By Jeffrey O. Valisno, Sub-Editor

Keeping the faith

Posted on February 15, 2013

CD Tuloy Pa rin Nyoy Volante MCA Music Group

HE IS CONSIDERED a driving force of the acoustic music phenomenon, starting with his debut album -- aptly titled Acoustic -- released in 2002.

More than a decade later, singer Nyoy Volante is still at it, putting to rest any notion that the acoustic genre would not last.

Proof that acoustic music is here to stay, Mr. Volante released his latest album containing acoustic renditions of some of the best Filipino pop ballads.

Called Tuloy Pa Rin, the album has 12 tracks featuring classic OPM favorites like VST & Co.’s “Ipagpatawad Mo,” Dina Bonnevie’s “Bakit Ba Ganyan,” Ogie Alcasid’s “Nandito Ako,” and Lani Misalucha’s “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.”

Also in the album are his versions of “Tuloy Pa Rin,” “Sa Isip Ko,” “Magkasuyo Buong Gabi (a duet with Sabrina), “Kamakailan Lang,” “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko,” and “Basta’t Kasama Kita.”

“These are songs that I grew up with. There are songs that become part of our lives, these are those songs for me,” he explained recently.

The album also contains two original songs: “Pikit” and “Miss Kita.

As an added bonus, the album comes with a CD containing the minus one versions of all 12 tracks.

“My last album, In You, contains mostly original songs, so we decided to balance things out by coming up with an album featuring mostly cover versions,” Mr. Volante told reporters.

It took Mr. Volante almost two years to come up with Tuloy Pa Rin, saying that his busy schedule performing in local theater productions like In The Heights and Rock of Ages kept him from finishing the album.

“Thankfully, we were able to finish recording, so we were able to release the new album now,” Mr. Volante said.

Mr. Volante (real name: Niño del Mar Volante) was initially dubbed “The Prince of Acoustic Pop,” but soon merited the upgrade to “The King of Acoustic Pop.”

Aside from being a singer, Mr. Volante has also dabbled in songwriting, composing words and melodies for artists like Nina (“Someday”), Joaqui (“I Need Your Love,”) and Nicole Joy (“Maghihintay.”)

Mr. Volante is also in demand as a radio and TV jingles composer and arranger.

As his way of giving back, he and his family established H.E.R.O.E.S. (Honing, Enhancing, Refining of Entertainers School) last year. He said the school provides courses such as Performer Essentials, Advanced Performer, Basic Musician, Singing Musician and Special Training.

“The school encourages the students to enhance their skills and boosts their self-confidence,” Mr. Volante said.