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To celebrate his 25th year anniversary in the music industry,  singer-songwriter and former Kundirana member is now back with a one-of-a-kind album entitled THE SONGWRITER AND THE HITMAKERS.

This gem of an album is his most ambitious musical project to date, gathering all the biggest names in music to breathe life into his masterpieces which includes Kailangan Kita, Pangako, Kung Mawawala Ka, Ikaw Lamang, and many others.  The album contains 18 tracks including two songs which he recorded himself Ang Puso Ko and the his current hit Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap.  He also recorded a song called Tayong Dalawa together with wife Regine Velasquez.

Here are the tracks in the album:

IKAW ANG AKING PANGARAP (Ogie Alcasid)

SINO AKO (Regine Velasquez-Alcasid)

“Ang mga awiting iyong nilikha ay tumatagos sa puso ng mga Pilipino.  I’m so proud of you, honey.” – Regine

KAILANGAN KITA (Gary Valenciano)

PANGAKO (Martin Nievera)

WALANG IBA (Kuh Ledesma)

“As a Filipino singer, I am very grateful for an artist like Ogie that keeps OPM alive through his compositions, that inspire all of us, to keep using the gifts that God has given us.” – Kuh

TANGING IKAW LAMANG (Sarah Geronimo)

“To have recorded an original Ogie Alcasid composition is a dream come true.” – Sarah

IKAW LAMANG  (Christian Bautista)

“It is a great honor to sing one of the songs of Ogie Alcasid who I consider one of the greatest singer songwriters of our time.” – Christian

PANGARAP KO ANG IBIGIN KA (Angeline Quinto)

“Music Genius… pride ng mga Filipino music artists.” – Angeline

MULA NGAYON (Rachelle Ann Go)

“A great Filipino artist who knows the heart of a nation and brings them out in his beautiful love songs.  You are destined to inspire people with your songs!  Salamat sa iyo kuya Ogie at ikaw ang nagpasimula para mabuhay ulit ang OPM.” – Rachelle

TAYONG DALAWA (Ogie Alcasid & Regine Velasquez-Alcasid)

IKAW ANG PAG-IBIG KO (Noel Cabangon)

“Karangalan kong mabigyan ng buhay ang magandang likhang awit ng pag-ibig ni Ogie, isang mahusay na kompositor at mang-aawit.” – Noel

TO YOU (Richard Poon)

“It is a special privilege to sing in Ogie Alcasid’s new album, but most special is that the song “To You” was written by Ogie in overflowing love and thankfulness to his parents – and that made my experience singing the song even more meaningful.” – Richard

TANGING IKAW (Jed Madela)

“Once Ogie starts writing music, everyone stops, listens and gets carried away into indescribable emotions.” – Jed

KUNG MAWAWALA KA (Piolo Pascual)

“Ogie is in a class of his own, it’ll be an honor having two albums produced by one of the geniuses of his generation.” – Piolo

KAILANGAN KO’Y IKAW (Arnel Pineda)

“Thank you for inviting me to sing one of the greatest songs you’ve ever written – I am eternally grateful.  You gave hopeless romantics like me an anthem they can lean on everytime their hearts are broken.”

MGA NAKAW NA SANDALI (Jay R & Jaya)

“Ogie is an amazing singer songwriter and I feel so privileged to interpret one of his songs.” – Jay R

“Ogie’s gift of music is a present to us all.” – Jaya

WHY DON’T WE GIVE (Kyla)

“Kuya Ogie is ingeniously talented.  He’s a great composer, a real musician.” – Kyla

ANG PUSO KO (Ogie Alcasid)

“I feel so honored to have been given a project as big as this, I am in awe of all the talents involved here.”  says Ogie  “Gathering all these friends in one project gives me pure joy, and I would like to thank all of them for being a part of this milestone project.” – Ogie

Here’s my copy of that album and this one’s for keep!

I was able to talk to Ogie Alcasid last Tuesday (November 20) during the media launch of his album at Patio Carlito in Quezon City.

Instead of asking Ogie the secret to his success, I asked Ogie what he think are the things that he did right to make him the icon he is now in the Philippine music industry and he said:

“I just enjoyed it.  Sineryoso ko pero hindi masyado.  Nag-enjoy lang ako sa ginagawa ko.  Umabot na pala ko ng 25 years pero di ko namamalayan.  I just enjoyed everything.”

When asked what are the milestones in his career he said:

“Ang mga milestones ko ay personal in nature like sa family pero if I am to assess my career in the music industry, I think it’s the time when I won Entertainer of the Year Award for a couple of times and then as a Hall of Famer.  As a performer, the recognition was very fulfilling.  Of course, the sales recognition fro my albums because that tells me that the people have accepted what I did.”

I asked him which came first in his career, being a songwriter or a singer and when’s the first time he ever wrote a song, he said:

“Parang sabay.  Nagsusulat at kumakanta.  The first time I ever wrote a song was when I was 8 years old I think.  The song was for an Aunt who’s sick that time.”

When asked about the current status of the OPM he said:

“I heard from a survey that OPM right now is getting really strong.  Nabubuhay na ulit ang OPM ngayon and I am very happy with that because that is really our goal in the organization.  We’re going to have a lot of activities next year to further boost this newly found strength in the OPM industry but it has to start locally and with the young people.”

Before I left, I also asked master songwriter Ogie Alcasid a word of advise for the young aspiring Filipino songwriters and he said:

“Being a songwriter is a special calling,  hindi pwedeng ibaliwala.  If you have it cultivate it,  ilabas mo and make it grow!  Kailangan lang talaga medyo kapalan natin ang ating mga mukha.”

I too have written a few songs during my high school and college days and like what Ogie said, maybe I just wasn’t that brave enough to explore if that was a calling or not.  Anyway, if that short message from the master himself sounded like a challenge for me, I hope that musically inclined people who reads this post find some comfort and inspiration from Ogie’s words like I did.

Ogie Alcasid will also have a 25th Anniversary Celebration TV Special on GMA this Sunday (November 25).  The show features special guests and friends Janno Gibbs, Michael V, Jaya, JayR, La Diva and also some of the hitmakers in his album like Gary V, Christian Bautista, Richard Poon and many others.

THE SONGWRITER AND THE HITMAKERS is out now in the market under Universal Records, Inc.

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