MANILA, Philippines - In 2004, one song did not only whet the nation’s appetite for hamburgers, but became the anthem for the new OPM acoustic movement. The song Kanlungan popularly known as Pana-panahon, became an instant radio smash and was included in every acoustic compilation albums released that year. But unknown to many, the gentle voice behind the song is no flash in the pan.
Singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon (photo) has been around since the mid-’80s. In his college days, Noel became part of Buklod or Bukluran and Mapagpalayang Musiko. Through Buklod, Cabangon established loyal followers. His music speak of his many artistic, social and political advocacies as member of Akbayan, Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Noel doesn’t just sing for entertainment. He believes his talent is a tool to promote awareness on just about any issue — be it political, environmental or social.
Respected by peers and the new generation of rock musicians, Noel is one of the most influential figures in the Pinoy music scene. His hit Tatsulok was covered by Bamboo.
Now signed to Universal Records, Noel takes the sonic road trip down memory lane, with his new album titled Byahe. The 15-track CD features Noel’s rendition of OPM classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s plus three original tracks, plus collaborations with Parokya ni Edgar’s Chito Miranda and Imago’s Aia de Leon. It was produced by Noel and Ito Rapadas.
Noel is a member of KATHA, an organization of Filipino composers, where he is also a member of the board; member board of trustees for FILSCAP (Filipinos Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers); an Ambassador for Conservation of the Haribon Foundation, a foundation that promotes the protection and preservation of the environment.
About Universal Records
- Universal Records
- Quezon City, Philippines
- Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!