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Florante de Leon, popularly known simply as Florante, is a Filipino singer-songwriter.

Florante at Alma
Other namesAlma
OccupationSinger-songwriter

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CareerEdit

He was a pioneer and leading exponent of Pinoy folk rock[1] during the DZRJ-AM radio boom in Manila during the 1970s. His more popular singles include the hit ballad, "Handog" (Offering) and other songs, such as "Ako'y Isang Pinoy" (I Am A Filipino), "Abakada" (A-B-C-D), "Digmaan" (War) and "Pinay" (Filipino Woman),[2] which form part of the musical genre called Manila sound. He influenced other singer-songwriters that followed, particularly during the emergence of OPM; these artists include Joey Ayala,[3] Freddie Aguilar and Heber Bartolome.

Manila SoundEdit

Even though a folk singer, Florante also became a part of the 1970s Manila Sound. In 2006, Join the Club's hard rock revival of "Handog" was included in Hopia Mani Popcorn revival album.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lockard, Craig A. (1998). Dance of life: popular music and politics in Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 137. ISBN 0-8248-1918-7.
  2. ^ Lockard, Craig A. (1998). Dance of life: popular music and politics in Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-8248-1918-7.
  3. ^ Rodell, Paul A. (2002). Culture and customs of the Philippines. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 186. ISBN 0-313-30415-7.

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