Ms. Charito is a Filipino based in Manila. She has worked as an executive assistant and a journalist. She is a widow with a grown-up son.
More of OPM
Before reading on, you may first want to visit my hub on my favorite Filipino pop tunes of the '70s and '80s where I talk about Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and my fondness for it. (The better for you to connect with this hub!)
This time, I feature below some of the songs of the '90s, a vibrant era for Filipino entertainers.
Read on, listen, and see what I mean!
Tuning in to the '90s
The Philippine music scene of the '70s and '80s saw the rise of many talented recording artists, many of them releasing more than a single album. The '90s saw bands mushrooming, and concerts became the trend of the day. Fast becoming the icons of the decade, these bands definitely endeared themselves to their listeners who were mostly high school and college students.
More young Filipino artists gathered together not much for the popularity - but for the love of songwriting and singing. This was, indeed, a decade of self-expression for the Filipino musician.
Still, there were several solo singers who shone, and their songs continue to hit Manila's airwaves.
Let me share with you ten popular OPM tunes that were produced in this decade. You would probably mistake the voices for Americans, but no - they're Filipinos!
Again, for the sake of my dear foreign readers, I will feature only the tunes that were written in English.
Listen in, and have a taste of the Manila sound of the '90s!
I Will Be There For You
I just love the beat of this tune! This is from Dingdong Avanzado’s Coming of Age album released in 1993.
One of my favorite bands - The CompanY. This popular tune comes from their album 'Yon Na released in 1991.
Now That I Have You
Another favorite tune of mine by The CompanY which comes from their 1992 album Six by 6. Composed by noted songwriter Trina Belamide, this was also used as the theme song for a 2004 local film of the same name. Love its sweet melody!
Here are some of the lyrics:
Side A is composed of men who started their singing career in the mid-'80s. This song is from their White Album released in 1991. Featured here is the group's lead singer, Joey Generoso.
Another hit single by the Side A from their 1995 album By Your Side. Written by band member Joey Benin, this was also used as the theme song for a 2002 local film of the same name.
Why Can't It Be
Here's a mellow tune that I love. It's written by Rannie Raymundo, and this track is from his first self-titled solo album released in 1993.
Here's another all-male band - True Faith. They created a stir in Manila with this 1993 tune.
You Won't See Me Crying
Love this duet by the Passage band! It's a track from their first self-titled album released in 1995.
I Will Be There For You
A soothing sound by balladeer Nonoy Zuñiga whose singing career started in the '70s when he was still a band member. This is from his 1997 album Pure and Golden Love Songs, Vol. 2.
Before I Let You Go
Here's a ballad by the band Freestyle. This comes from their first self-titled album released in 1999.
Check these out !
Comments - So, what can you say about modern Filipino music?
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 02, 2015:
A lot of fun learning about Filipino music and culture.
China Abarquez on April 06, 2015:
"Before I'l let you go I want to say I love you." This is one of my favorites 90's songs. Well, I'm a 90's kid.
VioletteRose from Atlanta on September 10, 2014:
Great collection of songs, beautiful lyrics that you have added for the last one :)
Lorna from USA on June 23, 2014:
The Apo Hiking Society was one of my favs group during that time. I also like Nonoy Zuniga. Thanks sharing some of our OPM.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 19, 2014:
@Nithya Venkat: You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by.
Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on June 19, 2014:
A great introduction to OPM, thank you for sharing.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 12, 2014:
@green-blogger: Thanks for dropping by! Glad you like OPM.
green-blogger on June 11, 2014:
Nice list. I'm a fan of almost any kind of music and that includes OPM songs. APO, Side-A really had an impact on OPM music back then.
Amine from Doha, Qatar on June 07, 2014:
the 80s and 90s music is my favorite, it keeps remind me how beautiful and simple the world was then, you made a nice list
Charito Maranan-Montecillo (author) from Manila, Philippines on May 25, 2014:
@asereht1970: Thanks. I'm a fan of Side A.
asereht1970 from Philippines on May 24, 2014:
Nice lens, Kabayan. Glad to see my favorite Side A band included.