THE PPO SPOTLIGHT: Virtual Pocket Performances 11


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines


To be streamed online for free


July 9, 2021 | 8:00 PM 

Streamed for FREE on the CCP YouTube Channel, and PPO Facebook Page


Featured in the 11th edition of The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances are ome of the greatest hits of “Manila Sound,” a Philippine musical genre that began in the mid-1970s and often considered the “bright side” of the Philippine martial law era. Manila Sound has influenced most of the modern genres in the country by being the forerunner to OPM. Relive a bygone era with the laidback style and catchy melodies of Snaffu Rigor, Hotdog, Asin, Willy Cruz, and VST and Co. Let the PPO musicians take you on a trip down memory lane with their revival of some popular hits of the Manila Sound of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

1. TL AKO SAYO (Snaffu Rigor)

Performer: Frenvee Andra, bassoon

Roberto Nicholas “Snaffu” Rigor (August 8, 1946 – August 3, 2016) was a Filipino songwriter and vocalist. He started composing in 1964. His first recorded Tagalog composition was “T.L. Ako Sa'yo,” a hit by Cinderella in 1975. He also wrote the lyrics to Ernani Cuenco's Bato sa Buhangin and the English version of Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi. Rigor was a member of the bands Ramrods, Cinderella, Backdoor and Blackbuster, and head of Domestic A&R of Blackgold and 70's Superband.


Performers: PO Viola Section

Hotdog was a Filipino band formed by brothers Dennis and Rene Garcia that achieved fame in the Philippines during the mid-1970s.Their first album, Unang Kagat, was released in 1974 by Villar Records. The album led to the 1975 movie of the same name, also starring the band. The band was credited by local journalists as a major influence on and leading exponent of the Manila Sound, a musical genre popular during that period.


Performers: Dino Akira Decena, violin & Jascha Obieta Decena, piano

Asin (sometimes stylized as ASIN) is a Pinoy folk rock band from the Philippines. They started as a trio in the late 1970s before becoming a quartet, and was originally known as the Salt of the Earth. "Asin" means salt in Filipino language.


Performer: Adolfo Mendoza, bassoon

Considered as one of the Philippines' top songwriters, Willy Cruz has worked with a number of top artists such as Sharon Cuneta, Nonoy Zuñiga, Pilita Corrales, and more. He is also a composer, and has arranged or written scores for countless movies and advertisements in his decades-long career.


Performers: Brass Quintet & Percussion Section

VST & Company, or simply VST, is a Filipino disco group from Manila, Philippines, formed in 1977. Hailed as one of the most successful Filipino bands of the late 1970s, the group is considered by many to be one of the original proponents of OPM (Original Pilipino Music). Succeeding the Manila sound genre early in the decade as pioneered by the bands Hotdog and Cinderella, the group rose to fame with their first hit song, Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko.