Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reminiscing Pinoy Band waves and discovering new Juans part 1

 90s brought groups such as Rivermaya, Parokya ni Edgar, After Image, Alamid, Yano, True Faith, Slapshock, South Border, and Eraserheads. In the early to mid-2000s there’s new band trend which pave way to groups such as Hale, Kamikazee, Sugarfree, Spongecola, Session Road, Calla Lily, Cueshe, Itchy Worms, and many more. And then the wave fades out again after another music trend came. 

Forgive me if I can’t go back beyond 90s because the core of this post is my memories and knowledge, not an intensive research.  Ayoko rin i-touch ang hindi ko gaano alam at naabutan baka mapahiya ako. Although I can say I do have favorite songs from 70s bands like Juan dela Cruz band, VST and Co, and Asin. As well songs from music group   from 80s such as Introboys, The Dawn, and Side A. I think the good thing about having 9 older siblings gives me wide and diverse music influence J


 90s Pinoy Music Bands are 

·         It’s rare that they have cover songs – I am not saying   that doing covers is bad. It just that it’s refreshing to have your own trademark songs and   additional contribution to music industry. Yes there are advantages in reviving like bringing back classic hits for the new generation of listeners.   On the other side, it’s easy rin for the listeners to recognize a band because of their own brand of music if they do originals.  For example is MYMP – I commend Juris Fernandez’s voice and they gave nice versions of classic songs. But I think people admire them because of their “acoustic” feel and image.
(L-R) Raimund  Marasigan (Eraserheads/Sandwich/Pedicab) , Ebe Dancel ( SugarFree), Gabby Alipe (Urbandub) with Mr. Ryan Cayabyab  


What are the advantages of hit original songs?

a. continuous  income stream because of royalty -   making cover songs can make someone platinum artist and give him/ her revenues for certain period of time.  On the other side, when you are the one making original songs as long as someone uses it for commercial purposes like revival, for TV/ movie theme songs, and even for videos on Youtube – you get royalty (kita). That’s a lifetime income, and artists who can attest to this are Freddie Aguilar, Odette Quesada, Rey Valera, and Jose Mari Chan.  Jose Mari Chan, by the way, is the only Filipino artist who have Double Diamond Record for one album (Yes for Christmas in Our Hearts) alone  ( his Constant Change album is also received Diamond Record or 10 Platinum records) and that happened even before the adjustment in counting of sold albums.

b. continuous credit: legacy lives on –  if we go in the comics side, Mars Ravelo and   Carlo J. Caparas are the kings. Patay na ang comics industry in the Philippines, but their classic characters live on as there always new adaptions coming out be on TV and movie (i.e. Darna, Captain Barbell, Pedro Penduko, Dyesebel, Zuma, and Panday). This is also applicable to music artists, whether they go hiatus or say bye-bye in the world for good ay nandyan pa rin sila. Example- “Your Love”, which Juris sang for Dolce Amore, is an original of Alamid. Alamid vocalist Gary Ignacio passed away in 2015.   And kahit alam natin na superb singers sina Gary V, Sarah Geronimo, at kung sino when they sing “Anak,” still the credit for the song is belong to ka Freddie. Gets?



          c. Recognition beyond trend – As the showbiz history tells, new trends always change the game and filters out those who came due to popularity only.  In my opinion, majority ng naiiwan sa showbiz and music scenes are those who have real talents, willing to evolve (i.e. Madonna/ Sarah G.), and nailed their marks already. Look how many times Bamboo Manalac and Eli Buendia join bands? Their groups may come and go, but why they still here?
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Their originals songs focus on being catchy, relatable and easy to learn.   I still can remember when my kuyas (and their friends) played guitars while using song hits (a magazine-type material that contains lyrics with guitar tabs). Ang maganda they could even sing those even if they didn’t know yet  talaga yung kanta because those had uncomplicated din ang beats, words, rhyme, and it's doable to hit the notes.  Magaling sa ganito ang Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, True Faith at Yano.   Biruin nakagawa ng kanta about pagtambay sa SM (Esem) at Tsinelas?



o   90s bands shows their individual prowess and style – I don’t know if they really made it big during their heyday, but  ever since my  kuya Lhon introduced  Rockstar’s songs Parting Time to me gusto ko na talaga.  Superb yung guitars just like the keyboard in “214” ng Rivermaya  at saxophone in Kahit kailan of South Border.




I can’t remember na someone named a band na “The Philippine version of ___.“ I don’t think there were rivalries among the bands or even sa kanilang fans. Oh well mabuti rin siguro bata pa ako noon :P

                My theory of what pushed aside the band trend in 90s was the novelty songs and yes, the entrance of massive piracy. That time naman people listen to radio or cassette type when 2000 enters ayan na ang CDs.

Part 2 band wave in 2000s

Part 3 discovering The Juans

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fan ka ba ni___? May tips ako sa iyo about showbiz, social media


This is sort of blind item, case study, and motivational post for all the fans of any showbiz personalities.  I am concerned na rin kasi na mas  bomobongga ang  bangayan lalo na with the presence  of  social media na umaabot na sa trolling, bashing, cyberbullying,  and even hacking.  Bukod pa rito ay  yung concern sa well-being ng fans – kasi hindi  naman  tayo fans lang sa buhay. Tayo rin ay estudyante, anak, kaibigan, empleyado,  negosyante  o magulang di ba? Definitely may  magandang buhay labas sa television at movie theaters.  


Tips for celebrity fans to appreciate your favorite stars positively:

Not all blind items are real like not all interpretations are true

   Sabi nila may tenga ang lupa, may pakpak ang balita.   Pero sa showbiz mas uso ang tsismis kaysa totoong tsika. Kung susuriin pa nga ay hindi  basta maihahalintulad ang  showbiz-style feature writing sa news writing. Why? Sa News hanggang kaya mong mai-eliminate ang adjectives ay mas maganda. Hanggang maaari rin ay nagsasabi ng source, kumukuha ng interview (check mo ang radio reporting), at nagni-name drop. Saan lulugar ang blind items?

Bagaman may mga showbiz reports na talagang malaman at may bahid ng katotohanan, as much as possible huwag magpapalagay (“therefor I conclude teh”) kaagad.  Kasi  kung  talagang matapang ang news firm o site  ay magbibigay iyan ng giveaway clue or better pangalan. Iba d'yan for fun lang  hindi lang sa fans at nung nagpasimuno. 

Hindi sa pang-aano ay nakakita ako ng maraming showbiz reports na gawa ng mga writers na tumambay lang sa social media ng artista, nagbasa ng comments, nag-interpret and kaboom may report na.

 Concentrate on your favorite star, not on fandoms and rivalry

This is a case study at hindi ako magni-name drop... May isa akong love team na nagustuhan  one to two years ago na hindi ko na masydong sinundan na right after ng kanilang hit teleserye, why?
  •          Naapektuhan ako sa  naglalabasan isyu sa kanila
  •      Parang feeling ko wala pa silang nailabas na iba o nag-level up
  •        O hindi lang talaga ako fanatic na tao at nagustuhan ko lang yung series

Pero I realize  iyong unang  dalawang rason ay posibleng nag-ugat lang din sa pagbabasa ko sa palitan ng comments ng mga fans and haters...hehehe. Sa generation ng fans ngayon na may access sa social media ay ang lakas maka-magnify ng admiration lalo na intense ang kanilang emotion. Pero nung magising ako sa kahibangan  ko ay napagtanto ko na dapat tayong mag-ingat  din talaga hindi lamang sa mga haters, kundi kapwa nating  fans kasi…
·         Hindi kumo’t pareho kayo ng  hinahangaan ay  dapat pareho  kayo ng ways ng pagpapakita ng paghanga –
·         may iba na may isyu ata sa anger management at  laging nang-aaway to the point na namimintas ( o worst namba-bash) na ng kalaban  ng star o fan. 
·         seloso at diktador na tipong may gusto  masunod sa gagawin at ikikilos ng star
·         maka-comment lang
·         fan na dahil sobra ang pagka-admire sa star ay ibaba na n’ya ang kanyang sarili.  Tipong  lumilinya ng “da_n  that…” “goodbye confidence /self-esteem…” na  sincere na sincere
Well sarili naman nila  iyon at wala  na tayong magagawa. Pero kung gusto nating  mapangalagaan ang positive outlook  sa buhay  at hindi mabahiran ang paghanga natin sa isang celebrity lalo na isa s’yang certified artist – detox tayo! Minsan fans sa fans na nag-aaway  at sila na ang gumagawa ng sarili nilang problema. hehehe

Support your favorite star to become better and artist,

Dapat siyempre ibinabalik ng star yung support ng kanyang  mga fans kung ano ang gusto nila. Pero sa deeper level, of course, may personal silang gustong i-achieve o i-take na challenge kahit paminsan-minsan lang. Alam mo bilang artist (charrot) iba yung nagagawa mo yung isang bagay na gustong-gusto mo, not only because of commercial value or for the fans sake. And  I think instead of focusing on bashing sa ibang fans or rivalry,  ang dapat sinusuportahan ay ang pagta-try ng ibang bagay ng celebrities lalo na for their artistry. That’s why I commend yung mga ARTISTS na nagti-take ng work hiatus, sumusubok din na mag-independent film, o tina-tap yung ibang talent na hindi nila naipapakita.  That’s why sa Hollywood I like Kate Winslet at Kirsten Stewart dahil sa variety ng kanilang roles. 

You know mayroong mga multi-talented artists na puro acting projects lang ang ginagawa  for years. Mayroon naman na nahihirapan mag-level up kasi same old type of gigs ang kanilang nakukuha. 

On the other note, iba ang blind admiration na klase ng pagsuporta. Utang na loob  kung halata naman na sabaw o hindi naman talaga kinarir  yung  trabaho, huwag  over-over sa papuri.  May nalulunod din kasi sa  papuri at pumapatol na management.  Okay na yung medyo dini-develop pa yung talent kasi puwede naman  iyon pero iyong nagkaka-album o  sunod –sunod  na series na wala talagang ipinapakitang progress_hayyy!

Ito wishful thinking lang… sana dinudumog  palagi  movie  houses not  because sikat ang mga bida, kundi mahuhusay sa acting at maganda ang materyal.

Always remember why we appreciate favorite stars

Ano yung naalala mong  katangian ng iyong iniidolo na talagang hinangaan mo o kaya mo siya nagustuhan? Kung nilalait ba s’ya o inaaway dahil sa isang mannerism (take note hindi naman masamang  ugali) ay  mababawasan na ang  paghanga mo sa kanya kahit wala naman masama at nagpapakatotoo lang s'ya?   

Ang nakakatawa kasi minsan ay may iba na handler or talent manager na ang peg dahil nagdi-dictate na sa stars kung ano ang dapat nilang ikilos, sabihin at pipiliin. Pati nga simpleng paghawak ng ganito, pagtabi o  simpleng post  social  sa social mn ay ang lakkiing bagay. Napaghahalata tuloy kung sinong  maraming oras sa pagtambay sa social media  o TV. Peace! Tapos kahit konting kibot mali o maganda ay mag-e-speculate sila ng kung ano-ano.  Ahahahahaha!

Ang nakakatuwa  for me ay yung gumagawa ng cute  videos, graphics,  at creations na nakakabuti o nakakakilig talaga tapos ang galing. Pero may iba na ang intention ng creativity ay mag-spark ng pamba-bash, bullying, o may malicious content. Doon tayo maging maingat. Bakit?
  •    It will backfire not only to our favorite stars, but also to our well-being. Ano manonood tayo para makipag-away, magkumpara at sakyan ang competition trap na walang patutunguhan.  Hindi ba’t ang best way para umangat ang artist ay bumili ng kanilang produktong original – magazine, album, movie at iba pa. gusto ko rin yung pa-trending!

  •  Ginalit ka na, pinagkakitaan ka pa - let’s go sa YouTube.  Personally medyo hindi ako fan ng  YouTubers/ Vloggers na nagsasalita lang sa harap ng kamera. Pero I rather choose them   kaysa nagpo-post ng  edited videos na copyrighted materials  ( take note lalagyan pa nila ng  watermark yung   copyrighted materials ha) just to create away among fans. Kalokaaaa!  At ito pa, sa hundred thousand or millions ang views  so kitang –kita yan sa ad sense. Pero perhaps iba d’yan kontrolado naman ng YouTube ang monetization.

·         Inaaway mo na yung star dahil sa mga fans n’ya? -  May nabasa akong comment sa Twitter na ganito “dati gusto ko s’ya (name of star) pero dahil ang sasama ng ugali ng fans n’ya ay ayoko ko na sa kanya.” So paano yun?  Mabuti yang star pero nagkataon lang na may masasama na ugali ang fans niya.  Kasama ba sa pagkatao ng star ang fans n’ya? Lahat ba ng fans noong star na iyon ay masasama ang ugali?   That’s actually say something about that person … check what is Anchoring