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Quid Pro Quo lands in Saguijo

Surprises make for great storytelling as Quid Pro Quo—shocked as they were, too, of what just happened—pulled off a surprise gig last Saturday (July 29) at SaGuijo; not to mention that it was also their first time putting together a gig at the distinguished bar in Makati. Quids Next Door, the group’s staple concept as it stands, represents their core value as a thriving community. For Quid Pro Quo, it showcases “new and have-yet-to-be-loved artists alongside the leading lights in the local independent scene.”

That being said, Quids Next Door stands for the collective’s ideal of exchanging art for art, and you better believe it. The Quids especially take it to heart.

Last Saturday’s gig was the third installment of Quids Next Door. It was originally planned to happen on the last Wednesday of every month at Pablo’s in the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, but due to some sudden changes in the past week and bad weather, the third edition was temporarily put off and moved to the weekend… much to everyone at Quid Pro Quo’s surprise. Because biglaan.


Moving on, the show started off about an hour later than the intended 8:30PM, but then again: it’s the weekend, and the weather’s just about clearing up after a couple of days of heavy downpours. So, there’s some moderate traffic that allowed most people to come just in time as the show began with Manila-based alternative rock outfit Alpha Caeli taking the helm, playing the kind of music that’s just refreshing to hear. They were followed by the funk ‘n roll titos of Lovecore from Southern Manila with a bluesy, funk/rock and roll jam of James Brown covers coupled with their originals. If you managed to catch their set, surely enough, you were dancing along the bassist’s groove.



After much of Lovecore’s funk, Over October played next—not backing down from the bar set by the band prior to them, but also leaving some room for everyone to catch their breaths. Carousel Casualties came up next, played most of the tracks from their latest EP, Madison, and absolutely killed it.

Over October

Over October

Carousel Casualties

Carousel Casualties

[From the author: I’ll divulge more about Carousel Casualties and their Madison EP in a separate article, so sit tight and stay tuned. *winks*]

Following the Casualties’ set came singer-songwriter with a heart from Cainta, Earl Generao who played a soulful acoustic set back to back with E.R.A., eventually capping off the night.

Earl Generalao, with his band

Earl Generalao, with his band



Suffice to say, Quid Pro Quo nailed their first-ever SaGuijo gig! *pops confetti*

Biglaan as it may have been, the flow of the show went real smoothly, with little to no technical difficulties. On top of that, Quids Next Door concluded some 15 minutes earlier than the 2AM closing time. It’s one for the books. With that, we hope to see more of how they grow the next time around.


Wallowing — Soil & Green prepares to ‘let go’ with debut LP


NO, THE BAND’S NOT BREAKING UP. Although sometimes in our lives, there comes a moment where we just find ourselves in the dark. And we might not even try to get out of there because it’s such a drag to deal with things. But we got to let go of all the things that are swelling up inside. We must keep moving forward, even if it means crawling out or pulling ourselves out of our dark days.

We knew Soil & Green from way back in 2014 as we were gearing up for the first-ever Intramuros Rising. The band hails from the Mapua Institute of Technology—now Mapua University—and to best describe their sound per our boys is “a mix of heavy riff-oriented guitar licks, ambient guitar layering, ear-gasmic basslines, odd ‘singing’ drum patterns, and powerful vocals.” Surely enough, if you’ve managed to catch them in any of their gigs in the past, their description rings loud and true. In addition, they say dynamic arrangement is key to their individuality and chemistry; with those elements altogether forged their identity as a band. Nonetheless, over time, the sun rises and sets.

From left to right, Soil & Green during Intramuros Rising 1 last August 2, 2014: Marvin Montero (bass), Jacob Oliva (guitars & vocals), and Lehmann Flores (guitars)

From left to right, Soil & Green during Intramuros Rising 1 last August 2, 2014: Marvin Montero (bass), Jacob Oliva (guitars & vocals), and Lehmann Flores (guitars)


To give an idea as to what the album’s all about, we’ve managed to catch up with Soil & Green frontman Jacob Oliva and guitarist Lehmann Flores.

Could you tell us something about the whole album? What can we expect?

Jacob: ‘Wallowing’ defines Soil & Green as it is right now. All the songs from the previous release back in 2010 are included in this album, which says a lot about the genre of its track list. Why ‘Wallowing?’ As the definition of that word suggests, the theme of the whole album—from lyrics to music and arrangement—points to this: sadness without solution. If the album is the biography of a person, that person seems to enjoy the sadness he’s in, thus, wallowing in depression.

Lehmann: Almost 2 years in the making, tapos mostly experiences ni Jacob sa pag-ibig in general, pero nilaro yung words to make it [seem] na ibang bagay yung tinutukoy.

wallowing _album

The band is set to release their debut album on JUNE 10 at the saGuijo Bar + Café in Makati City, together with Talata, Saydie, Maryzark, False Apart, Kodigo, and their Indio Cartel brodies, Wasted Wendy. 200PHP gets you in with 1 FREE drink; 450PHP gets you in with all the goodies. (1 copy of ‘Wallowing’ + stickers + 1 FREE drink)


#ICYMI: Banna Harbera released MV for ‘Sorrys & Goodbyes’


It was an intimate night at saGuijo last April 29 when independent soul/funk band Banna Harbera released their first ever music video for Sorrys & Goodbyes, the second track off their sophomore EP, Persistence. By “intimate,” we mean the venue was already nearly packed and standing room as early as frickin’ 8pm! That was some following, man. It was tight. It was a good thing we managed to stand outside by saGuijo’s glass window so we could get to watch the performances.

If you missed the experience last Saturday, here’s a rundown of what occurred:

The show got on the road at around 9pm with Tom’s Story as the opening act, and you can never go wrong with these guys whether you have them opening shows or you line them up somewhere in the middle because they never fail to deliver. And what’s arguably the best way you’d know it’s Tom’s Story is when you hear them play their signature track, Anchors, along with another favorite such as Mugatu.

Tom’s Story is followed by Mayonnaise, playing hit anthems like Jopay and Tayo Na Lang Dalawa that surely brought people down to high school memory lane.

What’s more, in keeping the momentum steady for people to be able to breathe after two exhilarating acts came Rob & The Hitmen, a 4-piece pop band that injects R&B and funk rudiments in their music that gave people that chill funky vibe. And to amplify that chill, funky vibe with a dash of bluesy-LoveSupreme-intimacy is where MilesExperience came into play, raising the momentum up once more which paved the way for the climactic performance of Jensen & The Flips right after.






Then came the soulful heroes of the hour, Banna Harbera. Though before they started off with their set, they gave us the chance to watch music video for ‘Sorrys & Goodbyes’ first. It was every bit as emotional as its titular track. Keep in mind that the song is like a letter to someone who had been left behind; alternatively, someone who’s left another one behind.

So, in the music video, we saw a character—broken and alone—grieving the fallout of a relationship that did not seem to work out. Imagine all the things you could’ve said, would’ve said, or should’ve said, but you didn’t get the chance to do so. And you try to mend your pieces back together albeit self-destructive tendencies linger.

Elements like crumpled pieces of paper on the bed signified old love letters; an attempt of smoking about half a pack of cigarettes tells of self-destruction as a mean to an end; most notably among others is the scene where our character is soaked with water, drenched in her pain. They all fit in quite perfectly that they add such artistic depth to the music video which left us in breathtaking awe.


[We’ll be] Going back to Madison!

Indie-pop garage rock band CAROUSEL CASUALTIES will be launching their debut EP Madison this May 19, 2017 (Friday) at Saguijo, Makati.

TRIVIA: Their first gig was under ILVSTRADOS back when we held the reins at Sev’s Cafe, staging Students Night Out.

The band’s sound is reminiscent of British pop and garage rock music infused with post-rock, math rock, blues rock, soul and funk influences. The band released two singles namely “Safety” and “Flats,” both landing top spots on Jam 88.3’s Fresh Filter in 2016 and 2017. The former was voted #29 on the radio station’s 2016 Yearend Countdown and was featured in Japanese music blog Niche Music. The EP was produced by Nick Lazaro of Moonwlk (whose production credits include Oh, Flamingo!, Cheats, among many others) at La Balls Studio and features 6 original tracks.


Carousel Casualties was formally founded on August of 2016. The band is comprised of Emmie Villegas and Pau Villanueva on both vocals and guitar, Jot Nicanor on bass and Xavier Lucente on drums. The band has consistently performed in several prominent venues such as SaGuijo Cafe, Route 196 Bar, 19 East, Mow’s and Aloha Bar. Carousel Casualties was also recently invited by DLSU Taft’s Green Giant FM for an afternoon of radio guesting and performance. They also performed at St. Scholastica’s Annual school fair last March.

The EP Launch will feature guest performers Banna Harbera, Moonwlk, Paranoid City, Rob & Hitmen, and She’s Only Sixteen. Gates open 8PM. Entrance is P200 (inclusive of one free drink). Show starts 9PM.



The official #IntramurosRising3 poster by Kate Quebrar, with illustrations from Ivan Cocjin.

The official #IntramurosRising3 poster by Kate Quebrar, with illustrations from Ivan Cocjin.

Intramuros to commemorate OPM through arts and music festival

Write-up by Kenno Nishioka

The Walled City is set to celebrate Original Pinoy Music (OPM) in another installment of arts, music, and poetry on Intramuros Rising 3 on July 25, 2015, Saturday, at Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago.

Headlining Intramuros Rising 3 are fast-rising indie synthpop band Autotelic, Lilystars Records’ folk artist Ian Penn, classic rock and roll band Demi from Paranaque, and indie band Death by Elephant from UST.

ILVSTRADOS aims to showcase the various emerging arts alive in the scene that fellow Filipinos can take pride in. These include independent music and spoken word poetry.

Despite the multitude of foreign musical acts that have landed on Philippine shores the past six months, ILVSTRADOS always remains relevant: Intramuros Rising 3 is set during the last week of July — Original Pinoy Music (OPM) Week.

The OPM Week is celebrated in accordance with Proclamation 933 s. 2014.

“We want to be relevant as possible. We will join the celebration of OPM through Intramuros Rising, by showcasing both our homegrown talents and guests,” said Jeremy Lopez, head honcho of the arts festival.

Along with Autotelic, Ian Penn, Demi, and Death by Elephant are bands that are loud and proud of their Intramuros roots. Bands hailing from Mapua Institute of Technology include synthpop act Caffeine and Taurine, female-fronted math-rock band Run Dorothy, and math-rock band Shutter Life.

Lyceum of the Philippines University’s very own post-punk band Motto Stella and pop-punk band Oceandrive will also be on stage during the festival. Joining them are Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s acoustic soloist Janica De Castro and Pinoy rock band Oswald Sleeps Tonight.

Capping off the Intramuros lineup is shoegaze band A Series of Fractions, a band made up of yuppies from Intramuros. Pop-punk band Angelicus (Paranaque), Banna Harbera (DLSU/CSB), and The Geeks (Quezon City) round off the line-up for Intramuros Rising 3.

On top of all the bands, more hugot lines will be served by two spoken word poetry groups: Words Anonymous and White Wall Poetry. These amazing poets will have a separate stage all for themselves! Live mural painting will also be done by two guest mural artists: Mr. S and Weirdworld. The mural is to be used as a photo booth.


The venue for the third installment of Intramuros Rising was discovered by accident.

Lopez, just wanting to find some peace from the hustle and bustle of life, took a walk in Fort Santiago. Little did he know that he’d bump into the beauty that is Plaza Moriones.  The plaza, as Lopez narrates, is a beauty, with its grassy flooring, trees, and lanterns. It’s definitely a sight to behold at night.

There are also decent nearby comfort rooms inside the venue. The Manila Collectible, a souvenir store in Intramuros and ILVSTRADOS’ tent provider, recently moved to Fort Santiago. “Mounting and unmounting the tents will no longer be difficult for us. There’s also a holding area available. It’s as if the venue was perfectly designed for Intramuros Rising,” Lopez said.

ILVSTRADOS has taken efforts into exposing Intramuros bands outside the walls.

In fact, the first leg of the Road to Intramuros Rising 3 was held at the saGuijo last May 5. “We were able to fill the venue on a Tuesday night!” Lopez expresses enthusiastically, as this is the first time the team has brought the bands into the iconic venue.

ILVSTRADOS also had its second leg at the Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros last May 17. There are two more legs leading to the main event: Route 196 on June 12, and at Sev’s Cafe on July 4.

“It’s a good year for ILVSTRADOS. Nakakatuwa lang din na may mga students na nagsabi samin na dahil sa ILVSTRADOS, napadpad sila sa saGuijo,” Lopez said.


ILVSTRADOS is planning on a Homecoming theme, a reunion of select Intramuros I and II bands, to be held on December.

The effect of Intramuros Rising is starting to create waves in and out of the walls. “To be able to create a ripple in this big sea of communities and organizations that are dedicated to empower the local music industry, we are humbled,” Lopez shared.

Celebrate OPM Week by supporting music and the arts. Intramuros Rising is set to happen on July 25, 2015, Saturday, at Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago. Show starts at 4PM. Tickets are on sale at an early bird rate of P150 each until July 20. Student-discounted tickets are also available for P100 until July 4 only. Regular ticket prices are at P250 starting July 21. You may contact Roy Salamat and/or Michael Bob Santos at 0915 103 6634 / 0917 329 9389 for tickets.

The uprising is presented by SMART BRO, ILVSTRADOS and LYRIC, with the Intramuros Administration and Viva Manila as major sponsors.