The OPM Archive Foundation launches initiative to collect Filipino music artifacts

During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts.

Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.

The archive is a separate entity from Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) in that it will serve as a foundation that collects and documents not just the actual original Filipino music, but also narratives, photographs, music sheets and press releases. Originally, the term “OPM” referred to the inclusive period from the 70s to 80s when a rich influx of new and modern sounds, melodies, lyrics, singers and musicians flooded the airwaves, and even the theater, with original dance musicals as “Rama Hari” and “Tales of the Manuvu”. Among the familiar and popular voices that emerged, aside from Celeste Legaspi’s were Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Leah Navarro, Didith Reyes, just to name a few.

The archive, however, for the purposes of music research and study for future generations, shall extend its borders to the precedents of this era, the 60’s, and extend to the present, and hopefully can be sustained into the future, for the identification and recognition of music development. The accompanying narratives will seek to contextualize the music in its specific social relevance that defined each period, and perhaps identify continuity to the next period.

Plans for the OPM Archive gave rise before the lockdown, when the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), where the archive was to be housed, was ready to receive the hard copy donations. With the lockdown, FHL head, Suzanne Yupangco and the archive group agreed to go digital. This does not, however, preclude the collecting of hard copies once the quarantine period is over. There is nothing like seeing the original “in the flesh”. While each hard copy donation will be digitized, the original copies will also be preserved through actual preventive conservation, knowing how digitization alone can be prone to obsolescence because of evolving digital formats.

Music plays a major role in peoples’ lives. It is something everyone cares about. And the archive hopes to ensure that the musical gems it documents and collects will live on from generation to generation, so children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren can appreciate, learn from, and perhaps someday, revise, improvise, follow or change approaches to music.

The archive is now open for digital collection, and is open to the public for donations. Just log on to opmarchive.com.

The launch of the OPM Archive is an initiative of founding members of OPM, led by its founder and first president, Celeste Legaspi, with Girlie Rodis, Tats Rejante Manahan, Lyca Benitez Brown, next generation members, Moy Ortiz, Chevy Salvador, Dinah Remolacio and Krina Cayabyab.

Image and details provided by the OPM Archive Foundation in a recent press release.

Hard Rock Cafe rocks Makati again, harder this time!

After its successful opening at S Maison in Conrad Manila late last year, Hard Rock Café is back in Makati so guests can relive those rockin’ good times. Yes, watch out for its opening in Glorietta 3 on the 2nd week of September.

This new branch welcomes you with the same rockin’ vibe via its Rock Shop on the ground floor. Then up on the 2nd floor is the café and restaurant where good food and the best entertainment await.

Hard Rock Cafe Re-opening

Expect the same delicious comfort food worth ‘moshing the pit for’. Bestsellers are Original Legendary Burger, Hickory Smoked Ribs, and even an Asian-inspired menu. The extensive drinks selection is perfect for a night out! Wet you whistle its best-selling margaritas, to signature favorites and Alternative Rock (alcohol-free) beverages that can all be served in a collectible glassware you can bring home!

Hard Rock Cafe Re-opening

Take an exciting trip and get lost in its rock-and-roll memorabilia collection that adorn the walls—from famous rock music icons, such as autographed guitars, world tour costumes, and rare photos—that are purchased from auctions all over the world.

Face the music and groove to rock and roll, jazz, rhythm and blues, plus an anthology of pop, alternative, and classic rock tunes you love via the line-up of live musical performances of featured live bands every night.

And to cap a hearty and dynamic experience, bring home some merchandise to use, or mount on your own walls. Visit the Rock Shop on the ground floor and grab some of the merchandise which have gained quite a cult-like status with an extensive collection of timeless Hard Rock tees, hoodies, caps to commemorative pins and everything else in between, so you can strike a chord with your inner rock star!

Hard Rock Cafe Re-opening

It will be a September to remember as Hard Rock Café Manila does an encore in Makati. So get ready to rock… harder!

Hard Rock Café Makati will be located at the ground floor of Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. For inquiries, call +639162524119/(02) 990-9809. Like us on our social networking sites for updates: @hardrockcafemanila and visit our website: http://hardrock.com.

Hard Rock International

With venues in 75 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise available in Rock Shops and online at https://shop.hardrock.com. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street in the United Kingdom, Kathmandu, Nepal, Kyoto, Japan and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit http://www.hardrock.com.

Restaurant details and images provided by Hard Rock Cafe in a recent press release.