As part of a special musical event this month called Salubong: The Christmas Concert, urban/hip-hop star CLR (real name Chester Lalinjaman Romo) is happy to be one of the headlining artists along with rock quartet Sponge Cola, the legendary Aegis band, and breakthrough spoken word artist Martin Naling. The one-of-a-kind Christmas concert brings together these top OPM artists from different musical genres and will be available for streaming via KTX.ph on December 10 and December 11.
Known for his hit songs like “Ba’t Ngayon?” and “P’s Song”, as well as collaborations with various Pinoy rappers and artists like Jay-R, and Angela Ken, CLR shared during the Salubong mediacon event that he has made sure to keep himself productive even during the lockdown period in the country starting last year.
“Sa nangyaring pandemic, continuous pa din naman yung paggawa ko ng kanta. Ang maganda kasi sa akin, ako lang mag-isa eh. So anytime kapag trip ko gumawa ng kanta makakagawa kagad ako kasi may mga tools na rin ako na nagagamit. Thank you sa budget (laughs),” he admitted.
At the Salubong: The Christmas Concert mediacon, the Cebuano artist revealed one of the most challenging times in his career was when he was not given the chance to showcase his talent on platforms like The Voice Philippines. CLR admitted that it was definitely a painful moment for him.
“Oo siyempre kasi tao rin tayo eh. Kapag na-di-disregard tayo sa isang bagay, siyempre masakit yun para sa atin ‘di ba? Pero, ang pinaka-clever na ginawa ko is hindi ako sumuko. Kumbaga, ano bang alam nila? Mas alam ko yung sarili ko. Parang mas kilala ko sarili ko kesa sa kanila so pursigi lang ako ng pursigi hanggang sa talagang napakinggan ako ng mga tao. Thankful din ako kasi napapakain ko na yung mga parents ko ng maayos. The Voice Philippines dinisregard ako. Fliptop dinisregard ako. Lahat ng record label, lahat talagang inisip ko nun, ‘Ano bang gusto ng mga taong ito?’ Well, since may internet na, may YouTube na eh di dito na lang ako mag-u-upload. Kung may makikinig eh di good, kung wala eh di move on,” he explained.
As a special gift for his fans this month, CLR revealed what’s in store for them as they usher in the New Year.
“Meron akong ilalabas na EP sa January 1, sa bagong taon mismo. At may music video sa December 31 sa mismong channel ko. So sasalubungin nung EP nung video sa January 1 so excited din ako dun,” he added.
Salubong: The Christmas Concert is by MG Philippines, in cooperation with Praxis and The Filipino Channel (TFC.) Salubong is staged with top-notch technical production at ABS-CBN’s ASAP Studio 10, and the program is conceptualized by the best Filipino musical production minds under director Paul Alexei Basinillo.