Villar Recording Company

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Villar Recording Company was a recording company that specialized in Philippine music and which also used duplicating equipment and Long Playing (LP) record, a novelty that time. The recording company has been regarded for its pioneering work in recording original Pilipino music (OPM).


Early History

Villar Records was established in 1950 by the late Manuel P. Villar Sr., recording Philippine folk songs, kundimans, balitaw and other love songs from different regions. Mr. Villar has earned the title as the Father of Philippine recording for his pioneering work in recording original Pilipino music (OPM). Mr. Villar was also the first president of the Philippine Recording Industry Association (PRIA). Villar Records carried the ethnic sounds of the Ilocos, Cebu, Iloilo, Cordillera, Tausug and Maranao tribes.

Keeping Filipino Music

In the 1950s and 1960s, the company fought a battle to sustain local music in the face of popular American and British music, examples of which were the music of the Beatles and Elvis Presley. During the period, the company release 500 albums and thousands of kundiman, love songs and folk songs, dance music and popular Filipino music. Among the popular artists who worked under the recording company were Nora Aunor, Sylvia La Torre, Leopoldo Silos, Ruben Tagalog, Cely Bautista and many more.

Villar Records was the first to wax a record of the Philippine National Anthem.


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