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Chillin’ at 19 East

Most local bands and artists would say that their favorite place to hold gigs is in 19 East in Sucat. Radha, a famous singer here in the Philippines said that 19 East has the best sound system in Manila. After checking their gig guide, my cousins and I set one Saturday night for chilling there. We chose the Saturday with Nina and MYMP since my cousins are classmates with Nina and her siblings. Who isn’t amazed by Nina?




A few years ago, Juris decided to go solo. MYMP was gone for a while until they found a new lead vocalist, Janna. At 21 years old, I must say this young woman has a promising future in music. She may not be as flawless as the legendary Juris but I’m sure she’ll get a hang of it since she’s only been in the band for 10 months. Welcome back to the music scene, MYMP. You carry on and Make Your Mommas Proud. ;) 20140621_221808_LLS 20140621_222940 20140621_223037


Here’s my favorite song in high school, I’ll Never Get Over You. Don’t mind me singing along. LOL.

The soul siren never fails. Most of us must wonder where Nina is now since she doesn’t appear on TV as often as before. Well, here she is, still as faultless as ever. Besides her immaculate voice, her effortless charisma stirred the crowd. She charms, she wows, and she mesmerizes.

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She sang Jealous and her other top notch songs but I can’t share them with you because you can only hear my voice in the videos. I was too carried away that I sang along so loudly. :/


My brother with Janna. He doesn’t like taking pictures with celebrities but I was surprised he really stood up and asked me if he can have his picture taken with her. Hmmm!


With MYMP’s Chin.

20140622_012402_1All the fans circled around Nina after her set. Luckily, my cousin was tall enough for her to see him. So we all get to have a picture with her.

That night was amazing – with all the elements to make it complete. I had some booze, listened to great and timeless music, and I was with the best people – my cousin loves.

Visit 19East’s website here for their gig schedule.

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Red Button Production: Pushing the Passion for Music

The thing about mainstream artists is that, they veer from their persona to compromise with their producers. Some and hopefully, not all of them forget their own genre and their own styles for the sake of delivering what the masses want to hear and see. This isn’t to say that going mainstream is unacceptable. There are lot of great mainstream songs and artists. But I think this only brings out the value and the beauty of Indie Music.

Indie Music is where you can listen to passion translated into another universal language without error. It’s the soul speaking without the influence of unstoppable fame and overflowing talent fees. It’s pushing passion with utmost sincerity, only driven by the appreciation of people who love listening to their original music. Imagine the hours they put into rendering their thoughts into words, finding the right notes to fit them, arranging, tuning their own guitars, setting up their own make-shift studios, and finally uploading their edited mp3 files online. Now, that’s not a simple DIY but Indie artists pull it off easily because of their burning fervor for their craft.

Luckily, there are people who exert effort to gather the Indie artists in one place for them to share their music. For one, Red Button Production based in Makati regularly invites brilliant Indie bands and solos in Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill and Papaitan.


Almost every month, a good number of Indie bands come together to share their original compositions at Mang Rudy’s. With the place jam-packed with passionate artists, it’s somewhere you should be on a Saturday night. You don’t only get to hear good music, you also get to hang out face to face with people who are in love with their art.

Here are some pictures from Red Button’s last event Rough Draft, One More Beat:














And there’s another gig coming up this Saturday! Check out the line up:

If you live in Makati and you don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do this Saturday, you might as well hit me up so we can chill together at Mang Rudy’s. It’s definitely going to be one great night with music, new friends, and a few bottles of booze.

Also, don’t forget to like Red Button Production’s Facebook page here. See you!

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Ingrid Michaelson and The Way I Am

Can one even begin to explain how music can make a day or how it can make you think of one person in particular?

I have no favorite genre in music. I can listen to James Morrison all day long. I can dance to Katy Perry in public (my sister filmed me doing a Hot ‘N Cold mtv outside our house). I can be addicted to Zedd or David Guetta for a long time. My favorite videoke pieces are Zombie, Alone, and She Bangs. House music can send me jumping up and down while on a roadtrip. I can cry my heart out singing Dadalhin Kita sa ‘king Palasyo or even rap a Salbakuta song. I smile a lot when The Platters’ Only You plays. And I can definitely cry to Yellowcard’s Only One.

When it comes to music, it’s only either I like it or I don’t. But these days, I realized I’m getting more inclined to singer-songwriters and Indie folk.

One particular artist that I love listening to these days is Ingrid Michaelson. Lots of her songs were included in the soundtrack of Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and other series. They sound light yet they contain substance which, I believe, is the essence of music.


INGRID MICHAELSON – “The Way I Am” – (official mu…: http://youtu.be/jJOzdLwvTHA

Simple yet full of emotion. You can also listen to her other songs here.

How about you? Who’s your current favorite singer?

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I’d find a match.

Cause I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.

If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I’ll make it better.

Cause I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.

I’d buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

Cause I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

See, you know she’s talking about one particular person, just as I am thinking about one particular person while listening to her too. ;)


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