The ‘90s was a colorful decade for the Filipino music scene. Accentuated by the statement-making music of a plethora of OPM bands — each with their own unique sound, style, and personality — the period proved to be a golden era for the rock and alternative music genres.
This December, five of the most popular names from the decade are uniting to bring timeless anthems and stage an evening of reminiscing in Dubai through the concert billed “‘90s Upload.”
A production by Wish 107.5 and La Verdad Events Management, the show will be headlined by Wency Cornejo of AFTERiMAGE, Naldy Padilla of Orient Pearl, Lei Bautista of Prettier Than Pink, Glenn Jacinto of Teeth, and Cooky Chua of Color it Red. It will take place on December 28, 2018 (7 p.m. Dubai Time) at Saeed Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Centre.
During the show’s digital press conference last Sunday, November 25, Bautista shared the group’s excitement to perform for Filipinos based in the United Arab Emirates city.
“We’ve just finished our very successful show at The Solaire last week. We’re so excited to bring the same type of nostalgic music — the ‘90s OPM, Pinoy Kalye sound — to our kababayans in Dubai.”
The five, together with seven other OPM rock figures like Paco Arespacochaga (INTRoVOYS) and Stephen Lu (Rizal Underground), performed at a sold-out show on November 17.
Comparing the said musical event with the upcoming Dubai leg of what they now consider as the “‘90s series,” Cornejo revealed that the latter will be “more intimate.”
“Of course, we will be singing our songs. To use Paco’s words, the ‘90s series is a show where it’s a hit after a hit after a hit. That’s basically what people will be looking forward to. For the upcoming concert, it’s the same format actually, only less performers. But that will make it more intimate. The audience will get to know each member of the cast of ‘90s Upload as we will have more time on stage.”
Wish 107.5’s DJs Alice and Adam with ‘90s OPM sensations (L-R) Naldy Padilla, Wency Cornejo, Glenn Jacinto, Lei Bautista, and Cooky Chua.
Meanwhile, Chua noted that the show is a perfect bonding event for families as the anthems that their respective bands have produced can be considered generation-transcending.
“The themes of our songs are universal and timeless. Even the millennials will be able to relate.”
Giving a sneak peek of what the audience can expect, the five performed an acoustic medley of their hit aboard the Wish Bus, featuring Color It Red’s “Na Naman,” Prettier Than Pink’s “Cool Ka Lang,” Teeth’s “Prinsesa,” Orient Pearl’s “Pagsubok,” and AFTERiMAGE’s “Mangarap Ka.”
Tickets for ‘90s Upload are now available online at www.platinumlist.net and select Platinumlist ticket outlets in 7-Eleven stores and UAE Exchange branches. This concert is a production of Wish 107.5 and La Verdad Events Management. It is presented by VIU and its official airline partner, Philippine Airlines, and sponsored by Ahlan Services, Cancios Restaurant,Tropang Sulok, Zabeel Printing Press, Bulwagang Filipino Restaurant, Magic Star Karaoke, and Petals By Camille.