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Ian Penn’s latest LP Water from the Creek is one you’ll keep in your pilgrim



July may be summertime in some parts of the western hemisphere, but here in ours, it’s the season of rain.

Now picture this: It’s a downpour outside—but not the kind that would put anyone in harm’s way, of course—and you’re at home, safe, and covered with a blanket, with a cup of tea or your favorite joe in hand. What better music to accompany yourself than the ambient acoustic kind that would make you feel even more at home and cozy? Or maybe you’re on the road, going on about making a living; although there’s still a bit of rain as you look outside the bus windows, the foot-thumping folk rock jam that you have on your playlist has your back.

Whichever it is, and wherever you are, Ian Penn’s Water from the Creek is one you’ll keep in your pilgrim.

The 10-track LP launched last July 1 offers us a look from Penn’s pensive perspective of life on the road, his hometown of Arayat, and of Intramuros, among other things.



  1. Only One

I want to remember you just like this. You’re the only one. You will live in my heart. As much as I am filled deep in your tears, you’re the only one.

The album starts off with Only One. And it’s like waking up early in the morning just before the sun rises; just before the rest of the world prepares to deal with life. More importantly, waking up beside someone you cherish, and memorizing every detail of that person’s being as they lay asleep.

  1. Water from the Creek

Running back home where we used to dream. The sea rises, I’m on the edge of my seat. Nothing much to say, I am longing to be with you.

The titular track of the album is about Penn’s hometown of Arayat, Pampanga, as their house sits beside a creek. Water from the Creek could well be about a childhood friend you meet after such a long time of being away from home. You meet them again and the both of you are a changed person, so you make the effort to know and start over again.

  1. Ticketman

There’s a boat that’s hanging on my window. There’s an orchard lying by the sea. In the morning, I’ll begin to see you. Find me where the buses never sleep.

This song would’ve been the brainchild of a Beatles and Dylan collaboration if that ever happened. If anything, Ian Penn made and turned that into a reality with this track.

  1. Bluebirds

If I seize the time given on my days, would I seem to find peace?

When, in the wee hours just before dawn, you feel as if you’ve been running around in circles all this time, and you’re just exhausted, Bluebirds is your serenade.

  1. Road

Asked about what Water from the Creek could be, Penn wholly described it as being day and night—with the first four songs you could just listen all through the day, and with the rest you could listen to during the night. Road serves as the interlude.

  1. Midnight Talk

Our train of thoughts coincide like you are dreaming with me. And your midnight talk is all I have at the end of the day.

If you ever back up at the end of your day before you sleep, and you recap what you’ve done, seen, and said all in a span of a day, Midnight Talk is for you.

  1. Naked at Three

Troubles will find their way on your door. Your heart will remember you’ve been here before. Carry the stones or crucify me. No one remembers you’re naked at three.

Past midnight hours are real vulnerable hours with no one around to judge what you say or think about. For some, it’s the most peaceful time of day because they get to be alone without worry of anyone or anything bugging you to do something and—as what this song is about—naked.

  1. It’s Going to Rain

It’s going to rain all weekend, so let us stay indoors and let it rain. I’ll never get tired of the road home, it’s where I belong.

Penn debuted this song nearly a year ago (along with his band) in the Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills for the album’s fundraising gig, telling us that the song was inspired by the rains of Intramuros whenever Intramuros Rising happens on the weekend. We were braving the uncharted during that time last year as well. Now, it’s Saturday, and it’s raining outside as of this writing. There’s coffee on the table, and the chill wind makes for perfect company. The best thing anyone can do about rain is to let it rain. Stay safe.

  1. Two Weeks

Don’t carry all the weight. Lean on my shoulder and hear me, ‘cause I see a river mist rolling by. Old boats are leaving a new morning light.

For when you feel like leaving everything behind to yesterday, it’s okay do so. A new day rises for you to start over and do things that matter.

  1. Visiting a Zeppelin

Dying to see it slowly come my way. Only few people sitting there to stay. You look for me to take me home. Foolish lines, let’s fall in love.

Listening to it at first may seem like the track is pirate recorded, but there’s an interesting fact about Visiting a Zeppelin: it’s recorded live and on-the-spot at the Makati Museum using an old upright piano that’s possibly decades old. Penn said he would’ve recorded with a much better piano, but the feeling wouldn’t just be the same.

“The band really made it tasty. The band knew who I was, and it was them who made the songs come to life.”


Right from the get-go when Ian Penn debuted his band in Teatrino last year, we knew he would be a different monster. His dynamic with the band is just so organic in this record that it’s a step further—a wild abandon—from his Wild Abandon EP. “The band really made it tasty. The band knew who I was, and it was them who made the songs come to life,” he says. In addition, Penn expressed how, with the record being finished, he feels like he’s made an audio postcard of his travels, as it’s also thanks to the people he’s met and everything in between. We have no way of knowing, but one thing is certain, we’re waiting for what Ian Penn offers next with great anticipation.


3 = Emotion (3/3)

3 = Storytelling/Lyrics (3/4)

3 = Music (3/3)



Stream this beautiful LP now.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.



(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!)


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.


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.


–Roy Salamat

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Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March

Intramuros, we hear you. We are back!

Continuing our promise of revitalizing the beautiful Walled City through Intramuros Rising, we are back to give you a 2-day event, this time at the Puerta Real Gardens (Intramuros).

Get ready to experience Intramuros like no other through a BIGGER, BOLDER, and BETTER Intramuros Rising on March 18-19, 2016.

Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March, just like the previous ones, will feature bands from Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). This time select bands from Intramuros Rising 1 and 2 will get on stage once again for one final performance just before we transition our existing roster of artists into a new one.


Performing on the first day are quirky duo, Not Another Boyband (PLM, MIT) from Terno Recordings, pop-punk band, There’s Era! (CSJL), melodic hardcore band, Luciforms (MIT), alternative rock bands, Head Playback (LPU) and Soil & Green (MIT), acoustic soloist, Janica de Castro (PLM) and reggae-dub fusion band, Sky Garden (LPU).

Joining the homecoming heroes on the first day are guest bands Halik ni Gringo, Mr. Bones & The Boneyard Circus, We Are Imaginary, Sud, and MilesExperience.

Marching home at the Puerta Real Gardens on the 2nd day are ukulele-driven rockstars, Benny Bunny Band (adopted by ILVSTRADOS), chill-rap solo act, Gnarlydork (PLM), island reggae band, Mellow Submarine (LPU), pop-punk band, False Contender, hardcore band, Saving The Dying Hope (MIT), experimental act, Leo & The Tolstoys (PLM), math rock quartet, Shutter LIFE (CSJL, MIT), and performing their farewell gig is post-punk band, Kontra Tiempo (MIT).

Capping off the 2nd day of #IntramurosRising4 are Brisom, Cheats, Jensen & The Flips, Ourselves the Elves, and 2-years-in-the-making headliner, KJWAN.

Remaining consistent in showcasing spoken word poetry, this year’s Intramuros Rising will feature poets from The Artidope community, Speak! Philippines (March 18), newly-formed all-female group, Lakambini, and one of the finest poetry groups right now, White Wall Poetry. (March 19)

Get ready to start your summer 2016 with us in a homecoming like no other.

Come to Intramuros. Give Intramuros a chance.

Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March is set to happen on March 18-19, Friday and Saturday, at the Puerta Real Gardens, Intramuros. Gates open by 5pm; show starts at 6PM. Early bird ticket prices (and student discount) for the 2-day event are at P350 (P300) and 1-day pass are at P250 (P200) until March 17, 2016. You may contact Roy Salamat and/or Ankrizel Santos at 0915 103 6634 / 0926 366 6594 for tickets.

Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March is presented by ILVSTRADOS, co-presented by Tanduay Rhu, and Lyric, through the continued assistance of the Intramuros Administration and Viva Manila. With Mapua Dot MOVE, Radio Republic, Amplify.ph, Vandals On The Wall, Bandwagon PH, and Manila Bulletin as media partners.

By Ankrizel Santos


DUNGEON DATE – A year-end special

Yes, we know. We promised to have Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming this December, but unfortunately, it’s not gonna happen. We decided to move it on February 2016 instead, just in time for the National Arts Month. And summer!

Of course, we do not want to end the year with just Intramuros Rising 3: OPM Weekend under our belt. Thus, in continuous partnership with the Intramuros Administration, we give you DUNGEON DATE: A Game of Thrones-themed (yes!!!) mini-concert happening this December 12, 2015 at the Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros.


After our successful collaboration with Maynila Urban Design last May, we decided to explore more of Maestranza Plaza’s potential as a concert venue. While the plaza itself was used for so many occasions (Fete dela Musique, Muziklaban, etc.), the dungeons around the area are very much available to experiment on. (Remember Ian Penn’s Within The Walls episode?)

We would like to take our chances.



THE LINE-UP AND THEME (One needs to be a GOT follower to get the references)

Inside the walls of Castle Intramuros resides the major house, HOUSE ILVSTRADOS (words: “Fortified.”; other words: “Distinguished and ever loyal city.”).  Under its helm are great houses namely, Caffeine and TaurineShutter LIFE (who made their ILVSTRADOS debut last Intramuros Rising 3), Sky Garden (back after a long break), and newly founded houses, Endless Noise and Wasted Wendy.

Visiting Castle Intramuros on the same night are major houses from beyond the wall namely, OH, FLAMINGO! and FOOLS AND FOES. To lead Castle Intramuros’ welcoming bannermen is BENNYBUNNYBAND (just in time for the anniversary of their Intramuros Rising 2 debut) who will be playing a long set together with the other two visiting houses.

Friends from White Wall Poetry will be performing alongside select student-poets from the recently held Students Night Out. They are tasked to collaborate and create a piece that revolves around the stories during the medieval era i.e. betrothed love that can never be contested, damsels in distress, the use of black magic, the absence of logic, etc.


For one night, Intramuros will turn into its own Westeros. The Kingslanding of the National Capital Region. Admittedly, the theme is really eyebrow-raising, but rest assured the performers will come in the plaza wearing their medieval dresses–since the feel and look of the venue demanded for it!

But of course everyone is welcome to attend the feast, GoT or non-GoT fan. It’s still an ILVSTRADOS event, we’re just playing around with the things we have inside the walls. Let’s end the year strong! 🙂


Part of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the funding of INTRAMUROS RISING 4: THE HOMECOMING. Limited tickets are sold for only 200php at Sev’s Cafe. Contact 239 2327 to book yours and arrange for a pick-up. Students get to have 50% discount for the whole month of November. Walk-ins wearing costumes (or at least carrying banners [signages] that declare support to a house [band]) will get a 50% discount right at the gates. Call/text +63 915 103 6634 or +63 917 524 4673 for more inquiries.

Lower the bridge.
Raise the gates.
See you at the dungeons!

Come to Intramuros.
Give Intramuros a chance!

This event is in partnership with the Intramuros AdministrationLYRIC, Viva Manila, and Sev’s Cafe; with Amplify.ph, Vandals on the Walland Radio Republic as media partners.




While we remain faithful in showcasing Intramuros-based bands (alumni, students) at Intramuros Rising, we also see to it that we invite bands from neighboring cities/universities within the Manila area.

In our effort of extending our reach and giving opportunities for bands to play on a bigger venue and stage, we continued showcasing bands outside our walls as well, that’s where BANNA HARBERA (BH) enters. All the way from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (Hello, Jensen and the Flips!)

When BH sent their resume during the application period for IR3, I shook my head upon knowing that they are from a university outside Intramuros. I was telling myself, “Oh, not another outside-Intramuros band again”. I then remembered that we are on the process of EXPANDING, gradually. And their music fits the bill of IR’s signature of DIVERSITY.

The people of Intramuros need to hear this band.

To have BH inside the walls is an act of preserving musical diversity on our end. And it’s pretty unbelievable that IR has reached the Taft Universities and even Katipunan.

Recently, I had a brief, electronic sit-down with one of the band’s members, Patrick Felipe (drums), here’s how it went.


J : Hi, Patrick! So, first thing: Why did you send your application for Intramuros Rising?

P : We want to be a part of the supportive OPM community. Not just in music, but also in other forms of art. We want show people that OPM is truly alive and well, and it is here to stay.

J : How stoked are you for Intramuros Rising? Wait… are you?

P : YAASSS! It is going to be one of the biggest events we’re ever gonna have the pleasure to perform in so far!

(DISCLAIMER: This part here makes me nervous. What happens if the turnout for IR3 is small? That’s going to break a lot of hearts. So, if you haven’t bought your ticket yet… WHY?!)

J : Care to give us a back story about your band?

P : We’re a soul band from DLS-CSB and we’re all Music Production students. We started back in 2013 as band that we wanted to just have fun with, but time went by and we decided to make something more of this group.

We want people to connect with our music, not just artistically, but emotionally.We want them to relate to it as if it were telling them something.

J : What shall we expect from you guys on D-DAY?

P :  Expect a lot of love and happiness from us. And some soulful music, too! We can’t wait to play for you guys!!!

Banna Harbera performing at the MAGNIFY event by DOCDEF PRODUCTIONS. Photo by Gab Pili.

Banna Harbera performing at the MAGNIFY event by DOCDEF PRODUCTIONS. Photo by Gab Pili.


We had the honor of having BH during the last leg of The Road to Intramuros Rising 3 at Sev’s Cafe. If you were there, thank you. If not, what you missed is a magical set: The crowd won’t allow the band to finish the song because applause come out of nowhere. A gesture of sheer appreciation of the band’s music.

The crowd wanted more from BH, but being the douchebag host that I am (we are), I simply told the crowd: If you want more of Banna Harbera, don’t miss their set on JULY 25, 2015 at the Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago, Intramuros for INTRAMUROS RISING 3: OPM WEEKEND.

And it’s not a generic spiel. It’s more of an invitation, a challenge. A DARE, for lack of a modest term.

If you want quality music, you have to pay for it. And you have to explore an ancient city to find it.

The ball is all yours now, Banna Harbera. Welcome to Intramuros.

People are expecting MORE from you on Intramuros Rising 3.


More about Banna Harbera here: http://amplify.ph/artist/banna-harbe


MADE IN INTRAMUROS: Caffeine and Taurine


The Mapua Institute of Technology has a reputation for producing quality engineers in the country. It was known as the home for people who have above average skills when it comes to everyone’s favorite subject: MATHEMATICS. In fact, it was a running joke during the early 2000s that all the women from Mapua look like T-Square.

During that time, it was really funny. Right now? Maybe, yes. But most people might take it the wrong way.

As the years go by, Mapua started to offer various courses (right?), and one of those is MULTIMEDIA ARTS—a department at Mapua which birthed Saving The Dying Hope, and now, a candidate for graduation at Intramuros Rising, is electro-pop band, Caffeine and Taurine (CAT).

What’s with the name? According to Brandon Garcia (bass/vocals), the name was inspired by the sleepless nights they had—and still having—at Mapua due to projects, activities, and late-night porn (Ha!). They are addicted to an energy drink that has contents like caffeine and taurine. I would like to say, “ah, okay”, but admittedly, that’s smart.

I invited Brandon for a sit-down to know more about CAT. Unfortunately, he’s a lousy interviewee and here are the things I got from him.


J : Hi, Brandon! First thing, of course, can you please give us a brief history about CAT?

B : The band started out to be an electro-pop band and do covers as a school project for our former member, Geoff Mabasa. The first three members were me, Daniel Ching and Geoff Mabasa. I was in charge of the drum and bass using my MIDI controller and laptop. Daniel for the guitars, and Geoff is on keyboards and vocals. We rehearsed for the first time and we noticed that we lacked this certain kind of “dynamics”.

Later on, we decided to put live drums on the mix.

I asked one of my former (hardcore) bandmate, Nathaniel Pelareja to come and join me once again. After Nath agreed to join and play the drums, the band formation changed.

I was put in main vocals due to Geoff’s health. During rehearsals, we discovered Daniel’s potential in singing, he was asked to sing the main parts and also back up.

Fast forward to New Year’s Eve of 2015, Daniel invited me to come over to their house and celebrate it with his family. They were at their church just doing the usual jam; I showed one of my composition as Daniel improved the song even more. Daniel liked it and was very excited to show the whole band. This song is now known as “Put the Glass Down” and defined the band’s genre as “Indie pop”.

J : You guys are electro-pop—I insist. Haha! So, why did you send your application Intramuros Rising?

B : We sent an application for Intramuros Rising because at first we were like “Why not give it a shot?” and we’ve always dreamed of playing in front of an enormous amount of crowd.

Also we’d like to share the tunes we have created during our sleepless nights.

We were (and still) so surprised we got shortlisted after that, we are very thankful we are given this opportunity.

J : Are you excited for IR?

B : WE ARE VERY EXCITED AND AT THE SAME TIME VERY NERVOUS! We are nervous because, this is our first time playing in front of a lot of people. We are very excited because a lot of people will be there to give us a chance, and listen to independent artists like us. 

J : What are CAT’s plans and what are the things we should look forward to on IR?

B : We are currently working on our next EP. We would play some of our new songs that we’ve worked so hard on, for the first time and never been heard by anyone, featuring one of our closest friends! TELL EVERYONE!



Our organization always keep an eye out for extraordinary talents (bands) within the walls of our beloved city, Intramuros. Caffeine and Taurine is an excellent example of Intramuros’ potential: Her ability to birth groups such as CAT who started out as friends, then became a band.

In all honesty, hearing Put The Glass Down for the first time in record and live gave me goosebumps. I cannot believe kids like CAT are able to produce such quality song. Most importantly, I cannot believe we have bands like them inside Intramuros.

They kept thanking us for giving them the shot at Intramuros Rising, but in reality, we should be the one thanking them for sharing their talents and expressing themselves through a medium called MUSIC.

But, you know, no pressure at all, I just remembered what my then-boss would tell me: The word I hated most… is potential.

So, to Brandon and the rest of CAT: We have our eyes on you. We know damn well your potential will be unlocked into something greater once you hit the Intramuros Rising stage on JULY 25, 2015 at Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

No, I won’t put the glass down. I’ll raise it for you, guys.

Cheers, motherf*ckers! Make Intramuros proud.





In a music scene heavily populated by bands with samplers, wallet-unfriendly tech, eletronica-whatnots, etc., it’s difficult to find (in this case, hear) something that reminds you of an era to which you were not even born at in the first place. There is something within us old-schoolers that always yearn to hear something, well, old. As what most of us would say: something Beatles-y. Or for modern references–and to tickle your indie soul–something Beach Fossils-y.

For the third installment of Intramuros Rising, our exploration of genres has extended its reach–we always want to preserve the spirit of diversity, that’s what makes a music festival, right?–leading us to one of the best things: Booking THE GEEKS.

The band started out as a solo bedroom indie pop project. Early hype from then-obscure blog Vandals on the Wall led to music portal NDFY.me inviting The Geeks to play for their website launch in 2013. An online ad was posted two weeks before the NDFY.me gig and the first incarnation of the band was born.

A few line-up changes here and there plus a few short breaks after that first gig notwithstanding, the band started writing new music and gigging heavily in mid-2014. Current members are Jam Lorenzo, Brian Sangco, Tedd Felisco, and Mags Borbon.

I had a few exchanges with their frontman, Jam Lorenzo, to have a preview of their Intramuros Rising “version”.


Jem : Aside from expressing yourselves musically, what made you form a band?

Jam : Initially, we were playing gigs mostly to entertain ourselves because we were bored out of our wits, hence the early slacker band image that took a life of its own in hipster circles in QC. We started talking about our goals as a band after getting some attention from radio stations/websites here and abroad plus getting offers from a few indie labels.

We realized that we didn’t want to waste our time and resources on something we weren’t even 100% serious about. It’s really all about respecting yourself and what you do.

Jem : Why did you send your application for Intramuros Rising?

Jam :  We’ve always been aware of Intramuros Rising and we wanted to be part of something special.

Jem : Of course you are excited for Intramuros Rising… YES?!

Jam : Yes! It’s one of the few times we’re actually playing outside of QC or Makati, so we’re really excited. The IR crowd is also different from the usual crowd we play for, and that’s always something to get excited about.

Jem : What will we expect from you on the event day?

Jam : We have low expectations for ourselves so we just hope we don’t fuck up in front of you guys. We play indie pop. Nobody likes indie pop.

(End of conversation)

From the Star Movies Drive-In Series. Photo credit: Deb Rik

From the Star Movies Drive-In Series. Photo credit: Deb Rik


NOBODY LIKES INDIE POP, those were the final words of Jam Lorenzo for this article. I just can’t wait to prove him wrong on the day of the event. I, personally, am a big fan of music like theirs–someone that sounds like being recorded straight from a bedroom with only an amplifier, guitar, and a condenser placed somewhere not too far to capture the natural reverb.

And he better make sure his Telecaster will be kept safely. I have this thing of snatching gear from IR bands.

Kidding. Or not. Rain or shine, I’ll be joining the crowd to watch this band’s set.

The Geeks will be playing live within the historic walls of Intramuros for the first time on JULY 25, 2015 at the Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago. Show starts at exactly 4pm. Let’s all prove Jam wrong! INTRAMUROS LOVES INDIE POP. INTRAMUROS LOVES MUSIC. Come to Intramuros. Give Intramuros a chance!

And the geeks shall inherit the walls.



Intramuros Rising 2: A December To Remember | Official Aftermovie

As the old saying goes: “strike whilst the iron is hot.” ILVSTRADOS, the resilient team behind the successful ‘INTRAMUROS RISING 1’, came back stronger with ‘Intramuros Rising 2: A December To Remember’ last December 13, 2014.

With a bigger turnout, more diverse line-up, and a night filled with Filipino vibes (people dancing, crowd-surfing) — it was, truly, a December worth remembering.

12/13/14 is the last consecutive dates we will ever see/experience in this lifetime. Thank you for spending it with us at the Baluarte Plano Luneta de Sta. Isabel, Intramuros.

See you again this year for IR3 and IR4: The Homecoming! Come to Intramuros. Give Intramuros a chance… once again!

‘Intramuros Rising 2: A December To Remember’ is presented to you by the ILVSTRADOS: A non-profit organization consisting of professionals, artists, and students who are dedicated in revitalizing Intramuros through music and the arts.

This is made possible with the continued support of the Intramuros Administration, Lyric, and Viva Manila.

Official Documentation Team:
LYCINE www.facebook.com/weareLYCINE

Additional Video Clips:
Kssael Productions www.facebook.com/kssaelproductions

‘Accidents’ – Cheats
‘Taking Your Side’ – False Contender
‘Stardust’ – Three.!
‘Underdogs’ – Kontra Tiempo
‘Lovechild’ – Jensen and The Flips


Fête dela Musique 2015 – Intramuros Main Stage

Free music for everyone in different and accessible awesome venues on JUNE 20, 2015. It’s FETE SEASON once again! Our very own LEO AND THE TOLSTOYS and SHUTTERLIFE will be performing at the Intramuros Main Stage (Puerto Real Gardens) on JUNE 21, 2015 for the closing ceremonies!

The official program guide of 2015 Fête dela Musique, Philippines. Open the image in a new tab for HD viewing.

The official program guide of 2015 Fête dela Musique, Philippines. Open the image in a new tab for HD viewing.