The Pinoy Bundokero Playlist: 12 OPM Songs For When You're Missing the Mountains

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CELINEISM

To stay true to my "Support Local" advocacy, here is the second installment of The Pinoy Bundokero Playlist. This time, this cool song compilation includes only Official Pinoy Music (OPM) that is perfect when you're temporarily stuck in the plains and walls of the city. For the first installment, click here.

With select suggestions from members of the Facebook group CLIMBER, here are 12 OPM songs for when you're missing the mountains (PRO TIP: Go to listentoyoutube.com to download an mp3 of these songs. Simply copy-paste the video and url. Very easy!):

1. ALAPAAP by ERASERHEADS

songs for mountaineering

How else to begin an OPM playlist than with arguably the most influential OPM band ever? Although this particular song of theirs was allegedly about doing drugs, we can't deny what a good tune this is.

Suggested by Fhel Pocosco, Facebook

2. ANG SARAP DITO by PROJECT ONE

songs for mountaineering

This product of a powerhouse collaboration by some of the big names in the local music scene has transcended from being a mere ad song for a popular soda company into a legitimate LSS-inducing song.
Suggested by Bruhmz Brum Bruhm, Facebook

3. DREAM CLOUDY by G2 AND THE BUNDOCKS

songs for mountaineering

A highly underrated reggae band that's been low-key producing great music. Check out more of their songs on YouTube!
Suggested by Ron Paulo Ramos, Facebook

4. F.A.S.T (FIRST AND SECOND TIME) by MARS MIRANDA and TAKEN BY CARS

songs for mountaineering

A sound that could give Daft Punk and La Roux a run for their money, this piece gives us hope for the music in our country.
Suggested by Jayson S. Nolasco, Facebook

5. FIREFLIES by HEMP REPUBLIC

songs for mountaineering

If you haven't heard this and liked it, we may have a problem. Because, come on, tell me that the raw sound and unassuming feel of this song do not remind you of the sheer majesty of Nature?
Personal Suggestion

6. KAPAYAPAAN by TROPICAL DEPRESSION

songs for mountaineering

OPM IS NOT DEAD, I declared upon hearing this song. The tribal quality of Tropical Depression's music is both nostalgic and new, and this dynamic makes it a sure classic.
Suggested by Ron Paulo Ramos, Facebook

7. LAGING IKAW by JESS SANTIAGO

songs for mountaineering

The lyrics of this song, good Mother Nature! Excellent use of oxymoron and juxtapositions!
Suggested by Ngeloy Agta Deborde, Facebook

8. O KAY SARAP HUMALO SA GUBAT by SKY BISCOCHO

songs for mountaineering

>Hail, Master Sky Biscocho, The Legendary Trailblazer! Our own Master Sky is not only a renowned visual artist but is also a very talented composer and singer, as evidenced by this piece. I daresay it'll be a crime if he's not on your playlist!
Suggested by Jerome M. Reyes, Facebook

9. PINAKAMAGANDANG TANAWIN by BROWNMAN REVIVAL

songs for mountaineering

A serenade that uses natural imagery. Sure, some of us are climbing mountains to "forget and move on," but how can you be bitter with a love song like this one?
Suggested by Jerome M. Reyes, Facebook

10. SIERRA MADRE by CORITHA

songs for mountaineering

The phrase "oldie but goodie" is made for this song. It again tells of nostalgia and romantic love, using Nature as an aid for expression. It may sound too old-timey for some, but give it time, and it'll grow on you.
Suggested by Jello Acuña, Facebook

11. SO BLUE by SINOSIKAT

songs for mountaineering

Something about the layers of sound in this song that reminds me of that break-or-make moment right before reaching the summit. It's lyrics are sorrowful, but not all beautiful things are happy.
Suggested by Lucky Charles Combong Latonio, Facebook

12. SOUL SEARCHING by URBANDUB

songs for mountaineering

A fitting end to this playlist. This song by my personal favorite OPM band is about not giving in to demons. Mountains are, after all, like our own demons. Most of us, including myself, began hiking because I wanted healing and to get away from a very very dark place. By proxy, we somehow feel that by conquering mountains, we are also conquering our deepest darkest fears. But later on, hopefully, we'll realize that mountains are our friends and that we should always, always, choose life.
Suggested by Lucky Charles Combong Latonio, Facebook


What do you think of this compilation? Anything I should add in here? Comment and your suggestion may end up in the next installment of the Bundokero Playlist.

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