Philpop 2013 finalist: Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana

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The Philpop 2013 entry from Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana is an homage to fond memories of a first love

DUO. Yumi Lacsamana (left) and Thyro Alfaro are finalists of Philpop Music Festival 2013. Screenshot from YouTube (Rappler)


MANILA, Philippines – Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana want to prove that Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is not dead.

Theirs is a bond strengthened by a common devotion to music. While Lacsamana says she “can’t live without music,” Alfaro believes music “is an extension of one’s soul.”

Their song, “Dati,” is a throwback to the good ol’ days of a first romance and how, in many ways, some things never change.

“Dati” is performed by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest.

Video transcript:


I can’t live without music. Doon ko nalalabas kung sino ako, kung anong nararamdaman ko.


It’s the tool of the dreamers. Its like an extension of one’s soul.


Nung narinig ko kasi siya, parang sabi ko, “Hey, nice voice! I like your voice.” Sabi ko, “Good job,” sabi niya, “Thank you.”


Sabi ko, “Tell me something I don’t know.”


No! You said thank you! Nag-collaborate kami, then yun na, tuluy-tuloy na lahat.


The song that we wrote for Philpop is titled “Dati.” Basically it’s a throwback song. Reminiscing the things that you used to do with the old crush, first sweetheart. Just reminiscing the things that you used to do, and how it hasn’t changed up to now.

(Singing) Di ba’t ikaw nga yung reyna, at ako ang yong hari? Ako yung prinsesang sagip mo palagi. Ngunit ngayo’y marami nang nabago’t nangyari… (Singing stops)


Sumali kami sa Philpop kasi…


One million pesos eh.


O, yun! (laughs) Yun din, to tell everyone OPM is not dead.


If you belive your craft is good, it’s not worth just shelving it in a box. You need to go out of the box.

(Singing) Gaya pa rin ng dararatda-dati, dararatda-dati, dararatda-dati, naglaya pa rin ang… (Singing stops)

Watch and listen to the music video:

– With reports from Pia Ranada/

Here are the profiles of the Philpop 2013 finalists:

1. Ganny Brown
Song: “Askal”
Interpreted by: Jose and Wally

2. Joey Ayala
Song: “Papel”
Interpreted by: Joey Ayala, Gloc-9 featuring Denise Barbacena

3. Johnoy Danao
Song: “Kung ‘Di Man”
Interpreted by: Ney Dimaculangan

4. Jungee Marcelo
Song: “Pansamantagal”
Interpreted by: Sitti and Julianne Tarroja

5. Kennard Faraon
Song: “Time Machine”
Interpreted by: Six Part Invention

6. Lara Maigue
Song: “Sa ‘Yo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Karylle

7. Marlon Barnuevo
Song: “Araw, Ulap, Langit”
Interpreted by: Christian Bautista


8. Myrus Apacible
Song: “Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Kimpoy Feliciano

9. Nino Regalado and Adrienne Buenaventura
Song: “Sometimes That Happens”
Interpreted by: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers

10. Paul Armesin
Song: “Segundo”
Interpreted by: Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola

11. Raffy Calicdan
Song: “Space”
Interpreted by: Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy

12. Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana
Song: “Dati”
Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest

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