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10 Filipino pop tunes of the '90s

Updated on February 14, 2019
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Ms. Charito is a Filipino based in Manila. She has worked as an executive assistant and a journalist. She is a widow with a grown-up son.

More of OPM

Before reading on, you may first want to visit my hub on my favorite Filipino pop tunes of the '70s and '80s where I talk about Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and my fondness for it. (The better for you to connect with this hub!)

This time, I feature below some of the songs of the '90s, a vibrant era for Filipino entertainers.

Read on, listen, and see what I mean!

The APO Hiking Society composed of (left to right) Boboy Garovillo, Danny Javier and Jim Paredes. The group has disbanded, and each member is now engaged in other ventures.
The APO Hiking Society composed of (left to right) Boboy Garovillo, Danny Javier and Jim Paredes. The group has disbanded, and each member is now engaged in other ventures. | Source

Tuning in to the '90s

The Philippine music scene of the '70s and '80s saw the rise of many talented recording artists, many of them releasing more than a single album. The '90s saw bands mushrooming, and concerts became the trend of the day. Fast becoming the icons of the decade, these bands definitely endeared themselves to their listeners who were mostly high school and college students.

The Side A band
The Side A band | Source

More young Filipino artists gathered together not much for the popularity - but for the love of songwriting and singing. This was, indeed, a decade of self-expression for the Filipino musician.

Still, there were several solo singers who shone, and their songs continue to hit Manila's airwaves.

Let me share with you ten popular OPM tunes that were produced in this decade. You would probably mistake the voices for Americans, but no - they're Filipinos!

Again, for the sake of my dear foreign readers, I will feature only the tunes that were written in English.

Listen in, and have a taste of the Manila sound of the '90s!

When I Met You

I featured this award-winning group in my hub about the Filipino pop tunes of the '70s and '80s. This love song comes from their 1991 album The Best of APO Hiking Society, Vol. 2. It was also used as the official song for a 2009 local romantic comedy of the same name (but with the "you" changed to "u").

Everlasting Love

One of my favorite bands - The CompanY. This popular tune comes from their album 'Yon Na released in 1991.

Now That I Have You

Another favorite tune of mine by The CompanY which comes from their 1992 album Six by 6. Composed by noted songwriter Trina Belamide, this was also used as the theme song for a 2004 local film of the same name. Love its sweet melody!

Here are some of the lyrics:

Now that I have you

Everything just seems so right

Now that I have you I`m alive

You are the song that I`ll be

Singing my whole life through

I`m living in a brighter world

Now that I have you

Looking ahead I see

The two of us together

I`ll never let you go

You`re so dear to me

And it isn`t any wonder

Why I love you so

Hold On

Side A is an all-male band that started their singing career in the mid-'80s. This song is from their White Album released in 1991. Featured here is the band's lead singer, Joey Generoso.


Another hit single by the Side A from their 1995 album By Your Side. Written by band member Joey Benin, this was also used as the theme song for a 2002 local film of the same name.

Why Can't It Be

Here's a mellow tune that I love. It's written by Rannie Raymundo, and this track is from his first self-titled solo album released in 1993.


Here's another all-made band, True Faith, who created a stir in Manila with this 1993 tune.

You Won't See Me Crying

Love this duet by the Passage band! It's a track from their first self-titled album released in 1995.

I Will Be There For You

A soothing sound by balladeer Nonoy Zuñiga whose singing career started in the '70s when he was still a band member. This is from his 1997 album Pure and Golden Love Songs, Vol. 2.

Before I Let You Go

Here's a ballad by the Freestyle band coming from their first self-titled album released in 1999.

Which of the above songs did you like?

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Comments - So, what can you say about modern Filipino music?

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  • Larry Rankin profile image

    Larry Rankin 

    3 years ago from Oklahoma

    A lot of fun learning about Filipino music and culture.

    Interesting hub.

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    China Abarquez 

    4 years ago

    "Before I'l let you go I want to say I love you." This is one of my favorites 90's songs. Well, I'm a 90's kid.

  • VioletteRose profile image


    4 years ago from Chicago

    Great collection of songs, beautiful lyrics that you have added for the last one :)

  • LornsA178 profile image


    4 years ago

    The Apo Hiking Society was one of my favs group during that time. I also like Nonoy Zuniga. Thanks sharing some of our OPM.

  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @Nithya Venkat: You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by.

  • Nithya Venkat profile image

    Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

    4 years ago from Dubai

    A great introduction to OPM, thank you for sharing.

  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @green-blogger: Thanks for dropping by! Glad you like OPM.

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    4 years ago

    Nice list. I'm a fan of almost any kind of music and that includes OPM songs. APO, Side-A really had an impact on OPM music back then.

  • aminebombom profile image


    4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

    the 80s and 90s music is my favorite, it keeps remind me how beautiful and simple the world was then, you made a nice list

  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @asereht1970: Thanks. I'm a fan of Side A.

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    4 years ago

    Nice lens, Kabayan. Glad to see my favorite Side A band included.


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