Christmas season is right around the corner, or so we Filipinos think it is…but either way, any season is a great time to listen to new tracks that’s sure to keep playing even after the new year’s.
You Are The One (#YATO) by Lance Raymundo
Lance Raymundo digs deep and unearths an emotion filled ballad in “You Are The One.” Here, Lance polishes a previously released gem from his repertoire and updates “You Are The One” as #YATO for the pop listeners of this era, hence the hashtags. Yearning and a-wanting for his object of affection is the theme of this mid-tempo ballad. And as far as love songs go, Lance made this song work back then and somehow, still works now.
Ang Awit Natin by Janine Teñoso
Janine Tenoso finally got her first ever mainstream hit when she sang the official theme song from the hit movie “Sid & Aya.” Her career turning version of “‘Di Na Muli,” a Philpop winning song written by Jazz Nicolas and Wally Acolola, still resonates long after the movie topped the tills at the cinemas.
So just to keep things fresh, the ‘theme song princess’ will be singing another key movie theme track with the equally brilliant “Ang Awit Natin.” Written by the same songwriting tandem of Nicolas-Acolola, Pinoys listening to “Ang Awit Natin” will feel a comfortable, almost familiar tug, and rightly so! As its roots dig deep into our collective Pinoy pop psyche as elements of Kundiman bubble and froth at the song’s surface. And what a joyous effect it brings to our ears.
At this point in 2018, it’s safe to say that one of OPM’s biggest breakout singers of the year is Janine Tenoso. And her singing this new Nicolas-Acolola tune is fast looking like a guaranteed hit!