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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 16, 2021



VINYL ALBUMS vanished for a while but they have made a strong comeback. 

In the U.S., millions of vinyl albums are now being sold and, in the PHilippines, vinyl record collectors and OPM fans prove that there is still a big market for it. 

After Vicor Music hit it big with unforgettable albums released in vinyl from its storied catalog, they’ve now issued a new set of titles that OFM fans and audiophiles will surely adore and want to own. 

New vinyl reproductions of classics such as Pinoy rock’s Mike Hanopol, Resty Fabunan’s Maria Cafra, Yoyoy Villame’s comedy album and Gary Valenciano’s early hits were recently released and is now available on independent record stores and audio specialty shops across the metro. 

Mike Hanopol’s “Awiting Pilipino” is the successful solo debut from the Pinoy rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 

This vinyl record includes Hanopol’s Pinoy rock hit “Laki Sa Layaw,” a song that established Hanopol as a solo artist after his stint with the seminal rock group Juan Dela Cruz Band. 

Meanwhile, the “Maria Cafra” self-titled record was the vehicle for Resty Fabunan’s rock musings. This album includes the rock hit “Kumusta Mga Kaibigan” and is a veritable rock classic all throughout. 

Gary Valenciano began his streak of hit songs with the Vicor-produced “Gary Valenciano Next” album. This collection includes two of his biggest hits: the Danny Javier-written “’Di Na Natuto” and “Reaching Out.” 

The latter is a theme song from the 1983 Viva Films hit movie “Hotshots” that also launched Gary V’s acting career. 

No doubt that Yoyoy Villame was a comedic genius and the proof is in this lengthy 14-track “Best of Yoyoy Villame” record that has Manong Yoyoy’s finest moments immortalized on vinyl: “Granada,” “Si Felimon,” “Butsekik” and “Mag Exercise Tayo” to name a few. 

Previous releases that include the once hard-to-find “Segreto” album by the late Ric Segreto, “VST & Company I,” Rico J. Puno’s “The Way We Were,” Rey Valera, Martin Nievera, Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak” and Sharon Cuneta’s “Mr DJ” albums have since become a big hit in the vinyl-collecting community. “Segreto” in particular sold out its stocks twice. 

Vicor has since followed up with titles such as “Batucada Sa Calesa” by Bong Penera, Basil Valdez’s “Ngayon At Kailanman,” “Kuh” by Kuh Ledesma, “Himig Natin” by Juan Dela Cruz Band and Asin. All titles are manufactured abroad on 180-gram vinyl.

More are forthcoming: the second Ric Segreto album “Man Of The Hour” will surely be a welcome addition for collectors as it completes the re-issue of the late singer’s whole discography. Other titles by Side A, Sampaguita, Cinderella, Hotdog and more are all slated to be made available soon.

Collectors usually fork over exorbitant amounts for rare OPM albums. But the Vicor classic vinyl reissue series will make once hard to find, quality sound recordings of all-time favorite OPM artists easier to own. 

Priced at Php 1,900 per title, these records are perfect for audiophiles and for the budding vinyl collectors looking out for quality classic albums. 

Just contact Vicor on Facebook to know where you can buy your choice of vinyl records.