The Department of Tourism (DOT) created a compilation of specially selected Filipino music to let listeners feel the nostalgia of traveling to Philippine destinations and for them to relive their epic travel memories, called the “Sounds More Fun in the Philippines” Playlist.
The initial playlists will be available on the digital music streaming app Spotify.
The first 10 playlists to be launched are:
- Manila Night Lights
- Boracay Beach Bar
- Onshore in La Union
- Cordillera Calm
- The Pan-Philippine Highway Road Trip
- Marilaque Bike Trail Mix
- Balikbayan Juke Box
- Counting Clouds in Camiguin
- Wedding Vows in Tagaytay
- Deep Dive in Palawan.
“These tunes will allow listeners to evoke the getaways, secret spots, and homes away from home that every traveler can find somewhere across the 7,641 islands of the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
The chosen songs aim to set the soundtrack of one’s stories—like the Cordillera Calm playlist that provides laidback OPM tunes to warm the bones like a strong cup of Cordillera coffee.
What about the feeling of being surrounded by beach vibes, perfect for grooving, which can be heard on the Boracay Beach Bar playlist.
The Manila Night Lights playlist will bring listeners back to the eras of disco, dance-rock, and neo-soul, reliving those dazzling nights when the city truly comes alive.
Furthermore, the playlists are attuned for every kind of listener—the listed songs can be played loud to get one going before that early morning bike trail or to keep them company on an epic road trip.
These songs can also be played softly in the background as one savors the bliss that follows a good surf or daydreams while lounging and gazing at the sea on a white sand beach.
Through this, the DOT intends to provide the feeling that, wherever you are, the fun is never far away.
Creation of the playlists
To create the playlists, the DOT enlisted the help of Filipino music obsessives. These include legendary rock DJ and Sandwich bassist Myrene Academia, podcast personality Ryan Joseph, music pundit Jocelyn Blwg, Matt San Pedro of Manila Community Radio and Transit Records, musicologist Patricia Brillante-Silvestre, and music producer Abdel Aziz.
The songs and artists featured in these playlists are Pinoys, international artists, and bands with Filipino roots.
Follow DOT’s official Spotify account, Tourism Philippines, and explore the archipelago’s diverse soundscapes and get to know the artists who made the music that has defined generations and those that are charting its future course!