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Pinoy musicians shine in The SUN's anniversary

14 April 2016

Music is always an essential part of any Filipino event, and The SUN's 20th anniversary celebration in Chater Garden, Central on Dec. 20 was no exception. The event was filled with a whole afternoon of celebrating the Filipino's love for singing, dancing, and performing.
Post-lunch, the program was opened up by live music from Section Juan, a Filipino youth organization in Hong Kong.
Led by their founder and president Jan Yumul on drums, the group charmed the audience by singing OPM favorites 'Himala', 'Hinahanap-Hanap Kita' from RiverMaya, as well as 'Akin Ka Na Lang' by The Itchyworms, and 'Tadhana' by Up Dharma Down. Singer Janina Celine Vitto delivers with confidence, and is backed by Elizabeth Ong-Igloso on bass and Matthew Mateo on acoustic guitar.
The OPM Alternative Rock tribute continued with a band led by The SUN's William Elvin on guitar and vocals, and Satur Tiamson on drums. They were joined by Charity Battad on acoustic guitar, Gabriel Gallardo on keyboards, and Matthew Mateo on bass.
The group delivered rock numbers from RiverMaya and The Eraserheads, the two top OPM acts in the Philippines during The SUN's establishment in 1995. They capped their set with two more recent hits: Rock anthem 'Pinoy Ako' by Orange and Lemons, and alternative love ballad 'Burnout' by Sugarfree.
Veteran performer Arnold Pineda also entertained the crowd with a string of Christmas carols with his son Adrian. Filipina jazz singer Jennifer Palor dazzled the audience with Filipino classics 'Ikaw' and 'Umagang Kay Ganda', and the heart-tugging 'Pasko Na Sinta Ko'.
The Hong Kong Musicians' Union contributed to The SUN's celebration by sending the band STAX, made up of Chinese, Japanese and American musicians. Spreading good vibrations to the crowd, STAX performed favorites like The Beatles' 'Come Together' and 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 90s hit 'Hand in my Pocket' by Alanis Morrisette to the delight of the audience.
To end the event, the band led by William Elvin and Satur Tiamson went back on stage singing 'Alapaap' by The Eraserheads and 'Awit ng Kabataan' by RiverMaya, urging the Filipino youth to continue fanning the Filipino flame lit by The SUN in Hong Kong for 20 years.

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