Song Review: Tulala – Joyce Pring

Former Myx VJ Joyce Pring is now trying to make a name for herself as a recording artist. Her latest single “Tulala” showcases the talent she has polished to sail in the ocean of singers. Written and composed by Kiko Salazar, the song has a Motown music and Pinoy jukebox feel. Her vocal prowess is somewhat reminiscent of Didith Reyes and Amy Winehouse. Her husky, slurry tone makes her sound unique among the usual OPM belters.

She may have overdone her runs in a few sections of the track making these parts sound less since than if she’d have done it with less embellishment.

Kiko Salazar’s poetic attack on the lyrics profoundly describes the different facets of being “tulala.” The music and the arrangement lent a new spin on the classic “jukebox sound.” It may not have the catchy vibe that appeals effectively to the general public, but this is the kind of technically genius song that can be held in the same regard as songs written by Gloc-9, Francis Magalona, and Rico Blanco.

The music video directed by Enzo Valdez could have been perfect if not for the one-dimensional shot of Joyce all throughout. It may have been intentional because the song is about being “tulala,” but the director could have experimented and explored different angles of Joyce’s shots and not just go with repetitive close-ups facing the camera. The story really depicts the different “Tulala” situations that one can experience.

Silent Sanctuary releases new single “Sa’Yo”

After the release of their first two singles from their album “Monodramatic”, Silent Sanctuary returns to their roots of bittersweet melodies with the latest track “Sa’Yo”. Two versions of the song appears in the album — the full band and the orchestral version.

The 4-minute song, according to songwriter and lead vocalist Sarkie Sarangay, was inspired by a friend’s story of being uncertain in love. “Yung lyrics nya kasi parang conversation lang ng dalawang tao na may feelings sa isa’t-isa pero hindi pa talaga nagkakaintindihan kung gusto ba talaga nila maging sila,” Sarkie shares.

Instead of a simple band performance video, the band had the idea of using dance choreography to illustrate the story of the song. Silent Sanctuary had help from their friends the SexBomb Girls in this. The band expresses their gratitude to Joyce Canimo, who danced the lead and Aira Bermudez who had a hand in the choreography. Kid Guevarra, who plays guitars for Tanya Markova and Dhruva Tara, directed the said music video.

The music video was launched on June 9, 2014 at 70’s Bistro where Ebe Dancel and Moonstar 88 also appeared to support the band. Silent Sanctuary’s cellist Anjo Inacay also proposed to his girlfriend at the said launch. Watch the video below.

“X-Factor Israel” Winner Rose Fostanes Debuts Album under Star Records

Pinay caregiver turned X-Factor Israel grand winner Rose Fostanes launched her debut album last Sunday (June 8) during ABS-CBN‘s “ASAP 19,” where she sang one of her carrier singles and one of the Filipinos’ videoke favorites, “Bakit Ako Mahihiya.”

Released under Star Records, Rose’s album titled “Rose Fostanes: My Way″ also features three soulful renditions of other timeless hits and videoke favorites, including “This Is My Life,” “Rain,” “Forever’s Not Enough,” and her winning piece, “My Way.” It also contains two original tracks “Ris” and “If This Is Love.”


  1. My Way
  2. Neither One Of Us
  3. If This Is Love
  4. Rise
  5. Rain
  6. Forever’s Not Enough
  7. This Is My Life
  8. Bakit Ako Mahihiya
  9. My Way (Minus One)
  10. Neither One Of Us (Minus One)
  11. If This Is Love (Minus One)
  12. Rise (Minus One)
  13. Rain (Minus One)
  14. Forever’s Not Enough (Minus One)
  15. This Is My Life (Minus One)
  16. Bakit Ako Mahihiya (Minus One)

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Celestine: Toni as a Singer-Songwriter

Toni Gonzaga is more than just an actress and a TV personality in her latest album “Celestine” released under Star Records. She takes on the role of singer-songwriter in her career’s seventh album since her debut in 2001. The album, previously slated for a 2013 release, comes four years after her last album “All Me” in 2010.

Toni personally chose her real name to become the title of her newest album. “The songs in my album are more personal and closer to my heart. It shows who I really am as a singer, as an artist,” Toni shares. “My real name, Celestine, means heavenly. And like my name, I believe that this album is a great gift from heaven. It took a while for it to be finished but God’s timing is always perfect. This is the best album I’ve ever done.”

Toni believes that her 10-track album also shows her growth as a performer. “Having been through a lot in this business, I have learned how to relate more with every song that I record. Now, I have a good grip of what each track wants to convey to my listeners,” she explains.

The album contains original tracks “This Love Is Like,” which she co-wrote with seasoned composer and album producer Jonathan Manalo, and “Awit Ni Ginny,” a song she wrote based on her character’s name in Star Cinema’s box-office hit movie “Starting Over Again” while waiting on the set of the film.


  1. This Love Is Like
  2. Got You
  3. Awit ni Ginny
  4. Finally
  5. Sweetest Song
  6. Oh Boy
  7. Di Ba Halata
  8. Kahit Na (Remix)
  9. Starting Over Again
  10. This Love Is Like (Moophs Remix)

Diary ng Panget Live in Concert

A concert follows after the success of the movie and the release of the original soundtrack as Viva Live Inc. brings together the main cast of the movie James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yassi Pressman, and Andre Paras onstage in Quezon City and in Cebu this July 2014.

HaveYouSeenThisGirL would not have imagined that the story that played in her mind would be very successfully translated into movie, and later on, into a concert.

Date: July 11, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 7pm
Venue: SM City North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City
Ticket prices: Php 750 for both Level 1 (standing) and level 2 (free seating) passes.
For tickets, call SM Tickets at 470-2222, or Ticketnet at 911-5555, or VIVA Live at 687-7236.

Date: July 18, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City
Ticket prices: Php 1,000 for Level 1, Php 400 for Level 2
For tickets, call Waterfront Cebu at 232-6888 loc. 8724, or Ayala Center Cebu at 231-5342 loc. 324, or SM City Cebu 233-0445. Remember to add Cebu’s area code 32 when calling from outside Cebu.

Playlisted: 12 Songs about Pinoy Pride

Lupang Hinirang (Joey Ayala) – Altering the national anthem is illegal and is a punishable crime but when the legendary musician and lyricist Joey Ayala tampered with it during a TEDEX event, the outcome was perfect and like what he said you’ll never sing the national anthem the same way again.

Jack Daniel’s Indiefest with the Indie Bests

Jack Daniel’s Philippines played host to some of the best local indie acts last May 30 as JD IndieFest showcased 24 bands alternating between two stages at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.

I’ve become used to mainstream rock music but hearing the featured bands play at the JD IndieFest, I must say that their level of performance did not disappoint. The indie bands had their own crowd, their own following. I laid witness as bands like Imelda, Curbside, Flying Ipis, Peso Movement and Reklamo rocked the two stages.

Jack Daniel's Indiefest with the Indie Bests

And as promised, the Top Three Band finalists from last year’s JD Indiefest, namely Mr. Bone and the Boneyard Circus, Kelevra, and Blue Boy Bites Back also brought their energy and their magic onstage.

I can’t help myself but reminisce my high school days when I was listening to rock music. Much like others who were present in the event that were not familiar with some of the acts and the music they offered us, I felt myself captured, absorbed and willing to listen. This was another side of rock I find I can really enjoy.

Having been in the IndieFest, drinking Jack Daniel’s, and meeting new friends surely made this another experience I look forward to enjoying again. So thank you, Jack Daniel‘s!

Singer-songwriter Kito Romualdez releases self-titled album

Acoustic artist Kito Romualdez is back from Canada to bring us his music with the release of his self-titled album under Viva Records.

Originally a native of San Juan, Manila, the singer-songwriter spent most of his young life in Canada. His musical influences are artists who write their own songs: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, John Legend, Alicia Keys, etc. Maybe that’s why Kito is into creating his own material. In fact, the first track off his debut is a tune he wrote himself.

Ready Ka Na Ba?” is a call to action where Kito asks if you are ready to be in a relationship. “Ready ka na ba lumipad, sumayaw at umikot-ikot sa mundong kong ito? Ready ka na ba magsaya, kumanta sa mundong nakakahilo?” Kito asks until he hits that little verse of assurance, “Kapit lang, andito ako.”

Ready Knb

His 5-track CD also contains “Jack & Jill,” where he spins the nursery rhyme and turns it into a love story. “Jack and Jill didn’t fall down a hill, Jack and Jill fell in love. Jack didn’t break his crown, he broke his beating heart from Jill not being around,” Kito croons.

Another track included in the album is his version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” original popularized by Grammy-awarded blues and country artist Bonnie Raitt. “Country music is big from where I come from in Canada, and this cover is my nod to the folks back there,” Kito explains. The album also contains his cover of OPM alt-pop hit “Suntok Sa Buwan” and another one of his originals “She Could Be the One.”

Watch Kito Romualdez’ Ready Ka Na Ba? music video here:

Album Name: Kito Romualdez
Artist: Kito Romualdez
Record label: Viva Records

1. Ready Ka Na Ba?
2. Jack & Jill
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Suntok Sa Buwan
5. She Could Be the One

James Reid: The Latest Pop Heartthrob

James Reid entered mainstream consciousness when he was first introduced in the teen edition of “Pinoy Big Brother” back in 2010. Four years and a movie (plus its soundtrack) later, the Filipino-Australian heartthrob now has a newly-released self-titled debut album under his own name with Viva Records.

The CD showcases a couple of originals and a pair of covers, one of which is James Reid’s take on the popular Michael Jackson tune “Rock With You.” James Reid recently said in an interview that he prefers music to acting, saying that music “gives him more flexibility to express himself artistically.” Not many may know it, but James is an avid listener of R&B and a big music fan in general. He counts r&b artists Mario and Chris Brown as early influences. He also has a soft spot for pop-rock and alt-pop as evidenced by his inclination to have Maroon 5 and The Script songs into his repertoire during live performances.

On his first solo outing though, James is counting on a handful of great sounding originals to get his music across. One of those songs is the “Alam Niya Ba” is a song about a guy who got his heart broken. “He loves the girl so much that even though it hurts, he’ll wish the girl well and hopes that the next guy she loves will treat her well,” James shares.

James Reid‘s debut album also includes two of his own songs — the mid-tempo funk/r&b tune “You Make My Body Move” and the straight r&b-flavored “Game Changer.” Both songs not only showcase his dance, pop and R&B roots, but his songwriting skills as well. Two more songs, ”Gone” and “Loving Arms,” complete the album. The former is a song written by composer-lyricist-artist Thyro Alfaro, while the latter a cover of a Dobie Gray song.

Whether it’s his own song, or if he’s interpreting somebody else’s, James Reid proves that he can handle both and let his own style shine through. He’s certainly not into singing just because it’s a stepping stone into showbiz. He’s performing because he’s an artist in his own right too.


  1. Alam Niya Ba
  2. You Make My Body Move
  3. Gone
  4. Game Changer
  5. Rock with You
  6. Loving Arms
  7. Bonus: minus one versions of all the tracks

US Billboard Dance Chart Topper Erika Jayne Gearing Up For An Asian Launch

American pop-dance and club music artist Erika Jayne has conducted a series of segments filming in Asia starting May 28 and most recently here in the Philippines for the music video of her new singles “You Make Me Wanna Dance” and “Bringing You Back.” The two singles are scheduled for release later this year.

On both tracks, Erika Jayne collaborated with Ross Valory, bassist of the iconic band Journey, and internationally renowned pianist Eric Levy. These highly anticipated releases were written by the team of multi-award winning Andre Pessis and Eric Martin. Erika said that the songs sounded a bit too “rock” at first but later found its Erika Jayne signature style.

You Make Me Wanna Dance” awaits an Asian release. Fans of Erika are excited to see what her music would be like right now. However, Filipino club music and electronic dance music enthusiasts are even more excited since her music video will feature her dancing in Chinatown in Manila and at the Greenfield District in Pasig City.

Erika also collaborated with other pinoy artists like Manolet “DJ Papi” Santos, Marvin Querido (NeoColors) and the G-Force dancers.

Rene Walter, CEO of Sanre Entertainment, the management company that represents and is affiliated with artists like Arnel Pineda, Orianthi, Ritchie Sambora and many others, said that Erika Jayne will have a tremendous Asian launch and people will have a blast listening to her uniquely fresh and innovative musical style.

More About Erika Jayne

  • Erika was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia but later moved to New York where she began her career in music. She is now based in Los Angeles, California.
  • Erika attended North Atlanta High School for the Performing Arts and toured a lot. So technically, she has been performing already since high school.
  • Her musical influences include Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince.
  • Her first foray into the music industry was in 2007 when she released the electro-hued track “Rollercoaster” which went to number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
  • “Rollercoaster” was followed by five more consecutive number 1 dance singles namely “Stars” (2008), “Give You Everything” (2009), “Pretty Mess” (2009), “One Hot Pleasure” (2010), and “Party People – Ignite The World” (2011). Having landed six number one slots on the Billboard Dance Chart, Erika Jayne is in the same rank as the Pussycat Dolls and Rihanna for the most number ones from a debut release.
  • Erika’s debut album PRETTY MESS was released in August 2009 and produced by Peter Rafelson (Madonna) and Eric Kupper (Usher, Shakira).
  • Erika Jayne announced the creation of her very own production label Pretty Mess Records in November 2010.