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INTRoVOYS Live In Calgary On May 16, 2020 

INTRoVOYS, the band who us the hits "Di Na Ko Aasa Pa", "Will I Survive", "However Whichway", "Maynila" & "Line to Heaven" among others, are set to come to Calgary, AB on May 16, 2020 to showcase their brand of live performance.

They will be joined on stage by Nina Mabugat and Perf De Castro, formerly of Rivermaya.

Producers of the show aren't wasting time as they announce the availability of show tickets, both online (through this site) or in person.

The show will be at the Calgary Marlborough Community Association with address at 636 Marlborough Way NE, Calgary, AB T2A 2V9. And doors will open at 6PM.

You can get your tickets by clicking HERE or by contacting the following:

Tina - (403) 589-8764

Kathy - (403) 991-8640

Email: events@ezcape.com

 

 

Biyaheng Impyerno - Siakol (Paco Arespacochaga, Buwi Meneses, Robin Nievera, Noel Palomo Cover) 

On October 19, 2019, Peace Sells productions brought together 5 prominent artists to perform hits that helped defined OPM in the 90s. "Biyaheng Impyerno" by Siakol was performed by Paco Arespacochaga (INTRoVOYS), Noel Palomo (Siakol), Robin Nievera and Buwi Meneses (Parokya Ni Edgar) to a SOLD OUT crowd! 

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Pinoy Rock Lives On 

by Philippe Recto
 

It was never meant to be mainstream…

A sound only the young would be inspired by. The Filipinos have always rebelled against the onslaught of the powerful and overwhelming. Thus, giving birth to such heroes as Lapu-Lapu, Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal, and others alike. Rock n’ Roll along with its off-springs of various genres such as Hard Rock, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, Heave Metal, Hardcore, Fusion Rock, and so forth were all formed from rebellion. The devil’s music some would say. But is it really evil driving the forces of our favorite loud sound? Or is it only a title labelled by mainstream and money grabbing labels and stations? Who knows…For the fans of “rock music”, it doesn’t matter. It just gave them something to rebel against that made our music louder and more necessary to express.  

With little access to some of the best equipment, the Filipinos still managed to find a voice with their talents. From the days that the Spaniards introduced guitars to our humble little country in southeast of Asia, Filipinos took to the string instrument with pride and love. As it blossomed with the musical influences of The United States and Europe, A distinct sound was born. A sound that did not resonate with the majority, but pounded and thumped in the hearts of those who wanted more than just the ordinary. Who knew that such an unpopular theme of music would elevate a mass following, disappear, re-ignite, and become legendary in a span of a few decades. For the few who thrived and performed in this lonely path, only they understood the hardships, the stressful evenings, the long nights, the travel, the ringing in their ears, and the stained sweat on their instruments. Some go on to become the legends they deserve to be. Others fade away in time and obscurity. Some were able to turn this path into a career, others lost it all for the sake of those magnificent moments on stage.  

Along the hardened, rocky and impoverish road the Filipino rock artists took, some beloved musicians were lost, and voids left empty in their honor. Some migrated away to 1st world countries to escape the dead ends that most rock musicians faced. Some carried on with day jobs. Others just hung up their instruments and decided “no more”.  

As years turn to eras, the music changes. However, the heart and soul of the rebellion carries on. It’s inspiring to see a new generation of artists carrying on a tradition of loud amplifiers, pounding drums and cymbals, and memorable vocals and lyrics. From cover bands, to original artists, the obscure to the famous, “Pinoy Rock” continues to be a tradition worth holding dear to our hearts, thus becoming a Filipino heritage of its own. A culture preserved only by the young and the young at hearts. A culture that graced our radio stations, television screens, local bars, fiestas, colleges, and high schools. A tribe of energy that formed locals into legends, and music into history. 

I was once told that “Pinoy Rock” is dead. Our radio stations flushed out, our television sets full of K-Pop and Electronic Dance Music, Cheesy love songs and Rap, how can one deny it’s soon to be dead existence. The sound has been kicked, beaten, defamed, dishonored, disowned, and left for dead. But we know the truth. As long as our people feel the oppression of the powerful, Pinoy Rock will stand bleeding and battered, but never weak, never disheartened, and never broken. The wave of Dance music, pop music and rap has washed away its importance quickly disappearing into a fad. So to the one’s who believe that “Pinoy Rock” is dead, my only response was the response that we fans hold dear in our hearts. With a fist in the air and my index and pinky fingers up, I declare…Long Live “Pinoy Rock”. \m/.

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Philippe Recto is a well respected bass player, who has shared the stage with rock greats, Perf De Castro, David Aguirre and Wolf Gemora, among others. He is currently based in San Diego CA. Follow him on Facebook by clicking here

Privileged Or Entitled... What You Need To Know NOW! 

You Gotta Be One or the Other!

Seriously though, if you still carry an attitude of entitlement (from other people) and you're in your mid 20s onwards, I'll say "Shame on you!" because unless you're royalty, you're not entitled to ANYTHING!

And often times, we give the word, "Privileged" a bad rap as well. But the reality... being privileged is... a privilege! And if we understand what it truly means, maybe... just maybe, we can get ahead in life - the right way!

Sit back and watch my short video. Hopefully, I'm able to share something that would be of value to you and to the future of your relationship with everyone around you.

A Pinoy Rockin' Christmas Party 2018 

It was a Pinoy Rock Christmas Party at the end of the day at the De Castro residence. But it was a crazy full day for me, Janelle and Cassidy. 

The holiday season can be overwhelming but at the end of the day, we still got through it and everything turned out alright. 

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Beware the Friend Zone In 2019 

You are in love with another person... but he/she doesn't feel the same way. You're in a dilemma because you don't want to get turned down, embarrassed or to outright lose this special person in your life. So what do you do? You do the most selfless, most stupidest thing known to mankind... you settle to be placed in the FRIEND ZONE!

Don't fool yourself, there's no getting out of it UNLESS you make it clear that you don't want to be there anymore.

In 2019, take a chance! Let the one you love know how you feel. And if that person can't give to you what you are able to give, then, it's time to move on and find who's really worthy of you and your love!

SAY NO TO THE FRIEND ZONE!

 

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Let It Snow by Jaja And Paco 

Oh the weather outside is frightful, 
But the fire is so delightful, 
And since we've no place to go, 
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 

It doesn't show signs of stopping, 
And I've bought some corn for popping, 
The lights are turned way down low, 
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 

When we finally kiss goodnight, 
How I'll hate going out in the storm! 
But if you'll really hold me tight, 
All the way home I'll be warm. 

The fire is slowly dying, 
And, my dear, we're still good-bying, 
But as long as you love me so, 
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 

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I'll Pick My Family Over My Bandmates 

I've matured. There, I'm admitting to it right now. I failed in making a ton of happy childhood memories with my firstborn, Heaven. I'm just glad he's forgiven me for being a LOUSY father while he was growing up. For his sake, and for the rest of my children's sake, I will NOT disregard them ever. 

Jonathan Buencamino prioritizes his son, Kurt, over band stuff. Perf de Castro does the same thing too! Why can't I?

So yeah... this blog will serve as my accountability reminder that my wife and kids will always take precedence over band stuff.

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To My Family, I'm a Husband and a Dad... That's All 

Janelle and I decided to take all of the kids and my mother-in-law, with us to San Francisco. We were there for Pinoy Rock Revue, wherein I play drums as we commemorate the songs created by bands AnakBayan, Maria Cafra, Sampaguita and Juan Dela Cruz. We also featured Basti Artadi of Wolfgang as our guest vocalist.

I'd like to stress that the journey to San Francisco was surprisingly more interesting than being in San Francisco. It's because my family and our road trip bonding made it super special!

Here's to more road trips in the future!

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