Wishcovery Originals grand winner Peniel Roxas wins Lumina House and Lot

Singer-songwriter Peniel Roxas has finally made her dreams come true. As the grand champion of Wishcovery Originals, she just won P1 million cash, a recording contract, a brand-new car, and a house and lot from Lumina Homes.

Wishcovery Originals is a Wish 107.5-produced competition for talented Filipino singer-songwriters.

“I just want to thank my family, my friends, and everyone who found my music, listened to my music, or found something special in me because most of the time, I don’t think I deserve it. Thank you, thank you so much for seeing me and seeing my music,” Roxas said in her speech.

Roxas, along with her fellow finalists, showed off their singing and songwriting chops in front of 800 people at the LausGroup Event Center in Pampanga.

Strict health and safety protocols were implemented throughout the show. Prior to the grand finals, the contestants, staff guest performers, including Juan Karlos Labajo, Oh, Flamingo!, and Mayonnaise, and the audience members tested negative for COVID-19.

The live performances of the finalists composed 80% of their final score, while the remaining 20% came from the total number of views in their Wishclusive videos. The power-viewing period took place from October 25 to November 5.

The panel of judges was comprised of Mayonnaise’s Monty Macalino, Jungee Marcelo, and Jay R, who kept in touch with the contestants through a virtual setup.

Since the lockdowns started, the Wishcovery Grand Finals marks the first time performers and a sizeable audience gathered for an in-person musical event in the country.

A peek into Peniel’s Lumina house and lot

Roxas is set to move into her new home at the Aimee home. One of Lumina’s best-selling rowhouses, Aimee features a 22-square-meter floor area on a 36-square-meter lot.

It includes a living area, dining and kitchen, one bedroom provision, one toilet and bath, and a service area.

Roxas also has a chance to choose a location from any of Lumina Homes’ available locations nationwide! Lumina has over 50 developments in key locations across the country: Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato.

For more information and announcements, follow @luminahomesofficial on Facebook or visit Lumina Homes’ official website at www.lumina.com.ph.

Warner Music Philippines Signs Up New Homegrown Artists

Warner Music Philippines recently announced its four new signed artists Quest, St. Wolf, Keiko Necesario, and Leanne & Naara during its Christmas party with the press last December 5, 2019 at 19 East, Sucat, Muntinlupa City.

The Philippine premiere Filipino singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer Quest is best known for his 2012 hit song “Sige Lang,” which topped numerous charts, garnered various awards, and even became the theme song for the basketball team Gilas Pilipinas. In 2016, Quest was awarded with the Best Inspirational Song for his single “Higher,” and Album of the Year for “Life of a Champion” at the Awit Awards. Early this year, he released a new single called “Permanente” with Kianna Valenciano, and since then, he has been focusing his career on his new album “Dream Awake.”

St. Wolf is an up and coming band who started in 2015. Consisting of members KL Dela Cruz (vocals), Vince Lucero (guitars), Karlo Maglasang (bass) and Bob Sadural (drums), St. Wolf has released remarkable songs such as “Papara,” “Taguan” and “Jealousy.” The band is part of the latest Coke Studio Philippines series.

Keiko Necesario is a singer-songwriter who has been independently creating her own albums and songs. In 2015, she released and produced her very first album, a ten-track compilation called “Through It All.” Her cover of the song “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell was featured on the British TV series “Ackley Bridge” early this year. Keiko’s songs such as “While We Are Young,” “Panaginip” and “Paano Na” among others comprised the original motion soundtrack of “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi” released in 2017. 

Leanne & Naara, a rising singer-songwriter duo has been playing since college and was formed in 2012. After releasing their single “Again” in 2016, the song topped the charts on Spotify ranking number one in the Philippines and number twelve in the Global Viral Charts. Since then, they have released new singles including “New York and Back,” “Make Me Sing,” “Rest,” “Destination,” and even their own version of fellow Warner Music Philippine artist Nina’s “Someday.”

For more information, follow Warner Music Philippines @warnermusciph on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Carly Rae Jepsen Brings ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila on October 23 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will be on-sale starting August 31 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by concert promoter Wilbros Live.

Fans can expect a night full of hits as Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her chart-topping songs, including “Cut to the Feeling”, “Call Me Maybe”, “Party for One”, “I Really Like You”, “Boy Problems”, “Emotion”, “Run Away with Me” and many more.

After Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted, adding “the blast radius of E•MO•TION is expansive.” The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster. 

Jepsen’s new album, Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION, which featured the platinum single “I Really Like You,” was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times (though the album defies categorization as a whole). At one point, Jepsen was sure she was making a disco opus. “The title was going to be ‘Disco Sweat,’” she says with a laugh. “I really bought into it.” But Jepsen had a change of heart thanks to her travels over the past two years, which included writing trips to the Swedish countryside (“It was spring and there were fields of flowers, homemade breads, and kittens running everywhere”) and a beach in Nicaragua, where she surfed and stayed in a cabana-like casita. Then there was an Eat Pray Love-esque solo vacation in Italy. “I had so many songs,” she says. “I needed some space to walk around, reflect, eat pasta, and get to know myself a bit.”

In Photos: Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino, A Multi-Platform Celebration

Heavy rains and traffic failed to halt Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) for staging a record-breaking 70+ music showcases in various venues across the country.

Presented by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the multi-platform celebration succeeded in its commitment to offering a broad spectrum of Filipino music talents to a diverse audience, transforming public spaces such as malls and train stations into music performance spectacles and curating top-notch performances in bars, concert halls, theatres, and multimedia outlets.

Railway Jams and busking activities

LMP kicked off its campaign with Railway Jams, a series of live music activities in select LRT stations that run from July 4 to 27. Several artist-members from Organisasyon Ng Musikang Pilipino ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) performed original material and familiar covers to entertain commuters from different walks of life. The partnership also attracted positive reception from the riding public, allowing them to discover the city’s wealth of music talents and ongoing support for cultural awareness.

As precursor to LMP’s week-long celebration, several music venues in Metro Manila also held open mic and busking sessions that promote upcoming homegrown acts and underrated music finds. It’s also worth noting that Powerplant Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall offered their space to mount music shows aimed to serenade guests while they dine or shop. One performance in particular proved to be a standout with its world-class musicality: alt-rock and jazz songstress Cooky Chua collaborated with The Manila String Machine for a soothing but elegantly produced number that instantly wowed both the crowd and the curious bystanders in the mall.

Notable showcases

People braved the rainy season to catch some of the finest performances at the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino, resulting into packed venues and much-buzzed highlights on social media.

Veteran alternative rock icon Rizal Underground reunited for a one-night only concert at the ‘70s Bistro on the opening week of the LMP. The ‘90s hitmakers churned out their signature anthems “Bilanggo,” “Diskaril,” “Sabado Nights,” to name a few, and was joined by Eddie Siojo on Betrayed’s punk classic “Never Meant To Be This Way.”

More music fans joined the music soiree at the Batang ‘90s showcase in Historia Bar on July 31. They were in for a treat as perennial favorites Barbie Almalbis, Dong Abay, Wency Cornejo, and Color It Red delivered engaging performances that include their past hits and new material.

Rak of Aegis, the acclaimed Pinoy musical also made a glorious comeback with a sold-out, two-day run at the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino. With Rappler praising the latest iteration for its “abundance of exuberance and joy in the delivery,” and for remaining truthful to its source material, the Barangay Venezia gang took the Aegis back catalog to roof-raising highs with yet another round of awesome song numbers and top-caliber acting.

Launch Parade

Aside from ringing the nostalgia dial, the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino hosted several single, music video and album launches of established and independent local music acts from different parts of the country. The special showcase includes Bulacan indie-pop outfit Blind Stereo Moon, which premiered the music video of their single “Bulalakaw” at the ‘70s Bistro; husband-and-wide tandem A Couple of Notes, which launched their latest single “Sa Piling Mo” at Jess and Pats; and singer-songwriter Benedict Sy and alt-pop collective Approaching Zero, which held their single release party at World’s End and Upperhouse BGC, respectively. 

PhilPop 2018 Grand Winner Chud Festejo from Davao City also debuted his newest EP, Laro Laro at Route 196, while PhilPop 2018 runner-up Ferdinand Aragan debuted his latest independently released single” Dinamalayan” on the same venue and date. Both artists raised the bar in terms of live performance and output, coming to terms with their newfound success and evolving as musicians with a more honed perspective in career and songwriting style.

A Memorable Closer

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino capped off this year’s run with a well-applauded ensemble performance at ABS-CBN’s longest running Sunday variety show, ASAP Natin ‘To. OPM members Bea Lorenzo, Ferdinand Aragon, and Bayang Barrios, were joined by mainstays Regine Velasquez, Inigo Pascual and JM de Guzman on putting a contemporary spin on smash Pinoy hits from the previous decades.

With a well-curated music program and a bigger fifth year run, Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino is poised to become a staple multi-genre festival with longer staying power and undeniable impact. Here’s hoping for more years of support and love.

LMP is also brought to you by Light Rail Manila Corporation, Ikot MNL, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), Power Plant Mall, PhilPop, and other digital, bars and other production partners.

Maria E Releases New Single “LMNOP”

Indie artist, Maria E is set to release her single titled “LMNOP” this August. It will be released through digital platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer.

Maria E (also known as Espie/Maria Espie to her friends and family) is an all-around musician known for her power vocals and songwriting. Since 2006, she has been active in the music scene fronting several bands raiding the underground scene. Influences include Paramore, Urbandub, Sugarfree, Franco, Imago, Fireflight, and many others.

In 2018, she’s taken flight as a solo acoustic artist singing songs about love, hope, and everyday life. With her newest single, Maria E is said to take her music up a notch breaking the boundaries between acoustic and triphop.

“LMNOP is actually a breakthrough song for me. I’ve always been fascinated with exploring different genres. I’ve had my rocker chick phase, electronic hiphop phase, then acoustic, and now I’m trying to combine all of them in one. With LMNOP, I thought that I finally cracked the code! It’s where I want my music to go or what I wanted to sound like. I’m out of words! I’m just super excited with this song!” says Maria E.

In cooperation with FloppyHaus Production, SonicLogo.TV, and Red Button Production, Maria E is set to hold a pre-launch party at Saguijo on August 27 and bar tour at Mang Rudy’s Bagtikan Makati on September 7.

CHA EUN WOO First Fan Meeting Tour [Just One 10 Minute] in Manila

For the very first time, Korean actor and singer Cha Eun Woo will be coming to Manila for CHA EUN-WOO 1st Fan Meeting Tour [JUST ONE 10 MINUTE] in Manila on Saturday, October 26 at the New Frontier Theater. Presented by Wilbros Live.

K-Drama and K-Pop fans will surely be in for a treat as the Korean superstar is one of the most requested artists to come to the Philippines. His cute looks and charming personality has definitely won the hearts of his fans here and abroad.

Cha Eun Woo started as a member of the popular K-Pop group ASTRO where they debuted with “Hide & Seek” from their debut EP “Spring Up”, and were subsequently named by Billboard as one of the best new K-Pop groups in 2016. He also ventured into hosting and acting while still being a part of ASTRO. The six-member boy group successfully finished its world tour, The 2nd ASTROAD TOUR [STAR LIGHT] last April 27 that took them to different cities around the world including Taiwan, Hong Kong Kong, Thailand and the United States.

In 2018, Cha was cast in the romantic comedy series “Gangnam Beauty”, his first leading role on television and which will air locally in the Philippines via Abs-Cbn channel in August 2019. Cha also currently stars in a historic drama entitled “Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung” playing Prince Yi Rim / Maehwa and airs on MBC and Netflix.

Tickets to CHA EUN-WOO 1st Fan Meeting Tour [JUST ONE 10 MINUTE] in Manila will be on-sale beginning August 10 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. For more information, call TicketNet hotline at 911-5555.

Sony Music Philippines reveals its roster of Filipino music artists

The international record label has officially welcomed its newest batch of established and upcoming homegrown music acts as part of the growing family.

Led by award-winning folk-pop act Ben&Ben, whose debut full-length album, Limasawa Street recently garnered universal acclaim and impressive streaming numbers to no surprise, Sony Music PH’s current roster now includes indie pop-rock outfit the vowels they orbit, young hip-hop prodigy Alex Bruce, folk pop sensation syd hartha, and Wanderband runner-up Nathan & Mercury. As a collective, the latest lineup offers a refreshing spin to the dominant sounds of our time while maintaining a distinctly defined music brand that is at par with global standards. 

Top-notch Filipino artists

Image Credit: Trixy Gosadan

Ben&Ben, one of the most streamed Filipino artists of all time, has enjoyed commercial success on radio airplays, digital streaming and album sales, merchandise and touring. With Sony Music’s massive reach and impressive multimedia presence, the nine-piece powerhouse is set to build their growing international portfolio further with their brand of cross-over, world-infused folk rock that’s taking the country by storm.

Sony PH’s latest signed band the vowels they orbit peaked at #2 on Spotify Philippines Top 50 Viral Charts with their debut single “Selos.” The band’s maiden release talks about “one-sided jealousy,” putting into light a normal situation that one goes through in a romantic relationship.

Another hard-hitting act to watch out for is 12-year-old Pinay rapper Alex Bruce, whose first single “Pull It Off” reached the top 3 of Wave 89.1 charts. One of her songs from the Wish 107.5 Bus guesting in 2018 recently hit more than a million views—a testament to her growing online portfolio.  

Sony Music Philippines is also looking forward to cultivating the potential of new artists such as singer-songwriter syd hartha, who made a bold statement via the empowering, feminist anthem “ayaw.” Her first official single also topped Jam 88.3’s weekly countdown for a week. Then there’s Nathan & Mercury—a soul-infused alternative outfit who opened for international music stars such as Honne, Clairo, The Kooks, and Two Door Cinema Club this year at Wanderland Music Festival 2019 and earned a nomination at the MYX Music Awards for Favorite Bandarito Performance. The group — which includes Alex Samonte, Angelo Sison, Daniel Monong and Nathan Huang — fuses elements of pop and R&B with experimentations on jazz, hip-hop, soul, and funk, making it almost impossible to box them in a single genre.

Pentatonix: The World Tour – Live in Manila 2020

Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling group Pentatonix announced that they will be visiting MANILA on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum for their upcoming tour Pentatonix: The World Tour.

Tickets for Pentatonix: The World Tour in MANILA go on-sale on August 3 via TicketNet.com.ph or Call 911-5555. Presented by Wilbros Live.

Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix has sold 10 million albums in worldwide consumption and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts almost 17 million subscribers, yielding 4 billion video views. Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.

Additionally, nine of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (two albums reaching #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. Their tracks, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Hallelujah” were certified platinum, while the Pentatonix original, “Can’t Sleep Love,” was certified gold. The group has had three holiday specials on NBC, released their tour documentary – On My Way Home – in 2015 and appeared in the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. In October 2017, Pentatonix released a deluxe version of their certified platinum 2016 holiday album, A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS DELUXE. The following year, in April 2018, Pentatonix released the first collection in the group’s PTX Presents series, PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP VOL. 1, which features 11 PTX-curated modern pop performances, and completed a 39-city North American tour in September. They released their fourth holiday album, CHRISTMAS IS HERE! featuring 12 new Christmas performances in October, alongside their sold-out Christmas Is Here! Tour.

CAFFEINE Makes Their Comeback Via Fete De La Musique 2019

After a 12 year hiatus, Bulacan-based CAFFEINE made a remarkable comeback on stage belting out a tribute cover performance of The Railway Children’s songs at Fete de la Musique 2019 New Wave stage last June 22 in Poblacion, Makati City.

Band photo by Aldwin Maralit Tolosa

The band also performed their original, STAY, a tribute song dedicated to the new wave generation and the bands that molded the music scene of the 80s.

“We are grateful to all the people who made it possible for us to perform once again and it’s an honor to be part of the line-up of bands playing at the New Wave stage at Fete,” said Enzo Luna, vocalist.

Caffeine vocalist, Enzo Luna by Jb Melliza

The band is now working on original songs and are planning to make a presence on the Spotify platform.

CAFFEINE is composed of Enzo, Mel Gonzales (bass), Ludwig Valenzuela (drums), Malvin Magnayon (lead guitar), and Emil de Leon (guitar).

Fridge Launches Debut Single “This Is Not A Lovesong (But The Most Gorgeously Stupid Thing I Ever Cut In The World)”

Four-piece alternative post-rock band, Fridge, had just released a lyric video for their debut single “This Is Not A Lovesong (But The Most Gorgeously Stupid Thing I Ever Cut In The World)” on Friday, May 31, 2019, and was uploaded on their official Facebook page and official YouTube Channel.

Formed in January 2019, Fridge started playing inside and outside the metro—including one of the biggest music festivals here in the Philippines, Dickies Stage of Rakrakan Festival 2019: 2 Days Of Peace, Love, & Music—and eventually releasing their debut single entitled “This Is Not A Lovesong (But The Most Gorgeously Stupid Thing I Ever Cut In The World)”, which was mixed and mastered by Jam Bumanlag of Nineworkz Productions and with Evil Eye Studios doing their lyric video.

Coming up with the band name wasn’t just about switching from “Ball is Life” to “Food is Life”, but they also mean that every great thing that can make a person happy, specifically food and beer, comes inside the refrigerator, thus them settling on “Fridge”.

Despite having different musical influences as individuals ranging from indie, pop, new wave, math rock, emo, and metal, their common denominator is their love for rock music serving them an advantage to mix and match their own tunes which amazingly blends well on and off the stage.

Fridge is composed of Franz Santiago on guitars and vocals, Mateo Santos on lead guitars, Steve Ducay on bass, and Bryan Estandian on drums.