OPM Spotlight:

These Women of OPM

are the Definition of Girl Power

By Tynne De Leon

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Whoever said that there are few women in the independent music scene haven’t been really going to gigs that often. The scene right now is filled with many talented females that not only produce  wonderful music, they also inspire people on how they’re devoted to the craft.

Here are some of the women from the scene we really admire:

8. Reese Lansangan

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Reese Lansangan has come a long way from performing in intimate gigs. She continues to inspire people with her expressiveness. We hope she continues to write songs for us!


7. Armi Millare of UDD

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Armi Millare is one heck of a storyteller. She can tell a whole love story in one song and make you feel all the emotions in a span of four minutes. (Trivia: She wrote UDD’s famous song,”Tadhana”, while she’s on top of Mt. Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet)

Having learned to play the piano even before grade school, she’s quite a natural as a musician.  Her dedication to her craft is simply remarkable.


6. Moira dela Torre

Moira dela Torre’s story from being a contestant of a singing competition to a platinum awardee and performing in sold-out concerts is a dream-come-true for most musicians. Her dedication in creating music is truly admirable, and she has always been humble than ever.


5. Alyana Cabral of Ourselves the Elves

Aside from being the frontwoman of the indie folk band Ourselves the Elves, she also juggles her time being the bassist of Northern Man and guitarist of The Buildings. Talk about girl power!

But her undying love for music doesn’t stop there. She also has an experimental solo project called Teenage Granny, having recently released fresh tracks consisting of bedroom beats and improvised music.

4. Saab Magalona-Bacarro & Candy Gamos of Cheats

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Before Cheats was formed, Saab and Candy are bestfriends who work in a gig production company called Grrrl Scout. Their naturally upbeat disposition in life and love for music are just some of the things that made us love them. We’re also avid fans of their friendship!


3. Clara Benin

While Clara Benin may be primarily known as the daughter of former Side A member Joey Benin, she has established her own name in the scene. With one EP and an album under her belt, she has also headlined her own show several times. She hasn’t released a new album yet, but we’re still excited to see her during gigs.


2. Eunice Jorge of Gracenote

Did you know that Gracenote’s frontwoman is a music teacher? When not playing gigs, Eunice teaches different instruments to kids (yes, she can play not just one!). Her high energy and fun spirit during gigs is one of the most exceptional thing about her, that even non-fans will dance to the beat of their music.


1. Maysh Baay of Moonstar88

Whenever we see Maysh Baay in gigs, we wish we reach that level of cheerfulness. She’s a ball of energy—no matter how huge the crowd or how late the set is, she loves interacting with fans as she sings everyone’s favorite Moonstar88 hits.

But aside from being successful in the scene, she is also an achiever in school. She holds a Master’s degree from the prestigious Bradford University School of Management in England. #Goals!


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