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  • 20 Jul 2020
    Better Days returns this 2020 with a fresh collaboration in their latest single "Kahit Ano." In times of trouble, true friends are who you often rely on - this is the very message of the song, as it features a collaboration of real-life friends Better Days' lead vocalist Daniel Paringit, Imago's lead vocalist Kiara San Luis, and Ica.   Produced by Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge, the track brings about a light, hopeful vibe, proving that music and friendship can help people through their hardships, especially with heartbreak. Talking more about the song, Kiara says "What makes the song very personal to us is our shared love for music and how we believe in its capability to heal, to bring comfort and to bind people together regardless of what situation we are in." With this refreshing Pinoy acoustic jam, fans from both bands, and Pinoy acoustic tracks are sure to enjoy, especially with the hard times' people may be facing today.  Kahit Ano is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records. 
    532 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Better Days returns this 2020 with a fresh collaboration in their latest single "Kahit Ano." In times of trouble, true friends are who you often rely on - this is the very message of the song, as it features a collaboration of real-life friends Better Days' lead vocalist Daniel Paringit, Imago's lead vocalist Kiara San Luis, and Ica.   Produced by Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge, the track brings about a light, hopeful vibe, proving that music and friendship can help people through their hardships, especially with heartbreak. Talking more about the song, Kiara says "What makes the song very personal to us is our shared love for music and how we believe in its capability to heal, to bring comfort and to bind people together regardless of what situation we are in." With this refreshing Pinoy acoustic jam, fans from both bands, and Pinoy acoustic tracks are sure to enjoy, especially with the hard times' people may be facing today.  Kahit Ano is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records. 
    Jul 20, 2020 532
  • 18 Aug 2020
    Dropping an album at this time is a gift and a gamble. If you're following Keiko Necesario on social media, you can see that she's been busy promoting and virtually performing since the start of the year. Even quarantine can't stop her from putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, "Ready, Let Go". To mark the next step toward her new sound, Keiko drops her second single, "Dangerous"."Dangerous" unfolds with wistful electronic beats, while still exhibiting Keiko's popular folk sound and the raw elegance of her voice. The song details the common dilemma of whether or not you should tell somebody how you feel, but with this unease comes the chance to analyze our innermost feelings. "I wrote ‘Dangerous’ out of a concept; that the idea of loving someone you feel like you weren’t supposed to fall for can be treacherous," Keiko said about the track. "It’s like getting stuck in the middle of a decision because doing something about it might mess things up, yet not doing anything about it might mess you up. It’s a frustrating place to be in so I had to write about it in a manner that would describe exactly what that’s like. Even from the line on the verse 2, 'Though I’m damned if I don’t and damned if I do', it already says a lot about what the song is trying to express. It feels like no matter what decision you make, you’re sure there’s just no way to win."The song was written in different timelines, but Keiko came up with "Dangerous" back in 2018 at her former management’s house. She continued, "I remember the chords and the melody were born with a different first line and concept as well but as I went back and forth with the writing process, a different story hit me. There was a time when one of my artist friends, Quest, was doing a studio lockdown for his album and he invited me and another friend to just be there with him. I decided to finish some of my songs for the upcoming album so I did. It was in 2019 when I knew that the song was done. The demo and the majority of the arrangement for "Dangerous" were recorded and conceptualized in London at the Dairy Studio. I’m amazed I got to record here because apparently, one of my favorite bands and one of my influences, Florence + the Machine, recorded there and the piano that we used for this song was the same piano that the lead used for their songs."With "Ready, Let Go" slated for release in September, "Dangerous" sees the singer-songwriter breaching genre barriers, giving us another taste of things to come. Speaking about her new musical style, Keiko said, "I think it was my growth that led (still leads) me to change. As an artist, it’s an important process to go through—reinventing based on who you are at the exact moment of a season in your life. That’s how you get to still be authentic while you are changing. It was back in 2017 when this realization hit me. I was writing songs for my ESCAPE EP at the time, and I could hear the new sound in my head which I eventually called electro-folk. Folk is always going to be a huge part of who I am and that’s something I don’t wanna lose in the middle of my progress."Keiko started writing music at an early age, and this new album just shows how much she has grown as a singer-songwriter. "Music, to me, is like a twin sister; I’d say I grew up with it as it was just naturally there with me all the time," she shares. "I’ve been singing my whole life and I was in 3rd grade when I could really remember the first full song I’ve written and it was just non-stop ever since; funny how they were all about romantic love back then coming from a kid who had absolutely no clue about what it really was at the time. But all is well as I’ve come to know more and more about music through the years, and the love grew more and more, too."“Dangerous” is the latest single off "Ready, Let Go", her upcoming album with Warner Music Philippines that will be distributed digitally in September 2020. Follow Keiko Necesario and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and virtual performances.
    142 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Dropping an album at this time is a gift and a gamble. If you're following Keiko Necesario on social media, you can see that she's been busy promoting and virtually performing since the start of the year. Even quarantine can't stop her from putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, "Ready, Let Go". To mark the next step toward her new sound, Keiko drops her second single, "Dangerous"."Dangerous" unfolds with wistful electronic beats, while still exhibiting Keiko's popular folk sound and the raw elegance of her voice. The song details the common dilemma of whether or not you should tell somebody how you feel, but with this unease comes the chance to analyze our innermost feelings. "I wrote ‘Dangerous’ out of a concept; that the idea of loving someone you feel like you weren’t supposed to fall for can be treacherous," Keiko said about the track. "It’s like getting stuck in the middle of a decision because doing something about it might mess things up, yet not doing anything about it might mess you up. It’s a frustrating place to be in so I had to write about it in a manner that would describe exactly what that’s like. Even from the line on the verse 2, 'Though I’m damned if I don’t and damned if I do', it already says a lot about what the song is trying to express. It feels like no matter what decision you make, you’re sure there’s just no way to win."The song was written in different timelines, but Keiko came up with "Dangerous" back in 2018 at her former management’s house. She continued, "I remember the chords and the melody were born with a different first line and concept as well but as I went back and forth with the writing process, a different story hit me. There was a time when one of my artist friends, Quest, was doing a studio lockdown for his album and he invited me and another friend to just be there with him. I decided to finish some of my songs for the upcoming album so I did. It was in 2019 when I knew that the song was done. The demo and the majority of the arrangement for "Dangerous" were recorded and conceptualized in London at the Dairy Studio. I’m amazed I got to record here because apparently, one of my favorite bands and one of my influences, Florence + the Machine, recorded there and the piano that we used for this song was the same piano that the lead used for their songs."With "Ready, Let Go" slated for release in September, "Dangerous" sees the singer-songwriter breaching genre barriers, giving us another taste of things to come. Speaking about her new musical style, Keiko said, "I think it was my growth that led (still leads) me to change. As an artist, it’s an important process to go through—reinventing based on who you are at the exact moment of a season in your life. That’s how you get to still be authentic while you are changing. It was back in 2017 when this realization hit me. I was writing songs for my ESCAPE EP at the time, and I could hear the new sound in my head which I eventually called electro-folk. Folk is always going to be a huge part of who I am and that’s something I don’t wanna lose in the middle of my progress."Keiko started writing music at an early age, and this new album just shows how much she has grown as a singer-songwriter. "Music, to me, is like a twin sister; I’d say I grew up with it as it was just naturally there with me all the time," she shares. "I’ve been singing my whole life and I was in 3rd grade when I could really remember the first full song I’ve written and it was just non-stop ever since; funny how they were all about romantic love back then coming from a kid who had absolutely no clue about what it really was at the time. But all is well as I’ve come to know more and more about music through the years, and the love grew more and more, too."“Dangerous” is the latest single off "Ready, Let Go", her upcoming album with Warner Music Philippines that will be distributed digitally in September 2020. Follow Keiko Necesario and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and virtual performances.
    Aug 18, 2020 142
  • 09 Jan 2018
    Metal/Electronica band Even finally launched the music video for their song “Astra” last January 6, 2018 at B-Side the Collective. The said music video launch was also the celebration for Rakista Jam’s 100th event. Bands who also performed during the launch were Saydie, Pupil, Kjwan, Razorback, Philia, Tribo Subculture, The Chongkeys, Vie, Sagip Adik Foundation, Maryzark, Skychurch and Wilabaliw.  Even is composed of Trish Reyes on Vocals, Jam Bumanlang on Guitars, JL Siscar on Bass and Dan Allan Acosta on Drums. Check out the music video for Astra below!  
    2712 Posted by Marcus Aurelius
  • Metal/Electronica band Even finally launched the music video for their song “Astra” last January 6, 2018 at B-Side the Collective. The said music video launch was also the celebration for Rakista Jam’s 100th event. Bands who also performed during the launch were Saydie, Pupil, Kjwan, Razorback, Philia, Tribo Subculture, The Chongkeys, Vie, Sagip Adik Foundation, Maryzark, Skychurch and Wilabaliw.  Even is composed of Trish Reyes on Vocals, Jam Bumanlang on Guitars, JL Siscar on Bass and Dan Allan Acosta on Drums. Check out the music video for Astra below!  
    Jan 09, 2018 2712
  • 22 Aug 2018
     Two of the hottest OPM acts, IV of Spades and Ben & Ben are recently featured on the YouTube series, “Kids Takeover”. First of the two-part program is ‘One on One’ which as its title would suggest, shows kids throwing all questions they want under the sun and reacting to most of the bands’ answers:     Kid: “Ilang taon na po kayo?”   Blaster: “Ako, eighteen.”   Kid: “Ikaw?” (pointing to Badjao)   Badjao: “Twenty-three.”     If you didn’t laugh at this then we don’t know what would make you. If you’re the kind who just loves the music of these bands, then you wouldn’t miss the second part which is the actual kids’ ‘takeover’ of the hits, ‘Mundo’ by IV of Spades and Ben & Ben’s ‘Kathang Isip’. The former, a ukulele spin off which also features the three-piece band turning into a six-piece one has been released on the second week of the series while the latter is yet to come out this Friday, August 24th.   Meanwhile, the same channel behind ‘Kids Takeover’ also gave fans of YouTube cover darling, Ysabelle Cuevas, the chance to get their fan request granted at #DearWMPh. The request was for Ysabelle to cook Bibimbap in a way that’s “kasing sarap ng mga covers na ginagawa mo,” quoting the fan message that refers to the singer’s love for all things Korean and her heavily-viewed song covers. Request leveled up when there were just ingredients but no recipe. Can Dua Lipa grant our fan requests too? Hope yes! View the step-by-step fan request sending here. Doesn’t hurt to try, eh?      What do you think of all the series and who do you want to get featured next? Let us know below! If you haven’t watched any of these episodes yet, you can check them out on the official YouTube channel of Warner Music Philippines: https://wmp.lnk.to/youtube.  
    1084 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •  Two of the hottest OPM acts, IV of Spades and Ben & Ben are recently featured on the YouTube series, “Kids Takeover”. First of the two-part program is ‘One on One’ which as its title would suggest, shows kids throwing all questions they want under the sun and reacting to most of the bands’ answers:     Kid: “Ilang taon na po kayo?”   Blaster: “Ako, eighteen.”   Kid: “Ikaw?” (pointing to Badjao)   Badjao: “Twenty-three.”     If you didn’t laugh at this then we don’t know what would make you. If you’re the kind who just loves the music of these bands, then you wouldn’t miss the second part which is the actual kids’ ‘takeover’ of the hits, ‘Mundo’ by IV of Spades and Ben & Ben’s ‘Kathang Isip’. The former, a ukulele spin off which also features the three-piece band turning into a six-piece one has been released on the second week of the series while the latter is yet to come out this Friday, August 24th.   Meanwhile, the same channel behind ‘Kids Takeover’ also gave fans of YouTube cover darling, Ysabelle Cuevas, the chance to get their fan request granted at #DearWMPh. The request was for Ysabelle to cook Bibimbap in a way that’s “kasing sarap ng mga covers na ginagawa mo,” quoting the fan message that refers to the singer’s love for all things Korean and her heavily-viewed song covers. Request leveled up when there were just ingredients but no recipe. Can Dua Lipa grant our fan requests too? Hope yes! View the step-by-step fan request sending here. Doesn’t hurt to try, eh?      What do you think of all the series and who do you want to get featured next? Let us know below! If you haven’t watched any of these episodes yet, you can check them out on the official YouTube channel of Warner Music Philippines: https://wmp.lnk.to/youtube.  
    Aug 22, 2018 1084
  • 05 Jan 2018
          The much loved American rock band Incubus, whose return engagement to Manila has been eagerly awaited is performing February 17, 2018, Saturday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.   The band is known for its rock anthems Wish You Were Here, Megalomaniac, Anna Molly, Drive, Pardon Me, Are You In?, Nice To Know You, among others. The concert is produced by Ovation Productions, the group that also did Incubus’ previous concerts in Manila; the last was in 2015. Since their formation in 1991, iconic multiplatinum Los Angeles rock band Incubus have consciously and continually shifted their perspective with each subsequent album, preserving the spirit that initially drove them and simultaneously challenging themselves as artists and human beings. Their eighth full-length, the aptly titled 8 [Island Records], proudly upholds that tradition for the quintet—Brandon Boyd [vocals], Mike Einziger [guitar, piano, backing vocals], José Pasillas II [drums], Chris Kilmore [turntables, keyboards], and Ben Kenney [bass].    “As a band, we’re collectively interested in challenging ourselves and hopefully finding new, innovative ways of writing music,” asserts Boyd. “That ethos has kept things interesting for us.”   In the fall of 2016, the five musicians regrouped to flesh out ideas, recording at Jim Henson Studios and at Einziger’s personal studio. As the vision came into focus during early 2017, Incubus added another level by enlisting the perspective of longtime friend Skrillex [Justin Bieber, A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga] for co-production and mixing. Einziger had spent the past few years, exponentially expanding his personal musical palette. Not only did he oversee production for The Internet’s Feel Good and produce three songs for Tyler, The Creator’s chart-topping “Cherry Bomb,” but he also co-wrote Avicii’s six-times platinum smash “Wake Me Up” and served as musical director and performer for a much talked-about 2016 GRAMMY® Awards performance of “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber. After lunch one day, Einziger played Skrillex some mixes, and “a whole new world opened up” as the producer added his magic to 8.   “It evolved organically out of my friendship with Skrillex,” Einziger elaborates. “Incubus is all about friendship. We transferred the synergy of working together into what the band was doing. As we put the final touches on everything, Skrillex brought another level to the album.”   As a result, the eleven tracks comprising 8 assemble a mosaic reflective of the band’s current mindset. Unease translates to unpredictable guitar riffs that blur the lines between time signatures as cosmic rhythmic transmissions orbit around an epicenter of combustible emotion. Each lyric encodes a parable or what might be a hidden message. The first single “Nimble Bastard” leapfrogs from a rattling guitar snap into an anthemic refrain. “Loneliest” echoes with an existential rumination on solitude over an airy beat and hypnotic guitars. “Undefeated” struts along via a bombastic stomp before culminating on an uplifting chant, while the spacey “Familiar Faces” instantly enchants.   The soothing instrumental soundscape of “Make No Sound In The Digital Forest” illuminates their cinematic side with delicate chimes, simmering drums, and warbling tones. A dial-up modem signals the explosion of “Love In A Time of Surveillance” as the one-two punch of “No Fun” and “Throw Out The Map” tap into a tsunami of distortion and punk-y freedom. “Glitterbomb” represents the glorious push-and-pull of 8, teetering between heavenly harmony and a dramatic twinge.   8 arrives at a significant milestone for Incubus—releasing exactly 20 years since their major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E. landed back in 1997. A little older, a lot wiser, quite tighter, but equally ready to challenge themselves and rock music at large, Incubus change their perspective once more in 2017.    “All the time, I hear from fans that our music was the backdrop of their first experience with love or important in getting them through a hard time,” says Einziger. “That’s the highest compliment.”   “When we finished 8, we were flooded with this wave of gratitude,” Boyd leaves off. “The fact that so many people are willing to come on this weird ride with us is really humbling. We’re filled with this sense of awe around it. We’re very happy to share this record with everyone, and we hope they like it.”      
    1106 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •       The much loved American rock band Incubus, whose return engagement to Manila has been eagerly awaited is performing February 17, 2018, Saturday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.   The band is known for its rock anthems Wish You Were Here, Megalomaniac, Anna Molly, Drive, Pardon Me, Are You In?, Nice To Know You, among others. The concert is produced by Ovation Productions, the group that also did Incubus’ previous concerts in Manila; the last was in 2015. Since their formation in 1991, iconic multiplatinum Los Angeles rock band Incubus have consciously and continually shifted their perspective with each subsequent album, preserving the spirit that initially drove them and simultaneously challenging themselves as artists and human beings. Their eighth full-length, the aptly titled 8 [Island Records], proudly upholds that tradition for the quintet—Brandon Boyd [vocals], Mike Einziger [guitar, piano, backing vocals], José Pasillas II [drums], Chris Kilmore [turntables, keyboards], and Ben Kenney [bass].    “As a band, we’re collectively interested in challenging ourselves and hopefully finding new, innovative ways of writing music,” asserts Boyd. “That ethos has kept things interesting for us.”   In the fall of 2016, the five musicians regrouped to flesh out ideas, recording at Jim Henson Studios and at Einziger’s personal studio. As the vision came into focus during early 2017, Incubus added another level by enlisting the perspective of longtime friend Skrillex [Justin Bieber, A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga] for co-production and mixing. Einziger had spent the past few years, exponentially expanding his personal musical palette. Not only did he oversee production for The Internet’s Feel Good and produce three songs for Tyler, The Creator’s chart-topping “Cherry Bomb,” but he also co-wrote Avicii’s six-times platinum smash “Wake Me Up” and served as musical director and performer for a much talked-about 2016 GRAMMY® Awards performance of “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber. After lunch one day, Einziger played Skrillex some mixes, and “a whole new world opened up” as the producer added his magic to 8.   “It evolved organically out of my friendship with Skrillex,” Einziger elaborates. “Incubus is all about friendship. We transferred the synergy of working together into what the band was doing. As we put the final touches on everything, Skrillex brought another level to the album.”   As a result, the eleven tracks comprising 8 assemble a mosaic reflective of the band’s current mindset. Unease translates to unpredictable guitar riffs that blur the lines between time signatures as cosmic rhythmic transmissions orbit around an epicenter of combustible emotion. Each lyric encodes a parable or what might be a hidden message. The first single “Nimble Bastard” leapfrogs from a rattling guitar snap into an anthemic refrain. “Loneliest” echoes with an existential rumination on solitude over an airy beat and hypnotic guitars. “Undefeated” struts along via a bombastic stomp before culminating on an uplifting chant, while the spacey “Familiar Faces” instantly enchants.   The soothing instrumental soundscape of “Make No Sound In The Digital Forest” illuminates their cinematic side with delicate chimes, simmering drums, and warbling tones. A dial-up modem signals the explosion of “Love In A Time of Surveillance” as the one-two punch of “No Fun” and “Throw Out The Map” tap into a tsunami of distortion and punk-y freedom. “Glitterbomb” represents the glorious push-and-pull of 8, teetering between heavenly harmony and a dramatic twinge.   8 arrives at a significant milestone for Incubus—releasing exactly 20 years since their major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E. landed back in 1997. A little older, a lot wiser, quite tighter, but equally ready to challenge themselves and rock music at large, Incubus change their perspective once more in 2017.    “All the time, I hear from fans that our music was the backdrop of their first experience with love or important in getting them through a hard time,” says Einziger. “That’s the highest compliment.”   “When we finished 8, we were flooded with this wave of gratitude,” Boyd leaves off. “The fact that so many people are willing to come on this weird ride with us is really humbling. We’re filled with this sense of awe around it. We’re very happy to share this record with everyone, and we hope they like it.”      
    Jan 05, 2018 1106
  • 17 Feb 2020
    Just a day after Valentine’s, the organizers of Rakrakan Festival 2020 had officially announced the postponement of the said event in compliance with the advisory from the Department of Health and Department of the Interior and Local Government due to recent news on Corona Virus (COVID-19).  According to DOH’s statement, the public are urged to avoid attending, participating and organizing events that draw a significant volume of attendees in order to minimize the risk of novel Coronavirus contraction. In addition, the Rakrakan Festival organizers firmly believes that safety and audience welfare must—and should be—every event’s top priority.However, on a lighter note, Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be RESCHEDULED to a later date—APRIL 25, 2020! Still happening in the same venue, CCP Open Grounds, this year’s peak of summer is indeed festival-worthy. Plus, more time for surprises especially in the current artist lineup!Tickets are still available in all SM Ticket outlets nationwide. Note: For those who have already purchased their tickets before the rescheduling, please be informed that they are still valid upon entrance—NO NEED to refund or re-purchase! Regular Pre-Sale: P500Regular Door: P600VIP Pre-Sale: P1500VIP Door: P2000Summer’s the season to jam! DON’T MISS IT! “Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music” is presented by Rakista and Red Horse Beer, co-presented by Macbeth and TM, with Official Venue Partner, the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Visit rakrakanfestival.com and Rakrakan Festival’s official Facebook page for more updates. 
    2479 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Just a day after Valentine’s, the organizers of Rakrakan Festival 2020 had officially announced the postponement of the said event in compliance with the advisory from the Department of Health and Department of the Interior and Local Government due to recent news on Corona Virus (COVID-19).  According to DOH’s statement, the public are urged to avoid attending, participating and organizing events that draw a significant volume of attendees in order to minimize the risk of novel Coronavirus contraction. In addition, the Rakrakan Festival organizers firmly believes that safety and audience welfare must—and should be—every event’s top priority.However, on a lighter note, Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be RESCHEDULED to a later date—APRIL 25, 2020! Still happening in the same venue, CCP Open Grounds, this year’s peak of summer is indeed festival-worthy. Plus, more time for surprises especially in the current artist lineup!Tickets are still available in all SM Ticket outlets nationwide. Note: For those who have already purchased their tickets before the rescheduling, please be informed that they are still valid upon entrance—NO NEED to refund or re-purchase! Regular Pre-Sale: P500Regular Door: P600VIP Pre-Sale: P1500VIP Door: P2000Summer’s the season to jam! DON’T MISS IT! “Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music” is presented by Rakista and Red Horse Beer, co-presented by Macbeth and TM, with Official Venue Partner, the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Visit rakrakanfestival.com and Rakrakan Festival’s official Facebook page for more updates. 
    Feb 17, 2020 2479
  • 13 Mar 2020
    Following the dreamy single “Comment,” which debuted early this January 2020, Barbie Almalbis continues to perfect her signature, swoony alt-pop sound with incisive introspection on her second single.“Iyong-iyo,” the latest track off her upcoming fourth studio album, tackles a story of strength, perseverance, and faith amidst insurmountable odds. The melodic pop tune is inspired by how the Tabing Ilog hitmaker’s cook found peace from surrendering everything to God during a very difficult time to bouncing back with another chance at life.Almalbis recounts:“This song is about Esperanza ‘Bing-Bing’ Maaño, our cook, who’s been in our family for a long time and even married our driver, Dandy. She suddenly fell very ill last year due to a diabetes complication and her medicines were not working. Needless to say, it was such a troubling time for her and everyone who loved her as her future seemed uncertain. She was brought to the hospital and had to undergo amputation surgery, and she shared that it was during this time that her faith in God became more real. While being wheeled into the operating room, she had many fears but suddenly felt peace as she surrendered everything to God. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery and recovered well, and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg.”Barbie Almalbis co-wrote “Iyong-iyo” with her partner Martin Honasan, who also shares songwriting credits on previous singles “Comment” and Tigre.” Bing-Bing’s determination and humility inspired the husband-and-wife tandem to write and produce the song.Recording of the track was done by sound engineer Magic Montano at Yellow Room Studios, formerly known as Tracks Studios in San Antonio Village, where most of the Barbie’s Cradle albums are made. “We had Nikko Rivera on keyboard, Jonard Bolor on drums, and Rommel dela Cruz on bass,” shares Almalbis about the musicians who contributed significantly in the recording process. “The main rhythm section was recorded live, and we did overdubs for vocals and guitars. I also recorded backing vocals at my home studio.”Barbie Almalbis’s “Iyong-iyo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via 12 Stone Records. It’s the second single off heras-yet-untitled album to be released this year. Stream it below!
    838 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Following the dreamy single “Comment,” which debuted early this January 2020, Barbie Almalbis continues to perfect her signature, swoony alt-pop sound with incisive introspection on her second single.“Iyong-iyo,” the latest track off her upcoming fourth studio album, tackles a story of strength, perseverance, and faith amidst insurmountable odds. The melodic pop tune is inspired by how the Tabing Ilog hitmaker’s cook found peace from surrendering everything to God during a very difficult time to bouncing back with another chance at life.Almalbis recounts:“This song is about Esperanza ‘Bing-Bing’ Maaño, our cook, who’s been in our family for a long time and even married our driver, Dandy. She suddenly fell very ill last year due to a diabetes complication and her medicines were not working. Needless to say, it was such a troubling time for her and everyone who loved her as her future seemed uncertain. She was brought to the hospital and had to undergo amputation surgery, and she shared that it was during this time that her faith in God became more real. While being wheeled into the operating room, she had many fears but suddenly felt peace as she surrendered everything to God. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery and recovered well, and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg.”Barbie Almalbis co-wrote “Iyong-iyo” with her partner Martin Honasan, who also shares songwriting credits on previous singles “Comment” and Tigre.” Bing-Bing’s determination and humility inspired the husband-and-wife tandem to write and produce the song.Recording of the track was done by sound engineer Magic Montano at Yellow Room Studios, formerly known as Tracks Studios in San Antonio Village, where most of the Barbie’s Cradle albums are made. “We had Nikko Rivera on keyboard, Jonard Bolor on drums, and Rommel dela Cruz on bass,” shares Almalbis about the musicians who contributed significantly in the recording process. “The main rhythm section was recorded live, and we did overdubs for vocals and guitars. I also recorded backing vocals at my home studio.”Barbie Almalbis’s “Iyong-iyo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via 12 Stone Records. It’s the second single off heras-yet-untitled album to be released this year. Stream it below!
    Mar 13, 2020 838
  • 24 Mar 2020
    ANNOUNCEMENT: With only a month left, our team has given their hearts and hardwork towards Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music. We’ve been closely monitoring updates regarding COVID-19 these past few weeks and despite our best efforts, we have to declare once again that Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be POSTPONED until further notice.As much as we want to rock it out with you guys this April 25, your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. We will be moving Rakrakan Festival 2020 yet again on a later date, hopefully with more surprises! Stay on the lookout for updates but in the meantime, keep yourselves safe, healthy, and stocked up in this time.Please KEEP your tickets because it will still be VALID on the new date.Again, thank you for your patience and undying support for local music, arts, and culture! Don’t let COVID-19 ruin our event, let’s beat it together and make 2020 rockin’ again \m/#RakrakanFestival #PeaceLoveMusic #RHBMuziklaban
    1622 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: With only a month left, our team has given their hearts and hardwork towards Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music. We’ve been closely monitoring updates regarding COVID-19 these past few weeks and despite our best efforts, we have to declare once again that Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be POSTPONED until further notice.As much as we want to rock it out with you guys this April 25, your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. We will be moving Rakrakan Festival 2020 yet again on a later date, hopefully with more surprises! Stay on the lookout for updates but in the meantime, keep yourselves safe, healthy, and stocked up in this time.Please KEEP your tickets because it will still be VALID on the new date.Again, thank you for your patience and undying support for local music, arts, and culture! Don’t let COVID-19 ruin our event, let’s beat it together and make 2020 rockin’ again \m/#RakrakanFestival #PeaceLoveMusic #RHBMuziklaban
    Mar 24, 2020 1622
  • 13 Dec 2018
      Andy Brown, the lead singer and guitarist of the popular British Pop Rock Band Lawson will be performing a one night only acoustic concert at the SM Skydome in SM City North Edsa on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Andy Brown embarked on a solo career in 2017. During his time with Lawson, Andytogether with his bandmates, achieved 7 top 20 UK singles. And their debut album,Chapman Square went multi-platinum all over the world including the Philippines. This December 14, Andy will be releasing his debut album Cedarmont with singles “Talkof the Town” and “Lay with Me.” He will be performing songs from his debut album, aswell as hit songs from Lawson such as “Standing In The Dark”, “Learn to Love Again,” “When She was Mine,” “Where My Love Goes” and many more. For his show in Manila, Andy Brown goes unplugged and intimate for an acoustic concert along with his band. Andy Brown Live in Manila, the acoustic sessions is presented to by Kbeam Events. Tickets prices for VIP are P2,800 and Regular at P1,940 inclusive of SM Tickets charges. Tickets to Andy Brown Live in Manila will be available on December 18, 2019 at smtickets.com and at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide or call 470-2222.   #Andybrownliveinmanila #Andybrownmnl
    745 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •   Andy Brown, the lead singer and guitarist of the popular British Pop Rock Band Lawson will be performing a one night only acoustic concert at the SM Skydome in SM City North Edsa on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Andy Brown embarked on a solo career in 2017. During his time with Lawson, Andytogether with his bandmates, achieved 7 top 20 UK singles. And their debut album,Chapman Square went multi-platinum all over the world including the Philippines. This December 14, Andy will be releasing his debut album Cedarmont with singles “Talkof the Town” and “Lay with Me.” He will be performing songs from his debut album, aswell as hit songs from Lawson such as “Standing In The Dark”, “Learn to Love Again,” “When She was Mine,” “Where My Love Goes” and many more. For his show in Manila, Andy Brown goes unplugged and intimate for an acoustic concert along with his band. Andy Brown Live in Manila, the acoustic sessions is presented to by Kbeam Events. Tickets prices for VIP are P2,800 and Regular at P1,940 inclusive of SM Tickets charges. Tickets to Andy Brown Live in Manila will be available on December 18, 2019 at smtickets.com and at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide or call 470-2222.   #Andybrownliveinmanila #Andybrownmnl
    Dec 13, 2018 745
  • 18 Jun 2020
    Wayback is a pop-rock quartet band showing off their classic sound through their own materials “Sana Pwede” and “Falling In Love” which both released last May 2020 under Ditto music.With their songs now out on Spotify and to all digital platforms, they’ve been actively promoting their first single release “SANA PWEDE” which was officially launched at Wish 107 bus roadshow last October 2019.Since then, they’ve been receiving a lot of support from OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipino Mang-aawit) and their followers through different social media platforms. Wayback continuously looking for a venue to showcase and promote their music if given the opportunity.And while the music industry still on halt due to health crisis, Wayback is now focusing on writing and recording their own materials to fulfill their mutual desires and enjoy their passion for music. You may check out their songs and social media accounts below:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kcabyaW/Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/55gljhA3OS7TMGUorpbNRV?si=DHW1KhC5RMGrJkQ_zIxRUQYoutube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBgPB3QaN-HcrotdbfaJjmA
    1054 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Wayback is a pop-rock quartet band showing off their classic sound through their own materials “Sana Pwede” and “Falling In Love” which both released last May 2020 under Ditto music.With their songs now out on Spotify and to all digital platforms, they’ve been actively promoting their first single release “SANA PWEDE” which was officially launched at Wish 107 bus roadshow last October 2019.Since then, they’ve been receiving a lot of support from OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipino Mang-aawit) and their followers through different social media platforms. Wayback continuously looking for a venue to showcase and promote their music if given the opportunity.And while the music industry still on halt due to health crisis, Wayback is now focusing on writing and recording their own materials to fulfill their mutual desires and enjoy their passion for music. You may check out their songs and social media accounts below:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kcabyaW/Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/55gljhA3OS7TMGUorpbNRV?si=DHW1KhC5RMGrJkQ_zIxRUQYoutube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBgPB3QaN-HcrotdbfaJjmA
    Jun 18, 2020 1054
  • 23 Jun 2020
    The True Disciples is a Filipino indie pop/alternative rock band from Laguna, formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter/guitarist Lee Gabriel, along with drummer Melvin Valdez, guitarist Renz Emmanuel Cantos JC Figuracion on bass. The group’s musical genre’s been a mixture of alternative rock, indie pop, and experimental music influenced by several well-respected bands like The Beatles, Queen, and The Eraserheads. The band released their full-length album with 12 tracks entitled “Chorus Line” in 2008.The group parted ways in 2009 due to the members going to different schools in college.  Lee Gabriel and Melvin Valdez managed to stay together and create more music.  In 2010, a new set of three-piece band recorded songs together creating 2 albums with 11 tracks each called “Wandering Like a leaf” and “Symptoms of Insanity”. March 2020, after 10 years of live shows hiatus, the three decided to form a band that can again play live, this time it’s Melvin Valdez as the lead guitarist, Lee Gabriel on Rhythm guitar/ Vocals, Gideon Dela Cruz on drums, and completing the lineup is Melvin Valdez’ childhood friend Joed Fernandez on bass. True Disciples Spotify Link: 
    1206 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • The True Disciples is a Filipino indie pop/alternative rock band from Laguna, formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter/guitarist Lee Gabriel, along with drummer Melvin Valdez, guitarist Renz Emmanuel Cantos JC Figuracion on bass. The group’s musical genre’s been a mixture of alternative rock, indie pop, and experimental music influenced by several well-respected bands like The Beatles, Queen, and The Eraserheads. The band released their full-length album with 12 tracks entitled “Chorus Line” in 2008.The group parted ways in 2009 due to the members going to different schools in college.  Lee Gabriel and Melvin Valdez managed to stay together and create more music.  In 2010, a new set of three-piece band recorded songs together creating 2 albums with 11 tracks each called “Wandering Like a leaf” and “Symptoms of Insanity”. March 2020, after 10 years of live shows hiatus, the three decided to form a band that can again play live, this time it’s Melvin Valdez as the lead guitarist, Lee Gabriel on Rhythm guitar/ Vocals, Gideon Dela Cruz on drums, and completing the lineup is Melvin Valdez’ childhood friend Joed Fernandez on bass. True Disciples Spotify Link: 
    Jun 23, 2020 1206
  • 06 Jun 2018
    Rakista Radio, the no.1 online radio station that plays 100% Pinoy Rock, has a new, better, and easier for artists to submit their music and be included on our playlist. Just follow these simple steps for sending your material: 1. Use your Facebook account to register as an artist, click the Login with Facebook button.   2. Fill up all the required information; don’t forget to choose “Artist” as profile type.    3. To submit your song, go to Radio and click -> Submit Your Song  4. To check the status of your music, go to Radio and click -> My Songs  5. Wait for the status of your song, as the Rakista Radio team will review your material for approval. Once your music was approved, it will be automatically included on Rakista Radio’s library and listeners can search and request your song. Most requested songs will be featured every week so keep those requests coming.Please be reminded that all songs are subject to review by the Rakista Radio team and will not guarantee inclusion on our playlist. Thank you and long live OPM! \m/
    7045 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Rakista Radio, the no.1 online radio station that plays 100% Pinoy Rock, has a new, better, and easier for artists to submit their music and be included on our playlist. Just follow these simple steps for sending your material: 1. Use your Facebook account to register as an artist, click the Login with Facebook button.   2. Fill up all the required information; don’t forget to choose “Artist” as profile type.    3. To submit your song, go to Radio and click -> Submit Your Song  4. To check the status of your music, go to Radio and click -> My Songs  5. Wait for the status of your song, as the Rakista Radio team will review your material for approval. Once your music was approved, it will be automatically included on Rakista Radio’s library and listeners can search and request your song. Most requested songs will be featured every week so keep those requests coming.Please be reminded that all songs are subject to review by the Rakista Radio team and will not guarantee inclusion on our playlist. Thank you and long live OPM! \m/
    Jun 06, 2018 7045
  • 27 Mar 2019
    Cover Photo By: Jerry ManaogIt’s already been days and we’re still on the edge of our festival hangover but before we completely step off from this phase, all of us from Rakista would like to say our biggest and sincerest thanks for everyone who attended this year’s Rakrakan Festival—may you only be a Day 1 attendee, a Day 2 attendee, or both. Together, we witnessed a handful of moments worth remembering—they even made it to the headlines—which includes the awesome fireworks display, guitar smashing (literally) tribute from Isabelle de Leon for the late Pepe Smith, December Avenue giving us the feels under the raging sun, an exclusive performance from the ever-amazing Dante Gulapa during the set of Tanya Markova, classic statements from Juan Karlos, Rhian Ramos performing alongside Brisom, the launching of the first-ever (Sunugan)Duelo stage sponsored by TaskUs, the wonderful pieces from our Street Art participants, the participation of our NGO partners, giving away free roses…phew! There’s still so much more to mention. Rest assured that the experience will double on our future events to come.And for that, we say thank you—for the extreme patience in waiting in line under the scorching heat and for being so compliant with the rules and regulations. You did your part assuring us that everyone would have a fun time without being harmed. Thank you for the unwavering love and support that you guys exemplified on those 2 days. This motivates us to do better every year. We are hoping and looking forward to the same amount of excitement in our future events. With that, thank you for being part as we made history again in the diverse scene of OPM. You guys proved that OPM is not and will never be dead. Cheers to us for keeping the OPM community alive! Here’s to more Rakrakan Festivals to come! 
    2470 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Cover Photo By: Jerry ManaogIt’s already been days and we’re still on the edge of our festival hangover but before we completely step off from this phase, all of us from Rakista would like to say our biggest and sincerest thanks for everyone who attended this year’s Rakrakan Festival—may you only be a Day 1 attendee, a Day 2 attendee, or both. Together, we witnessed a handful of moments worth remembering—they even made it to the headlines—which includes the awesome fireworks display, guitar smashing (literally) tribute from Isabelle de Leon for the late Pepe Smith, December Avenue giving us the feels under the raging sun, an exclusive performance from the ever-amazing Dante Gulapa during the set of Tanya Markova, classic statements from Juan Karlos, Rhian Ramos performing alongside Brisom, the launching of the first-ever (Sunugan)Duelo stage sponsored by TaskUs, the wonderful pieces from our Street Art participants, the participation of our NGO partners, giving away free roses…phew! There’s still so much more to mention. Rest assured that the experience will double on our future events to come.And for that, we say thank you—for the extreme patience in waiting in line under the scorching heat and for being so compliant with the rules and regulations. You did your part assuring us that everyone would have a fun time without being harmed. Thank you for the unwavering love and support that you guys exemplified on those 2 days. This motivates us to do better every year. We are hoping and looking forward to the same amount of excitement in our future events. With that, thank you for being part as we made history again in the diverse scene of OPM. You guys proved that OPM is not and will never be dead. Cheers to us for keeping the OPM community alive! Here’s to more Rakrakan Festivals to come! 
    Mar 27, 2019 2470
  • 29 Nov 2019
    Musika Laguna, a well-recognized independent music producer who has been dynamic in the south scene came up to the idea of putting up something new and decided to initiate the first musician rock mob in the Philippines which will be held on Nov 30, 2019, at Old Calamba Plaza, Calamba, Laguna. Hundreds of Laguna artists and musicians will showcase a harmonized public performance featuring 4 OPM songs from 4 iconic bands: Narda By Kamikazee, Salamat by The Dawn, Laguna by Sampaguita and Awit ng Kabataan by Rivermaya, as support to OPM music.  The show will start at 1 PM onwards. Visit Musika Laguna page here for further details.
    8022 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Musika Laguna, a well-recognized independent music producer who has been dynamic in the south scene came up to the idea of putting up something new and decided to initiate the first musician rock mob in the Philippines which will be held on Nov 30, 2019, at Old Calamba Plaza, Calamba, Laguna. Hundreds of Laguna artists and musicians will showcase a harmonized public performance featuring 4 OPM songs from 4 iconic bands: Narda By Kamikazee, Salamat by The Dawn, Laguna by Sampaguita and Awit ng Kabataan by Rivermaya, as support to OPM music.  The show will start at 1 PM onwards. Visit Musika Laguna page here for further details.
    Nov 29, 2019 8022
  • 31 Jul 2020
    Exclusive: SB19 drops their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Get in the Zone’SB19 pushes the envelope of pop music with the release of their debut full-length album, Get in the Zone, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.  Mashing together various music influences with top-tier production and global appeal, the nine-track release features six original compositions, along with the EDM version of “Love Goes” and two instrumental songs.Thematically speaking, Get in the Zone maps their creative and personal journey. “It hasn’t been long since we released our debut single ‘Tilaluha,’ but prior to that, we have been training for years already,” says Sejun. “We wanted to incorporate all the things that we have experienced during trainee days into this album by putting all the emotions that we went through into our music. It was an emotional rollercoaster, but we pulled through and we hope that we get to inspire people with our story.”SB19’s first album kicks off with the two-punch knockout of “Alab” and “Go Up”—both chart-topping singles that bask in electronic grooves, pulsating hip-hop rhythms, and technicolored beats. These songs not only exude outsized charisma, but it also showcases SB19’s potential as a phenomenal pop group capable of defying trends and trailblazing a new movement in the international music arena.  Get in the Zone takes a more somber turn with “Tilaluha,” a stripped-down ballad that tackles one’s remorse over reciprocated romance. It’s a refreshing misnomer in a record filled with upbeat jams and shiny pop tunes, and one that blows the roof off, vocal performance-wise.The winsome streak continues with the R&B-infused “Love Goes,” a song that talks about one’s suffering over a lost loved one, and its sequel, “Hanggang Sa Huli,” which allows the broken person to heal and find comfort in a kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The sonically adventurous album also includes “Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo,” a Filipino adaptation of the Korean ‘90s smash “Sarangeun Ya YaYa,” as well as an EDM remix and two bonus tracks.According to Sejun, what sets Get in the Zone apart from other contemporary releases is the collaborative synergy between K-pop producers and Filipino talents, resulting into an exciting yet compelling final product. “It’s a great thing to get all the good traits from Korean and Philippine music/culture, and put them together into one. If you’ll dive deep into it, you’ll find a whole new sound rich in both cultures.”As for the creative process, SB19 members Justin, Sejun, Josh, Ken, and Stell are very hands on when it comes to writing songs and creating melodies. Justin shares, “In this album, we didn’t collaborate with any other artist. We also wrote the lyrics for all the songs ourselves, but we’ve worked with Korean Producers who have also worked with famous artists in Korea already. It was a different experience for each producer since they have different styles, but overall, everything was fun and exciting.”The award-winning band dedicates their new album, Get in the Zone to every single one of their A’TIN fans who have relentlessly supported their music through thick and thin. “All our achievements to date would not have been possible without you,” says Josh. “So in return we will work harder and continue to uplift you with more music and content so that we can give back the love we’ve received from you.”Check out SB19’s Get in the Zone here.
    153 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Exclusive: SB19 drops their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Get in the Zone’SB19 pushes the envelope of pop music with the release of their debut full-length album, Get in the Zone, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.  Mashing together various music influences with top-tier production and global appeal, the nine-track release features six original compositions, along with the EDM version of “Love Goes” and two instrumental songs.Thematically speaking, Get in the Zone maps their creative and personal journey. “It hasn’t been long since we released our debut single ‘Tilaluha,’ but prior to that, we have been training for years already,” says Sejun. “We wanted to incorporate all the things that we have experienced during trainee days into this album by putting all the emotions that we went through into our music. It was an emotional rollercoaster, but we pulled through and we hope that we get to inspire people with our story.”SB19’s first album kicks off with the two-punch knockout of “Alab” and “Go Up”—both chart-topping singles that bask in electronic grooves, pulsating hip-hop rhythms, and technicolored beats. These songs not only exude outsized charisma, but it also showcases SB19’s potential as a phenomenal pop group capable of defying trends and trailblazing a new movement in the international music arena.  Get in the Zone takes a more somber turn with “Tilaluha,” a stripped-down ballad that tackles one’s remorse over reciprocated romance. It’s a refreshing misnomer in a record filled with upbeat jams and shiny pop tunes, and one that blows the roof off, vocal performance-wise.The winsome streak continues with the R&B-infused “Love Goes,” a song that talks about one’s suffering over a lost loved one, and its sequel, “Hanggang Sa Huli,” which allows the broken person to heal and find comfort in a kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The sonically adventurous album also includes “Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo,” a Filipino adaptation of the Korean ‘90s smash “Sarangeun Ya YaYa,” as well as an EDM remix and two bonus tracks.According to Sejun, what sets Get in the Zone apart from other contemporary releases is the collaborative synergy between K-pop producers and Filipino talents, resulting into an exciting yet compelling final product. “It’s a great thing to get all the good traits from Korean and Philippine music/culture, and put them together into one. If you’ll dive deep into it, you’ll find a whole new sound rich in both cultures.”As for the creative process, SB19 members Justin, Sejun, Josh, Ken, and Stell are very hands on when it comes to writing songs and creating melodies. Justin shares, “In this album, we didn’t collaborate with any other artist. We also wrote the lyrics for all the songs ourselves, but we’ve worked with Korean Producers who have also worked with famous artists in Korea already. It was a different experience for each producer since they have different styles, but overall, everything was fun and exciting.”The award-winning band dedicates their new album, Get in the Zone to every single one of their A’TIN fans who have relentlessly supported their music through thick and thin. “All our achievements to date would not have been possible without you,” says Josh. “So in return we will work harder and continue to uplift you with more music and content so that we can give back the love we’ve received from you.”Check out SB19’s Get in the Zone here.
    Jul 31, 2020 153
  • 10 Jan 2020
    Written by John Francis Sevilla   On New Year, Filipino alternative rock band Mayonnaise just dropped their official music video for their latest single, "Kumander" produced by  Black House Studio with the association of Yellow Room Music Philippines.   The new track music video was directed by Juancho Pancho with special guest, Jasmine Curtis-Smith.    Check out "Kumander" Here:  
    1224 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Written by John Francis Sevilla   On New Year, Filipino alternative rock band Mayonnaise just dropped their official music video for their latest single, "Kumander" produced by  Black House Studio with the association of Yellow Room Music Philippines.   The new track music video was directed by Juancho Pancho with special guest, Jasmine Curtis-Smith.    Check out "Kumander" Here:  
    Jan 10, 2020 1224
  • 16 Aug 2018
    The time has finally come! One of the biggest singer-songwriters ever, Jason Mraz is back with the brand new album ‘Know.’ which includes previous singles, ‘Have It All’, ‘Unlonely’, and ‘More Than Friends (feat. Meghan Trainor). This is Jason’s 6th studio album, filled with bright, positive energy sound that Jason Mraz is the best at.   Jason Mraz is coming to Singapore on October 27th for WTA Finals and there will be a big press conference to introduce his new album and a tour announcement.
    950 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • The time has finally come! One of the biggest singer-songwriters ever, Jason Mraz is back with the brand new album ‘Know.’ which includes previous singles, ‘Have It All’, ‘Unlonely’, and ‘More Than Friends (feat. Meghan Trainor). This is Jason’s 6th studio album, filled with bright, positive energy sound that Jason Mraz is the best at.   Jason Mraz is coming to Singapore on October 27th for WTA Finals and there will be a big press conference to introduce his new album and a tour announcement.
    Aug 16, 2018 950
  • 07 Aug 2019
    All-girl powerhouse Rouge steps up their game as they officially sign with Viva Records.This pop rock outfit has paved their way into the music industry through stunning performances and amazing tracks. It was in 2015 when they garnered the Best WISHclusive Performance by a group and went all the way to the semi-finals of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 5—amongst other awards as well.Truly, there’s more of Rouge coming up in the next days. Congratulations, Rouge!Cover photo taken from Ms. Jeri Vega Oro's Facebook profileIn-body photo taken from Ms. Kara Mendez's Facebook profile
    675 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • All-girl powerhouse Rouge steps up their game as they officially sign with Viva Records.This pop rock outfit has paved their way into the music industry through stunning performances and amazing tracks. It was in 2015 when they garnered the Best WISHclusive Performance by a group and went all the way to the semi-finals of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 5—amongst other awards as well.Truly, there’s more of Rouge coming up in the next days. Congratulations, Rouge!Cover photo taken from Ms. Jeri Vega Oro's Facebook profileIn-body photo taken from Ms. Kara Mendez's Facebook profile
    Aug 07, 2019 675
  • 29 Jan 2020
    The FlipTop Festival, considered to be the biggest hip-hop festival in the Philippines, has announced its second wave lineup composed of music icons, game-changers, and promising rookies from different parts of the country.                                In terms of curation, FlipTop has always maintained its position as a purveyor of local hip-hop’s finest. As FlipTop Battle League founder and head honcho Alaric Yuson points out, “we try to keep it as all-inclusive and as well-balanced as possible by selecting among the best, the deserving, and the unsung.”Mastaplann, the legendary ‘90s hip-hop group, will be joining the previously announced mix of artists, along with veteran rappers such as D-Coy, Mike Kosa, Klutch-B, Apokalipsis, and Mike Swift, and the current crop of hard-hitters including Smugglaz, Shehyee, Apoc, Apekz, Sak Maestro (Davao), Abaddon, BLKD and Calix. For its second phase, the two-day urban festival will put a spotlight on highly anticipated battle rap pairings known as Dos Por Dos led by Sinio/Tipsy D vs. Jonas/Lhipkram and the much-buzzed face off: Shernan vs Poison13. With FlipTop Battle League breaking global records on Youtube and Sinio’s battle rap videos grabbing the top spot of the most viewed “battler” in the world, it would be a travesty not to include battle rap as part of the essential formats of the festival. Veering away from the typical festival programming, The FlipTop Festival steps up its game by covering all bases of the hip-hop culture not limited to performance and battle rap. “I think the fact alone that we’ll be promoting less-appreciated elements of the movement and acts at the festival will set us apart from the others,” the FlipTop Festival founder and CEO shares. “Especially with this one, we’re going all out on a scale exponentially bigger than whatever success we might have amassed over the last decade. We’re literally plowing land for this event and it wasn’t cheap.”Skratch battles and exhibitions by DJs from Batangas, Cebu, Bicol, and other parts of the region will take place on various stages of The FlipTop Festival. Other elements such as b-boying or break dancing, graffiti, and more will also be getting a special highlight.Aside from introducing various elements of hip-hop to a new set of audience, the upcoming hip-hop festival is also keen on changing people’s perception on the movement and giving more opportunities to underrated and underrepresented artists deserving of a bigger platform. “Then there’s still the inescapable underestimation and low regard for our genre and culture as a whole,” Yuson says. “Our movement, all ten years, has never been about profitability or trendiness or conforming. While most events just go for what’s hot at the moment, even if it’s in direct contradiction of what they stand for, here we are booking Bisaya-rapping emcees for a stereotypically Manila crowd – just to show them how well these emcees can rock it despite the language barrier. Again, our success and roots are as a rap-battle league. Yet we’re still here trying to convince both hardcore battle rap fans and non-hiphop people that, the music, and the whole culture, is worth enjoying and supporting.” The future looks bright for the first installment of The FlipTop Festival. As of real time, hip-hop enthusiasts and music fans from the US, the U.A.E., Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, as well as far-flung provinces such as Basilan, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Bukidnon and Bicol Region have reserved their tickets to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. When asked about the overwhelming positive reception about the new festival, Alaric Yuson takes pride of the festival’s insistence to provide a different kind of experience: “Hopefully, just for all the right reasons; people would appreciate the quality of the line-up, the opportunity to represent and see their own represent as well, the chance to see and partake in celebrating Filipino hiphop’s journey, and their trust in our vision, tenure, and integrity. Everyone else who is even mildly curious is definitely welcome. Oh, and everyone that has doubted us along the way, and even until now, is welcome too.”The FlipTop Festival happens on February 7 and 8 at the Aseana City Concert Grounds, Parañaque City. Tickets are available online at ticket2me.net.Photos by: Niña Sandejas
    869 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • The FlipTop Festival, considered to be the biggest hip-hop festival in the Philippines, has announced its second wave lineup composed of music icons, game-changers, and promising rookies from different parts of the country.                                In terms of curation, FlipTop has always maintained its position as a purveyor of local hip-hop’s finest. As FlipTop Battle League founder and head honcho Alaric Yuson points out, “we try to keep it as all-inclusive and as well-balanced as possible by selecting among the best, the deserving, and the unsung.”Mastaplann, the legendary ‘90s hip-hop group, will be joining the previously announced mix of artists, along with veteran rappers such as D-Coy, Mike Kosa, Klutch-B, Apokalipsis, and Mike Swift, and the current crop of hard-hitters including Smugglaz, Shehyee, Apoc, Apekz, Sak Maestro (Davao), Abaddon, BLKD and Calix. For its second phase, the two-day urban festival will put a spotlight on highly anticipated battle rap pairings known as Dos Por Dos led by Sinio/Tipsy D vs. Jonas/Lhipkram and the much-buzzed face off: Shernan vs Poison13. With FlipTop Battle League breaking global records on Youtube and Sinio’s battle rap videos grabbing the top spot of the most viewed “battler” in the world, it would be a travesty not to include battle rap as part of the essential formats of the festival. Veering away from the typical festival programming, The FlipTop Festival steps up its game by covering all bases of the hip-hop culture not limited to performance and battle rap. “I think the fact alone that we’ll be promoting less-appreciated elements of the movement and acts at the festival will set us apart from the others,” the FlipTop Festival founder and CEO shares. “Especially with this one, we’re going all out on a scale exponentially bigger than whatever success we might have amassed over the last decade. We’re literally plowing land for this event and it wasn’t cheap.”Skratch battles and exhibitions by DJs from Batangas, Cebu, Bicol, and other parts of the region will take place on various stages of The FlipTop Festival. Other elements such as b-boying or break dancing, graffiti, and more will also be getting a special highlight.Aside from introducing various elements of hip-hop to a new set of audience, the upcoming hip-hop festival is also keen on changing people’s perception on the movement and giving more opportunities to underrated and underrepresented artists deserving of a bigger platform. “Then there’s still the inescapable underestimation and low regard for our genre and culture as a whole,” Yuson says. “Our movement, all ten years, has never been about profitability or trendiness or conforming. While most events just go for what’s hot at the moment, even if it’s in direct contradiction of what they stand for, here we are booking Bisaya-rapping emcees for a stereotypically Manila crowd – just to show them how well these emcees can rock it despite the language barrier. Again, our success and roots are as a rap-battle league. Yet we’re still here trying to convince both hardcore battle rap fans and non-hiphop people that, the music, and the whole culture, is worth enjoying and supporting.” The future looks bright for the first installment of The FlipTop Festival. As of real time, hip-hop enthusiasts and music fans from the US, the U.A.E., Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, as well as far-flung provinces such as Basilan, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Bukidnon and Bicol Region have reserved their tickets to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. When asked about the overwhelming positive reception about the new festival, Alaric Yuson takes pride of the festival’s insistence to provide a different kind of experience: “Hopefully, just for all the right reasons; people would appreciate the quality of the line-up, the opportunity to represent and see their own represent as well, the chance to see and partake in celebrating Filipino hiphop’s journey, and their trust in our vision, tenure, and integrity. Everyone else who is even mildly curious is definitely welcome. Oh, and everyone that has doubted us along the way, and even until now, is welcome too.”The FlipTop Festival happens on February 7 and 8 at the Aseana City Concert Grounds, Parañaque City. Tickets are available online at ticket2me.net.Photos by: Niña Sandejas
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  • 21 Aug 2018
    Last Sunday, August 19, 2018, Filipino metal band, Arcadia released their newest official music video for their latest single “Timebomb” and it was uploaded on Tower Of Doom’s official YouTube channel.     The music video was edited by John Mark Gatchalian and produced by the band itself (Arcadia). The track is recorded, mixed and mastered by Macoy Manuel and Symoun Durias of Tower Of Doom Studios. Now, it is also available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital music platforms. Marben Romero of Badburn also has his own participation for the music video and track itself.     Arcadia is composed of Enrie Estevez on vocals, Ariel Lumanlan and Rommel Enriquez on guitars, Keith Francisco on bass, and Ian De Guzman on drums.   Here is Arcadia with their new official music video for “Timebomb”  
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  • Last Sunday, August 19, 2018, Filipino metal band, Arcadia released their newest official music video for their latest single “Timebomb” and it was uploaded on Tower Of Doom’s official YouTube channel.     The music video was edited by John Mark Gatchalian and produced by the band itself (Arcadia). The track is recorded, mixed and mastered by Macoy Manuel and Symoun Durias of Tower Of Doom Studios. Now, it is also available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital music platforms. Marben Romero of Badburn also has his own participation for the music video and track itself.     Arcadia is composed of Enrie Estevez on vocals, Ariel Lumanlan and Rommel Enriquez on guitars, Keith Francisco on bass, and Ian De Guzman on drums.   Here is Arcadia with their new official music video for “Timebomb”  
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  • 08 Aug 2019
    Fast-rising folk pop band Ben&Ben gets a massive breakthrough as they join the line-up in Hong Kong’s three-day premier music and arts festival, Clockenflap 2019. The band was included in the first wave of artists released in Clockenflap’s official website.   Screencapped from Clockenflap's website   Joining Ben&Ben on November 22-24, 2019 at the Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong is an amazing roster of pure talents, some of them including U.S. sensation Halsey, U.K.’s pride Mumford and Sons, rapper Lil Pump, a spectacular array of Asia’s finest homegrown acts, and so much more—packaging up the weekend to be the best ever of 2019.   Early bird tickets are now on sale on their official website, www.clockenflap.com   T’is another Pinoy pride moment for the music scene. Congratulations, Ben&Ben!      Cover photo shot by DJ Magbanua  
    824 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Fast-rising folk pop band Ben&Ben gets a massive breakthrough as they join the line-up in Hong Kong’s three-day premier music and arts festival, Clockenflap 2019. The band was included in the first wave of artists released in Clockenflap’s official website.   Screencapped from Clockenflap's website   Joining Ben&Ben on November 22-24, 2019 at the Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong is an amazing roster of pure talents, some of them including U.S. sensation Halsey, U.K.’s pride Mumford and Sons, rapper Lil Pump, a spectacular array of Asia’s finest homegrown acts, and so much more—packaging up the weekend to be the best ever of 2019.   Early bird tickets are now on sale on their official website, www.clockenflap.com   T’is another Pinoy pride moment for the music scene. Congratulations, Ben&Ben!      Cover photo shot by DJ Magbanua  
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  • 29 Jan 2020
    Written By John Francis Sevilla       Sponge Cola and 6Cyclemind have been canceled their Rakrakanfest 2020 show scheduled for January 31 in Dubai.      According to the bands, they saddened for canceling their event but hopefully back to Dubai soon.
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  • Written By John Francis Sevilla       Sponge Cola and 6Cyclemind have been canceled their Rakrakanfest 2020 show scheduled for January 31 in Dubai.      According to the bands, they saddened for canceling their event but hopefully back to Dubai soon.
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  • 27 Aug 2020
    During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts.   Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.     The archive is a separate entity from Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) in that it will serve as a foundation that collects and documents not just the actual original Filipino music, but also narratives, photographs, music sheets and press releases. Originally, the term “OPM” referred to the inclusive period from the 70s to 80s when a rich influx of new and modern sounds, melodies, lyrics, singers and musicians flooded the airwaves, and even the theater, with original dance musicals as “Rama Hari” and “Tales of the Manuvu”. Among the familiar and popular voices that emerged, aside from Celeste Legaspi’s were Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Leah Navarro, Didith Reyes, just to name a few.     The archive, however, for the purposes of music research and study for future generations, shall extend its borders to the precedents of this era, the 60’s, and extend to the present, and hopefully can be sustained into the future, for the identification and recognition of music development. The accompanying narratives will seek to contextualize the music in its specific social relevance that defined each period, and perhaps identify continuity to the next period.   Plans for the OPM Archive gave rise before the lockdown, when the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), where the archive was to be housed, was ready to receive the hard copy donations. With the lockdown, FHL head, Suzanne Yupangco and the archive group agreed to go digital. This does not, however, preclude the collecting of hard copies once the quarantine period is over. There is nothing like seeing the original “in the flesh”. While each hard copy donation will be digitized, the original copies will also be preserved through actual preventive conservation, knowing how digitization alone can be prone to obsolescence because of evolving digital formats.   Music plays a major role in peoples’ lives. It is something everyone cares about. And the archive hopes to ensure that the musical gems it documents and collects will live on from generation to generation, so children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren can appreciate, learn from, and perhaps someday, revise, improvise, follow or change approaches to music.   The archive is now open for digital collection, and is open to the public for donations. Just log on to opmarchive.com.   The launch of the OPM Archive is an initiative of founding members of OPM, led by its founder and first president, Celeste Legaspi, with Girlie Rodis, Tats Rejante Manahan, Lyca Benitez Brown, next generation members, Moy Ortiz, Chevy Salvador, Dinah Remolacio and Krina Cayabyab.
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  • During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts.   Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.     The archive is a separate entity from Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) in that it will serve as a foundation that collects and documents not just the actual original Filipino music, but also narratives, photographs, music sheets and press releases. Originally, the term “OPM” referred to the inclusive period from the 70s to 80s when a rich influx of new and modern sounds, melodies, lyrics, singers and musicians flooded the airwaves, and even the theater, with original dance musicals as “Rama Hari” and “Tales of the Manuvu”. Among the familiar and popular voices that emerged, aside from Celeste Legaspi’s were Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Leah Navarro, Didith Reyes, just to name a few.     The archive, however, for the purposes of music research and study for future generations, shall extend its borders to the precedents of this era, the 60’s, and extend to the present, and hopefully can be sustained into the future, for the identification and recognition of music development. The accompanying narratives will seek to contextualize the music in its specific social relevance that defined each period, and perhaps identify continuity to the next period.   Plans for the OPM Archive gave rise before the lockdown, when the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), where the archive was to be housed, was ready to receive the hard copy donations. With the lockdown, FHL head, Suzanne Yupangco and the archive group agreed to go digital. This does not, however, preclude the collecting of hard copies once the quarantine period is over. There is nothing like seeing the original “in the flesh”. While each hard copy donation will be digitized, the original copies will also be preserved through actual preventive conservation, knowing how digitization alone can be prone to obsolescence because of evolving digital formats.   Music plays a major role in peoples’ lives. It is something everyone cares about. And the archive hopes to ensure that the musical gems it documents and collects will live on from generation to generation, so children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren can appreciate, learn from, and perhaps someday, revise, improvise, follow or change approaches to music.   The archive is now open for digital collection, and is open to the public for donations. Just log on to opmarchive.com.   The launch of the OPM Archive is an initiative of founding members of OPM, led by its founder and first president, Celeste Legaspi, with Girlie Rodis, Tats Rejante Manahan, Lyca Benitez Brown, next generation members, Moy Ortiz, Chevy Salvador, Dinah Remolacio and Krina Cayabyab.
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  • 31 Dec 2017
    Rakrakan Festival is set to once again own center stage. Happening on February 24, 2018, be part of the loudest and grandest Pinoy music festival in the metro! Rakrakan Festival highlights not only Original Pinoy Music (OPM) but skateboarding exhibition and competitions, street art contest, merchandise exhibit, and many other fun and exciting activities along the way. It will highlight six different stages and about 120 local artists to serenade the night and leave guests craving for more.Rakrakan Festival is set to happen on February 24, 2018 at the ASEANA Concert Grounds in Paranaque City. Tickets for the event are priced as follows: Php 500 for the early bird ratePhp 600 for walk-in ratePhp 2000 for the VIP ticketTickets are available at any SM ticket outlet nationwide. For questions and other inquiries, you may visit their website at www.rakrakanfestival.com Details: What: Rakrakan Music FestivalWhen: February 24, 2018Where: ASEANA Concert Grounds, Paranaque City
    1328 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Rakrakan Festival is set to once again own center stage. Happening on February 24, 2018, be part of the loudest and grandest Pinoy music festival in the metro! Rakrakan Festival highlights not only Original Pinoy Music (OPM) but skateboarding exhibition and competitions, street art contest, merchandise exhibit, and many other fun and exciting activities along the way. It will highlight six different stages and about 120 local artists to serenade the night and leave guests craving for more.Rakrakan Festival is set to happen on February 24, 2018 at the ASEANA Concert Grounds in Paranaque City. Tickets for the event are priced as follows: Php 500 for the early bird ratePhp 600 for walk-in ratePhp 2000 for the VIP ticketTickets are available at any SM ticket outlet nationwide. For questions and other inquiries, you may visit their website at www.rakrakanfestival.com Details: What: Rakrakan Music FestivalWhen: February 24, 2018Where: ASEANA Concert Grounds, Paranaque City
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