teens straight to their kilig bones! MYMP is really among the OPM bands who amazed the crowd with their acoustic approach to their music. MYMP is an abbreviation for “Make Your Momma Proud”, and was established in 1996. The pioneer members of the band are Chin Alcantara, Juris Fernandez, and Mike Manahan. The big break happened in the band when Raymund Ryan, a station manager of 93.9 (iFm) watched one of their gigs and offered to produce their debut album. From then on, the band has been a successful one with non-stop guestings and numerous awards. Some of their top hits are “Tell Me Where it Hurts”, “Especially For You”, “Eternal Flame” and more. In 2009, Juris sadly left the band, but MYMP still continued to thrive. In 2014, it has released yet another album titled “Electrified” with its new vocal Jana Laraza.