Blog Posts by Niña Sandejas

  • Malasimbo celebrates 5th year with 2-weekend fest

    There are few music festivals in the world that exist primarily to give back to the community and the Malasimbo Festival in Puerto Galera claims to be one of them.

    In the last few years, Malasimbo Festival has brought in big names like Joss Stone, Jimmy Cliff, Roy Ayers, Robert Glasper and Jose Gonzales to the island of Mindoro.

    The festival has seen more than 5000 attendees from various nationalities, making the case for Philippine tourism. (In fact, the website of Visit the Philippines Year lists the fest as one of the country’s attractions.)

    Despite being a magnet for international guests, the festival’s core is highlighting what is truly Filipino, showcasing Pinoy artists to a global crowd and creating programs that increase awareness in the nature conservation of Puerto Galera and its indigenous culture.


    A cultural mashup at Malasimbo. (Contributed photo)A cultural mashup at Malasimbo. (Contributed photo)

    Live music, arts and culture on Weekend 1

    Now on its fifth year, the Malasimbo Music & Arts is amping up the stakes with double weekend festivities—the first on March 6-8 and the

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  • Heart of Music addresses the plight and rights of indie musicians

    First dental mission set for Jan. 31 at Tiendesitas in Pasig

    Skarlet Brown (aka Myra Ruaro) is more popularly known as the lead vocalist of band Brownbeat All-Stars and the original singer of Put3ska.

    What most people don’t know is that she was a former med rep, who spent a lot of her time in hospitals.

    Her familiarity with health professionals and their industry became a factor in her current concern—that of helping out her fellow musicians gain access to health benefits that most of them have never had.


    Never-ending fundraisers

    The more immediate factor was the never-ending fundraisers she had to organize for ailing colleagues, especially during the time she owned a bar in Quezon City.

    Some appeals would reach her when a musician’s illness had reached a critical stage.

    “Ganito na lang ba palagi? Concert dito, concert doon kapag Stage IV (cancer) na?” she said in an interview with Yahoo in 2013.


    First dental mission

    This is when she decided to start Heart of Music (HOM), which she launched only two years ago.

    Since then, HOM has worked to

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  • Incubus visits Manila for the fourth time this March

    “I don’t know what kept people interested in us this long,” Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd muses on the band’s official bio which is more like a highly verbose love letter to fans explaining in detail the band’s essence rather than a factual run down of the their history.

    “I’d like to think it’s because we have struck chords with people at very specific times in their lives,” he adds.

    And the band will continue to do the same at the Mall of Asia Arena on March 13, their fourth visit to Manila. (They were here in 2004, 2008 and 2011.)


    Incubus performs at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on Dec. 13, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)Incubus performs at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on Dec. 13, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)


    Beginnings

    Incubus was formed in 1991, when Boyd, together with guitarist Mike Einzinger and drummer Jose Pasillas were in high school. Now Ben Kenney and DJ Chris Kilmore complete the current line-up.

    I was in high school when their career blossomed; “Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)” from “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” became anthems of alt rock fans, and the title of the song alone reflected my highly emotional teenage years.

    In 1999, the album “Make Yourself”

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  • Rock stars jam with surprised contestants in college band competition

    What if you were just a college band and then your rock star heroes decided to jam with you?

    That’s exactly what happened to the college band Caution back in 2010.

    They were among the finalists in Greenhills Sessionistas, the annual band competition organized by Greenhills Shopping Center as a way for kids to promote staying in school, among others.


    Idol moment

    Caution was about to play when they were asked to stop by the judges. The band thought nothing of it, maybe just a technical glitch that needed fixing.

    Suddenly, Karl Roy appeared on stage and said he was singing with them.

    In disbelief, the band had no choice but to step up and play their damndest. It was THE Karl Roy, after all, and messing up wasn’t a choice since they were in a band competition and the judges were waiting to see how they’d react in the situation.

    Karl Roy jamming with college band Caution in 2010 (Photo by Niña Sandejas)Karl Roy jamming with college band Caution in 2010 (Photo by Niña Sandejas)


    Rock stars who’ve jammed with amateur bands

    It’s the curveball or twist, if you will, that’s become the trademark of Greenhills Sessionistas, now on its seventh

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  • #BestSongEver: ‘Don't Go Away’ by Oasis

    Editor’s Note: #BestSongEver stories are published every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    This is the only song I've invested more time on in my life than on any other songs I like. Why? Well because “Be Here Now,” the band’s third album, was the first CD I ever bought.

    It was 1997. It was around this time that the album was released. I don't recall why I chose the CD all those years ago, but I remember it was my birthday and I had money and wanted to buy CDs. (There was Madonna, too, and Backstreet Boys, Peter Andre—ehem, I was still trying to discover what music I really liked).

    CDs then were P375 a piece, far more expensive than the ones sold today. It was a really steep price for a 14 year old.


    Only permanent thing in my life

    "Don't Go Away" was that one song in that album that stood out for me.

    Through the years, it helped me get through everything I've ever tried to do. I mean everything—high school, college, career changes.

    Year after year the song would always creep to my

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