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Makiling Perform in Asean Indigenous Festival 2014

One of the perks of playing in a band is travel, either you go on tour or play festivals in different countries. As a guitar player who plays for many bands and solo acts, I got the opportunity to do both travel and performing live onstage despite the busy schedule from my day job, thanks to the band Makiling, who tagged me along to play guitar for their group.

Makiling is a musical ensemble in the Philippines who play original world music and feature the traditional two-string instrument called “Hegalong”. The band represented the country, through NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), in the recently concluded Asean Indigenous Festival 2014 held in Chaktomuk Convention Hall, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia on November 19-23, 2014.

Performers include delegations from host country Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Rehearsal photos from the ASEAN Indigenous Dance and Music Festival HERE

Makiling’s lineup for the event were:

Diwa de Leon – Hegalong & Lead Vocals
Ottobots Hernandez – Percussion & Vocals
WedandRosa Lodriga – Percussion
Karen Austria – Bass Guitar & Vocals
Marvin Bea – Guitar
Frances Escape – Percussion

Here’s a video clip of Makiling’s performance.

Footage by: Marvin Bea, Loem Vannak and Joanna Lerio

Check out Makiling’s albums via

Also available on iTunes:

Malakas at Maganda

Medyo Modern

Patintero sa Ilalim ng Buwan

Makiling: The B-Sides EP – EP