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Song In Focus

Song In Focus

By Song In Focus
Ever wondered what the story behind your favorite tracks are? The Song in Focus podcast dives deep behind the scenes from inspirations to the various layers of creation. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao, each episode focuses on a song featuring its songwriters and well-loved singers.

This podcast is presented by Payong Musikero and produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations.

Say hi to us and let us know which songs you want featured online. @songinfocus
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Listen In: Songs of Morissette + more
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Song In Focus Listen In is a side-episode on Spotify of the main show where our hosts Denice Lao and Acel curate songs inspired by the featured artists, songs, new releases and song theme. Each episode features five songs to complete your Song In Focus experience. Inspired by "Mirror," Morissette's featured song on Song In Focus (Song #25 - The Story Behind Mirror with Dave Lamar), this episode plays music that's part of her self-produced EP Signature and tracks from her favorite artists hand-picked by the hosts. Song In Focus Listen In featured tracks: - Morissette's Mirror - Morissette's Trophy - Jessie J's Masterpiece - Morissette's Love You Still - Alicia Keys' Underdog Follow Song In Focus to stay updated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and more @songinfocus.  
21:03
October 13, 2021
Song #25: Mirror by Morissette (The Story Behind featuring Dave Lamar)
In this episode, we talk to Morissette and Dave Lamar about "Mirror" - a song they wrote together for Morissette's Signature EP. Listen on to know the production stories and the story behind Morissette and Dave's journey in songwriting. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus
01:20:50
October 8, 2021
New Song Spotlight: Kalawakan by Paul Pablo
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Enjoyed our episode featuring Paul Pablo? Check out his latest single, Kalawakan! Click the bonus episode for a preview.
04:43
September 28, 2021
Song #24: Tensionado by Soapdish (The Story Behind featuring Jeff Bolivar)
In this episode, we sit down the Soapdish's Jeff Bolivar and talk about the song's long history, how it came about and the future music we can expect from Soapdish. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube #SongInFocus
38:57
July 23, 2021
Song #23: Akap by Aia De Leon (The Story Behind)
In this episode, Aia De Leon shares the stories behind "Akap" a song she wrote during her time as the main vocalist of OPM band Imago.  Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus
01:02:51
July 16, 2021
Song #22: Wake Up Next To You by Karylle (The Story Behind with Yael Yuzon and Karylle)
In this episode, the Mistos - Karylle and Yael Yuzon sat down with Song In Focus to talk about Karylle's latest single "Wake Up Next To You" and their experience in making an original soundtrack for "B&B: The Story of the Battle of Brody and Brandy" which you can now watch on Iflix and WeTV!  Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus #KarylleforSongInFocus #OSTBNB
01:41:37
July 9, 2021
Song #20: Suyo by Reon (The Story Behind)
We've got this amazing duo from coming to Song In Focus! Join us for this week's Song In Focus episode featuring reon's award-winning song "Suyo" - the PhilPop 2020 Grand Winner! Learn all about how they made award-winning music even during the pandemic! Hosted by Acel Music & Denice Lao Music Linktr.ee/songinfocus Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Marketing Consultancy #SongInFocus #Reon #ReonforSongInFocus #PodcastPH #Philpop
39:58
July 2, 2021
Song #21: Kumapit by Yeng Constantino (The Story Behind)
In this episode, we sit down with Yeng Constantino on her latest single "Kumapit." Written during the pandemic, the Pop Rock Princess of OPM dives deep into her unique songwriting process for the track, her intentions behind it and her faith.  Produced by Passion Fruit Marketing Consultancy and Payong Musikero Hosted by Acel (@acelbisavanommen) and Denice Lao (@denicelaomusic) Follow Song In Focus on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and more at @songinfocus for more song secrets and music stories! #YengforSongInFocus
01:07:08
June 28, 2021
Song #19: Anghel by Stonefree (The Story Behind with Miro Valera)
"Anghel, sa lupa mananatili ka!"  This week's episode features one of the most played songs back in 2007! Joining us is the songwriter of the song "Anghel" and frontman of OPM band STONEFREE, Miro Valera! Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Follow us at @songinfocus on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
01:07:55
June 25, 2021
Song #18: Bangin by Paul Pablo (The Story Behind)
Our new Song In Focus is from a rising artist from Davao that has taken such big presence in the Spotify charts with his official debut single "Bangin." Paul Pablo dives deep into how the song came to be and what it represents to him on his stance on LGBTQ+ and his personal life. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations Follow Song In Focus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
42:44
June 18, 2021
Song #17: Pag-ibig sa Tabing Dagat by Orange and Lemons (The Story Behind)
Missing the summer breeze? Orange & Lemons is taking us beach-side in this Song In Focus episode with their amazing track - "Pag-ibig sa Tabing Dagat!" Joining us is Clem Castro, Ace Del Mundo and Jared Nerona with hosts Acel & Denice Lao Follow us on Spotify, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Access at: Linktr.ee/songinfocus #SongInFocus #OrangeandLemonsforSongInFocus #OrangeandLemons #MoonlaneGardens #PodcastPH
01:07:24
June 11, 2021
Song #16: Wa'y Blema by Wonggoys (The Story Behind)
One of Cebu's hottest bands just dropped by Song In Focus! Learn all the fun and funny stories behind their amazing track "Wa'y Blema" together with the Wong brothers - Kyle, Gabe, and Bill!  Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations Follow us at @songinfocus on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok and Youtube for the latest updates!  #SongInFocus #WonggoysforSongInFocus #Wonggoys
01:06:59
June 4, 2021
New Song Spotlight: Labis-labis by Sponge Cola (Bonus)
Enjoyed our fun episode with Sponge Cola featuring 'Jeepney' (Song #1)? Here's a sneak peek of their newly released single "Labis-labis."  Listen to the full track on their Spotify, Itunes, Youtube page and more. Follow them at @sponge_cola on Instagram and "Sponge Cola" on Facebook. Don't forget to follow our "New OPM Spotlight" playlista to be updated on amazing local music. #SongInFocus #SpongeColaforSongInFocus
01:23
June 4, 2021
Song #15: Will You Ever Learn by Typecast (The Story Behind)
In this episode, we talked about Typecast's iconic "Will You Ever Learn!" Joining us for this podcast episode drop is Steve Badiola, Pakoy Fletchero and Sep Roño!  Learn about the song's production secrets and the real stories behind this decade-long hit.  Hosted by Acel & Denice Lao  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube at @songinfocus. Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus #Typecast
01:10:29
May 28, 2021
Song #14: Hindi Na Nga by This Band (The Story Behind)
Masakit nga ba mang-iwan? In this episode, we dive deep into one of This Band's biggest hits - "Hindi Na Nga," a song that speaks of breaking up with a person you used to love. Joining us is the full band together with Euwie, Andee, Miki, Carson, John and Ar-Em for a fun and very "personal" episode with Song In Focus! Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
01:16:28
May 21, 2021
Song #13: What? by SB19 (The Story Behind)
What is the story behind SB19's 'What?' SB19 shares with Song In Focus the creation process of this powerful anthem track from songwriting and choreography to creative direction. This hour-long deep dive takes on a special tone complete with the band's messages to their fans, A'tins!  Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations For more content on on music secrets and SB19, follow @songinfocus on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. #SB19 #SongInFocus
01:08:07
May 14, 2021
Season 2 Teaser: What's next?
Song In Focus is back for season 2! Listen and get a sneak peek of the amazing artists and songs coming your way. We can't wait to share more song secrets and exclusive stories about your favorite tracks.  Make sure to follow us on our pages @songinfocus on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus
01:58
May 9, 2021
New Song Spotlight: Mula Ngayon by Acel (Bonus)
One of our hosts Acel just release hew new single, 'Mula Ngayon.' Check it out on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming sites. Follow her at @acelvanommen on Instagram and Acel Music on Facebook.
01:05
April 6, 2021
Song #12: Lagi Na Lang by Acel (The Story Behind)
In this episode, we dive deep into the podcast's co-host Acel's latest single 'Lagi Na Lang' - an anti-hugot anthem that has brought her music journey in unexpected turns and surprises. Dabbling on how the song came about and the changes it went through over the years before it was released, this Song In Focus podcast episode touches on various elements of the music industry from contests to releases and many other fun stories behind 'Lagi Na Lang.' Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations #SongInFocus  
01:02:39
February 19, 2021
Song #11: Araw at Buwan by Denice Lao (The Story Behind)
A song for the taken-for-granted on Valentine's Day! This episode's featured song is a song from our very own host Denice and tackles the insecurities of having one-sided love. For this special episode, we invited STONEFREE's Miro Valera to join Acel in co-hosting the episode and gracing our Focused Sessions! Make sure to listen 'til the end for a mini surprise! ❤ Happy Valentine's Day! Subscribe and follow us to be notified when the episode drops! This episode is in partnership with Re Clothing, u DO u, InqPOP and INQUIRER.net. Produced by Passion Fruit Marketing Consultancy & Payong Musikero #SongInFocus 
01:06:54
February 14, 2021
Song #10: Wala Na Ang Init by Pusakalye and This Band (The Story Behind)
Song #10: Wala Na Ang Init by PusaKalye and This Band The podcast's featured song is a heartbreaking and chart-topping one! Join us this Friday as the members of Pusakalye share with us the songwriting journey of Wala Na Ang Init and how they ended up collaborating with labelmate This Band for the track.  Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
01:13:09
February 5, 2021
Song #9 Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay by The Itchyworms (The Story Behind)
In this episode, we reveal secrets, stories and all the tidbits that matter in The Itchyworms' major hit 'Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay.' Joined by Jugs Jugueta, Jazz Nicholas and Chino Singson, this is one episode filled with good vibes and great easter eggs. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations Follow us at @songinfocus on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. #SongInFocus
45:36
January 22, 2021
Song #8: Markang Bungo by Valley of Chrome (The Story Behind Featuring Rogel Africa)
In this episode, Rogel Simon Africa, lead singer of one of the most iconic metal bands in the Philippines, Valley of Chrome shares with us the significance of the song in the band's and his music transformation. A song about legacies and life's purpose, 'Markang Bungo' unveils its mask on what went on behind making it and how it came about. Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Payong Musikero and Passion Fruit Collaborations
01:06:17
January 15, 2021
Song #7: Aubade by Blind Stereo Moon (The Story Behind with Special Performance)
Lead singer and songwriter of Bulacan-based band Blind Stereo Moon, Julie Samonte, joined us for an insightful Song In Focus episode about one of the bands amazing tracks, Aubade. Let's end the year with this uplifting song and welcome 2021 with great music! Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao In partnership with u DO u and Re Clothing Produced by Passion  Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
34:09
December 28, 2020
Song #6: Star ng Pasko written by Robert Labayen (The Story Behind)
Written back in 2009, the Christmas song served as a hopeful reminder for Filipinos after Ondoy struck. Learn the stories behind the song from the person who penned the powerful lyrics of 'Star ng Pasko,' a song that transcended beyond being ABS-CBN's Station ID to now being part of Filipino Christmas Celebrations. Listen to the latest and beautiful version of the song sang by Patrick Quiroz and Vivoree! Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Music In partnership with u DO u and Re Clothing Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
47:47
December 18, 2020
Song #5: Cool Ka Lang by Prettier Than Pink (The Story Behind)
Lei Bautista, the lead singer and songwriter behind the hit 'Cool Ka Lang' opens up to the Song In Focus podcast on her mixed emotions about having a major hit that has been on the airwaves for decades. Join us as we explore the diverse realizations through time by Lei from conceptualizing the song to performing it live countless of times. In partnership with When In Manila and Re Clothing Hosted by Denice Lao and Acel Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
58:22
December 11, 2020
Song #4: Sa'yo by Silent Sanctuary (The Story Behind)
"We call it the grateful song." - Silent Sanctuary Song In Focus had a fun time going over all the stories behind the song with Sarkie Sarangay and Anjo Inacay of Silent Sanctuary! Learn about how the song came about and all of the happy stories shared with us by the band. This episode is in partnership with Inquirer.net, Inqpop and Re Clothing Hosted by Acel and Denice Lao Produced by Passion Fruit Collaborations and Payong Musikero
53:06
December 4, 2020
Song #3: Hawak Kamay by Yeng Constantino (The Story Behind)
In this Episode, Acel and Denice went on a trip down memory lane as Yeng revisits her meaningful journey with her very first hit 'Hawak Kamay.' Filled with secrets never been shared before and the emotional ride Yeng went through with the song, the upcoming episode opens up a lot of great stories to watch out for! In partnership with When In Manil and Re Clothing Follow Song In Focus on on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. (@songinfocus)
01:06:39
November 27, 2020
Song #2: It's Okay by Clara Benin (The Story Behind with Special Performance)
"It's my most personal song yet." - Clara Benin In this episode, Acel and Denice goes through an intimate conversation with the sweetest, Clara Benin! The singer-songwriter shared her process in making a heartfelt track especially during a pandemic and her purest intentions in sharing her music. Clara ends the episode with a cozy live version of 'It's Okay.' This episode is in partnership with Inquirer.net, Inqpop and Re Clothing Follow Song In Focus on on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. (@songinfocus)
42:33
November 27, 2020
Song #1: Jeepney by Sponge Cola (The Story Behind)
"Jeepney took us all over the world" - Sponge Cola In this Episode, Denice and Acel sat down with Sponge Cola's Yael, Armo, Ted and Gosh to reminisce the past 19 years the song has lived. From how it was made and how it became a hit to the transformation Jeepney went through throughout the band's music career. From their starting days as a band back in high school to playing this hit today as one of OPM's most iconic bands.
01:07:15
November 27, 2020
What is 'Song In Focus?'
In this podcast Introduction, Acel and Denice shares what listeners can expect from this music passion project. Follow Song In Focus on on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. (@songinfocus)
11:53
November 27, 2020
Song In Focus Trailer
Get to know what's coming in this new podcast for music lovers!
00:54
November 15, 2020