Late last year, Noel Cabangon asked his fans on what songs they want the singer-songwriter to record for his new album. This new record, produced by Universal Records, contains Noel’s refreshing take on 12 modern classics.
Unlike his multi-platinum albums “Byahe” and “Tuloy Ang Byahe,” “Acoustic Noel” covers OPM classics from various decades.
Pamana: The Filipino’s Love For Each Other and Their Country
Receiving press launch invitations were a joy to us because it denotes a seal of confidence in the things that we love to do. The press were greeted by a yellow-themed reception with a delightful dinner at PETA Theater Center last 25 July 2013. Here’s to first time, I have no expectations when I arrived and my only knowledge embodies of what I’ve read in the press releases posted in online. This eventually made me think to consider learning about theatrical performances too, since I’m given the opportunity now, along with our OPM advocacy. Thanks to Sir Toots. The challenge now is to how I can actually sum up tons of information regarding this historical docu-musical and to how I can spread the deeds of heroism effectively.
More photos from the Pamana press launch HERE.
Present that night is Noel Cabangon who’s in full support to Pamana’s campaign. The press launch forum started after the media’s excerpt viewing which brings me to the streets of EDSA, an incredible place to witness such fascinating life story of Ninoy and Cory dwelling in every Filipino’s lives. I’ve learned a lot from the excerpt and the panel who answered questions generously, it’s like history class but very entertaining. Do you want to know the answer to ‘How Ninoy and Cory really affect Filipino’s lives?’, then catch Pamana. Here are more reasons why you must watch Pamana:
> For the youth to understand the significance of sacrifice just like what Ninoy and Cory did, having a high regard for the dignity and being of others and faith in God for pursuing the path of truth. To experience their legacy of choosing to love your country and neighbor as a response to God’s love in a docu-musical set-up.
> To attest to the humane life of Ninoy and Cory who spent their lifetimes trying to change a country and to grow awareness from the epic journey in storing democracy and how it affects the lives of the Filipinos. It also gives the young generation an opportunity to witness history, an occurrence that the youth will not encounter anymore or that history books can’t contain. It’s a chronicle that we should keep remembering and reliving in perpetuity..
> To inspire Filipinos to become the Ninoy’s and the Cory’s in their own ways and be able to vigorously use their blessings to be part of the change that they wish to see in this country, a transformation for a better life.
Pamana is an effective way to recognize and experience Filipino heroism during the struggle for democracy again. Being able to feel the great emotions which established and transpired the EDSA revolution through this medium will be life changing.
The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Inc. (NCAF)
Present in the launch is NCAF Executive Director Rafael Lopa who presented an introduction to The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, Inc. (NCAF) leading to the story of Pamana. The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation is the continuing effort to honor the memory of the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino and the late Pres. Corazon Aquino which promotes sustainable society and people empowerment. NCAF believes that this nation needs selfless Filipino heroes.
"The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation traces its roots from the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Foundation established in 1983 after the assassination of then Sen. Ninoy Aquino. Few months after the passing of Tita Cory in August of 2009, we who were left behind agreed that we should have been called the foundation to Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation. Primarily because we believed that the foundation is really all about promoting the legacy of these two people. To share the country specially to the next generation of Filipinos the relevance of their lives as we continue to shape our country’s history," opens Rapa Lopa.
2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Sen. Ninoy Benigno Aquino’s martyrdom. Remembering when Filipinos begun their journey on the road to democracy after over a decade of Marcos dictatorship on Aug 21, 1983. Filipino spirit prevailed at the EDSA People Power Revolution which ousted the dictator and gave rise to Cory Aquino’s reign. Accompanied by the nation’s ups and downs, the spirit of heroism remained constant in Filipino even after 30 years later. The persistence specially among the youth were able to turn better community transformation and advocacy.
Pamana: A Tribute to Ninoy and Cory Aquino
In celebration of 30 years of Filipino heroism, NCAF in partnership with Indie.go Media and the Philippine Educational Theater Association, Inc. (PETA) proudly present Pamana — an original docu-musical about three generations of a Filipino family with resisting views on the effects of the EDSA Revolution to their lives. Mr. Lopa once stated, "Pamana, a tribute for Ninoy and Cory Aquino, the Filipino people and their love story with each other and their country," an earnest and very distinct contextual definition.
"Pamana is a story of love that started between a man and a woman who’s love for each other lead them to get their lives to people who found in them the father and a mother that loved them unconditionally. Pamana is a story of people who have been moved by the realization of such love and affection responded by the call to sacrifice for each other and found collective courage to achieve the course for country’s stern. Pamana is a story of hope for the new generation of Filipinos who have found inspiration from the lessons of the past and the opportunities presented to them," adds Mr. Lopa.
Video director and executive producer Jun Reyes of Indie.go Media agrees with what Mr. Lofa has put forward in commemoration of the martyrdom and he wants to promote and propagate this cause for people to watch it and get reminded of the efforts of these 2 iconic Filipinos. "This is also one of my advocacies to actually perpetuate the legacy of this two selfless individuals," says Mr. Reyes as he believed in Pamana’s brilliant script, fantastic music creation and PETA’s organizational expertise.
Maribel Legarda, speech director of Pamana and artistic director of PETA tells about her experience touring with the Aquino’s journey in 1986 when Peta produced a play called Panata Sa Kalayaan which is about the story of Marcos regime and its downfall during the people’s revolution. "We toured that for 10 months to North America and Europe which is our way to tell Filipinos overseas as well as the international community what happened to the Philippines in those 20 years. 20 years later, I also directed Walang Himala to celebrate the 20 years of EDSA Revolution," says Ms. Legarda as she continues to tell us that Mrs. Aquino actually watched the play. She also recounted her conversation with Cory Aquino when she ran to offer a paper cut luminario with Ninoy Aquino’s face in it as a gift. "No thank you, I’m glad I watched the play, it made me feel like this country still has hope," answered Mrs. Aquino to her.
"And so it’s really quite amazing to me that now on 2013, I’m again directing another play that will now try to reconstruct how to tell this epic story of love of a man and a woman and their love for their country. Let’s just look at the act, that selfless act to what we’re trying to say here and why we keep on trying to save this story in different ways in every generation because that is what were trying you to be inspired and to be more than who we are," narrates Ms. Legarda as she kept on animating the values learned from the Aquino couple’s lives and on how she’s grateful of being part of Pamana.
Ms. Maribel runs over Pamana’s synopsis for the media, "We’ve decided to tell the story through the eyes of a simple family: Lola Azon, her son Edgar and Trina. Lola Azon is a Metro Aide sweeper in the 70s, her son Edgar will eventually go abroad as migration is happening now in the country and Trina stays with her and gets inspired by her stories and how they changed. We decided to take the view point of every man. A simple street sweeper who tells the epic story of all the events that transpired through EDSA and the other great streets of this nation. It’s really very simple. We have 3 monologues that are going to be woven in and that becomes very intimate and then slowly opens up because we have a chorus of 20 theater artists as well as the Viva Voce who’s also performing or us." We actually watched an excerpt of it, scene 1’s intimate storytelling with a re-enactment of a huge chorus that Ms. Maribel was talking about.
"I feel for Edgar," says Jett Pangan who portrayed the role of Edgar and who also shares his stories of being dissolution to the country he lives in. "A Ninoy dies, A Cory tried, ba’t parang gan’un pa rin?" he continues to demand as he explains how he is greatly involved with his character in Pamana. He also states on how honored he is to be part and be chosen for this production.
Script written by Rody Vera and music by the Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Manoling V. Francisco, SJ., Pamana stars Malou de Guzman as Lola Azon; Bodjie Pascua as Turo, Lola Azon’s husband; Jett Pangan as Edgar, son of Lola Azon and Trina’s father; and Kakki Teodoro as Trina, grand daughter of Lola Azon. It will be supported by the Viva Voce chorus and a powerful 20-piece ensemble. Completing the artistic and creative team of Pamana: Melvin Lee (associate stage director), Vince de Jesus (musical director), Batche Tan (choreograper), Boni Juan (set Designer), Carlo Pagunaling (costume designer), Jonjon Villareal (lighting designer and technical designer).
There will be 2 large 9X12 LCD screens in which we can catch the existing documentary footage and photography of both Ninoy and Cory Aquino as their genuine representation. “We choose not to create a Ninoy-Cory character onstage because I think and I feel that their voices captured in sound and the visuals captured in moving pictures and in photography will be stronger voice for this particular piece,” ends Ms. Maribel.
All performances will be held at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City on the following dates:
21 Aug 2013 at 7pm
22 Aug at 8pm
24 & 25 Aug at 3pm & 8pm
For tickets, call Peta Theater Center at 725-6244 or (0906)4817333. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Also prompting everyone that The Last Journey of Ninoy returns to the big screen, a documentary of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino III’s life, on 14 Aug 2013 in celebration of his 30th Anniversary of martyrdom. It will be shown in the various theaters of including SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Manila, SM Fairview, Glorietta, Trinoma, Rockwell Powerplant and Robinsons Galleria. www.iamninoy.com Checkout the trailer below courtesy of acttheword.
A Jazz Night with Unit Asia
09 July 2013 | Music Museum | 8pm
In celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and the 40th Year of Asean-Japan Friendship and Cooperation with The Japan Foundation Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Radio High 105.9 and Yoshinoya brings you A Jazz Night with Unit Asia with guest artist Noel Cabangon on 09 July 2013 at the Music Museum, 8pm.
With performances by Isao “Sankichi” Miyoshi, Koh Mr. Saxman, Tay Cher Slang, Shigeki Ippon and Tomo’o Tsuruya.
Free admission! For inquiries and reservations, call The Japan Foundation Manila at 811-6155 to 58, email@example.com or visit at http://www.jfmo.org.ph.
It seems like it has been an annual festival of music during every Philippine Independence Day comprising acclaimed OPM and local artists performing for a free party and freedom celebration. It’s a chance for us to be proud of our own music heritage, here are the list I gathered for this special presentation:
Tambayan Hits (Balikan Ang Barkada)
21 & 22 June 2013 | Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City | 8pm
featuring Aiza Seguerra & Noel Cabangon
Ticket Prices: P1,560 | P1,248 | P936
Noel Cabangon: Educating Filipinos to be a Good Citizen
Noel Cabangon: Tuloy ang Byahe
Noel Cabangon: Simpleng Musikero
Aiza Seguerra: Love Jazztified
Aiza Seguerra & Cooky Chua: Love Jazztified
EARTH DAY 2013: Save The Bay, Save Our Cities
21 Apr 2013 | Liwasang Kalikasan of CCP
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will hold its annual “Earth Day Celebration” on April 21, 2013 focusing on the theme “Save The Bay, Save Our Cities”.
Since 2006, the CCP has been actively promoting the concept of arts and culture for life not only through its artistic programs but also by initiating creative activities to support the advocacies for Mother Earth. Full details HERE.
Entrance is FREE!
Program as follows:
6am - Fun Run (CCP Complex)
7am - Opening Program (CCP front lawn)
8am - Formation of Save Manila Bay Advocacy Chains (Baywalk area)
9am - 5pm - Opening of Exhibits / Fair / Kids and Family Activities(Liwasang Kalikasan)
915am - 945am - Musical Performance (Liwasang Kalikasan)
10am - 12nn - RockEd Concerts (Liwasang Kalikasan)
Kaleidoscope Eyes (KE) at 10am
Vin Dancel of Peryodiko at 1030am
Ebe Dancel at 11am
Noel Cabangon at 1130am
1230pm - Cooking Demo by LJC Group (Liwasang Kalikasan)
230pm - Musical Performances (Liwasang Kalikasan)
Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino… Isang Book Launch
23 Feb 2013 | National Bookstore Events Area, G/F, Glorietta 1
Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino (I Am A Good Filipino) is an original composition translated into a children’s book published under Lampara Publishing House, Inc. featuring 2 great artists: Noel Cabangon, the singersongwriter, the multi-awarded recording artist and musician, now an author of this picture book and Jomike Tejido, the multi-awarded illustrator-writer who specializes acrylic painting on banig or native hand-woven mats (instead of using canvass) as his signature work.
The book persuades to invigorate Filipinos especially the youth to live the true Filipino values instead of keeping the usual bad habits and misconduct. Noel Cabangon believed that patronizing this song/book can correct misbehaviors and inspire Filipinos to encourage better change. He is promoting the book to the young ones to help them get started on the right path to good citizenry. Every Filipino is entitled to contribute his competency to make this campaign successful.
At the press launch: (From L-R) Publisher Jun Matias, Author Noel Cabangon and Illustrator Jomike Tejido.
What inspired Noel to wrote the song was the previous government’s malversation and the society’s wrongdoings today. The song was released by Jesuit Communications which marked history in Pres. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III’s 2010 inauguration. It’s the first time I actually heard it live. Noel interpreted the song Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino into a beautiful book to spread a message of patriotism and share the knowledge of a correct social orientation. Video below courtesy of DCRJPhilippines.
The book is written in two languages, Filipino and English, to reach a greater number of readers here in the country and in other parts of the world. It also includes the chords of the song Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino. It’s the first time that Lampara Publishing House, Inc. has published a music translated into a book.
Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino (I Am A Good Filipino) picture book is available in National Bookstores nationwide for only P69.75 or visit www.lamparabooks.com.ph.
Spread the love for our country and OPM! VerJube Photographics is in support of this campaign! More photos from Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino… Isang Book Launch HERE courtesy of VerJube Photographics.
With its launch, we formally introduce to you our promotion with this campaign. I am giving away a signed limited edition hard bound copy of the book Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino (I Am A Good Filipino), a mug and an ecobag. You’re all entitled to join, here’s how!
1. Like VerJube Photographics on Facebook.
2. Follow @verjube on Twitter.
3. Leave a comment below with your full name, Twitter username and location. Answer: How will you contribute in becoming a good citizen of the Philippines?
4. Winner will be selected at random via electronic raffle. Deadline is on March 22, 2013 (Friday).
5. Winner must be willing to pick up prize in Ortigas, Pasig City (you will be contacted via Twitter direct message).
Tell the world with confidence: Ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino!
Here’s the top 10 OPM live music events, covered and listed down by your live music photography authority VerJube Photographics for the year 2012. Click photos for the links.
1. Gary Valenciano’s On Higher Ground
2. Ely Buendia Sings His Greatest Hits Live! (A Trip Down Rock Memory Lane)
3. Yeng Constantino’s OK Lang Maging Single Sa Valentines
4. Rockin’ The Roots
5. Rachelle An Go’s Rise Against Gravity
6. Noel Cabangon’s Tuloy ang Byahe
7. Dingdong Avanzado 3.25 Tatlong Beinte Singko
8. Love, Baihana
9. Rico Blanco’s Galactik Fiestamatik Album Launch
10. Philippine Popular Music Festival 2012
Making more live music photos for 2013! Happy New Year peeps! ;)
Noel Cabangon: Tuloy ang Byahe, The Repeat Ngayong Pasko
13 & 14 Dec 2012 | 8pm | PETA Theatre Center
Due to the huge success of Noel Cabangon’s “Tuloy ang Byahe” concert held last September 28 at the Music Museum, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) will be producing a repeat concert at The PETA Theater Center this coming December 13-14, 2012.
Proceeds of the concert go to The PETA Endowment Fund, which is meant to ensure the sustainability of PETA which will allow them to continue their cultural work, developing future generations of artists like Noel, who are now leaders, movers and productive members of the creative force here and abroad, as well as providing a chance those who do not have financial resources to gain access to PETA’s unique creative programs.
Full Article HERE.
Tuloy ang Byahe concert exhibited Noel Cabangon’s musical journey of his career from a struggling folk singer to a multi-awarded mainstream recording artist. It’s a soldout benefit concert for PETA endowment fund. In attendance were President Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and DOTC Sec. Jun Abaya, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Philippine Investment Management Inc. (Phinma) CEO Ramon del Rosario Jr. in support for the Philippine Ambassador for National Peace and for the OPM.
The OPM celebration begins with the songs Handog, Dito Sa Kanto and Kayod Kabayo, Kayod Barya. His musical brilliance inculcates values for Pinoy music through his OPM remakes. Some cuts from his multi-awarded albums Byahe and Tuloy Ang Byahe were performed including James Taylor’s Fire and Rain, Freddie Aguilar’s Anak, VST and Co’s Ikaw Ang Aking Mahal and Binibini, Cesar Montano’s Sa Pagpatak Ng Ulan, Rey Valera’s Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko, Zsa zsa Padilla’s Kahit Na, Ryan Cayabyab’s Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka and APO’s Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan. Revealling his musical influences were shown through his version of bluesy Tinitiis to jazzy Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan and to the symphonic Kanlungan.
Among Noel’s guests were Filipino rapper Gloc-9, Asian Pop Sensation Christian Bautista, Rock artist Bamboo Mañalac and singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, accompanied by great musicians onstage, musically directed by Bob Aves. Noel and Gloc-9 sung another version of Hotdog’s Manila, a collaboration song included in Noel’s Tuloy Ang Byahe. They also performed Gloc 9’s Sirena, Gloc-9’s collaboration song with Ebe Dancel originally from the album MKNM. Tatsulok, a song collaborated by Noel and Bamboo is originally written by Noel Cabangon. Bamboo performed solo with a track from his No Water, No Moon album entitled Questions. OPM President Mr. Ogie Alcasid grace the concert with Ang Galing Ng Pinoy and Bagong Pilipinas, songs he co-written with Noel.
Noel and Bamboo’s Tatsulok video below by jayrcator.
Noel also shared the stage with the Christian Bautista with the song Iduyan Mo. Christian Bautista, performed his version of Jose Mari Chan’s Beautiful Girl, is currently promoting his 10th anniversary album ‘X Plus’ and his upcoming concert series entitled X Class at the Meralco Theatre on October 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2012. For tickets, contact Ticketworld 891-9999.
And in celebration of Philippine Educational Theater Association or PETA’s 50th year anniversary, a medley of commercial and tourism jingles as well as songs he penned for PETA were performed through a special highlight video and a special production number with Noel and the PETA theater artists.
Noel launched a new children’s book, published under Lampara Publishing entitled Ako Ay Isang Mabuting Pilipino (I Am a Good Filipino) which it’s main goal is to remind every Filipino to be a good citizen.
Closing the concert were the songs Panaginip, Umaga Na Naman (Joey’s Theme) and James Taylor’s The Secret of Life which imparts pride and hope for the audience and for the Filipinos.
*Special thanks to Mr. Angel Sta. Ana for the info.
Ramon “RJ” Jacinto is tagged as the Philippines’ King of Rock and Roll and his music has influenced generations. Legendary guitarist/singer/composer/music icon Ramon “RJ” Jacinto celebrates his 50 fantastic years in music with another milestone, an album entitled “RJ Duets.”
“RJ Duets” is an album of collaborations featuring top Filipino artist like Jose Mari Chan, Rene Garcia of Hotdog, Ely Buendia (Pupil and formerly of the Eraserheads), Raimund Marasigan (Sandwich, Eraserheads), Noel Cabangon, Nyoy Volante, Richard Poon and Sitti Navarro as well as international artists John Ford Coley of England Dan & John Ford Coley; John Gummoe of The Cascades, The Ventures, Marty Grebb and Dennis Tufano (formerly of The Buckinghams) and Bobby Kimball of Toto.
This 2 CD collections contains 24 tracks which are as follows: CD 1- “Nights Are Forever” with John Ford Coley, “Dreamin’” with John Gummoe of the Cascades, “Trip To Manila/ Manila”- a medley of RJ’s 1962 hit “Take A Trip To Manila” and The Hotdog’s “Manila” which is a duet with lead singer-composer of Hotdog Rene Garcia, the Jackie Wilson R&B hit “Lonely Teardrops” with Nyoy Volante, “Georgy Porgy” with Bobby Kimball, “Don’t Let Go” with Sitti, “Don’t you Care” with Dennis Tufano and Marty grebb (formerly of The Buckinghams), “Constantly” with Jose Mari Chan, “Rosanna” with Bobby Kimball, “One and Only” with Richard Poon, “My First Day Alone” with John Gummoe of The Cascades and “Sad To Belong” with John Ford Coley.
For CD 2- “Muli” with Sitti, “Bongga Ka Day” with Rene Garcia, “Sabi-Sabi” with former Eraserheads member and Sandwich vocalist Raimund Marasigan, “Nosi Ba Lasi” with Imago’s Aia de Leon, “Afterglow” with Jose Mari Chan, “Sugat ng Puso” with Noel Cabangon, “Ligtas” with Raimund Marasigan, “Hele-hele with Nyoy Volante, the carrier single “Presyo” with former Eraserheads and now Pupil vocalist Ely Buendia, “Missing You” with Richard Poon, “Hey Baby” with Dennis Tufano and Marty Grebb (formerly of The Buckinghams) and the live version of “Bulldog and Yellow Jacket” with The Ventures.
“Music is my gift and blessing from above. It has enriched my life and has gifted me with countless friends. The guitar continues to be my best friend and companion as I journey through life. I don’t know how how I can thank those who have helped me in my 50 year musical career and those who continue to troop to my Bistro RJ weekly for the past 26 years,” RJ said.
Truly this is one album that any music fan shouldn’t miss with its assembly of great songs and artists.
“RJ Duets” is now out in CDs at leading record stores and RJ Guitar Stores nationwide under MCA Music and is presented in cooperation with Businessworld and Herword.com. It is also available online via www.mymusicstore.com.ph - http://www.mymusicstore.com.ph/album/1015566/RJ-Duets.html.www.mymusicstore.com.ph - http://www.mymusicstore.com.ph/album/1015566/RJ-Duets.html. To download Ramon “RJ” Jacinto’s music on your mobile phones, text RJ to 3456.
RJ 100.3 FM’s The Greatest and Latest Faceoff (Listener’s Day for RJ Radio Fans) 21 July 2012 | Eastwood Open Park
A FREE CONCERT featuring the performances of:
Patuloy ang byahe ni Jube
21 June 2012
Masarap ang minsang walang masyadong intindihin, hindi permanenteng mag-isa at may katahimikan sa paligid. Nakakangiti kahit kisame lang ang makikita sa pagmulat ng mga mata. May sapat na tulog pagkatapos ng puyat kagabi. Nakakain ng mainit na kanin para sa brunch. May nagpaparamdam ng pagmamahal. May mga kaibigang nandyan lang naka-antabay sa bawat peysbuk istatus. May trabahong naka-alalay sa mga gastusin. Ramdam ng katawan ang haplos ng tubig sa bawat buhos nito. May suklay na umaayos sa tangled hair. May mabangong pulbos na pumapawi sa kintab ng mukha dahil sa pawis. May palabas mula sa maliit na telebisyon kahit pa mahina ang sagap ng antenna. May mga makakasalamuhang hindi kilala pero may ngiti sa mukha. Mainit ang lansangan pero maaliwalas. Ang ulap kumakaway para sa isang magandang araw. At higit sa lahat, may kalsadang nawawalan din ng laman kahit once in a blue moon lang.
Tuloy Pa Rin, isang akmang background song para sa talang ito, bersyon ni Noel Cabangon mula sa kanyang album na Byahe, handog kopara sa inyong lahat! ;)
28 Apr 2012 | Boni High St., Bonifacio Global City
starts at 6pm
EARTHDAY JAM, the musical marathon for Mother Earth, on its 12th year featuring music of various genres as diverse as world music, alternative, rock, reggae and acoustic.
Admission is FREE!
For more info, call 8976991 or log on to www.dimitriproductions.com
Best pick, Best pic!
(VJP’s Year-end Review)
2011 was a productive year of concerts and events for VerJube Photographics, posting our best chosen pictures to show how grateful were able to see such great artists and be able to listen and get to know their music as well, special thanks to Ms. Malu Lanto (MMGI) for the opportunity.
12 Feb. 2011 | Teatrino, Promande, Greenhills
Urbandub's ‘Sending A Message’, a jam-packed concert celebration oon their 11 years of music! Urbandub is composed of Gabby Alipe (vocals), Lalay Lim (bassist), John Mendoza (drummer) and John Dinopol (lead guitarist). More photos HERE. 08 Apr 2011 | Music Museum
Performers include: Lea Salonga, Ogie Alcasid, Aegis, Dingdong Avanzado, Mark Bautista, Christina Bautista, Noel Cabangon, Yeng Constantino, Faith Cuneta, Donita Rose, Boboy Garovillo, Gloc 9, Rachelle Ann Go, Kyla, La Diva, Kris Lawrence, Mae Paner, Candy Pangilinan, Jim Paredes, Duncan Ramos, Jamie Rivera, The Company, Sponge Cola, Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Salamin, Julie Anne San Jose, 6Cyclemind, Gab Valenciano, Jessa Zaragosa, Gary Valenciano and Lea Salonga. Araneta Coliseum | 14 Apr 2011
The Singer-songwriter, Mr. Ogie Alcasid, Solenn Heussaff’s special guest in her album launch concert ‘Solenn Onstage’. Solenn Onstage | 19 Aug 2011 | Teatrino
Music Icon Jim Paredes, honored as one of the 15 pillars of the local music industry at the 3rd PMPC Star Awards for Music, member of The Apo Hiking Society. Irwin Theater of the ADMU | 16 Oct 2011
“A Tribute to Icons,” a gallery of the 15 Icons of the music industry, displayed in Irwin Theater Lobby, ADMU. Jim’s picture taken in Balikabayani concert in Araneta Coliseum, courtesy of VerJube Photographics.
Aisaku Yokogawa will be launching his album soon. Photo taken in Aisaku’s album recording last 14 Oct 2011. Lovin’ his perseverance, love for Pinoy audience and natural talent. More photos HERE. Pink Noise, QC | 14 Oct 2011
Hijo, former members of Bamboo the band consisting of Nathan Azarcon [winning the Most Liked Bassist (Independent category)] on vocals and bass, Ira Cruz on guitars, Vic Mercado on drums, with new members Junji Lerma on guitars and Jay-O Orduña on keyboards and back up vocals. STAGG Music Awards 2011 | Music Museum | 10 Nov 2011
They’ve got soothing performance appeal, very promising and a band to watch out for in the coming days to come.
An emotional performance by Franco Reyes, he supports the Puerto Princesa Underground River’s bid to the 7 New Wonders of Nature, one of the many artists who joined the campaign. Franco is a rock band made up of Franco Reyes (Inyo) on vocals and guitars, Gabby Alipe (Urbandub) and Paolo 8 Toleran (Queso) on guitars, Buwi Meneses (Parokya ni Edgar) on bass and JanJan Mendoza (Urbandub) on drums. Tunog Wunderground’s Music Festival photos HERE. Metrowalk | 09 Nov 2011
Noel Cabangon’s latest album “Panaginip” featuring the launching single of the same title is NOW OUT in record stores under Universal Records.
The album is the follow-up to Cabangon’s previous album and first under Universal Records “Byahe”, which stayed as the number one album in major record stores for 17 weeks en route to being certified Platinum. Panaginip boasts of 15 tracks consisting of 4 covers and 11 original compositions of Cabangon. The album was recorded at Sound Creation with major musical arrangers Bob Aves, Fred Garcia, Ria Villena-Osorio, Simon Tan and Ito Rapadas.
The album was inspired by Sting’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic in Berlin. “People tend to know me more as an acoustic performer,” says Cabangon. “This time, this album is mostly done with a full band with orchestral arrangements.”
Why “Panaginip” as the album title? “Dahil lahat ng kanta ay nagmumula sa imahinasyon. Ang mga awit ay tula, ang mga tula ay awit. Ang mga awit ay likha ng malayang panaginip. Ang panaginip ay likha ng malayang isip,” says Cabangon. “Ang pag-iimagine ay malaya, wala naming nagbabawal sa iyo.” While it may appear that “Byahe” turned to be the biggest selling album of Cabagon’s career mainly because of the great cover songs, Cabangon bravely takes the road less traveled with an album comprised mainly of original songs.
“It’s a bit risky, kasi sa panahon ngayon ‘in’ pa rin ang covers”, says Cabangon. “Byahe” was an overwhelming success because the advantage was it had very familiar songs. But Universal Records is behind me. It is called “Panaginip” because it’s a challenge for a songwriter is for his creation to be heard. Kailangan tayo gumawa ng bagong originals. We have to move forward and write more songs. For the songs in this album hinahanap ko yung elegance ng mga hit songs. As songwriters, we need to challenge ourselves into creating a brilliant concept and to become brilliant songwriters na di natin makita sa mga new songs, walang sophistication and elegance. We should try to write lyrics that are poetic without becoming too deep. We need to challenge our listeners. Kailangan makadagdag na rin tayo to the rich anthology ng Philippine music.”
Noteworthy original songs include collaborations with former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel (“Hulog Ka ng Langit”) and Diamond soul siren Nina (“Ikaw Na Sana”). Other impressive new songs include the aforementioned title track “Panaginip”, as well as “Dahan Dahan”, “Bayani ng Bayan”, “Ngayon ang Bagong Simula”, the hip-hop flavored “Walang Katulad” and the haunting “Awit ng Naghahanap”, a heart-wrenching tune inspired by victims of political killings. Three longtime original songs from Noel Cabangon are also included in the album (“Sana Dumating Ka na”, “Dahil Nariyan Ka” and the ’80s inspired “Umuulan sa Tag-araw, Umaaraw sa Tag-Ulan”).
Of course, the covers are still there: “Bulag, Pipi, Bingi” (Grand prize song of the 2nd Metropop Music Festival, originally performed by Freddie Aguilar), the Heber Bartolome classic “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”, “Tag-Ulan” by Lolita & The Boys and the Pete Lacaba/Ding Achacoso-written “Sangandaan”, which gained attention from the Mike De Leon classic film “Sister Stella L”.
With his new album, Noel Cabangon is once again ready to sing about us and his dreams for all of us.
“This album encapsulates my dreams for my country, my fellowmen and my friends,” says Cabangon. “It’s one big challenge to do well primarily on original songs but this is one of the challenges that is worth working hard for, para mabigyan buhay ang bayan.”
1. Bulag, Pipi, Bingi
2. Dahan Dahan Lang
3. Hulog Ka Ng Langit with Ebe Dancel
4. Sana Dumating Ka Na
5. Ikaw Na Sana with Nina
6. Dahil Nariyan Ka
9. Walang Katulad
11. Tayo’y Mga Pinoy
12. Awit Ng Naghahanap
13. Umuulan Sa Tag-Araw, Umaaraw Sa Tag-Ulan
14. Bayani Ng Bayan
15. Ngayon Ang Bagong Simula
Panaginip Press Release from www.noelcabangon.com