Date With Fate event music

Date with Fate, Front Act at Musika Alay sa Dagat

Date with Fate opened up at the recently concluded event by Adopt a Species Program titled “Musika Alay sa Dagat”, a benefit show for the marine wildlife watch of the Philippines. The band was one of the few groups who performed that also included local big name acts in the Indie pop scene like Up Dharma Down, Hidden Nikki, Maude, Imelda, Sound Architects and Ourselves the Elves. The event was held at Cervini Field in Ateneo de Manila University.


The show was the first time the band played with its new line-up, so this was a sort of baptism of fire to the new singer of the band, Cyb Escobar, who took the vocal duties from Paula Alcasid after the latter has now focused mainly on her solo career as a singer/songwriter, and for session keyboardist Alec Padua, who also did back-up vocals.

Here are the clips from the band’s short set. Observers who have heard the band before said it’s now edgier, what can you say about the current line-up?

Check out the band’s album on iTunes.

Listen to Cyb on her Soundcloud page.

Also check out Alec’s Soundcloud page.

Date With Fate event music

Date with Fate’s Across the Big Blue Sky Album Launch

Date with Fate have finally released the rebooted debut album (reboot because it now features Paula Alcasid on vocals) which is now entitled “Across the Big Blue Sky”. The launch happened last 18th of December at Black Kings Bar (BKB) in West Avenue, Quezon City with the band performing an hour-long straight set of selected cuts in the album as well as cover songs from the 80s and 90s that include hits from Lisa Loeb, Bic Runga, New Order and more. Some of the original songs’ arrangements performed live were different from the album to have a fresh take and add some variety.

Opening up for the night was Veronica and I, which is composed by lovely couple Mike and Veronica who were backed up by a full band in the event. (Trivia: Veronica sang on DWF’s “Stay Back” early demo version).

Date with Fate are: Paula Alcasid on vocals; Trisha Par on bass; Junats Ibajan on guitar 1 and lead; Marvin Bea – guitar 2 and rhythm & fills; Wendell Quinto on drums.

Check out Veronica and I on Amplify

Date with Fate’s Across the Big Blue Sky, now available in iTunes, Spotify and Deezer.

Here are some of the band’s performances as well as Veronica and I.

event The 3rd International Guitar Festival 2014

World on a String, The 3rd International Guitar Festival 2014

Guitar aficionados who are mostly into jazz and blues were given a treat last September 24-28, 2014 as The 3rd International Guitar Festival 2014 happened on three different venues namely Murphy’s Music Room at Legaspi Village Makati, 12 Monkeys Music Hall at Century City Mall and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill. The 5-day event, which was also called “The World on a String”, featured electrifying performances from some of the country’s prominent and upcoming names, as well as foreign artists.

World on a String

It was an experience that was exhilarating as I got the privilege to jam with some friends (Jeff Pagaduan, Diwa De Leon and Cacophony) who were set to perform on the show at Venice Piazza on the 27th. Other performers on that night included Johnny Alegre’s fusion band Humanfolk, classical guitarist Roneil Santos, instrumentalist Jerome Rico, Hare Krishna, Ugo Guido and Khaossia from Italy.


Roneil Santos

Jerome Rico

Here are some of the footages from that evening.

Jeff Pagaduan – Waves

Diwa De Leon – Tranquil

TRINE – All Blues

Bayanihan Republic event

Bayanihan Republic Opening Act

Opening up the show during Bayanihan Republic, a fundraising festival for the benefit of typhoon Haiyan survivors, Jeff Pagaduan performed his original compositions displaying a different approach with his nylon guitar. Adding up second acoustic guitar (channeling to be like the duo of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds hehe) is yours truly.

Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Bayanihan Republic was organized by Dakila, Jam 88.3, The Asia Foundation, Fully Abled Nation in partnership with the Quezon City Government.

Performers on that event were Gloc 9, Noel Cabangon, Lolita Carbon, Bayang Barrios, Freddie Aguilar, Radioactive Sago Project, Armi Millare, Peryodiko, Aia de Leon with Nights of Rizal, Jeepney Joyride, Duster, Nityalila, Miko Pepito, Flying Ipis, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Tanya Markova, Tao Aves and many more!

opening act

photo by: Dakila

Listen to Jeff Pagaduan’s songs via his Soundcloud page.

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Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang Unveiled

Ballet Manila presents “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang”, a stage play that features world-renowned ballet artist Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and some of the best ballet performers.

One of the most respected actresses in the country, Luz Fernandez, returns to play the lead role as the old storyteller named Lola Basyang while Missy Macuja Elizalde plays the character of a young girl named Ate Missy who helps Lola Basyang tell the stories to the other children.

It is composed of three parts, “Labindalawang Masasayang Prinsesa”, “Ang Palasyo ng Mga Dwende’s” and “Anting-Anting” with stories depict on fantasy, love, comedy and horror.

The previous show “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” was a big hit according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer, so the group brought in new materials for the audience.

Having the privilege to watch the show on its opening night courtesy of a friend, it will definitely hit similar success and mass appeal as to its predecessor.

It was my first time to see a play since my high school/college days and I got so thrilled. The stories were good, had a great laugh on the last part of the story titled “Anting-Anting”, the place was filled with great crowd (saw many kids that it made me feel like young again), awesome performances by the actors, nice set, and of course the background music on those stories were fantastic. Hats off to everyone who made this possible, from the producer to the play’s director, cast and crew, choreographers and musical directors, one of whom is award-winning composer/arranger/hegalong player extra-ordinaire Diwa de Leon for his magnificent work on “Ang Palasyo ng Mga Dwende’s” musical arrangement that also features the powerful, superb and enchanting voices of Jeanne Vicars (voice coach to Charice, Sarah Geronimo, etc) and Zab Reyes of the band Escape the C.


The show was very entertaining that I recommend it for all ages to watch it. You still got the chance to catch this event since the play dates were moved due to typhoon last time around. You may check out Aliw Theater’s website for its schedules.