Original Pilipino Music, now more commonly termed Original Pinoy Music or Original Philippine Music, (frequently abbreviated to OPM) originally referred only to Philippine pop songs, especially those in the ballad form, such as songs popularized in the 1970s through the mid-1990s by major commercial Philippine pop music artists like Pilita Corrales, Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, Basil Valdez, Rey Valera, Regine Velasquez, Alfred Abbas, Ogie Alcasid, Jamie Rivera, Joey Albert, Sharon Cuneta, Lani Misalucha, Lea Salonga, and APO Hiking Society.
OPM pop has also been regularly showcased in the live band scene. Groups like Neocolors, Side A, True Faith (band), Passage, Freestyle and 3rd Avenue popularized songs that clearly reflect the sentimental character of OPM pop.
In the passage of time as well as the development of many diverse and alternative musical styles in the Philippines, however, the term OPM now refers to any type of Original Philippine Music created in the Philippines or composed by individuals of Philippine extraction, regardless of location at the time when composed. The lyrics, in fact, may be in any language or dialect. Although most of it are written either in Filipino, English, or "Taglish," OPMs written in other non-Philippine languages (e.g., Japanese), though handful, do exist.
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