After years of promoting our cultural heritage, undertaking community service-oriented actvities with the help of volunteers this long-running radio program in Canada’s capital is holding a Gala to celebrate with the community it serves.
Airing first on November 11, 1992 as a fifteen minute pre-recorded feature in a Friday morning program in CKCU FM 93.1 called Morning Blend, Tinig Pinoy soon flourished into an hour-long live program on its own. This is owed to the enthusiastic support of the then smaller Filipino community in the Ottawa valley. Complimented by lady host and former Bicol radio personality Zeny Cabacoy, show founder Dan de Castro brought the sound of home by providing news reports from the Philippines and playing nothing but original Pilipino music (OPM). Part of the show too was serving as a voice of the community on-the-air as it provided ongoing and upcoming reports of happenings in the local community. Before the advent of the Internet, getting ‘regular’ news report from back home took time. The Philippine Embassy in Ottawa address that need by feeding us the news ‘wired’ to them by Manila. Access to the beautiful Filipino music and songs was a challenge since the studio’s music library had no vinyl nor cassette tapes of Filipino music. Donations from the community made it possible for Tinig Pinoy to build its own music library composed only of Pinoy songs. Regular broadcasting during those early years of Tinig Pinoy was challenging compared to the current times when news and music can be had through the internet.
In April 2012, Tinig Pinoy rode the growing popularity of the Internet and formally launched its web radio at the iconic Canadian Parliament attended by high-ranking federal ministers, Philippine embassy officials, Ottawa’s Filipino Canadian community leaders and many local community residents. From that auspicious debut, Tinig Pinoy’s radio programs transcended geographical boundaries and reached Filipinos where the internet is available. Todate, Tinig Pinoy remains popular with its original platform where music played is only made by Filipino musicians. Broadcasting 24/7 are a mix of popular and mainstream Pinoy songs as well as of Pinoy Indie artists whose work are mostly ignored by radio & TV networks in the Philippines. In between are liveshows hosted by DJs located in various cities across the globe thus the slogan “OPM: Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan” (loosely translated means OPM (for original Pilipino music): wherever and whenever. Tinig Pinoy’s longevity and successful run is owed to the many volunteers who dedicated time and energy in ensuring that each episode of the program is broadcast with the high-quality and entertainment value expected by its audience. During these years one particular volunteer, Regina Sosing, remained steadfast on her commitment to Tinig Pinoy’s ideals with her active leadership and participation in keeping TPR tuned-in.
So, today 30 years after its humble start Tinig Pinoy keeps bringing the sound of home to thousands of Filipinos worldwide, Canada included. This would not have been possible without the support of friends and various communities the world over who long for and appreciate our very brand and quality of programming.
We at Tinig Pinoy intend to be on people’s ears through the years but we can only achieve this with your continuous support.
Mabuhay ang kulturang Pilipino. Mabuhay ang Tinig Pinoy!