Rock legend Pepe Smith, Letter Day Story collaborate on “Salamat"

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PINOY ROCK ANTHEM “Salamat”, one of the most unforgettable hits of legendary OPM band The Dawn, gets a charged-up tribute with its latest revival by the up-and-coming rock idols of Letter Day Story, which also features Pinoy rock icon Pepe Smith.
The official music video is now on YouTube.

Letter Day Story members were naturally excited over the prospect of working with Smith for the recording of “Salamat”.  All of them, Dex Yu (guitars and lead vocals), NotNot Vinzons (guitars), Oli Agustin (bass and vocals) and Ej Arabit (drums), said they felt honored and thrilled
"RECORDING 'SALAMAT' helped us connect with our OPM roots.  We realized that without artists like Pepe Smith and bands like The Dawn, Pinoys would not be rocking today," says  Letter Day Story bassist Oli Agustin. The music video was shot in NUVALI, an Avida Land property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Drummer EJ Arabit of Letter Day Story recalls being star-struck by the thought of recording "Salamat" with Pepe Smith. "We were glad that he didn't have any star complex. Parang jamming lang talaga," he says. The music video was shot in NUVALI, an Avida Land property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Siyempre, Pepe Smith na yan eh. Kung wala siya at ang ibang members ng Juan dela Cruz Band, wala sigurong Pinoy Rock ngayon. Wala rin kami,” said Dex.

Their version of “Salamat” retains the very relevant and very Pinoy message of the original but also creates a more contemporary sound that brings the OPM classic to a new generation of fans. The music video was shot in select areas in NUVALI, a sustainable and environment-friendly development by Ayala Land in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“The positive response of younger fans to the revival of “Salamat” and its music video shows that there is a hunger and a need for OPM. We are happy about this because supporting OPM is one of our advocacies as a company,” said Tess Tatco, Avida Marketing Head.  Property developer Avida Land helped produce the “Tunog Natin” album to revive interest and appreciation for OPM among a new generation of Filipino music lovers

Letter Day Story guitarist and vocalist Dex Yu considers it a high point in his unfolding musical career to be able to record and shoot a music video for "Salamat", a cover/revival recording by the band with Pinoy rock veteran Pepe Smith
“Salamat” as recorded by Letter Day Story and Pepe Smith is one of the tracks in the compilation album, “Tunog Natin: Songs From Home” that features an all-OPM selection of ten classic and new Filipino songs.

“A simple song can express thanks, love, heartache and joy. OPM will always be relevant because it becomes our common language—something that binds us together. Through Filipino music, we are able to communicate with one another despite our differences, and find a common identity,” she said



GUITARIST NOTNOT VINZONS of Letter Day Story hams it up for the camera with his love/thank you note. Vinzons and the rest of Letter Day story shot their music video for "Salamat" in NUVALI, an Avida Land property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna
ON A NEW PATH. Letter Day Story members Oli Agustin (bass, vocals); Notnot Vinzons (guitars); EJ Arabit (drums) and Dex Yu (guitars, vocals) take a new turn in their musical journey at Avida NUVALI, where they shot the music video for "Salamat", a cover/revival recording by the band with Pinoy rock veteran Pepe Smith
“Tunog Natin: Song’s From Home” is a great showcase of Filipino musicianship. Artists who took part in the album include OPM legends Joey “Pepe” Smith; Jim Paredes; Medwin Marfil of True Faith and Gloc-9; as well as pop divas Faith Cuneta and Arnee Hidalgo
THANKSGIVING is a recurring theme in the music video of  "Salamat", a cover/revival recording by the band Letter Day Story with Pinoy rock veteran Pepe Smith. This scene shows a tree that's festooned with various thank you notes. The music video was shot in NUVALI, an Avida Land property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

LETTER DAY STORY members Oli Agustin (bass, vocals); Notnot Vinzons (guitars); and Dex Yu (guitars, vocals) during the shoot of their music video, on location at the Avida NUVALI depelopment in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The music video is for "Salamat", a cover/revival recording by the band with Pinoy rock veteran Pepe Smith

LETTER DAY STORY members EJ Arabit (drums); Dex Yu (guitars, vocals); and Notnot Vinzons (guitars) surrounded by the picturesque valley of the Avida NUVALI depelopment in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where they shot their music video is for "Salamat", a cover/revival recording by the band with Pinoy rock veteran Pepe Smith

LETTER DAY STORY revives the OPM rock anthem "Salamat" (originally recorded by The Dawn) with Pinoy Rock icon Pepe Smith. The music video was shot in NUVALI, an Avida Land property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna
OPM’s most promising young acts also joined the album, including Sheng Belmonte; Princess Velasco; Letter Day Story; boyband 1:43; Myrus; Tanya Markova; Kiss Jane and Tricia Garcia. 1990s alternative rock icons Mcoy Fundales and Barbie Almalbis complete the line-up.
PINOY ROCK ICON PEPE SMITH and Letter Day Story frontman Dex Yu rocked the house at the Red Letter Day event in Trinoma. Red Letter Day is an Avida campaign that promotes the spirit of gratitude among Filipinos, allowing them to say 'Thank You' to their loved ones in creative ways

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