5 Promising Musicians Who Caught Our Eye In Manila NeXt



With music that is constantly evolving, many Filipino artists are starting to gain recognition nationwide. The Manila NeXt festival, held at The Cove Manila in Okada last April 14, was a testament to that. The brightest, most promising OPM musicians gave the audience their best, making the festival a night to remember.

 Kiana Valenciano

With an unforgettable voice that is both sweet and sultry, Kiana has been making waves in the industry for her talent since she was a young girl. More herself than ever, the artist has marked her territory in the R&B genre, with catchy hits such as “Does She Know” and “Circles.” We’re sure that her father, the legendary Gary Valenciano, is more than proud of her.


Poor Taste

Paulo Tiongson, known to many as producer and rapper Poor Taste, definitely stands out from the crowd with his look and his music. From producing James Reid’s “Palm Dreams” to performing his own tracks on stage, this is one artist whose sheer determination will bring him far.


Claudia Barretto

While her famous last name is linked with top actresses in the showbiz industry, Claudia has been coming into the spotlight on her own terms by sharing her passion and talent for music. Inspired by the likes of Kehlani and Dua Lipa, her songs such as “Stay” feature her soothing voice that will surely bring her places in her career.


Donny Pangilinan

Just when you thought that MYX VJ Donny couldn’t get any more talented, the host surprises us with his musical talent. Since then, his tracks such as the nostalgic “Did You” have proven to win the hearts of many.


Nadine Lustre 

While Nadine is already known for her acting skills, the star has proven to be an entertainer on the stage as well. As she closed the stage at the Manila NeXt stage, she shows us how to make a show-stopping performance.

Photography by Floyd Jhocson of Studio 100