THE PPO SPOTLIGHT: Virtual Pocket Performances 12

PPO musicians rock on as they play the best of Pinoy indie and alternative music!


Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines


To be streamed online for free


July 23, 2021 | 8:00 PM 

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


Who would have thought Filipino indie and alternative music would sound so good performed on orchestral instruments? Watch PPO musicians as they give a unique take on these contemporary popular hits of hope, love, friendship, and angst in the 12th edition of The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances! Featured in this playlist are some of the favorite catchy melodies and rhythms of the Eraserheads, Up Dharma Down, Wolfgang, The Dawn, and Parokya Ni Edgar, all given refreshing new arrangements for instruments of the orchestra. Rock on with the PPO!

1. WITH A SMILE (Eraserheads)

Performers: Ayesa Cruz, Violin; Madeline Jane Banta, Harp

"With a Smile" is a single by the Eraserheads from their second album Circus & Aloha Milkyway.

The song is about a sad and troubled girl being comforted by a man. There is a scene at the ending of its music video where a monster surrounded the girl, then showing up in a place full of happiness after. It shows that the girl probably found peace after the man helped her, with the lines "Now it's time to kiss away those tears goodbye". It's also supposedly for children who are suffering from terminal illnesses.

2. TADHANA (Up Dharma Down, arr. Naldy Rodriguez)

Performers: Ma. Angelica Uson, Violin; Herrick Ortiz, Cello

Undoubtedly one of UDD’s most popular songs ever, “Tadhana '' was originally released as part of the group’s 2012 release capacities under Terno Recordings. Though the band had already released several albums prior to Capacities—Fragmented in 2006 and Bipolar in 2008—it was undoubtedly “Tadhana '' that truly brought the group into the mainstream consciousness.

Armi Millare, vocalist of UDD, actually wrote the song during one of her travels to Mt. Santo Tomas in Tuba, Benguet. She had divulged this information regarding the iconic song in an Instagram post back in October 2016, simply captioning it as: “2010, Mt. Sto Tomas where Tadhana was 'written' and recorded on my phone.”

3. HALIK NI HUDAS (Wolfgang, arr. Glenn Aquias)

Performer: Giancarlo Gonzales, Cello

Perhaps one of Wolfgang's most popular songs ever, "Halik Ni Hudas" was first released in the band's debut album back in 1995, and almost immediately achieved Platinum status. And with all of the controversy surrounding the political scene nowadays, the song seems fitting to be resurfaced from the archives of time.

Politicians in the Philippines have always been stereotyped as selfish individuals, caring for no one else other than themselves and their immediate families. They would sugarcoat their words and package their promises in beautiful gift wrapping, only to turn them around or forget them completely once they finally achieve their desired position. It was a reality in 1995, and continues to be a reality today.

4. SALAMAT (The Dawn, arr. Theodore Amper)

Performers: Christian Tan, Violin 1; Jose Carlo Tuazon, Violin 2; Rey Casey Concepcion, Viola; Giuseppe Andre Diestro, Cello; Vincent Dela Cruz, Contrabass

"Salamat" ("Thank you") is a song released by the Filipino rock band The Dawn in 1989. It was the lead single on their third album Beyond the Bend. 

David Gonzales of Allmusic commented: "It starts with a mysterious-sounding chord progression played on keyboards; a fiery guitar line explodes and the song becomes a fast-paced, tuneful outing, punctuated by spirited keyboard and guitar lines. The song also contains an interlude where a searing guitar solo is played over hard-edged guitar chords. It was re-recorded by the Dawn in 2001 for their first album since 1994, Prodigal Sun.

5. HARANA (Eric Yaptangco)

Performers: Brass & Percussion section w/ Abner Cruz, E. Bass

One dreamy, heart-tugging love song that endeared many of us to the Pinoy rock band Parokya ni Edgar is “Harana.” The message of this now classic ’90s ballad, about a guy who wouldn’t mind looking funny, or old-fashioned, while professing his romantic feelings, remains fresh and youthful despite the decades.

But before Parokya ni Edgar, a group of Ateneo students used to sing it as a “ligaw” song, meaning, a song for courtship, back in the late ’80s to the early ’90s. “If it sounds very true to life, it’s because it did happen in real life,” said Eric Yaptangco, the song’s original composer.