“Pinoy Hits” (Filipino Musical Hits)

Program: Cheche Lazaro Presents (Episode 12)
Presented by: Unlimited Productions, Inc. and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Aired on: May 18, 2014 (ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best)

VIDEO LINK: http://www.probetv.com/2014/07/clp-23-pinoy-hits/

Outside of the boxing ring and the bowling alley, there is one arena where Filipinos have never failed to impress — the stage.

Long before singers of Filipino descent made waves in American Idol, The Voice, X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, Pinoys have been known for their extraordinary musicality. The melodic specimens can be heard everywhere — from the bands that tour the world, to the singers who have conquered the movies, the theater, and the opera as well as habitués of reality TV singing competitions, karaoke bars, and cyberspace.

This May, Cheche Lazaro Presents steps into the world of music to explore what makes the Filipino a great musical talent. Is it in our DNA? Why is music inextricably linked to the Filipino psyche? (Despite the enormous talent), what keeps Filipinos from capturing the international music scene in the way that Koreans are conquering the world with their brand of songs?

The search for answers brings CLP to amateur singing competitions, where aspiring vocalists make a living for their families as they wait to be discovered by talent scouts. It takes broadcast journalist Cheche Lazaro to face-to-face encounters with accomplished singers and musicians, who talk about the craft that is their life: maestro Ryan Cayabyab, whose mother’s dying wish was for her son not to go into music; pop princess Sarah Geronimo and female pop superstar Angeline Quinto, who both took the bumpy but rewarding road of barangay singing competitions en route to stardom; hall of fame classical performer Rachelle Gerodias, who lost – and regained — her voice on the way to becoming a much-sought after opera singer; and the Isidro siblings, a family of top-caliber back-up singers whose individual as well as group work experiences include playing support to American R&B, pop and jazz singer Patti Austin; ghost singing for musically challenged actors; and eventually going solo (in the case of actress Agot Isidro).

A mix of interesting stories and music, Pinoy Hits is further enriched by the insights of OPM chair Mitch Valdez and The New Minstrels lead vocalist Louie Reyes, who had represented and reaped awards for the Philippines in several musical competitions. They are joined by other Filipino singers with a passion for music, personal accomplishments and wealth of personal anecdotes that complete a virtual tapestry of a nation with a tradition of great music.

A must-see, this CLP special documentary promises to touch every Filipino soul.


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