Hail to the King of OPM Themesongs: Erik Santos

Erik Santos has become one of the big names in the OPM scene today that has a long and storied career, One that has no sign of slowing down. Over the course of his career, Erik has been a favorite pick to sing Teleserye themesongs. He was kind enough to dissect his deepest soul to provide us original and new sounds of treasured old favorite OPM songs that are not limited to one style. His hypnotic soothing voice fits perfectly with each scene and will surely hit you in the feels, which made him the most consistently reliable singer who can seamlessly pull off a remarkable theme song.

Personally, It was Erik, who became my gateway to appreciate OPM songs that I used to skip listening, to rediscover OPM songs I didn’t pay a bunch of attention to before, and to fully conceive and appreciate OPM as a form of art. His passion for OPM seem to last forever and that’s why on April 7, 8pm at The Theatre at Solaire, Erik will continue to light the fire in solidifying OPM by taking us to a night full of well-crafted OPM classic songs.

What makes this concert even more exciting? It’s the thought that Erik will write and direct his own concert. I guess  it was “We Love OPM” that triggered him to try this new venture. His concept and ideas for each performance of his winning group “Tres Kantos” only showed how intense his love for OPM­ is, as well as how effective he was, as a mentor and a leader. Watch it here in my previous blog:  The Great Erik Santos: Champion Mentor  Nevertheless, I am so thrilled to witness the great potential brewing within Erik as a concert writer and director.

And, here’s a round-up of reasons why Erik is our King of OPM Themesongs.

Erik’s original songs are crafted to the utmost perfection with voice and lyrics that are crisp, a perfect fit into  different kinds of teleseryes.

Pagbigyang Muli (Maria La Del Barrio)

I Will Never Leave You (Green Rose)        

Erik has a skill that is able to crossover to different audiences because we can never go wrong with the fact that his heart-wrenching renditions of “I’ll Never Go” and “Say You’ll Never Go” have been consumed furiously as theme songs in various teleseryes and movies. It doesn’t take long to win the audience over and over again.

I’ll Never Go (Stained Glass)

I’ll Never Go (One more chance)

I’ll Never Go ( A Second Chance)

Say You’ll Never Go (Sana Maulit Muli)

Say You’ll Never Go (On The Wings Of Love)

Erik has an undeniable human connection. He sings wholeheartedly pleasant and has a delicate crystal clear message. That’s why he has been a favorite to sing the theme songs of some of our inspirational teleseryes.

May Bukas Pa(May Bukas Pa)


Lupa Man Ay Langit Na Rin (Nathaniel)

Sapagkat Diyos Ay Pag-ibig (Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig)

Lupa (Rosalka)

Erik continues to prove that he really is the King Of OPM Theme Songs as we hear his voice twice in a day (Daytime and Primetime) with a really dramatic sad scene that would definitely wreck you. Here’s how he reinvents OPM classics “Hanggang” (The Better Half) and “Sayo Lamang” (My Dear Heart).

Hanggang ( The Better Half)

Sayo Lamang (My Dear Heart)

Erik is a real innovator and a storyteller at the same time. There’s a serene naturalness with his voice that makes the scenes more romantic and sweet or heartbreaking.

Don’t Know What To Do, Don’t Know What To Say ( Til I Met You)

You Are My Song ( A Moment In Time)

Di Lang Ikaw ( Hiyas)

Erik would also not be out of place in a theme song for a heavy drama because a classic teleserye needs a classic theme song. His powerful rendition of these classic OPM songs stirring with powerful arrangements will surely leave you in awe.

Maging Sino Ka Man (Maging Sino Ka Man)

Ikaw (Ina, Kapatid, Anak)


Iisa Pa Lamang (Walang Hanggan)

Muling Buksan Ang Puso (Muling Buksan Ang Puso)

It was no surprise that Erik is the King Of OPM Themesongs because whether we like to admit it or not, these songs sneaked and stuck in our heads once in our lifetime. And, that’s the good thing about the kind of singer Erik Santos has gifted us.

So, let’s take a moment and celebrate OPM with the King of OPM Themesongs on April 7. See you there!

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The reinvention of Erik Santos

Erik seems to love surprising his fans. Last week, his latest album “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 was launched on Spotify, showcasing some well-crafted tracks. To many, it seems that this will be a huge step-up from his previous albums and from the classic Erik Santos we have loved for the longest time. But, in the recent bloggers conference, Erik assured his fans that he would still stick to his core as a balladeer, and that this is only part of his reinvention as an artist. As such, his new sound was graciously embraced by his fans and by all the spotifiers making his new single “Tandaan Mo ‘To” feat. Gloc 9 all over the charts.  And as I’m writing this, the song already reached 115,481 plays since it was launched last week. According to Erik, Tandaan Mo ‘To is his personal favorite because he was able to collaborate with one of the best rappers in our generation. It was composed by David Dimaguila, while, Gloc 9 himself actually wrote the rap lyrics, making this song extra special.

The level of passion and skills he exerted in creating this album was nothing short of amazing. He shares that this album was 1 year in the making. He always makes sure that before every recording session, he conditions his lungs by running on the treadmill for about 45 minutes, and memorizes the song by heart. In an exclusive listening to the album, he also shares songs both from his new sound to melodramatic songs so the fans won’t miss his classic sound. This album focuses on the nature of reality and it shows on how he emotionally filters and interprets each song differently.

You can now purchase “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 on iTunes and watch out for the grand launch of the Music video for Tandaan Mo ‘To on MYX, Oct. 23,2015, 5pm.

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   Bloggers Conference & exclusive listening of #ChampionReborn

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Bts of the Music Video #TandaanMoTo

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      Erik Santos with Direk Paul Basinilio and Gforce.

Erik Santos: A Champion Reborn

There was one time I was randomly asked by a friend “What is your favorite Erik Santos’ song?” I must admit, one of the most mind-boggling questions to answer. I have a lot of favorite songs of Erik including songs that are not released. But, to answer the question, I gave five of my most favorites (Kung Akin Ang Mundo, I Will Never Leave You, Hindi Na Magbabago, Langit, Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin) because asking me to pick just one song is like asking me to choose between my Parents.

I would have the same answer if someone will ask me “What is your favorite Erik’s album?” because he always made everything epic in his album. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when his albums sell like pancakes, always on the top-selling albums in record bars, received multi-platinum awards and used most of his songs in teleseryes and movies. It’s hard to say what my favorite album is, but I have two that are my most played albums – “Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman Songbook” and “Awit Para Sayo”. Maybe, because most of the songs hit me right in the feels with so much emotions. Well, that’s where Erik was good at after all, making us wish for a rainy day and a window to gaze out every time we listen to his songs.

Same thing goes with “What is your favorite Erik’s music video, concert, etc.,?” I can’t even sort it out in my mind because all of my favorites are subject to change as long as Erik creates great music. Just like the major change in his upcoming album and I’m talking about like a 360 degree turn. It is so inspiring and I feel proud at the same time that he took risks in doing this kind of album, far away from his comfort zone. I’ve been wanting him to do things that people don’t usually see, songs that have never been heard from him. I can guarantee, that this new sound of Erik is deliciously entertaining. I was over the moon with his new single “Tandaan Mo ‘To” along with its mind-blowing music video, absolutely unforgettable.

I am so beyond excited for everyone to see and experience the new Erik Santos. So, mark your calendar on Oct. 12. 2015 for the ESclusive grand release of the “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 on Spotify.

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