Pinoy Playlist Music Festival (PPMF) has always been envisioned to roll-out the tapestry of Filipinos across generations, genres and the places where they originated in production as well as in terms of inspiration. This is why we have always described it as “across ages and genres.” For 2023, we want to emphasize the “future-shaping” power of music through new Pinoy songs as well as the re-making and re-interpretation of past Filipino music.
We have always associated “tributes” with the past but we think we should also pay tribute to Pinoy music as it is being re-made and reshaped by new creations, new arrangements and new interpretations. There is no future music without a memory of what has come before it; but a memory also starts to fade if a song is no longer played. That is why for 2023, PPMF’s theme will be “Gunita and Mga Bùkas” (“Memories and Futures”.)
For 3 days, starting Sept 29 to Oct 1, at least 45 performances across the 3 venues of the BGC Arts Center in Taguig City namely, the Globe Auditorium, the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall and the Sun Life Amphitheater, will be conducted by various Filipino artists solo, in a group, or in collaboration with each other. Forums on the different aspects of music-making will also be facilitated during the PPMF days. The sets will also be punctuated with photos from the Camera Club of the Philippines and innovative digital art by Filipino artists.
Each performance will bear at least a tinge of “change” from how it has been usually performed or heard on playlists. It will be curated with a mix of genres with a good measure of genres that bear excellent pieces but have not been heard enough on popular platforms. Each day will also be punctuated on primetime with special performances that pay tribute to the Ryan Cayabyab Awardees this year, namely the Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata, Mel Villena and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.
Artist line up:
Day 1 (September 29, Friday): Abby Clutario, Adjeng, jasmine and noelle , Joey Ayala, Mijon, Pauline Cueto, raven, Sam Concepcion, Simon Tan Walotao, Sitti, & Tamara
With special tribute performances for Mr. Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata by Pundaquit Virtuosi & Steps Dance Studio.
Day 2 (September 30, Saturday): Autotelic, Ebe Dancel, 春 haru, Kammerchor Manila, Leanne and Naara, Of Mercury, Rivermaya, The Edralins, Viñas Deluxe with Winter Sheason Nicole & Tiny Deluxe, Viva, Vicor, & Wild Dreams Records Artists: Amiel Sol, Matt Wilson, Nicole Abuda, & Rob Deniel, & Young Cocoa
With special tribute performances for Mr. Mel Villena by AMP Decktet, The CompanY, Pikong, & Mitch Valdes.
Day 3 (October 1, Sunday): Arman Ferrer, Davey Langit, Debonair District, Gary Granada, Janine Teñoso, Lara Maigue & Gian Magdangal, Nica Del Rosario, Room for Cielo, Therese Villarante’s “Girl With A Broken String” feat. Ivy Gallur & James Gulles, & The Nightingales
With special tribute performances for Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid by Katrina Velarde, Phi Palmos, Trina Belamide, Ima Castro, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Jona, & Jed Madela.
It will also end with the musical artist expressing a wish for how we can shape the Pinoy Music futures together. This will hopefully help push for a collective and active voice to support for Filipino music in all its forms.
But wait, there’s more! The audience will also get to start their Pinoy Playlist Music Festival journey by joining special conversations and workshops with music experts:
Day 1: “Filipino Songwriting: From Dreams to Sheet” with Trina Belamide, Jonathan Manalo, and Moy Ortiz
Day 2: “AI: Friend or Foe in Filipino Music?” with Thyro Alfaro, Gino Cruz, and Marlon Barnuevo, moderated by Maria Isabel Garcia
Day 3: “The Difficult Filipino Audience (Perfect Ka, Teh?)” with Direk Floy, Dexter Martinez Santos, and Paolo Valenciano
Get ready for a Pinoy Playlist Music Festival weekend on September 29, 30, & October 1! 3 days, 3 stages, ALL MUSIC, ALL PINOY!
PPMF is presented by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) through BGC Arts Center and curated by National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Moy Ortiz and Noel Ferrer.
For 3 days, PPMF 2023 will be the stage for remembrance not only for its own sake but with the stamp of “now” and as it engenders the shaping of the future of Pinoy Music.***
Get your 1 Day Pass or Festival 3-day Passes, available via the TicketWorld website bit.ly/PPMF2023Tickets (or call 8891 9999) and at the BGC Arts Center TicketWorld Box Office.
Aside from the talks and performances, BGC Art Mart will also be open from 3PM to 9PM featuring arts and crafts from a variety of local artisans.
For more information, visit www.bgcartscenter.org/ppmf2023
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