Linang at Yakis: Alternatibong Kasanayan Para sa Sining at Multimedia

Students from the Mapúa Institute of Technology’s School of Multimedia and Visual Arts (SMVA) seeks to sharpen and cultivate the Filipino creative’s skills in a seminar aptly titled Linang and Yakis: Alternatibong Kasanayan Para sa Sining at Multimedia which will be held on March 15, 2017 at the Mapúa Institute of Technology, Intramuros Campus. This seminar’s goal is to prepare the mulimedia practitioners for the future world ahead of them.

The speakers who will grace this seminar with their presence are from different sectors of the multimedia industry, are masters of their respective craft, and are eager to impart their knowledge unto those who will attend.

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The roster includes AJ Siytangco, former 3D and Visual Effects Artist at Lucasfilm, who will be talking about techniques and knowledge regarding VFX; Noel Llorca on Z-Brush sculpting; Benigno Buenaventura on the creative processes in conceptualizing effective design, John Marin on balancing one’s creative lifestyle and the client’s demand; Award-winning Sound Director Andrew Milallos on the importance of sound in digital film production; and last but definitely not the least, GMA-7’s Howie Severino on making documentaries for Philippine television.

The speakers will also hold question and answer sessions wherein the atendees may feed their curiousity and ask the men themselves about their respective fields and the multimedia industry at-large.

The registration fee is only PHP 50. For further inquiries, visit the event’s official Facebook page: Linang At Yakis, follow them on their Twitter @LinangAtYakis, or email them at linangatyakis@gmail.com.

By: Lance Pacada

Apophenia: A Multimedia Portfolio Exhibit

The Multimedia Arts Class of A406C will be holding an exhibit entitled “Apophenia” on March 17 – 19 2017 at Design Center of the Philippines, CCP Building, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila 1009.

Exhibits like these are being held annually by graduating students as part of their fulfillment for the course, Multimedia Arts Design Production and Portfolio Exhibit which showcases each student’s talents, skills and expertise they all have gained through the 4 years learning the course. This time, the class of A406C exposes their esoteric side as they let you see and experience what it is like inside their creative mind  on how they view the things around us differently and lets you ask the question: “what do you see?”

In lieu with the theme and description; “Apophenia”, the class lets out their wild creativity, while applying their deep thoughts, memories and their illusionary perceptions through their artwork. This brings out one’s intuitiveness as we see and experience a new, different vision and message from even the simple designs, images and artwork. Apophenia spontaneously perceives one’s tendency to seek patterns or thoughts from various unrelated, random phenomena, images, and misperception of information. then connects them into forming a message or an illusion in which something clear and distinct exists from nothing. – Whether it may be a dream or a reality.

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Apophenia –  An A406C Portfolio Exhibit of Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila is in partnership with Design Center of the Philippines and we would like to thank the following Official Sponsors; D&D Custom Guitars and Pulp Magazine., as well the Official Media Partners ClickTheCity, WhenInManila, Support Local Indie Scene and ILVSTRADOS; Special thanks to Beanleaf.

To know more about the details on the upcoming event, please visit our Official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/Apophenia.lpu/mnl

The Exhibit will be open to the public on March 18 and 19 at 1:00pm-9:00pm.

Track Review: ‘Oh, Young Love!’ – KISSLING!

DELIGHTFUL is what falling in love is in our youth, especially in our 20s. It’s nothing like when we were 15 (albeit those times were just as fantastic). There’s just that giddy feeling; we become a child who got his first Marie cookie. We wake up the next day knowing that we are with the one we’re so crazy about—not to mention lucky enough to be with—and everything around us feels so light. It is magical, the sheer elation of being in a relationship. Or so how it goes at the start… and in this case, you’re in your mid-20s and she’s a looker at only 19. Nice.

Even so, any fully grown adult man could still feel like a little girl when he finds himself in the clutches of love. It happens to the best of us, and it ain’t that much of a creepy thing. With that being said is where KISSLING! comes into play—an off-key indie quartet, as they would playfully like to call themselves, with Jeremy Lopez at the helm. Formed in late 2015, KISSLING! started off as a solo-project by Lopez, following the disappearance of his former band, Motto Stella. Heavily influenced by British tunes, post-punk, indie pop, and Clem Castro, KISSLING! debuted on that same year with a full band set-up—comprised of Lopez on rhythm guitar, Charles Abian (formerly of Motto Stella, along with Lopez) on lead guitar and backing vocals, Andrew Harder (formerly of Kontra Tiempo) on bass and backing vocals, Sean De Leon (of Maryzark and CHNDTR) on keyboards/guitar, and Markuss Javier (the youngest in the group) on drums—and with a bootleg/demo EP called The White Bootleg to top it all off.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Inspired by one Richard Kissling, the Swiss sculptor responsible for the Rizal Monument in Luneta, KISSLING! is born after Lopez’s subsequent departure from Motto Stella. Chief among the reasons why are “incompatible musical influences” and “creative differences” from the latter, according to Lopez. As it all seemingly went downhill, it didn’t stop Lopez from immediately going inside the studio to record everything he had been keeping for so long, even if that meant sitting down and playing all the instruments on his own, and only with the help of producer/label head Inigo Mortel of the Banana Rising Recording Studio.

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With a track like Oh, Young Love!—the band’s latest release—KISSLING! attempts to bring out the kid in our hearts that’s falling in love like it’s the first time: everything is new and innocent and right with the world. Starting off with and sustaining peppy beats and a twangy rhythm, the record captures that playing-along-the-beach-under-a-fine-sunny-day kind of vibe.

“We’ll be together, I swear, and I don’t care. Who is laughing or who is there? We are old souls lost in time. Oh, young love!”, Lopez sings in what seems to be the chorus of the song, followed by screams out of sheer joy. The line in particular is suggestive of the euphoria we experience in loving another person with reckless abandon. It’s as if life becomes a thrill and is filled with a newfound sense of adventure.

On the one hand, compared to KISSLING!’s other tracks such as Downhill and Daydream, the track hasn’t the most expressive and tell-tale lyrics, though. It could’ve used a little more cohesion. And on the other hand, the wraithlike reverb of Lopez’s vocals which stems from his British post-punk roots, however off-key he sounds, makes it safe to say that Oh, Young Love! doesn’t try so hard to be a complex track. It’s also for good reason. That way, in its entirety, it makes it easy for people to catch on with the record—and the band—especially when played as an opening track live. Consequently, Oh, Young Love! proves that KISSLING! is a band that truly makes music regardless of how it will sound.

3 = Emotion (3 / 3)
1.5 = Storytelling/Lyrics (1.5 / 4)
3 = Music (3 / 3)

7.5 / 10

-Roy Salamat

Album Review: ‘Minsan Sa Lupa’ – Oswald Sleeps Tonight

THE STORY

TO OVERCOME difficult moments requires a great deal of strength and an inordinate amount of time. Each passing day becomes a struggle as the rug beneath your feet gets pulled off, and you look for any sort of certainty and inspiration. And what for? To cope with longing, with the brokenness of the heart, or with the passing of a loved one.

Having previously reviewed one of their singles, Oswald Sleeps Tonight (OST) are out last January 21 with their first LP and latest offering, Minsan Sa Lupa. With this record, OST articulates the above stated sentiments in the only way where words alone seem to fail: by using anthemic pop-punk and hard rock tunes that are sure to purge you of those big emotions and get your head banging and your feet tapping.

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THE TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE

  1. Ang Simula

The record is introduced by OST’s signature sound check track, setting the tone and offering listeners a taste of what they could expect to hear throughout the band’s LP.

  1. Larawan

“Sa mga sandaling ako’y nag-iisa, ang larawan mo ang kinakausap ko. Ngayon ang panahon sa ati’y nagdaan, paano malalaman na ako’y nandito lang?”

Written by Jhera Nazarea, the song is about a childhood crush that had just gone with the wind, according to OST frontman Jim Bernardo. Time went on by, and they’ve met all sorts of different people that came and went. And when they met once again after so long—with the girl being an educator now—that’s when things started to look up, intimately. But not for long, however. Responsibilities and priorities caught up with them which ultimately made it harder for the relationship to work out.

  1. Minsan Sa Lupa

“Ito ang huling pagkikita natin na minsan sa lupa nakapiling namin. Ala-ala ng bawat sandali na kailanman hindi mawawaglit. Ang liwanag na iyong taglay na aking kasama sa paglalakbay; ang ilaw ng tahanan, pumanaw man, hindi ka namin kakalimutan.”

Originally, the album was supposed to be a self-titled one until the band changed it its titular track, Minsan Sa Lupa. With heavy undertones, the song is about the passing of the mother of Johannes Horena’s (OST’s lead guitarist and vocalist) bestfriend.

  1. Markado

“Nakatatak ka na sa isipan ko, kasama ang pangakong binitawan mo. Sa puso ko’y parang tattoong ipininta na magpahanggang ngayo’y hindi ko mabura-bura.”

Referring to the track review I’ve written a couple of months back, Markado talks about the agony and vexation of being in a long-term yet one-sided relationship, and then be left behind with hollow promises.

  1. Gabay

“Lilipad ako nang ‘sing bilis ng tinig. Sasabay ako sa hangin tulad ng isang lawin tungo sa presensya ng Ama sa langit. Sa kanyang kamay ay di na mababawi. Sa kanyang kamay liwanag ang mananaig.”

According to frontman Jim Bernardo, the track is for all of those who believe that they can do everything by themselves without asking for the help of others. Moreover, it speaks about how one keeps his faith in God. Because even if the person who listens to this song is a non-believer, it can still serve as a reminder that none of us can do everything on our own. And even if we could, it would end up being so toxic, Bernardo adds. It’s an elevating track to listen to for when you feel things are all coming down on you.

  1. Manhid

“Kahit piliin kong aminin ang lahat, wala ka rin namang maramdaman. Baliwala pa rin kung susuyuin, sayang lang oras, basted lang naman. Di ba sinabi ko naman sa ‘yo, ikaw lang ang laman ng isip ko. Mahal mo nga ako pero bilang kaibigan lang.”

Reminiscent of OST’s bassist, Manolo Fadrilan’s lovelife, Manhid is essentially a song for those who’s made all the effort he can do, yet still ends up being put in that one dreadful place we like to call the Friendzone. (Remember that one fast food chain’s series of ads for Valentine’s?) Ouch.

  1. Dalawang Tao

“Salamat sa iyong binigay na pagmamahal, sa maliligayang araw, buwan at taong pinagsamahan. […] Pag-ibig na pinagsaluhan, hirap at ginhawang pinagdaanan. Bawat isa’y naging daan upang makilala ang sarili.”

Supposedly a good-bye letter of sorts after a more than 3-year-relationship, the track is about how a simple relationship could change a person, says Bernardo. Because the relationship had been a way for both parties to grow and mature into the person they are now.

  1. Sesa

“Dahil ikaw ay prinsesang tunay at ako ang iyong alalay, handa kitang pagsilbihan habang buhay. Lagi na lang nagkukunwaring tayo, minamasdan ka sa malayo. Hanggang dito na lang kaya ako?”

Simply put, Sesa is similar to songs with the concept of the guy and the girl he likes and the rift between them is akin to heaven and earth. If you ever feel the clutch of katorpehan, this song is for you.

  1. Sa Pagtulog

“Gabi-gabing nananalangin, sa langit ay humihiling na minsan pa’y mayakap ka kahit na sa panaginip. Gabi-gabing laman ng isip, huling sulyap ng iyong ngiti. Kung oras ma’y nilisan ka, sa puso ay mananatili.”

Sa Pagtulog is perhaps one of the heaviest and most emotional songs in this LP. It’s stirred from the loss of Jim Bernardo’s brother, Oswald, to his battle with leukemia. Jim and Oswald were tight; not only as a brother, Oswald was also a mentor, a best friend, and a bandmate to Jim. With the chorus, Jim explicates that it was written during the time he broke into tears because he felt extremely uninterested with music, and that he was looking for an inspiration to push on.

Now, they have reached a milestone with this LP. It’s safe to say OST is the living legacy of Oswald, and we will keep on extending a helping hand for this band of brothers.

  1. Alam Mo Ba

“Wag naman sanang mabaliwala ag pagtinging hindi nakikita ng iyong mga mata.”

Comically, Bernardo thinks of this particular track as a joke. (lols) Because they weren’t really expecting Alam Mo Ba to be a song people would love for them to play. Bernardo adds that it comes from different sorts of hugot; like, whenever a friend has a girl he has a crush on and making his moves on, the girl always ends up being with some other guy; or when you see a looker in a jeepney but that’s just it because you’re both strangers to one another.

Alam Mo Ba is simply a fun track in itself which never loses its quirk even when the band plays it live.

THE VERDICT

As a whole, Oswald Sleeps Tonight’s debut LP stirs different sorts of emotions which are as layered as the mixing of each of the tracks in the album. Admittedly, I am not the knowledgeable type when it comes to the technicalities of production; all I can say for sure is that with OST’s Minsan Sa Lupa, it’s not enough listening to it once if you want to get behind the songs and really appreciate them. I personally had a bit of a hard time chewing it the first couple of times, but when I finally got to breathe it in and had the chance to talk with Jim Bernardo about the stories that inspired the album, my perspective changed. The band has put a lot into this record, and it’s clear that it’s intentional for whomever listens to this album would give it a chance at another listening or two.

2 = Emotion (2 / 3)
3 = Storytelling/Lyrics (3 / 4)
3 = Music (3 / 3)
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8 / 10

-Roy Salamat

Track Review: ‘Markado’ – Oswald Sleeps Tonight

HEARTBREAKS are such a bother to begin with. It leaves us at a loss for words to describe how we feel. At one moment, we would feel happy and content with whomever we’re with; the next moment when we’d been left behind without an explanation—especially then—we just feel lost. Promises broken. Plans for the future, gone. Of course, the wounds would heal over time and we would move on, but the scars would still be there—leaving our bodies marked by the ones who broke us.

Enter the band Oswald Sleeps Tonight (OST), they have been with us since around the time we were raising funds while also being part of the roster for Intramuros Rising 3 back in 2015. Formed in August 2013 and composed of Jim Bernardo on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Johannes Horena on back vocals and lead guitar, Mygi Mesina on modulation and second lead guitar, Manolo Fadrilan on bass, and Jude Judavar on drums—OST is a five-piece pogi rock band, as they would call themselves, hailing from Buendia and representing the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. With musical styles ranging from Christian contemporary to pop-punk, blues, and hard rock, the band created a distinct pogi rock sound that birthed their identity.

But make no mistake, as pogi as their sound may be, they sure know how pull some heartstrings with their songs of loss, one-sided love, and heartbreak. And with their latest offering, “Markado,” OST talks about the agony and vexation of being in a long-term yet one-sided relationship, and then be left behind with hollow promises.

The record starts off with a soft and melodic tone, and then breaks it down hard and heavy followed by electrifying pop-punk riffs and pounding hard rock beats that could give anyone listening the catharsis they need. Although it has a genuinely simplistic progression that could take some time to chew, like you could do a couple of chores while blasting the song on repeat, it would get under your skin when you least expect it. (Hint: The lead solo will get to you the most.)

“Nakatatak ka na sa isipan ko, kasama ng pangakong binitawan mo. Sa puso ko’y parang tattoong ipininta na magpahanggang ngayon ay di ko mabura-bura,” Bernardo reverberates in the chorus. The line by itself resonates well with the title of the track because when we get into a relationship with someone, whether it’s platonic or romantic, we tend to give pieces of ourselves to that someone. Bits of who we are, sometimes more. Conversely, we would ingrain into ourselves the idea that we have of that person, only to realize at some point that the affection we give will not be given back. We are left marked by whatever reminder we have of what was the relationship—a scent, a photograph, a memory.

With that being said, it’s a pretty decent track in its entirety. And while having clean vocals is good, it could use some texture; a little roughness to bring more of the emotion out. 8/10.


The band is set to launch their first album on January 21, 2017 at Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill & Papaitan in Makati. Click here for more details about the gig: http://bit.ly/OSTAlbumLaunch

2016: An ordeal we all *had* to face, and now we say goodbye to.

[Author’s disclaimer: I tried my best to keep this article as well-balanced as possible, but as far as 2016 is concerned, you probably know very well how much of a shit show this year has been.]

Time is as relentless as a storm which brings about a grueling test of our character; it sees how we struggle to stick to our guns, keep our identities, and stay on the right track of whatever purpose we hold ourselves up to. And yet, it’s also as elusive as a memory of who we once were if we’re not careful who we change into. This year—the jumping-onto-a-moving-train of a year that is 2016—proved itself to be the squall we faced head on despite the risks most people would be wary of.

Nevertheless, we knew we would take our chances with the risks anyway for the sake of being persistent with our massive efforts to bring up our homegrown artists, and revitalize Intramuros through a culture that celebrates local independent music and the arts—Intramuros Rising (or simply, I.R.). And for the past 2 years since our inception, we have been humbled by the warmth that the IR community have constantly given us in every successful event we’ve put up. We simply can’t thank them all enough for the love and energy they share with us.

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Treading down memory lane for this year-end report, the biggest IR we had for this year was Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March, a 2-day music festival we pulled off back in March 18 and 19 at the Puerta Real Gardens with acts mostly from the first two seasons of IR mixed with a couple of new ones from beyond the walls. With a total of 24 acts of diverse genres that really had people dancing and moshing and swaying to the suave groove of each of the bands’ music, and 4 spoken word poetry groups that truly pulled heartstrings and gave all of us the legitimate feels of pride, rage, longing, and the sucking feeling of unrequited love among other things for two straight fuckin’ days—we didn’t know how we could have pulled it off without screwing up and making a huge mess. (Not to mention our expenses that made it all happen.)

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Of course, there were minor gaffes during the event, like having some of the artists too drunk to perform their pieces properly, and having the schedules adjusted because some of the artists came in late due to unforeseen circumstances and all, but nothing that couldn’t have been remedied.

In the end, most of the people had a blast, some got too drunk and dozed off on the grass by the end of the show, and that ultimately, Intramuros Rising 4 was one hell of a homegrown music festival. During egress, as we all sat down in Puerta Real, it felt like we were in a sort of a trance that we kept asking each other, “Tangina, nagawa natin ‘to ng 2 days?” It was as if it was all brought down and laid out naturally—and even hours in the afternoon before we got the show on the road, somehow, we weren’t all that stressed out. It was surreal.

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A month later in April, the Department of Trade and Industry – Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI – CITEM) organized the first-ever Creative Environment Intramuros as part of Design Week Philippines. Essentially, it was “a celebration of the rich cultural and creative scene that lived within the walls of Intramuros.” As we are in partnership with the Intramuros Administration, we were tapped for a presentation in solidarity with the celebration. Thus, Ex Vivo: From Beginning to End came into play.

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The core idea behind Ex Vivo was to present the five phases of life—starting from birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and finally, death—which were told by select poets from White Wall Poetry and Lakambini. And to make things more interesting, we had the poets team up with the musical performances of our homegrown acts such as Shutter LIFE, Caffeine and Taurine, Mellow Submarine, SAVING THE DYING HOPE, and Endless Noise. And along the lines of those phases in life, we have seen people come and go.

For the next month and a half, we finally huddled up as we conceptualized what and how the fifth installment of Intramuros Rising will be. Keeping in mind the fact that we are a group laid bare and stripped to the core, within ourselves, it’s like trying to rise up from the ashes after being burned and torn down to the ground. We’ve lost people we thought we knew so well. So, we thought of the idea of an “open city” as our theme. Because historically, during those dark times when we were in a state of war, Manila was declared as an open city—a city unarmed and defenseless with no intentions to be hostile.

With the five of us remaining as the core group coming together, came the thought of adapting the concept of the super robot from the 70s we all knew and loved, Voltes V. (As well as using the “V” as the numerical symbol for five because we’re vintage like that.) As for the preparations, everything fell right into place afterwards much like the super robot’s volt-in sequence.

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However, due to the tremendously unfortunate event of five people dying at a summer rave party in Pasay caused by some multiple mixes of party drugs, alcohol, and possibly, dehydration a few months prior to Intramuros Rising V (IR – V), and the brewing storm as the event day came closer, we were forced to cancel IR – V which felt like we were being sucked in a black hole while wondering what we missed and where we could have gone wrong. It’s as if the universe decided to be a total cunt in those series of events.

Silver lining, we found vindication with our subsequent partnership with the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (or simply, OPM) since they reached out to us for help with the celebration of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) in the last week of July… which actually happened in the second week of September. It was a prolonged and arduous two months with a series of shows in several parts of the Metro.

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(During which we even managed to send one of our resident poets, Slac Cayamanda of White Wall Poetry, to Singapore for a string of spoken word performances. #PHrepresent!)

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The moral of the story: if you’re a legit organization with sufficient resources AND have plans of staging a massive indie music festival, priority number 1.) always be sure that you have your venue secured; 2.) be damn sure you can brave storms, and most importantly; 3.) have faith in your founded community.

Several weeks after, we took a short break, only to learn later on that the Teatrino management in Greenhills-Promenade loved our previous stint at their venue during one of the shows for LMP, and that they offered a partnership with us for another show. So, Beyond The Walls happened—a two-part presentation that allowed us to raise funds for the making of Ian Penn’s full-length album AND debut his performance with a full band, and really brave the uncharted before we finally head back home to Intramuros.

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A couple of months passed after that, and for us, it was like trying to reassess everything that transpired and get a hold of our individual bearings; it also felt like a really long time without a gig organized to go to. Jeremy bid his time working on new material with his band and leisurely reading books, while Ankrizel and I managed to land our first jobs half a year after our graduation; as if we went and dealt with things that are involved with normalcy.

So, to cap this off and tie it with a red ribbon, this year ultimately put us all in quite an ordeal. It was the best and the worst time of our lives in this scene and we’re still here, feet planted firmly into the ground. We’ve had our time to lick our wounds, and frankly, we’re ready to rise up again in 2017. All we hope for is to see you guys be there with us.

Cheers!

–Roy Salamat

¿Que pasa, Indio?

For the year 2017, we aim to expand our agenda.

Intramuros Rising has been the phase one of ILVSTRADOS’ campaign to Intramuros for an alternate offering of what to see, hear, and experience in the heart of Manila. Undoubtedly, the first music and arts festival in the Walled City has opened a lot of gates to the grass roots community of Intramuros. Phase one shouldn’t stop us in our struggle for a better recognition and acknowledgment to our artists. Yes, Intramuros is now the sought after music and arts venue; you finally got the chance to know our city more, now here is a chance for you to get to know our homegrown artists better.

The second phase of the ILVSTRADOS initiative is INDIO CARTEL. We’ve provided a home for you (Intramuros Rising); allow us to extend our services by helping you build or strengthen your promising foundation. To simply put it: INDIO CARTEL will serve as Intramuros Rising alum’s management and publicist group. (They may or may not need it; we want to do something MORE—a life after Intramuros Rising.)

INDIO CARTEL will be ILVSTRADOS’ outside Intramuros arm in the music scene. It will be a separate entity from the latter in order for the former to freely operate beyond the walls and to avoid confusion of which is which. On January 5, 2016, we will be launching the clique, together with the pioneer signings, SOIL & GREEN, WASTED WENDY, ENDLESS NOISE, SAVING THE DYING HOPE, SHUTTER LIFE, and YOUNG BEAR (Brandon Garcia of Caffeine Taurine).

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This shall mark a new journey for ILVSTRADOS; a beginning of an interesting year. We’ve done our part for the city, this time we’ll do something MORE for the artists.

This should be amazing.

THE AFTERMATH: There’s ERA! EP launch, plus Telenobela EP review

THE STORY

To be long-time friends is already a great thing in itself; the amount of experiences shared be it good or bad could range from playing music of similar interest during breaks along the school corridors to being rejected by the person you like, hence, the heartaches—and to have that friendship be the foundation of being in a band, even more so. With that established, the boundless loyalty and all, as in every endeavor, blood, sweat, and tears are necessary to keep the fire burning.

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There’s ERA! – a band of brothers

The way we see it with There’s ERA!, they sure have come a long way in the 3 years they’ve spent as long-time friends and as a band, and there’s no sign of anything to keep them from growing. Last Saturday night (December 3, 2016) offered solid proof with the launch of their first EP entitled Telenobela at Mow’s which included performances by 88 City, The Oemons, Mayonnaise, KISSLING!, and Jensen & The Flips. On top of that, the volume of attendees made the launch even warmer as they nearly filled the whole venue.

Kicking it off with sheer excitement, it was indeed a December to remember for the band of brothers.

Going to Mow’s by commute may prove to be a pain in the neck as the venue’s in Diliman, which means having to deal with the dreaded Diliman, Q.C. traffic. But as the show got on the road, off-key indie band KISSLING! set the tone by opening with their track Oh, Young Love! followed by Daydream, both which gave an ambient start to warm up the incoming audience, most of whom were meeting up with one another and getting drinks. They gradually gained momentum with the following song, One Night Stand, off their unnamed and upcoming LP. Comically enough, the band noticed they had a bit more time left during their set, so they proceeded to play a couple more songs off their repertoire, before finally going loud and taking control with their post-punk track, In Control—in which a cymbal got detached from its stand by the end of their performance.

KISSLING! opening the show with an unexpected long set.

KISSLING! opening the show with an unexpected long set.

The second act, pop-rock/alternative 88 City—formerly known as Jejaview—made it a point to follow up and intensify the show with energized riffs and hammering drum beats that surely got the people jumping and banging their heads. With seminal tracks like SUMMER TWENTYELEVEN, You and Your Fantastic Friends, and Paperskin, 88 City easily managed to get the audience hyped and singing along. How they could pull off such a feat, it’s because the band themselves are pumped and engaging when playing live. Even during the time when they were Jejaview, they always had this camaraderie between them and the audience that never waned.

88 City delivering an electrifying performance.

88 City delivering an electrifying performance.

With that being said, the people were glued to where some of them stood and where some of them sat as crowd favorite Jensen & The Flips set their gear up, skipped the foreplay, and went straight to play their hit song, Lovechild. And as soon as the band started playing, the crowd was taken away by the soulful performance of Jensen & The Flips. Along with tracks like Slow and Dangerous, where things were toned down a bit, people couldn’t resist to dance until the end of The Flips’ set. These guys just know how to heat you up and feel the passion.

Crowd favorite Jensen & The Flips (Photo by LK Doble, no watermark)

Crowd favorite Jensen & The Flips (Photo by LK Doble, no watermark)

Following The Flips’ set was The Oemons—a ska-punk band hilariously dubbing themselves gone wrong as “if ska-punk had wild, passionate, and sweaty orgy sex with metal, world music, pop, and dick jokes,” they’d surely be the understandably conflicted and totally demented lovechild. Although The Oemons had been around for a while now, blaring trumpets and horns with each performance, they’re still definitely worth listening to for a solid good time singing songs about sex, kebab, and shawarma. Lol.

Rock and roll means sex, kebab, and shawarma for The Oemons (Photo by LK Doble, no watermark)

Rock and roll means sex, kebab, and shawarma for The Oemons (Photo by LK Doble, no watermark)

Now, as we know while we’re on it, shawarma is often served with a mix of dressings such as some hot chili sauce and garlic mayonnaise. The band Mayonnaise, on the other hand, has been among the most notable artists in the music scene today; with tracks like Jopay, Bakit Part 2, and Sinungaling—all of which they have performed last Saturday night, following The Oemons—they aren’t hard to miss because even from outside the bar, the crowd can be heard singing their hearts out while the band performs. One other thing worth noting, Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino helped mastering some of the tracks in There’s ERA!’s debut EP.

An instant trip back to the mid-2000s by Mayonnaise

An instant trip back to the mid-2000s by Mayonnaise

And then it was time…

To cap off the EP launch came the boys of the hour, There’s ERA!. Championing the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, we’ve known the band since the second installment of Intramuros Rising—mainly because they were the homegrown act that finally had the Big 4 universities in Intramuros come in full circle on that fateful day. You might find yourself asking, “Who are these guys?” as the very first question that pops into mind, what with their melodramatic lyrics about heartbreak and missing someone, it all sounds so ordinary. And yet, it’s safe to say that even if you don’t know them or if you’re seeing and hearing them for the first time live, their music would get under your skin. Truth be told, it’s because as simplistic as their songs may be, their rhythm and harmony is genuinely catchy.

The boys of the hour – There's ERA!

The boys of the hour – There’s ERA!


 

THE TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE

  1. Intro

This near-2-minute instrumental introduces the EP. Similar to sound checks most bands do at the beginning of their set, the intro sets the tone of the record—giving listeners an idea of what they can expect throughout the band’s recorded material.

  1. Telenobela

“Mabubuhay na lang ban a parang telenobela? Hindi ba ako ang bida? Lagi kong pinapanalangin kong ako’y tignan mo rin. Isipin mo na rin kung ba’t ka pa tumingin sa iba, kung ang nagmamahal ng tunay ay malapit lang sa ‘yo.”

According to There’s ERA!’s bassist, Eric Evardone, Telenobela—aside from being the EP’s titular track—is supposedly the first song written by frontman Allen Guarnes. It’s dedicated to Guarnes’ first love in which he had long hoped to be with, and they did end up being together against all odds.

  1. Asa

“Hindi makapaniwala, gugunaw na ba ng aking mundo? Kinausap mo ako’t akala ko eto na, ngunit bigla kang lumiko oh oh…”

Direct to the point, the song rings of typical teenage days, Evardone says. It’s like someone who’s head over heels for a girl, but doesn’t have that much of a chance of actually being with the person he/she likes. Put it simply, the song would resonate well with people who are torpe.

  1. Di Makatulog

“Di makatulog sa kaiisip. Ano ang gagawin para mawala sa ‘king tingin? Kahit pa nakapikit, ikaw ang nakikita ko. Ano ang gagawin para mawala ka sa ‘king damdamin?”

With a running time of 48 seconds, Di Makatulog simply tells of sleepless nights people would have just thinking about the person they have feelings for, but don’t want to have anymore.

  1. Ako Kanta Ikaw

“’Pag di ka kasama, nag-iiba. Ang oras mabagal, tulog ay wala. Nalulumbay, hinahanap ang ‘yong kamay.”

It all started as a lighthearted jest among the guys of There’s ERA! as they didn’t really know how to put the words “missing you” in Filipino. So, they just rolled with it. (As in Ako = Me Kanta = Sing Ikaw = You.) According to Evardone, this was the song they struggled with the most as it had gone through several rearrangements in the past, but finally settled with the one in the EP. Ako Kanta Ikaw is straight up a song for people we miss—be it a friend or a loved one.

  1. Kung Kailan Kailangan Ka

“Darating ka rin. Sinabi mo sa akin na sa isang tawag ko lang, mundo’y iyong tatawirin. Puso’t isipan ko’y handa sa anumang ibabato nila sa akin. Bakit kung kailan kailangan ka, ngayon mo pa naisipang mawala?”

Kung Kailan Kailangan Ka started off as a form of an alliteration that’s entertaining to pronounce, until such time it ended up having a story. Straightforward as the other songs in the EP, the track is about friends who seem to disappear in our time of distress.

Telenobela EP cover by Ardie Aquino

Telenobela EP cover by Ardie Aquino

 

THE VERDICT

Overall, There’s ERA! reached a milestone with the release of their EP, Telenobela. The songs are reminiscent and reflective of scenes found commonly in movies or teleseryes that captivate Filipinos’ love for dramatic soap operas. With this record, the band stood out with their straightforward and honest lyrics, pumping drum beats, and pulsating riffs which makes it great to listen to. The cover art colorfully illustrates the band in the backstage of a warehouse set, shooting a movie with a pink-haired girl and a couple of aliens. It’s plausible to think that the girl is the main character who’s also an adventurer who crash landed on some distant planet, and the EP follows her story in search of someone dear to her with the company of her alien friends. How There’s ERA! could top this with an LP in the future, only they could figure out and do themselves.

8/10 (Hint: An inclusion of liner notes a.k.a. a lyric book next time, maybe?)

– Roy Salamat

THE AFTERMATH: Mapúa SMVA Week 2016

A revolution doesn’t happen overnight. It requires fervent dedication to the cause, and rigorous effort to ensure victory. Mapua Institute of Technology’s School of Multimedia and Visual Arts (SMVA) internalized that and they stood tall, with heads up high, to celebrate SMVA Week. It was a full week from the 21st of November, filled with various art shops and exhibits, to the 26th (last Saturday night) where they capped off their event with a bang.

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Mapua SMVA’s SAVING THE DYING HOPE and their signature interstellar video playback/s.

Staged at the Puerta Real Gardens, Intramuros, and with a line-up of almost 20 homegrown bands that each have at least a couple of their members hailing from the technology institute—not to mention that several among them were Intramuros Rising alumni—the SMVA Supreme Student Council (SMVA SSC) managed to set the SMVA Night apart from your usual school concert. From the get-go, the concert started off with the pop-rock sound of Indigo Sweep as they swept the incoming audience off their feet and invited them to dance to the groove while breathing in the atmosphere of Puerta Real.

Around the venue, various pieces of art and photographs made and taken by the SMVA students were hung from the low-lying tree trunks where they can be easily found by people strolling around. Contemporary art stickers were sold as well at one of the booths in the event. The stickers captured the modern times with statements such as “pagod na c acoe”, “WIP nang WIP, may natatapos ba?”, and v a p o r w a v e art among others. And there were some characters from computer games and anime and erotic images, too.

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Stickers for sale on-site—from hilarious millennial jargons down to memes.

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Tesseract Manila—whose owner is from SMVA—is one of the concessionaires during the event.

There were some light rains that night but it didn’t stop the audience from celebrating the event and having a good time. (It was a familiar feeling.) False Contender made sure of that and we were all jumping to their charged beats and rhythm. By the time people were calming down, The Geeks made us all feel the cool air and the rain with their calm, bedroom doo-wop music. By and large, the whole night was filled with energy and love for the arts and the homegrown talents like BennyBunnyBand, MilesExperience (that even got the crowd to come up the stage), and Saving The Dying Hope, and Shutter LIFE and a whole lot more. We then just knew this community will grow well in due time.

One of the highlights of the night halfway through the show was the brief but momentous modelling through the ramp of several SMVA representatives sharing their insights about what art is to them to community, followed by an encompassing message by the SMVA SSC President Dyanne Macatangay as if passing the torch to the people—to the future of the SMVA.

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SMVA SSC President Dyann Macatangay (wearing black) finds time to strike a pose with her fellow SMVA colleagues.

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The SMVA community high in spirits—at 3AM in the morning of the following day.

It was an auspicious night for Mapua to really untie artistic differences and unite and embrace one another that it will surely help them thrive not only as a community within the confines of the university, but also within the walls of the Walled City. We are grateful and honored to be of assistance and guidance to the SMVA SSC, and we are looking forward to see them reap the fruits of their efforts.

-Roy Salamat

Mapua SMVA takes a stand

Uniting people of different walks under one cause is something that is unfair to label as easy, but the members of the Mapua Institute of Technology’s School of Multimedia & Visual Arts Department Supreme Student Council (SMVA SSC) managed to do it—and to culminate this momentous occasion, they are set to stage an explosive finale of their college week at the Puerta Real Gardens, Intramuros on November 26, 2016.

This is not your typical school concert; the SMVA Student Council decided to put a little twist and turn and a lot of homegrown talent in this year’s festivity that kicked off with a week-long string of various activities within Mapua that started last November 21 (and to end on the 26th) bearing the theme “IMVA: Untying Differences, United in Excellence.”

Veering away from the norm, the SMVA SSC draws the “invest on homegrown talents” card by fielding the musical line-up of the finale concert with both Mapuan acts and Intramuros Rising alumni, mainly to preserve the school pride spirit—and to acknowledge and respect the soul, identity, and music community in Intramuros that we have worked hard to serve and preserve since 2014.

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For a student organization to go beyond the distance in the name of unity, this is definitely good in our books—and should be to yours, too. SMVA Night happens this November 26 2016, 3PM at the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros, Manila. Regular tickets are priced at PHP 400; door charge tickets are priced at PHP 500. #SMVAWeek2016 #SMVANight2016 #ThisIsRevolution

Verdict:

In one way or another, this event is in line with our never-ending initiatives in the artistic and scholastic community in the city of Intramuros. We have faith in the 2016 SMVA SSC. These guys are under our watch (one city, one team—blood of our blood) so we made sure that they had all the assistance they need and advice that they can get from us. To be of service to this team has been an honor for ILVSTRADOS and we cannot wait to see this one bear fruits.

To inspire others from your deeds is what makes this life worth the while. While the announcement for the re-scheduled Intramuros Rising V: Open City is just around the corner, something excellent is coming your way. And we are proud to be one of its sponsors.