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American Music in the Philippines - Radio Stations and Karaoke

American music American tourists may wonder why there seems to be so much American music being played in the Philippines. History explains it.

Americans have lived in the Philippines since before World War I. The number increased when the Subic Naval Base (now the Subic Bay Freeport Zone) was an American installation.

The last of the United States military left in 1992, but there are plenty of American-oriented areas still in existence. A lot of American expats live in those places.

Radio Stations with American Music

There’s at least one American radio station based at Subic Bay Freeport Zone or in Olongapo. I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I don’t know. I’m sure there’s at least one in the Clark/Angeles area as well, but I wouldn’t know. I haven’t spent any time there.

The radio station here plays mostly American music, but they also play Filipino music at times.

Karaoke and American Music

We rent karaoke machines on occasion. They’re fully loaded with thousands of songs. Most of the songs are American. I’d like to say it’s mostly 80s music, but I’d probably be wrong. I’ve heard music dating back to the 50s and music as recent as the 2010s.

It probably depends on how old the karaoke machine happens to be. There are some really old machines around here, still sporting CRT monitors and TVs. I’ve only seen a couple with LCD/LED monitors on top.

American Music in Other Places

There are probably places in Manila that cater to American music but again, I wouldn’t know. My daughter-in-law listened to a lot of American music where she lived on the island of Mindanao because one of her uncles loved American music.

And then there’s the hit songs attached to American movies. “Pitch Perfect 2”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” and the “50 Shades of Grey” soundtracks had hit songs on them. I’m sure there are more movies like that, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

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By RT Cunningham
March 30, 2017
Entertainment and Recreation

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