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Give Yourself a Musical Surprise in January 2024 With Spotify’s Playlist in a Bottle

2023 is here and in full swing! Whether you’re still feeling the holiday hangover or already welcoming the new year with a new you, there is surely a mix of perfect songs to encapsulate your mood. To celebrate the new year and add a soundtrack to your 2023 feels, Spotify is launching a timely user experience to help you capture this moment.

Playlist in a Bottle, Spotify’s latest interactive in-app experience, captures who you are musically right now and then lets you revisit your 2023 musical self one year later. Fast-forward to January 2024, and you’ll find this playlist on your account as a treat from Spotify and your 2023 self.

Here’s how to make your Playlist in a Bottle:

1.Ensure your Spotify mobile app is up to date with the latest version.
2.Click spotify.com/playlistinabottle from your mobile device.
3.Select your time capsule of choice—you can pick from a bottle, jean pocket, gumball machine, lunch box, or teddy bear.
4.Answer a series of song-inspired prompts. For example:
○“A song you’re going to kiss someone to this year”
○“A song that reminds you of your favorite person”
○“A song you need to hear live in 2023”
5.Digitally seal your musical time capsule and send it off!
6.Share a personalized card to your social channels with the tag #PlaylistInABottle.
7.Come January 2024, if you made a Playlist in a Bottle, you’ll receive your personalized time capsule reminding you what you were listening to one year prior.

Playlist in a Bottle is available in the Philippines for both Free and Premium users across iOS and Android devices. Do it soon! Spotify will seal the Playlist in a Bottle experience on January 31st!

For more information about Playlist in a Bottle, and other delightful announcements from Spotify, visit www.spotify.com or follow Spotify on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Watch Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo Live on Cignal Pay-Per-View

Indulge your Christmas wish and catch the highly anticipated Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo this month. Cignal TV, the event’s Official Live Philippine Broadcaster, is bringing front-row access to the much-awaited reunion concert right to your TV screens LIVE and in HD this December 22 for only P650.

Buckle up for this nostalgic ride and enjoy the moment with friends and family via Cignal Pay-Per-View offering on Ch 198 SD and Ch 298 HD. Postpaid subscribers may order online by logging in to my.cignal.tv, while Prepaid subscribers can go to their nearest Smart Load Retailer and text PPV650 (space) Cignal Account Number to 3443. The Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo concert is also available to SatLite subscribers.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime OPM concert of the year! Watch Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo live and in high definition on Cignal. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/HulingElBimboCignalPPV or follow Cignal TV’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Gary Valenciano to guest at Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo show on Dec. 22

More exciting news for fans of Eraserheads and OPM! Gary Valenciano has just been announced to make an electrifying appearance at the band’s reunion show on December 22, 2022.

Hot on the heels of reports that Huling El Bimbo 2022 will now be available on pay-per-view livestream, the news of Gary V’s participation in the lineup of performances ups the ante even further.

It’s a family affair as Paolo Valenciano—Valenciano’s eldest son—directs the much-awaited concert. Not only that, more artists are also confirmed to amp up the band’s set, including Jazz Nicolas of Itchyworms, Mikey Amistoso of Ciudad, the late Francis M, and the A.M.P. Orchestra.

Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets and online. Fans of Eraserheads in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who can’t make it to the concert grounds can still jam with them live online with two options to secure front-row seats even when you’re at home for only P650.

Post-paid Cignal subscribers can order this Pay-Per-View, login to my.cignal.tv and go to the Add-ons tab and click “Subscribe” to the Huling El Bimbo Pay-Per-View. 2. Stream via the Smart LiveStream app!

Avail the live pay-per-view access at smart.com.ph/livestream from December 9 until December 22, 9 PM only. For everyone outside the Philippines, you can join in the fun with iWantTFC’s pay-per-view and 48 hour on-demand access! Get your online access available for your region through iWantTFC’s app.

The Huling El Bimbo – Eraserheads Reunion Concert 2022 is a production by WEU Event Management Services, Ant Savvy Creatives and Entertainment, Inc., DVent Productions and Myriad Entertainment Corporation. The event is presented by SMART, Coke Studio, PLDT, Angkas and Maya.

This concert is co-presented by SM Supermalls, and in participation with San Miguel Corporation and Okada Manila.

Smart LiveStream Presents Eraserheads
“Huling El Bimbo” Concert

There’s no more reason to miss this year’s most anticipated concert as mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced that it will offer live pay-per-view access of Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo” Concert 2022 via the all new Smart LiveStream App.

For only Php 650, fans can stream the iconic OPM rock band’s concert as they dish out their generation-defining hits like ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’, ‘Minsan’, ‘Magasin’, ‘Spoliarium’, and more.

The concert will be held on Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the SMDC Festival Grounds in Parañaque City. For Smart subscribers who were not able to secure tickets early on, the concert will be made available via the Smart LiveStream app, formerly known as GigaPlay.

This pay-per-view comes on the heels of the launch of Smart Live, which gives Smart subscribers first dibs access to perks in the country’s most epic happenings – from concerts, sports events, and more.

As part of Smart Live, Smart subscribers also enjoyed a special 10 percent discount on Eraserheads’ ‘Huling El Bimbo’ concert tickets last November. Smart also raffled off concert tickets exclusive to subscribers.
 
Fans can now avail of the live pay-per-view access at smart.com.ph/livestream.

Subscribers can pay by charging it to their postpaid bill, prepaid load, or credit card. The live pay-per-view will allow users to livestream the full concert.


Download the Smart LiveStream App

Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Smart LiveStream App features epic live content optimized to stream seamlessly on the country’s leading wireless provider, transforming your mobile phone into a virtual concert and sports arena.    
 
The video streaming app showcases top sports (FIBA, NBA, Gilas, UAAP, PVL) and premium music events.

The app is open to all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Smart Bro, Smart Infinity, and TNT subscribers, who only need mobile data to access all exclusive content and experience high-quality videos, anytime and anywhere.

To make the most of the Smart LiveStream App, subscribers may register to Power All 99, which comes with 8 GB for all sites and apps, Unli TikTok, and Unli Texts to All Networks valid for 7 days for only Php99.

Learn more about Smart LiveStream App at smart.com.ph/Pages/livestream.

ALESSO performing in Manila this weekend at SMDC Festival Grounds

Ovation Productions, promoter in the Philippines of the ROAD TO ULTRA electronic music festival presents world famous DJ Alesso on December 17, 2022 at the SMDC Festival Grounds. Also featured is Acraze.

Alesso (Alessandro Renato Rodolfo Lindblad) is a Swedish DJ and music producer who has worked with numerous artists, Including Tove Lo, Hailee Steinfeld, Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Usher, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Liam Payne, among others. He has performed at numerous music festivals including Coachella, ULTRA, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, and Tomorrowland. In 2012, MTV named Alesso one of the “EDM Rookies to Watch” and has since gotten to be one of the world’s top DJs.

Hailing from Stockholm, Alesso won over his country from the very start of his career. His single Calling (Losing My Mind) with the legendary Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso and Grammy award-winning OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, was certified 2x Platinum in Sweden while also reaching no. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Dance Club Songs.

Alesso’s ascension was sped up with the success of 2014’s Heroes (We Could Be) featuring Tove Lo which was certified platinum in the U.S. With his production genius and honest songwriting on full display, the track became a worldwide hit. Again, he reached no. 1 on Billboard’s US Dance Club Songs and was certified Platinum.

Alesso’s other hits include Remedy reaching no. 1 on the US Dance Airplay chart, When I’m Gone, Only You, If I Lose Myself, Under Control, In The Middle, Let Me Go, Is That For Me, among others

With his music and visuals, Alesso creates experiences that have made him one of the genre’s most celebrated performers. In 2012, he joined Madonna as the opener during her MDNA tour.

Alesso performs in Manila on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the SMDC Festival Grounds also featuring Acraze. Support Acts are Ace Ramos, Martin Pulgar, Marc Marasigan, Rico Arce, KATDJ, Deuce, Katsy Lee, and David Ardiente.

The much anticipated event is sponsored by ONE 2 SHOP, ANGKAS, TAPGO TV, and BUSINESS MIRROR. Radio partners are Wish 107.5, Magic 89.9, 99.5 Play FM, RX 93.1, Wave 89.1, Neo Retro 105.9, Home Radio 97.9. Produced by Ovation Productions. Tickets available via OVATIONTICKETS.COM and TICKETNET.COM.PH

BALCONY ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS SHINE AT THE AWIT AWARDS

The recently concluded 35th Awit Awards – held last November 23rd at the New Frontier Theater – was truly a momentous occasion for both musicians and passionate music fans as numerous accolades and honors were given to the best of the best in Philippine Music.

One of the big winners at the event was Balcony Entertainment, steadily rising independent label and artist management stable. Spearheaded by founder RICO BLANCO, the label produced meaningful and well-deserved wins for artists ZILD, EBE DANCEL and MARIS RACAL.

Racal was first to bag the honors for Best Regional Recording with her track “Asa Naman,” which was distributed by Sony Music Philippines. The Tagum City-native proudly delivered her acceptance speech in Bisaya, citing her original aim to empower and put-the-spotlight on the beautiful language and culture of the Visayan region and its people: “I told Rico that I wanted to write a song in Bisaya, and we were able to create ‘Asa Naman;’ we should never be intimidated to write songs in our first language, because music should be celebrated in ANY language.” Racal rose to be one of the biggest forces in pop music this past year and had worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and solidified her musical career, which had always been her dream.

Following suit was songwriting powerhouse and singer Ebe Dancel, who took home the Awit Award honors for Best Ballad Recording. Released under the Widescope Entertainment label and produced by Blanco, it was Dancel’s swooning single “Manatili” that bested a host of impressive contemporaries. The track – which remarkably defied the challenges brought about by the recent lockdown with seemingly impossible schedule conflicts and logistical nightmares in recording (including having to record an entire string section in free tempo and the like…), is nothing short of a miraculous endeavor. Dancel acknowledged in his speech that despite being in the industry for more than two decades, it was still a great feeling to be able to bring home an award to his parents and proceeded to pay homage to his fellow musicians and songwriters and even his dog Alon, who had passed away this year. “We did it,” Dancel finished.

Finally, it was the musical wunderkind ZILD who won Best Performance By A Male Recording Artist for his song “Kyusi,” (distributed by Warner Music Philippines…) which arguably was a definitive turning point in the young songwriter’s career. The artist – who shared in his acceptance speech that it all began with a simple phone call with Blanco – had proved in the recent years that he was – without a doubt – becoming his own man, way beyond the shadow of his work with his former band, and in the most modest way, made it clear that he is still excited to move forward and explore more possibilities with this trajectory in his new realm.

Also present in the ceremonies was another Balcony Entertainment artist RAVEN. The self-styled bedroom artist and producer finally made it out of the bedroom for his first public appearance at an industry event and walked the red carpet alongside fellow Balcony artists and Blanco, who admittedly, was excited to attend this year’s festivities and excited with how things turned out for Balcony Entertainment.

“I cannot be prouder,” Blanco was stated saying. “These guys created music for their fans during the toughest of times: mentally, emotionally, and even financially and logistically; the least I could do [back] then was to give them the best support and effort from my very small Balcony Entertainment team – even when we were swimming in so much uncertainty, with the end to the pandemic nowhere in sight,” he revealed, and added, “On a couple of occasions, I would wonder if I was doing the right thing… but every time I heard their songs and saw their excitement, I knew that I just had to trust the music,” Blanco revealed.

Having won numerous Awit Awards throughout his career (including last year’s award for Best Pop Recording…), Blanco – with his Balcony Entertainment company – has constantly pushed the envelope in the local industry. The Awit Award honors prove that Blanco’s vision, indeed, works – carefully crafting non-exclusive win-win business partnerships with the sharpest industry players and faithfully adhering to an “artist-first” ethos – while being anchored on lessons learned and wisdom gained by Blanco himself.

“I started Balcony Entertainment years ago, hoping that I can give to other artists the kind of management and label I never had – and it is humbling to learn that this is all easier said than done,” Blanco stated, and finished, “but it is – and will always be -what I strive-for.”

The victories of Balcony Entertainment at the recent Awit Awards is definitely a sign of even more exciting things to come for both artists and the industry as a whole, and ultimately fans and supporters of proudly homegrown music.

Spotify Wrapped 2022: OPM Artists NOBITA, Zack Tabudlo, and Ben&Ben Lead the Charts

Spotify unveils its 2022 Wrapped campaign — announcing the top artists, albums, songs, playlists, and podcasts that showcase the vibrant kaleidoscope of more than 456 million listeners around the world. Spotify users can also find their personalized Wrapped experience, with latest features that celebrate how they soundtracked their year.

Globally, Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift and Drake topped the Wrapped lists across most-streamed album, track and artist. For the third year in a row, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny took the number one spot for most-streamed artist globally, with more than 18.5 billion streams this year.

Closer to home, FIlipinos are taking their Wrapped results local.

Outranking global hits, NOBITA’s Ikaw Lang is the most streamed track in the Philippines, followed by Arthur Nery’s Pagsamo (#2), Adie’s Paraluman (#3), Zack Tabudlo’s Pano (#4) and Arthur Nery’s Isa lang (#5). Listeners are feeling all the hugot this year, where Pinoy love songs take center stage, even beating out Troye Sivan’s Angel Baby (#6) and Justin Bieber’s Ghost (#11).

Jaeson, Mark, Roman, Sam and Richmond of NOBITA thank their ‘Nobibis’ who helped put them on top, “We are truly honored to be part of Spotify’s Wrapped Top Lists this year and be recognized alongside other great Pinoy artists. Undeniably, our fans had been a huge part of this but we’re also grateful for Spotify’s untiring support to our music and its clear vision for their artists. Like most artists, we’re also eager to see our band’s Wrapped and see what we have done throughout 2022 as musicians.”

Clinching five out of the top ten spots in this year’s Top Artists are Pinoys, and breaking through the list is Zack Tabudlo, who secured the #3 spot and emerged as this year’s Top Local Artist. Pulling listeners into his own cinematic universe, Tabudlo’s cathartic “Episode” album is also the second most streamed album in the country. Ben&Ben proved themselves to be a mainstay among the local favorites as they maintained their fourth place from 2021 and kept a spot in the top list for the fourth consecutive year.

“We are thrilled to see that Filipino artists have continued to shine on the local stage, as seen on 2022’s Spotify Wrapped results. This shows that the Philippines are increasingly listening to and supporting their homegrown talent and we have seen an almost 50% increase in streams of local music the past year” said Kossy Ng, Head of Music, Spotify Asia. “We’re excited to continue working closely with local musicians and pave the way for more aspiring artists to flourish on the platform.”

Spotify’s RADAR program, an initiative to support emerging artists, has enabled new local artists and tracks to be added to the daily soundtrack of Filipinos’ lives. Other emerging artists like P-Pop groups, BGYO and BINI, are amongst the Top RADAR Philippines Artists, alongside Adie.

It has been another stellar year for podcasts in the Philippines, as Spotify continued to launch Exclusive and Original content with a slate of Filipino podcasting talent. Pinoy creators reign in this year’s Top Podcasts. Intimate sharing of life stories and advice are a hit amongst Filipinos with Barangay Love Stories, Spotify Exclusive skypodcast, Dear MOR: The Podcast, and Spotify Original Hugot Marcelo taking up the top four spots. Comedic conversations also resonate amongst locals with Spotify Exclusive Punchline with Alex Calleja taking up the fifth spot.

“Our Spotify Exclusive skypodcast is our first collaboration together as a couple, and it had been truly amazing to receive overwhelming support from our #skyfam. Podcasting has enabled us to talk in-depth about intimate topics. It’s even been a real help for our relationship as we’re able to spend time together and discuss things we normally wouldn’t. Being part of Spotify’s Wrapped Top Lists inspires us to keep growing as individuals so we can keep sharing new ideas to our listeners.” shares Kryz Uy of skypodcast.

Starting today, eligible users can also access their personalized 2022 Wrapped experience exclusively in their updated Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android). As an added treat to this year’s Wrapped season, Spotify is bringing Wrraped Playground to the Philippines! Between 10-11 December, Filipinos are invited to come to play at SM Mall of Asia (MoA). Experience different exciting activities and catch none other than BINI and BGYO!

Spotify 2022 Wrapped Philippines Top Lists

Philippines Top Artists

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. BTS
  3. Zack Tabudlo
  4. Ben&Ben
  5. Justin Bieber

Philippines Top Female Artists

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Moira dela Torre
  4. Olivia Rodrigo
  5. NIKI

Philippines Top Male Artists

  1. Zack Tabudlo
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Arthur Nery
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Adie

Philippines Top Groups

  1. BTS
  2. Ben&Ben
  3. LANY
  4. BLACKPINK
  5. TWICE

Philippines Top Albums

  1. Proof, BTS
  2. Episode, Zack Tabudlo
  3. Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift
  4. SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Midnights, Taylor Swift

Philippines Top Tracks

  1. Ikaw Lang, NOBITA
  2. Pagsamo, Arthur Nery
  3. Paraluman, Adie
  4. Pano, Zack Tabudlo
  5. Isa Lang, Arthur Nery

Philippines Top Local Artist

  1. Zack Tabudlo
  2. Ben&Ben
  3. Arthur Nery
  4. Moira dela Torre
  5. Adie

Philippines Top Local Tracks

  1. Ikaw Lang, NOBITA
  2. Pagsamo, Arthur Nery
  3. Paraluman, Adie
  4. Pano, Zack Tabudlo
  5. Isa Lang, Arthur Nery

Philippines Top Spotify Playlists

  1. Hot Hits Philippines
  2. Today’s Top Hits
  3. OPM Favorites
  4. Tatak Pinoy
  5. Kalye Hip Hop

Philippines Top Podcasts

  1. Barangay Love Stories
  2. skypodcast
  3. Dear MOR: The Podcast
  4. Hugot Marcelo
  5. Punchline with Alex Calleja!

Philippines Top Podcast Genres

  1. Love & Relationships
  2. Pop Culture
  3. Self-Help
  4. Horror & Paranormal

Spotify 2022 Wrapped Global Top Lists

Most-Streamed Artists Globally

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Drake
  4. The Weeknd
  5. BTS

Most-Streamed Songs Globally

  1. “As It Was” by Harry Styles
  2. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  3. “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI
  4. “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny feat. Chencho Corleone
  5. “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny

Most-Streamed Albums Globally

  1. Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny
  2. Harry’s House, Harry Styles
  3. SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
  4. =, Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet Her, Doja Cat

Most Popular Podcasts Globally

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Call Her Daddy
  3. Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
  4. Caso 63 (All Languages)
  5. Crime Junkie

Most Viral Artists Globally

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. The Weeknd
  3. Bad Bunny
  4. BTS
  5. Lana Del Rey

Most Shared Lyrics Globally

  1. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  2. “Heather” by Conan Gray
  3. “I Love You So” by The Walters
  4. “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey
  5. “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

MOIRA expands her horizons with Republic Records Philippines

Singer, songwriter, and hit-maker Moira Dela Torre, officially signs with Republic Records Philippines, a division of UMG Philippines Inc. She follows a long list of superstars and developing artists under the same record label, globally and locally. This new endeavor is in partnership with Moira’s management, Cornerstone Entertainment Inc., a premier Filipino multimedia entertainment agency, home to over a hundred of talented and well-known Filipino artists of this generation.

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records, has been recognized by Billboard as the industry’s #1 label over the last ten years. It is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Ciara, Clairo, Conan Gray, Daddy Yankee, Drake, Glass Animals, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, James Bay, Jessie J, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Kim Petras, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Stevie Wonder, Swedish House Mafia, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Twice, TXT, and more. Recently launched In the Philippines, Republic Records Philippines’ roster includes fellow chart-toppers and multi-talented rising artists, including Zack Tabudlo, Darren, Elha Nympha, and more.

In 2017 and 2018, Moira became the top Filipino streaming artist in the country. From 2019 to the current year, she has been the top female Filipino streaming artist on Spotify. Her albums ‘Patawad’ and ‘Malaya’ are some of the most streamed albums in the Philippines in 2021. Last year, she reached a huge career milestone, surpassing 1 Billion streams. This year, she got 8 Million followers on Spotify, making her the most followed Filipino artist on the streaming platform.

Moira has received awards and nominations from various local and international award-giving organizations. In 2019, she was nominated as Favorite Southeast Asian Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards and won ‘Song of The Year for ‘Paubaya’ from TAG Awards Chicago. In the Philippines, she’s won multiple nominations, including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Female Artist of the Year,’ ‘Female Recording Artist of the Year,’ ‘Mellow Video of the Year,’ ‘Ballad Song of the Year,’ and more from Awit Awards, MYX Music Awards, MOR Pinoy Music Awards, PMPC Music Awards, and Wish Music Awards.

Moira is also now officially part of UMG, with offices in more than 60 countries, the world leader in musicbased entertainment, home to the most iconic local record labels – Republic Records Philippines, Island Records Philippines, and Def Jam Philippines and influential local artists like Juan Karlos, ZILD, Blaster, FERN., Cheats, and more.

On the big change
With so many plans in the pipeline and exciting happenings, Moira still believes that change is constant— and with it comes deep lessons about her career growth moving forward.

“This career move is something I’ve been putting off because I’ve always been afraid to try new sounds for myself; to explore different narratives; to grow from where I’ve always been….and having gone through what this year has given me, I feel it brought with it, ironically, a new kind of strength and courage and hope.”

But, she remains grateful to her roots. Moira cites her ABS-CBN family, believing the move feels more like an expansion than a transfer. It’s about moving away from her comfort zone and exploring a more evolved sound.

Why choose UMG?

When asked why she chose UMG, Moira said, “What I appreciate the most about UMG is seeing how collaborative they are with their artists and how smart they work—further allowing us to focus [on] growing our craft and just keep creating.”

In the grand scheme of things, she believes that the group can help her become part of the movement

“making OPM even greater.”

Things to look forward to

Moira’s fans, there’s no need to worry! The singer shares that her spring album is coming, following “Malaya”, an ode to fall and then “Patawad”, a serenade of winter, expressing pain and heartbreak. On the other hand, her much-awaited spring album speaks of hope and growth.

“Spring means growth, and growth is hard and can be uncomfortable. But it’s in those moments— when we think we’re breaking—we’re actually blooming. It’s my most raw and vulnerable album yet, and it’s coming very, very soon.”

Her description of her spring album coincides with her new single, “Aking Habang Buhay,” written for Donbelle’s new movie, ‘An Inconvenient Love’. It’s a song that talks about faith, breaking away from the past, and recognizing that love can conquer old wounds.

She shares the line: “Naiintindihan ko na kung bakit walang nagtagal sa kahit na sinong sinugal”, which speaks about how God can turn something painful into a good story—better than what we can ever dream of.

But more than her dreamy voice and undeniable mastery of lyrical storytelling, Moira’s ready to take on the world.

Apart from an Araneta concert, the next few months will be followed by a local tour, and then an international tour to meet her fans outside the country.

There’s even more in store for Moira. But for now, she chooses to trust again.

Watch MOIRA’s Welcoming Party

Universal Records Philippines Forges Partnership with SHOW Korea To Further Strengthen The P-Pop Scene

Amid massive demand, popularity, and influence of Pinoy Pop or P-Pop right now in the landscape of the Philippine music scene, the home of the finest Original Pilipino Music (OPM), Universal Records Philippines along with SHOW Co., Ltd. have agreed to form a strategic partnership to further strengthen its hype and exposure here in the country.

It also aims to normalize giving the best possible talent and entertainment in today’s mainstream local and even international scenes, followers and supporters of P-Pop while contributing in promoting the one-of-kind Filipino culture and artistry as well.

Present at the contract signing ceremony were Universal Records Operations Manager Peter Chan, Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go, along with ShowBT Korea, SHOW Korea, and SBTown Philippines CEO & President Geong Seong-Han, also known as Tatang Robin, with Ethan Yang, and Adie Hong.

It’s not a secret that Universal Records has been the major record label which can be called the pioneer in promoting and supporting the rise of K-Pop music here in the country since the mid-late 2000s. From selling CDs and spearheading shows, the label had been there and done that. And right now, it tries to remain at the forefront of innovative promotion of these kinds of music, as well as bridging the gap between different cultures.

UR’s Kathleen Dy-Go believes that there are a lot of talented individuals here in the Philippines who can be “idol material” and it is high time for these people to be exposed to high quality and intensive training, while acquiring the commendable discipline that Korean agencies instill in their trainees.

“It’s such a great honor for the label to acquire a partnership of this caliber. We promise that we’ll work very hard for the potential groups that we will be launching along with SHOW Korea and SBTown Philippines and of course, we have a lot of surprises in store for all of the P-Pop fans out there,” she says.

For the beloved Tatang Robin, it’s finally the right time for SHOW Korea, SBTown Philippines and UR to make this partnership happen so he approached the label first this time around. Both easily agreed to have an immediate meeting since both parties are interested and share the same vision.

“I want to express my gratitude to Universal Records because it did not take long for the label to agree to this amazing partnership. It was quick,” he shares.

As a great CEO himself, Tatang Robin has an exemplary experience in creating a really great boy group, evident in his dedication in training and debuting SB19, who’s perhaps the most popular P-Pop group right now. So now it’s a new challenge for him to create an ultimate P-Pop girl group that will be idolized by many P-Pop and K-pop supporters. Although he’s nervous, he’s optimistic that SHOW Korea and SBTown Philippines can pull it off, of course, with the aid of UR.

He explains, “I believe that it’s the girls’ era this time around here in the Philippine market. As you all know, the most famous groups in South Korea right now are girl groups. It’s just very common here in this world that there’s really an order for everything. So, I think this time is already the right time for the girl groups to be at the top. I hope that this girl group that we’re going to debut is the first to be nominated internationally, like in Billboard.”

“If only fans give their love and support just like they did before in SB19, I believe that it’s also possible. Most of the talents we have, they have been training for up to four years. The shortest is one year and seven months. And as you all know I don’t debut talents who are not yet ready,” he adds.

Looks like the fans are in for a treat in the coming weeks and months because of this exciting partnership.

ERASERHEADS TO PERFORM IN FINAL REUNION IN THE PHILIPPINES

The upcoming concert of Filipino rock icons, the Eraserheads, will be their last in the Philippines as confirmed by the producers.

“This will be the last reunion of the group that’s why we want to give the fans one last epic show,” Francis Lumen, one of the producers of the concert and president of WEU, said.

This was confirmed by Diane Ventura, one of the co-producers of the concert and manager of lead vocalist Ely Buendia. “This is definitely the last reunion of the Eraserheads in the Philippines,” Ventura said.

The show was aptly dubbed as Huling El Bimbo, signaling that it is indeed the group’s final performance. Two weeks after the initial release of tickets, producers expanded the capacity to accommodate more concert goers.

Lead vocalist Ely Buendia said that the Huling El Bimbo isn’t like any other previous reunion concerts. “Because we love our fans, we want to give them something different here. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in our lives and we also want them to have a special memory of Eraserheads as we move forward,” Buendia said.

The concert promises an unforgettable experience of Eraserheads including an 18-piece orchestra, a drone show and a hologram of the late Francis M. The reunion concert is Eraserheads’ gift to fans as they kick-off the Christmas spirit before the yuletide celebrations.

The Huling El Bimbo – Eraserheads Reunion Concert 2022 is a production by WEU Event Management Services, Ant Savvy Creatives and Entertainment Inc., DVent Productions and Myriad Entertainment Corporation. The event is presented by SMART, Coke Studio, PLDT, Angkas, and Maya. This concert is co-presented by SM Supermalls, and in participation with San Miguel Corporation and Okada Manila. Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets and online: www.smtickets.com