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Posted: April 30, 2010 in music
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Currently listening to Noel Cabangon.

Frankly, I do not know much about him.  “Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon, maibabalik ba ang kahapon” those are lyrics to one of Noel Cabangon’s songs, I think.

I do not have a lot of OPM songs in my library.  I only have Gary V, a few Aiza Seguerra’s, some Parokya and Eraserheads and one or two novelty songs, which were used for the usual Pinoy Christmas Party presentations.  It’s not that OPM songs are bad.  It’s probably just because I have more exposure to foreign artists.

Lately, I have been traveling a lot because of work.  Last week, I was sent to Region 8 – Tacloban and Eastern Samar.  My team was eating in a small restaurant (more like turo-turo) and they were playing OPM songs.  I was familiar with some but the others, I only heard then for the first time.  I was really struck with how smooth and easy to the ears the voice of the singer was.  I couldn’t help but approach the owner of the resto and ask who the singer is.  That’s how I learned about Noel Cabangon.

I read an article recently about Nikki Gil transferring to another record label.  She’s apparently not satisfied with how her old label is handling her career.  I love her voice also and I do think she isn’t really marketed all that well.  She’s had a lot of exposures on TV and has even appeared more than once in the High School Musical Soundtrack (Asian Version) but I do believe she can do more.  She and Sam Milby has recently auditioned online via myspace for GLEE!  I hope she gets in.

I still do not have her new album, which in one article was reviewed as a refreshing addition to OPM considering that a lot of the Filipino singers for the past years have been reviving and remaking songs of old, not really releasing their own sound, their own music.  Nikki also tried her hand in song writing co-writing 2 of the songs in the album with her sister.  Nikki also sings more freely and “with more conviction” owing to the years of experience she has gained from her many gigs.

But for now, until I get my hands on Nikki’s album, I’ll continue to feast on the euphonious stylings of Noel Cabangon.

Sources:

  1. turo-turo owner
  2. http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/245978/nikki-gil-goes-antirevival
  3. http://www.pep.ph/guide/2014/Nikki-Gil-releases-second-album-Hear-My-Heart
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