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Manila Concert Scene, launched in December 2009 by Kevin Pableo and Danica Haresco. Our brand partnered with different concert promoters & event productions in the Philippines.

Ica Frias hits us with a new heartbreak anthem with her debut single “Ayoko Na”

You know it’s going to be a good OPM year when the Pinoy music scene is starting the year with fresh upcoming artists like Ica Frias and her debut single “Ayoko Na.”

With her chill sad acoustic beats, “Ayoko Na” becomes the anthem for the insufferable pain of heartbreak and letting go, making Ica Frias the artist you need to watch out for in 2023. Ica Frias or also known as “IF” loves expressing deep, heart-breaking emotions in her music. Ica’s heavenly voice makes you linger in the pain of giving up on your love as “Ayoko Na” speaks so much of the heart’s frustrations and the art of letting go— making it a sure bop to Filipino hearts and homes.

You can imagine singing your heart out with lyrics like “Mabalewala lang at masaktan ng paulit-ulit” along with Ica’s soulful voice. You can imagine the future of “Ayoko Na” becoming a household name, screaming these lyrics and belting out in karaoke sessions with friends and family.

Ica started her singing journey at the age of 5, singing non-stop at school events with friends to eventually serving in the music ministry in their church. She started doing live gigs/acoustic sessions in food parks with her friends during her college days just for the love of performing, making use of anything within her reach to find an avenue to showcase and express her talent. Her perseverance to pursue music led her to refine her craft further in songwriting and performing.

To launch her solo career, Ica joins the Manila-based label Off The Record to journey with her in the music scene. She has been performing since early last year with artist friends in the Pinoy music scene — starting with Off The Record’s TugTogTug gig at Saguijo last November 2022 with Daniel Paringit, No Lore, Aster, and many more. She also capped off the year performing in UP’s POLARIS Music Festival, singing among big stars such as December Avenue, Zack Tabudlo, Zild, and Juan Karlos.

When asked what “Ayoko Na” is all about Ica simply answers that it “…is about knowing when to let go.” “I wrote this song to express/to bring out my emotions. The pain or the heartbreak I am feeling at the moment,” she added.

What many people don’t know is that she started writing this while in the “moment” “Isang gabi, nafeel ko mag drama so nag try ako gumawa ng song tapos unang sentence na lumabas in my head ay “Ayoko nang isipin ka..” dun na nag start.

“Ayoko Na” was co-written with Ica’s childhood friend Daniel Paringit who is also one of OPM’S fresh and upcoming artists, Surrounded by a close-knit team of musicians and creatives, Ica flourishes into the artist she has been made for.

With Ricky Ilacad and Daniel Paringit as producers, arranged by Ica, Daniel, and Cluster Ng, mixed and mastered by WORD Entertainment Production, Ica was able to produce a single with excellent musicality and soulful melody, masking the heartbreaking lyrics that speak of release and letting go.

“I want to call attention to the people who experienced the same pain I went through and relive that experience together. The heartache and all the disappointment that comes with hoping for someone who was unable to choose me, and the decision to finally choose myself.” Says the singer.

“Ayoko Na” is proof that we will all crave for songs that speak the language of our hearts. Whether it is about loving, living, or grieving over lost love, “Ayoko Na” gives us that kind of release. A song we all can truly belt our hearts with. Ica along with Off The Record is pumped up to share to us more of Ica’s songs this year as she is OPM’s Next Big Thing.

Watch out for the debut of her single “Ayoko Na” on January 20, 2023, and it’s music video launching on the same day! Pre-save it here and listen here : https://offtherecordph.lnk.to/IcaFriasAyokoNa.

APO’s Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo headline all-star OPM Valentine’s Day concert

The icons of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) will be performing at an all-star Valentine concert entitled “All Heart” to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary Hall on February 14, 2023, Tuesday, at 8:30 pm.

Joining APO’s Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo for a night of romantic reminiscing are Neocolors’ lead singer Ito Rapadas, Afterimage frontman Wency Cornejo, and Roselle Nava and Raymond Lauchengco.

The singers’ repertoire will be composed of their own greatest ballads that have become the soundtrack of real people’s love lives, relationships and even weddings. These include the APO’s “Panalangin” and “Ewan,” Wency Cornejo’s “Magpakailanman,” the Neocolors’ “Say You’ll Never Go,” Roselle’s “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita?” and Raymond’s “So It’s You,” among many other hit songs.

The musical numbers will be interspersed by video interviews of real-life couples and the spiels of former DJ Joe D’Mango of the popular “Love Notes” radio program. These videos and spiels were especially produced for the concert.

“All Heart” marks the first time that all the six singers are gathering for a Valentine concert. The show will certainly be a perfect V-Day treat for music lovers regardless of age, status or gender.

Tickets to “All Heart” are available via Ticketworld https://premier.ticketworld.com.ph/shows/show.aspx?sh=ALLHEART23.

All roads lead to Cebu this February 18 for PLUS63 Music and Arts Festival

If you are planning to visit Cebu soon, be sure to make it on the weekend of February 18! While the “Queen City of the South” captures a traveler’s gypsy heart with its beaches, unique dishes, getaways, and exciting activities, it is also the venue for the long-awaited comeback of PLUS63 Festival! An annual music & arts festival, it gathers international and local acts at the SM Seaside Complex.


Book a flight on a Friday morning and upon arriving in Cebu, visit the stunning beaches of Bantayan, Malapascua, or Mactan where you could swim, snorkel, dive, or island-hop. In the evening, visit Cebu’s street food markets—including those in Carbon Night Market, Sugbo Mercado, The Market in Mandaue, and Tinda Locale. Have a taste of Ginabot, Tuslob buwa, and Lechon, among others which are perfect when paired with boiled young coconut rice called Pusô.


Saturday, February 18, is THE date for PLUS63 Festival. After a two-year hiatus, it is back with a stellar line-up headlined by singer-producer-rapper-comedian Joji (who boasts of over 5 billion streams to date) and R&B siren Kehlani (currently on a world tour promoting her latest album Blue Water Road, and will be capping off the said tour at PLUS63 Festival). They are two of this generation’s most accomplished artists. Also in the line-up of performers are Davao’s rising electro-pop star Paul Pablo, Cebu-based pop-rock bands, The Sundown and Sansette, and Cebu’s crowd favorite DJ Short. Be sure to score tickets from http://www.PLUS63Festival.com, http://www.SMTickets.com and www.InsigniaTickets.com for a three-month installment, zero interest option via Atome.


After that memorable Saturday Night at the PLUS63 Festival, continue the lively vibe at NUSTAR Resort and Casino, a premier five-star hotel offering world-class gaming, entertainment, events, and exclusive shopping. The day after, you can go island-hopping or basking in the island’s sand bars which you probably thought never existed. If you are a self-confessed sun-worshipper, take a side trip to Oslob, Moalboal, or nearby Mactan.


From unique cuisine, beaches with crystal clear blue waters and powdery white sand, and the warm welcoming vibe of Cebuanos, Cebu has evolved into a destination for wanderlusts. Now, with the multicultural, multi-genre sonic PLUS63 Festival happening on February 18, this city meets the sea festival is a one- of-a-kind event where the curious and free-spirited, creative souls celebrate their passion for music and the arts.


PLUS63 Festival Cebu has previously been headlined by world-famous acts like Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Kid Ink, Dada Life, and LANY. Now, you don’t want to miss it, do you?!


PLUS63 Festival Tickets are available at www.PLUS63Festival.com. Prices are at PHP 1,500 (GA FIELD), PHP2,500 (GA), PHP5,000 (VIP), and PHP 60,000 for 6 pax (VVIP). For VVIP tables, you may reach out to hello@PLUS63Festival.com.

120 MINUTES OF MINHO MAGIC

A sea of cheers and pearl aqua light sticks filled the MOA Arena last January 28 to herald the fan meet of SHINee member, Choi Min-ho. Better known as Minho, the South Korean singer, screen actor and songwriter entertained his adoring fans for over 120 minutes with music, missions and must-know new trivia about the man of the hour.

“It’s been a while and it’s making my heart flutter”, shares the heartthrob. And the years not seeing Minho onstage was evident as his fans were very receptive to his stage antics together with local host, Sam Oh. From wearing a barong, the recreating scenes from various K-dramas, to fan ticket raffles and more, how fortunate indeed were those present at the venue to witness the evening’s ceremonies. Of which he blushes, “I’m so excited for this first fan meet in the Philippines”.

Beyond the games, Minho eagerly shared his solo tracks onstage. Mixing his palpable energy and engaging lyricism, the SHINee member talked about his tracks – namely “Heartbreak” and “Runaway” and how he is proud performing them for admirers of his music. “I’m very happy that the first fan meet outside Seoul is in the Philippines”. And with that, we can feel his warmth towards the loving Shawols present. Assuring the fandom’s request for a possible return show with his groupmates to happen again in Manila.

After the 2 hour program, we can safely say that it truly was a lucky choice for his fans to see him live.

Choi Min-ho Live in Manila was produced by Ovation Productions

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FELIP defies the status quo with new single “ROCKSTA,”announces debut EP under Warner Music Philippines

Ken Suson is no stranger to the limelight- after all, he is 1/5th of P-pop titans SB19, who recently conquered the world with their “Where You At?” Tour. There’s no denying their collective success, who are also hands-on with their personal endeavors. FELIP, Suson’s solo music project has been on everyone’s radar since its inception in 2021. His previous releases, “Palayo” and “Bulan,” are punchy and catchy tracks highlighting his straightforward lyricism, vocal range, and proud “Bisdak” heritage. This unique and passionate approach to music sealed a deal with major label Warner Music Philippines for his highly-anticipated EP launch.

FELIP is ready to go harder against the grain this year with his new single “ROCKSTA.” He lives up to the rockstar lifestyle for this short yet powerful track- a no-nonsense attitude to his artistry. The 1-minute, 47-second track takes inspiration from hip-hop and R&B music. “ROCKSTA” is also a fitting teaser for his debut solo EP, entitled “COM • PLEX,” coming out on February 3. Often used to describe something difficult to understand, a complex may also mean a facet of a person’s unconscious, influenced by their thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

FELIP’s debut EP encourages listeners to be in tune with themselves, embrace their complexities, and know that they’re one-of-a-kind. Even with the solo project, he remains active in SB19, and he’s happy to have the ever-loyal A’TIN’s support. Join him on his journey as he takes you into his inner psyche. It can get too much to handle- but it’s a fitting description of what’s to come from this breakout artist.

“ROCKSTA” is out now on major streaming platforms.

A Good Afternoon with the Good Boy, Kim Seon-Ho

Kim Seon-Ho was recently in Manila for his sold-out fan meet and the Korean actor did not disappoint. All smiles and exuding with charm, the leading man dubbed as “Good Boy” thrilled audiences with fun games, interactive moments and all around good time. With his signature smile he quips, “Magandang araw, na-miss ko kayong lahat.”

In true Pinoy fashion, the local fans went all out with their cheers and high energy for the actor. To which, the Korean celebrity was visibly at awe with the love he was given. “I’m happy thanks to you. I will cherish this day for the rest of my life”, he shares. From fans dressed in wedding gowns, to hanboks, to lighted personalized signs and more, the supporters of Kim Seon-Ho showed up to the party donning their personal flair.

Onstage, Kim Seon-Ho opened up with some surprising facts. He likes bibingka and adores pancit. He finds the Pinoy game sipa interesting. He even shares Tagalog phrases with ease. Indeed, his adoration for our culture is evident. He too was very generous with his interactions. Shaking hands with fans offstage, acknowledging the players who joined him for the various segments and laughing at the funny banter with host, Kring Kim.

Alas, the show must end. But not before presenting Kim Seon-Ho a touching tribute video. The emotive piece was one of the highlights of the program as it brought out the feels from the fans and Kim Seon-Ho as well. “Salamat po. I had a very good time”, he shares.

What a good show for our good boy.

The “2023 Kim Seon-ho Asia Tour in Manila: One, Two, Three. Smile” was presented by PULP Live World.

TWO FOR TWO: TWO-DAY PPOPCON BIGGER, BETTER THIS 2023

The most awaited ultimate fan-gathering returns this March at Araneta City. 2023 PPOPCON brings the biggest P-pop groups and fans together for a two-day celebration this March 18-19 at the New Frontier Theater and Araneta Coliseum.

Now in its second year, 2023 PPOPCON recognizes the perfect opportunity to amplify the ever-growing P-Pop community through fan engagement and entertainment. Packed with fanbase games & activities, booths, official merchandise selling, to meet-and-greets, performances and surprises, plus the culminating concert at the Big Dome – fans can expect an unforgettable experience only PPOPCON offers.

2023 PPOPCON continues to promote a safe, enjoyable avenue for thousands of local and international fans to connect with each other and bring them closer to the hottest PPOP groups of today. Don’t miss this chance to rise and make history one more time!

Tickets are available for purchase with a 10% discount when you buy until February 3, 2023!

For more information, follow them at @PPOPCONVENTION on all social media platforms. For inquiries, you may send a message to ppopconvention@gmail.com. More info at ppopcon.ph

KAIA brings back the fun in pop music on the performance video of “Turn Up”

fter earning rave reviews for their Y2K-indebted track “Dalawa,” KAIA marks another creative triumph for P-Pop with the release of another banger under Sony Music Entertainment.


The Filipino girl group’s new single “Turn Up” unabashedly displays their signature brand of sass while reviving the bold, explosive sounds of early 2010’s dance-pop.


The release of “Turn Up” comes with a music video (performance version) directed by Denny Lee and Jake Jung. The visuals find KAIA performing the track with a synchronized choreography.


“Because it’s upbeat and danceable, we thought a party concept will best for it, so people could have fun whenever they hear Turn Up,” KAIA shares in a collaborative statement. “We want our listeners to feel good as they vibe with the song.”

The catchy track was written by KAIA themselves, and helmed by acclaimed K-Pop producer Lee Oh Won, who has done impressive work for international artists such as Stray Kids, SHINee’s Taemin, TVXQ, SB19, and more.


As pointed out by the five-member act, “Turn Up” is an escapist anthem about setting one’s worries aside for the time being and taking pleasure in moments that call for fun and adventure.


“We got so busy stressing out about things that we couldn’t control,” says the Blah Blah quintet. “This song somehow encourages listeners to break away from the mold, live in the moment, and let their body groove into the music. Sometimes all you need is to disconnect from the outside world and be yourself.”


“Turn Up” will also be part of KAIA’s debut EP to be released in the coming months. The song will be performed live at the Pinoy Pop Convention 2023 (PPOPCON), an ultimate fan gathering and celebration of Filipino pop culture and music.


KAIA’s “Turn Up” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide. Watch the music video (performance version) here

Trot singer Young Tak announces PH visit this February

(Manila, Philippines: Monday, January 30, 2023) Highly acclaimed trot singer and Korean superstar Young Tak is coming to the Philippines, as announced by global concert promoter Live Nation Philippines. The South Korean singer, songwriter, actor and television personality’s first Manila visit is happening on February 6 and 7, 2023, for a series of shows and promo appearances.

Debuted in 2007 as a ballad singer with his first album ‘Young Tak Disid,’ Young Tak started his career by releasing the trot album ‘Nuna You’re Perfect’ in 2016. In 2020, he became well-known by placing second in the TV Chosun and South Korean reality TV audition show for a singer who performed trot music out of 17,000 participants. The trot is a popular genre of Korean music characterized by its repetitive rhythms and vocal inflections.

In the same year, Young Tak received accolades as the Newcomer CF Star Award at the 2020 MTN Broadcast Advertising Festival; Rising Star Award at the 2020 Trot Awards; nominated as Best Trot Song for “Jjiniya,” won the Hot Trend Award and Best Songwriter Award at the 2020 Melon Music Awards.

His 2020 hit single, “Jjiniya,” has reached 4.5 million views on YouTube and serves as a sneak peek at the excitement his 2023 shows will bring. Young Tak’s latest album MMM released in 2022, was his first full record in over 17 years.

‘Hello Love, a Valentine Getaway’ by Kuh Ledesma and Isabella on Feb. 11

On February 11, a Saturday, experience a unique pre-Valentine event titled Hello Love, a Valentine Getaway, headlined by the original Pop diva herself, Ms. Kuh Ledesma and her daughter Isabella.

This Valentine Getaway is happening at the Hacienda Isabella, nestled near Tagaytay City and an ideal way to celebrate the special day away from the hustle-bustle of urban life.

Feel the love amid the cool breeze brought about by the ridges and forests of the scenic mountains, as the guests are treated with a sumptuous dinner buffet spread out in an open air garden setting while being serenaded and entertained by the unrivaled and rare appearance of the mother-and-daughter singing tandem.

What makes this unique from the previous mother-and-daughter concerts together?

It’s the very idea that both are staging it in “the season of love.”

“Valentine’s Day is not only for lovers or romantic love. We will also share songs with different perspectives on love and life. I have gone through so much in relationships… the ups and downs have taught me good experiences and Godly wisdom. My heart is bursting with the desire to share.

“It is also unique because it is unusual for concerts to be celebrated outdoors and almost in the place where we as artists reside. It is intimate because we are truly at home in Hacienda Isabella. Even the people assisting us are dear and close to us—the production people, the waiters, the housekeeping staff, and also our chef,” Ledesma described it.

For the Pop Diva, she and her daughter chose to perform in a more intimate setting as opposed to more and more artists doing it in arenas and big venues these days.

“This Valentine’s season, it will be a welcome respite to have a show far away from all the busy and frenetic city living. Hacienda Isabella’s homey and relaxed atmosphere and cool weather will [definitely] give the audience a different kind of Valentine’s Day experience,” she said.

On the other hand, Isabella, described Ledesma as someone who gave her the spotlight rather than living under the shadow of a singing icon. To date, the singer-songwriter and recording artist leads worship services from time to time on Sundays at the Hacienda Isabella. She expresses her passion for arts through painting and is currently helping to publish a booklet of prayers called Pray Away written by Rita Marie Abiog.

Hello Love, a Valentine Getaway takes pride in its beautiful backdrop with sculpted and well-lit trees, a real moon, and the sprinkled stars lighting up the skies.

After dinner and show, guests can also opt to spend the weekend at Hacienda Isabella’s cool and homey ambiance via its luxurious room accommodations.

Here are the special package rates:

A room for two guests is at P4500 per person, which includes dinner and the concert (premium table), overnight stay, after-concert pica-pica, and breakfast.

Room for three or more people: P3500 per person, which includes dinner and concert, overnight stay, after-concert pica-pica, and breakfast.

If guests opt for dinner and concert only, it’s at P2000.

Dinner is at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 8pm.

For more information, please call +639202868895 or +639178139065.

Kuh Ledesma media conference Part 1

Kuh Ledesma media conference Part 2