Iconic Pinoy rock singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis put on a surprise performance at the first-ever Billboard Philippines Women in Music Awards.

The event, which is happening at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura on March 22, celebrates the Filipinas who have made their indelible mark on the country’s music industry. Almalbis performed “Say Goodbye,” “Tabing Ilog,” and her classic hit, “Torpe.” Her performance happened after the opening remarks of Modern Media Group Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer and Billboard Philippines publisher Anne Bernisca.

Barbie Almalbis performing for Billboard Philippines Women in Music

Barbie Almalbis photographed by Mayks Go for Billboard Philippines Women in Music.

Almalbis joins the rest of the star-studded performers of the night, including Rising Star awardees BINI, Rule Breaker awardee Ena Mori, Hitmaker honoree Moira dela Torre, Powerhouse honoree Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, and Woman of the Year honoree Sarah Geronimo.

She was also nominated for the People’s Choice award of the Billboard Philippines Women in Music Awards. Almalbis is featured in the special print issue for Women in Music, which is now available on Sarisari Shopping. Order your copy here.

The singer-songwriter and guitarist is known for being the frontwoman of Barbie’s Cradle and Hungry Young Poets. She continues to perform as a solo artist. She released her latest single, “Wicked Heart,” in November of last year. She also guested on Billboard Philippines Volumes podcast, where she went behind the scenes of “Torpe,” “Tabing Ilog,” and “Wicked Heart.”

Upon talking about her illustrious career in the music industry, Almalbis shared, “Nagbabago mga desires mo (Your desires change), the things you like…so, when I was younger, I didn’t really have any other guide except that: ‘Kung saan ka masaya (Wherever you’re happy), just go for it.’ Follow your heart, without regard for anything. So I thought, if I don’t follow my heart, then I’ll never be happy. Di pala siya palaging tama. Nagbabago talaga siya (It’s not always correct. [Your desires] change).