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Orient Pearl Band
Biography and Discography:
In 1994, Philippine rock band named Orient Pearl evolved. The band is fronted up by its vocalist Naldy Padilla, it features a line up of lead guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums. Orient Pearl released its debut album, Orient Pearl 1 on the Tone Def label of independent Ivory Records. The band features a lineup of guitar, keyboards, and bass, and is fronted by vocalist Naldy Padilla, who possesses a strong, depth-filled voice. Various session drummers were used on the album. Though not entirely cohesive, the album is full of good moments, every song presenting some enjoyment. One of the best songs is the emotive, slow-paced "Pagsubok" ("Trials"), which gained much airplay and made Orient Pearl one of the Philippines' most recognizable bands. "Pagsubok" tells of determination and courage in the face of insurmountable odds, and at least one Philippine movie star cited it as an inspiration during his own time of troubles. Another fine song is the heartfelt "Kasalanan" ("Sin"), which was cited as the best song of 1995 in the Manila Times daily newspaper. There are other fine performances on the album, including "Hangarin" ("Wish"), which grooves on a rollicking chord progression; the ambitious power ballad "Laging Sa Iyo" ("Always for You"); and "Sweet River," which glides on a '50s boogie-woogie feel, fortified by staccato piano and containing a sparkling melody sung passionately by Naldy. While the album isn't entirely pure hard rock, the band's enthusiasm is palpable and contagious. The arrangements are mostly adventurous, often featuring searing lead guitar and warm organ (keyboards), all stirred by the forceful singing of vocalist Naldy Padilla.
In 1995, Orient Pearl became one of the most prestigious and important bands in the Philippines which gained much airplay on radio station nationwide. Two of the most popular songs on the first album was “Pagsubok” (Trials) and “Kasalanan” (Sin). The songs inspire every human to be strong in the song “Pagsubok” while the other one is asking for another chance.
In 1996, Orient Pearl released their second album, Orient Pearl 3, the follow-up to the successful Orient Pearl 1, an enjoyable album containing two songs which garnered strong radio airplay, “Kasalanan” (“Sin”) and “Pagsubok” (“Trials”). Though this is the band’s second album, it is purposely titled “3”, reportedly in a superstitious attempt to beat the sophomore jinx. Maybe it helped, as the album is a solid effort, and is in fact more cohesive than the debut. Where the instrumentation on Orient Pearl 1 was a bit sluggish at times, the instrumentation is more polished on the new album, working in synergetic tandem with the vocals of Naldy Padilla, whose singing remains, as before, forceful and emotive. The searing guitar figure on the power ballad, “Maabot Ka Lang” (“Just to Reach You”) adds distinctive flavoring to Padilla’s emotive vocals. Another outstanding song is “Langit” (“Heaven”), which again features a stirring guitar figure as well as a contagious melody. “Shoot Me” contains a distinctive hook in the melody, sung a cappella at one point in an adventurous arrangement. The majority of the songs were composed by the team of vocalist Naldy Padilla and keyboardist Dexter Panlilio, including the power ballad “Cry in the Rain,” which gained much radio airplay. Another song, “We Can Make It,” which was originally written and composed by John Ong, is an English version of the smash hit, “Pagsubok,” from the first album.
In 1997, as the bands reputation continue to flourish, Orient Pearl released its third album, Switch. The album is the band's first for local independent Infiniti Music, having moved from another independent, Ivory Records, for which the band recorded two albums. Most likely, the album's title reflects the switch in record companies. Both of the band's previous albums were fine efforts; the first album, Orient Pearl 1 was enthusiastic if a bit raw, but provided many enjoyable moments; while Orient Pearl 3 (so named in an attempt to avoid the sophomore jinx) was cohesive and once again enjoyable. The new album aims to be just as substantive, and the instrumentation as performed by Ryan Gomez (bass guitar), Leo Awatin (guitar) and Dexter Panlilio (keyboards) is particularly adventurous and worthy of comment. The singing of vocalist Naldy Padilla, who possesses one of the best rock voices in the Philippines, is once again strong and emotive. Orient Pearl 3 album’s distinctive instrumentation makes a lasting impression, such as the soaring feedback of "Ruthless" and the bluesy organ of "Pain." Naldy Padilla's singing is once again vibrant and strong, as he handles the "catchy" (at least for this album) refrain heard in "At Gumuho Ang Langit" ("Heaven Falls") quite well, and shows much enthusiasm on the upbeat "Superstar."
Naldy Padilla – Vocals, and drums
Dexter Panililio- Keyboard
Earl James Panlilio – Drums
Ryan Gomez- Bass Guitar
Leo Awatin- Lead Guitar
Edsel Avelino- Rhythm Guitar
Orient Pearl 3 1996
Orient Pearl 1 1994
Orient Pearl plays original mainstream rock (Alternative, Classic, and Ballad).