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Indiepinoy Reacts To Dingdong Avanzado’s Statements On Songwriting

The music scene is very much alive in the Philippines, that is if you’re looking at the other side of the spectrum. People inside the industry think the scene here is dying, that there’s no more new originals released and all the songs you hear on local radio are mostly revivals of old hits and are dominated mainly by foreign music.


Although it’s true that most songs played on the airwaves are basically from foreign artists and Original Pinoy Music (OPM) revivals – popular classic songs that have only been re-arranged and sung by new artists, there are still composers out there who write new compositions.


Actually songwriters have increased in numbers nowadays, just take a visit at some bars and music venues like Conspiracy Garden Cafe wherein Songwriters Night is held every first and third Monday of the month and you’ll be seeing and hearing these artists perform their originals. All they need is exposure which unfortunately the media and the industry ain’t supporting.


So here’s what Indiepinoy president Nolit Abanilla’s reactions to Dingdong Avanzado’s statements on songwriting.


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Songwriters Philippines

Started in 2008 by former Katha members upon its demise, Songwriters Philippines was formed to help all the amateur songwriters to hone their skills and to learn the know hows through its workshops being conducted by professional songwriters. In showcasing their talents, the group has organized an event called Songwriters Night, first held at 9Mile Bar, with the songwriters performing their own works while others who can’t have brought in interpreters to perform their songs.

From then on, Songwriters Night got a home in Conspiracy Cafe. The event is held every third Monday of the month, a laid back acoustical jam session set-up featuring talented amateur singer/songwriters. Some well renowned artists from other parts of the country had dropped by and had performed there also. With its kind of setting, it’s like an MTV Unplugged meets VH1 Storytellers kind of thing, with performers doing their originals in acoustic format and telling the audiences what inspired them to write that song and what it’s all about.

Photos by Aba Lluch Dalena, Mency Atienza, Kuya Kurt, Marvin Bea, Doni Brooks Jr.

Some of the performances caught at TEN02

Photos by Allen Alesna, Mark Dy, Paolo Vivas

At present, aside from its regular schedules at Conspiracy Cafe, Songwriters Night has gone Tuesdays and also at the last Monday of the Month, this time at Mag:net Katipunan.

Photos by Andrew Harder, Aba Lluch dalena, Ansyl Cadag

The event is open to all performing and non-performing songwriters. Log on to for more info.