Featured Song: Kimberly Collado and Lester Namocatcat’s Hibang

Whenever I hear someone says OPM is dead or songwriting is dead here in the Philippines, my initial reaction has always been, huh?! Is this person aware of the scene? Because if you will see the independent or underground circuit, we have abundant of talented songwriters and performers waiting to be heard and get played on the radio. Well businesswise I think it may be true for them (radio stations have been playing foreign songs, the majors are into revival of old classics as well as reviving top 40 hits of today which is killing the craft), but if you’ll get a look of events like the Songwriter’s Night held every third Monday of the month at Conspiracy Garden Cafe in Visayas Ave, Quezon City, there are already plenty of talents to watch out for, and they’re performing their own original compositions, most only heard via posts on the internet, and just outside Songwriter’s Philippines, there are other songwriting groups as well, particularly 7101 Music Nation, which boasts of upcoming artists.

Batch 3 members Kimberly Collado and Lester Namocatcat, two of the talented artists I met with the group, have this great song collaboration and I was honored to jam it with them. Impromptu. The two performed “Hibang” (means crazy in English) at Songwriter’s Night event and also joining them were percussionist/guitar luthier JP Hernandez on djembe.

Here’s a vid from that event.


Impromptu Jam @ Songwriters’ Night, Sitting In With The Group X2M

Last night was another jam time at Songwriters’ Night in Conspiracy Garden Cafe at Visayas Ave. I was asked late by my friends to sit in to their group X2M, since they, the core members will not be there. So it’s another impromptu jam, and with the songs emailed to me before I went to the venue, there’s no time to practice hehe, only, I listened to their songs posted on their website, tried to get the feel of the songs, and as what Filipinos say it, “Bahala na“. Yeah, that was inside my head when I got there, bahala na, anything goes. And I think it was also what Drew had in mind, since he’ll be singing the songs aside from playing the bass parts hehe. So it was X2M and friends performing, minus the X2Ms of course, we were the “and friends” group. 🙂


Was surprised also with new talents performing that night, their songs were good, easy listening stuffs, it chillaxed my mood of the evening.


This was one of the vid taken from last night, I’ve seen one clip and some parts I did were awful, hit the wrong notes, acheche.. This song, seemed to be ok though, but I hope I did justice to it and the rest of the songs. To listen to the original arrangements, please visit X2M’s website which by the way I did a collaboration work on one song :


Mag:net Katipunan Songwriters Philippines

Jams @ Mag:net Cafe Katipunan

Jams with friends from Songwriters Philippines @ Mag:net, Katipunan

Change The World – Eric Clapton


Gravity – John Mayer