Tondo, Manila is a place where people struggle on a daily basis.  It is well known as one of the poorest regions in the Philippines.  Born and raised here, singer/songwriter Otan Vargas spent his formative years surrounded mostly by poverty and despair.  It is this humble background which helps motivate him to this very day.  Vargas’ music is a powerfully simplistic combination of melancholy vocals accompanied by a brooding acoustic guitar.  He writes songs about man’s struggle, sorrow and pain and finding the strength to continue on.  What started out simply as a means of personal therapy for himself has transformed into an inspirational beacon for adoring fans worldwide.