The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released the “Sounds More Fun in the Philippines” Playlist, a collection of specifically selected Filipino music that will transport listeners back to their favorite Philippine destinations and allow them to relive their unforgettable travel experiences.
The first playlists will be offered on Spotify, a digital music streaming service. 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, and Deep Dive in Palawan are the first ten playlists to be released.
The songs chosen aim to create a soundtrack for one’s stories, such as the Cordillera Calm playlist, which provides laidback OPM tunes to warm the bones like a strong cup of Cordillera coffee; the Boracay Beach Bar playlist, which surrounds one with beach vibes perfect for grooving; and the Manila Night Lights playlist, which transports listeners back to the eras of disco, dance rock, and neo soul, reliving those dazzling nights when
“These songs will evoke the escapes, secret spots, and homes away from home that every traveler can find somewhere across the Philippines’ 7,641 islands,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
The playlists are designed for all types of listeners—the songs can be played loud to get one going before a morning bike ride or to keep them company on a long road trip; or they can be played softly in the background as one enjoys the bliss of a good surf or daydreams while lounging on a white sand beach gazing at the sea.
The DOT hopes to give the impression that joy is never far away, no matter where you are.
The DOT recruited the expertise of Filipino music aficionados to build the playlists. Myrene Academia, a famed rock DJ and Sandwich bassist, Ryan Joseph, a podcast presenter, Jocelyn Blwg, Matt San Pedro of Manila Community Radio and Transit Records, Patricia Brillante-Silvestre, and Abdel Aziz, a music producer, are among them.
These playlists showcase music and artists from the Philippines as well as worldwide artists and bands having Filipino roots.
Explore the archipelago’s many soundscapes and get to know the artists who created the music that has defined generations, as well as those who are setting its future direction, by following DOT’s official Spotify account, Tourism Philippines.
The hashtag #SoundsMoreFunInThePhilippines celebrates why—and where—music sounds more fun in the Philippines.