I‘ve been in love with Marshall headphones ever since they came out. I remember ogling them at HMV in Hong Kong before they were sold here years ago. When I finally had them I have to say that they suit me well. I love the whole Marshall look and in my opinion, the sound it produces balances all kinds of music. Of course I listen to rock primarily, but on the days when I’m on a bus or a plane going on a trip somewhere I’d like to have something that’s relatively compact, yet delivers.

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Around this time last Sunday, I was in Puerto Galera for work. I was doing a last day coverage of Malasimbo Festival when suddenly Niño Avenido walked into the balcony of the room I was staying and started knocking on the door. I never knew him as a spontaneous guy. He’s “Mr. Plans” to the point that if you think you’re good at planning and organzing, a single thought from him will just completely overshadow whatever you think you’ve got covered (in a good way of course).

I was happy that he followed to Puerto Galera, it was my first time there and he told me that he has been there multiple times. He would go there to escape with just himself and a guitar. I had no idea that the place I was staying in, Coco Aroma, also held a lot of good memories for him, as the owners Kuya Joel and Ate Cora would take him in like the beach bum that he was. I didn’t know these things because despite being friends for 9 years, Nino and I had only been together as a couple for a year. In the 15 years that Coco Aroma has been in existence, I was told that it has seen a lot of amazing moments from some our fellow musicians, making me realize with my love for music, that I ended up somehow, exactly where I needed to be.

Heck, my love for music brought he and I together.


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I know it’s a year late, but I was reminded about how I had these photos when Paolo and Sam started posting their anniversary celebration pictures on instagram. I remember how some friends I kept on taking photographs that night just gave up waiting because I didn’t post their pictures soon enough. Well here they are! One year later! haha classic me!

Anyway I wanted to post this because this wedding played a big part in shaping my life the past year all because of a sweet gesture Pao and Sam did, they didn’t even know how massively it would affect Niño and I so I love them even more for that.

Paolo Valenciano and Sam Godinez Wedding February 7, 2013

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Last February 1, Red Horse celebrated Muziklaban’s 15th year. This 2014 Lunar New Year party introduced The Year of The Horse with a grand set up involving the fusion of legendary rock music with traditional classical instrumentation. A first in the entire existence of Muziklaban, this collaboration makes the whole experience at the grand finals celebration a historical one.


So when I first heard that Manila String Machine was performing with Razorback, Slapshock, A Music Theory and Ely Buendia for the Muziklaban Grand Finals, I recalled the last Nu107 Rock Awards in 2010 where they performed blindfolded amidst pole dancers. This orchestral group has also  played with Urbandub for their Alive Out There 10th Anniversary concert and their constant supply of working with big names never ends, adding to the list Session Road, Stonefree and Six Cycle Mind.


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February 1, 2014 — The World Trade Center in Pasay City was packed with loyal rock fans who came from nearby cities just to participate in this huge yearly event. Fanning the flames of rock for fifteen years, the Red Horse Muziklaban has been constantly searching, promoting and supporting amateur bands and have chosen ambassadors who will best represent this cause. This year was an extra special party, as the 15th year couldn’t be more timely as to also celebrate the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Horse.

I’ve listed down some of my highlights from last night’s Red Horse Beer Muziklaban from the show opening with female front women, listening to a 90s throwback setlist plus some crazy scientific mystery in the middle of the concert, not to mention huge slingshots used to throw things at the audience Believe me, it’s CRAZY and I’ve pointed out FIFTEEN of them:

more photos below


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It’s two  days before the Pambansang Muziklaban Grand Finals celebration this Saturday, February 1, 2014 and for the first time, artists Slapshock, Razorback, Ely Buendia, Reg Rubio and last year’s Muziklaban Champions “A Music Theory” are rehearsing rock arrangements of their songs with 30-piece orchestra Manila String Machine.



Ely Buendia and Reg Rubio discuss their collaboration for "Super Proxy"

Ely Buendia and Reg Rubio discuss their collaboration for “Super Proxy”

The orchestral arrangements will make the rock songs louder and grander and will bring audiences an amazing sonic experience they’ve never experienced before. They say that the gauge of good songs is if it still sounds great when played with classical instruments — in this case, the collaboration between the rock bands and the orchestra highlight both the original and the new bringing a fresh sound this time around emphasizing the essence of Muziklaban — to showcase fresh new artists and introduce a new sound every year.


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My name is Niña Sandejas. Duly educated in fashion but would rather take photos of musicians and go to concerts for a living.


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