Playlist: The Filipino pop songs that accompanied the 31st ASEAN summit

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OPM hits, ballads, and folk songs accompanied the festivities at the ASEAN summit. Photo from ASEAN 2017/PCOO

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — If world leaders paid attention to the music being played during the red carpet reception at the ASEAN opening, they’d hear an interesting sampling of Filipino music.

A parade band with woodwind instruments accompanied the opening ceremonies of the ASEAN summit on Monday. Apart from the staple folk songs that tell tales of Filipino values and romanticism, such as“Magtanim ay ‘Di Biro,” “Dandansoy,” and “Leron Leron Sinta,” guests and world leaders were treated to renditions of pop songs such as Yeng Constantino’s “Chinito,” Brownman Revival’s “Binibini,” and Rey Valera’s “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko.”

Opening ceremonies require a certain dash of pomp and circumstance, but using the melodies of Filipino pop songs add a contemporary touch.

The gala dinner also featured a musical performance that opened with Hotdog’s iconic song, “Manila,” which show director Monino Duque used to amp up the local flavor in welcoming the guests and world leaders to “our Manila.”

Even Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave an impromptu song number, apparently at U.S. President Donald Trump's request. He sang George Canseco’s “Ikaw” with Pilita Corrales.

The formal opening ceremony featured a short performance as well, ending with a presentation of the two-act Musical “Rama at Sita,” which is a Filipino take on the ancient Indian epic, the “Ramayana.” The libretto in “Rama at Sita” was written by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and the music was composed by Ryan Cayabyab.

The cultural and musical presentations during the 31st ASEAN Summit attempted to break from the usual song-and-dance highlighting the host country’s culture.

In the gala dinner, the show featured a mix of contemporary dance, ballet, hip-hop, and traditional folk dances, and a showcase of powerful song numbers from some of the country’s best singers.

For the closing night, the ASEAN Music Festival will be headlined by six Filipino rock bands and eight acts from ASEAN member countries, incorporating their own cultural traditions to contemporary modes of music.

Below are some of the songs featured during the 31st ASEAN summit ceremonies:

“Manila” by Hotdog

“Ang Pipit” by Pilita Corrales

“Magkaugnay” by Joey Ayala

“Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok ko” by Rey Valera

“Chinito” by Yeng Constantino

“Binibini” by Brownman Revival

“Ikaw” by Regine Velasquez

“Magbalik ka na Mahal” by Kuh Ledesma

“Awit ng Pagsinta” by the cast of “Rama at Sita”