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ARNEL ARCEDO


Showband singers Arnel Arcedo and Tony Gado will be joining Original Philippine Music (OPM) pioneers Cecile Azarcon and Lorrie Ilustre, and pop band Sounds of Manila in a concert at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side, NYC on April 27.

“An evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila” will be held at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway and 95th Street).

OPM babies of the 80s Arcedo and Gado grew up in the Philippines grooving to the romantic lyrics of “Ikaw ang Lahat Sa Akin” written by Azarcon.

It was also the first Tagalog single of then up-and-coming pop balladeer Martin Nievera.

“That song is full of love, full of emotions. Pag kinakanta mo, at nakapikit ka, mararamdaman mo talagayung kanta. It was well-made. Para sa aming mga artista, obra maestra ang kanta nayun,” said Arcedo, originally of Batangas, who now sings with the metropolis wedding band.

Gado, of Cagayan de Oro, said he grew up with Azarcon’s music.

“When I’m in love, I play Ms. Azarcon’s ‘I Think I’m In Love.’ And I’m starting to realize how privileged I am to be performing at the tribute concert for her,” he said.

“Ms. Azarcon is a brilliant musician and songwriter.”

Gado’s father Tony Delgado used to sing alongside Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales and the legendary comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey at the famed Cloverleaf Theatre in Manila in the 60s.


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TONY GADO


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CECILE AZARCON


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LORRIE ILUSTRE