The Story of Dingdong Avanzado was released by EMI Philippines in 2002 and collects 14 songs recorded by Philippine singer Dingdong Avanzado, gathered from the label's back catalog. The singer no longer records for the label (unless a new contract is in the works). Due to the effects of piracy, compounded by a market that prefers music by Western artists, Philippine record companies were not releasing many new albums by local artists in 2002, and a number of labels were making "best of" collections of this sort. This is much cheaper than recording new albums, especially new albums by new artists, which must then be marketed to a new audience. As easy listening music is very popular in the Philippines, it is no surprise that The Story of Dingdong Avanzado is dominated by easy listening music. A number of the songs sound derivative, as though heard before in similar fashion on other local easy listening albums. It's a wonder the marketplace doesn't tire of this, but there always seems to be some kind of demand. Nonetheless, "Kay Tagal-Tagal" (It Takes So Long) and "Humihiling" (Request) are pleasant enough easy listening tunes. The album also contains several upbeat, dance-inflected songs, which presents a welcome diversion. Dingdong Avenzado is up to the challenge, and sings in a confident, spirited manner, as though relishing the opportunity to sing these modern songs, which includes "Awitin" (The Song), "I Will Be There for You," "Kahit Kailan Man" (Even Anytime), and the funk-influenced "Pare, Easy Ka Lang" (Buddy, Take It Easy).
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