Original Pilipino Music “Hitmakers” wow crowd in Orange County

By Abner Galino

OPM Hitmakers (from left to right) Rico J. Puno, Rey Valera, Hajji Alejandro and Marco Sison meet fans after the concert. Behind them are producers Ashton Panlilio, CK Cruz, Terry Cruz and Ian Tallara. Photo © Arnold Capati

THE magic of the so-called OPM’s Hitmakers have yet to wane as they bewitched the jam packed Filipino American crowd at the Grove of Anaheim Sunday last week.

The Filipino fabulous four were given a standing ovation by the crowd at the end of the show.

The Filipino music icons Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, and Marco Sison also praised the crowd after the concert as they gave fans the opportunity to take selfies/groupies with them and to sign their souvenirs.

You’re such a vibrant and spirited crowd. Salamat po,” Valera said after the concert.

Puno is best known for his song “May Bukas Pa,” Alejandro for “Nakapagtataka,” Valera for “Maging Sino Ka Man” and Sison for “Si Aida, Si Lorna, O Si Fe.”

The OPM Hitmakers brought back the memories of years ago with their past hit songs.

Terry Cruz, one of the producers, said she was delighted that the crowd, despite the presence of many young people, enjoyed both the humor and the music of the Filipino fabulous four.

Tinanong ko sila: Ang sabi nila naririnig daw kasi nila sa mga magulang nila ‘yung mga kanta na narinig nila ngayon,” Cruz added.

An audience, Ellen Freel, said that she also enjoyed the jokes because most of them were actually current.

Galing pa nang delivery ng mga jokes. Matatawa ka talaga. Lahat sila magaling,” she narrated.


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