Eli Bonsol, Converse Philippines advertising marketing manager
An exhaustive search conducted in hundreds of local venues, as well as on band sites and on YouTube has yielded the five bands up for battle in Converse Philippines “Get Loud.”
The bands are Even from North Luzon, Brisom from the National Capital Region (NCR), Kissbone from South Luzon, Bethany from Visayas, and Jad Montenegro from Mindanao.
Converse Philippines Advertising and Makerting Manager Eli Bonsol said: “Based on the strength of their original song submissions and performance, these semi-pro bands represent the best values of musicians in the industry.”
Even, a Baguio-based band which describes their music as “dark and melancholic,” is composed of Dyanne Licudine (vocals), Jam Bumanlag (guitars), Coco Saupan (bass) and Dan Allan Acosta (drums).
Brisom is composed of Brian Sombero (vocals and guitar), Jeffrey Castro (drums and beats), Jason Rondero (bass), Tim Abbot (synthesizer and keys) and Ternde Teves (guitar).
Kissbone is comprised by Armin Joseph Pepito (guitar and vocals), Justine Sioson (guitar and vocals), Renz Gerome Villanueva (drums), Parker Cataqian (bass) and Allan Paulo Luching (rhythm guitar).
Bethany is composed of Luis Quibranza III (lead vocals and guitar), Paolo Miguel Quibranza (drums and vocals), Angelo Quibranza (lead vocals and guitar) and Kevin Borromeo (bass). The Quibranza siblings have been writing songs since 2008 and began performing soon after Kevin joined.
Jad Montenegro is composed of Jad Montenegro (lead vocalist), Fave Ibao (guitar and backing vocals), Eric Luzada (lead guitar), Pjoe Sabanpan (bass) and Carlo Garcia (drums and backing vocals).
The “Get Loud” finals will happen on Nov. 9 and the winner will walk away with P150,000 worth of cash and Converse products. The first and second runners-up will be awarded P100,000 and P60,000, respectively while the two other finalists will receive P40,000. All finalists will recieve Converse products.
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Joey Paras with his ‘Bekikang’ co-stars
Another Actor Makes It In Comedy
We missed the premiere night of “Bekikang: Ang Nanay kong Beki,” but our friends that saw it said it was overwhelmingly successful – with an SRO audience roaring with laughter from beginning to end.
Joey Paras, the gay lead actor playing Bekikang, was, according to our friends, at his/her best! Bekikang was born gay, and the role was a perfect fit for Joey. As Bekikang grew up, the neighborhood children bullied him, but he stood his ground.
His problems did not end there; with the death of his mother, his father (played by Tirso Cruz III) brought in a new love who also bullied Bekikang. The stepmother became Bekikang’s new cross to bear.
When Bekikang fell in love, the man, Fortunato (Tom Rodriguez), was taken away by a woman, and left our hero in tears. Fortunato sired a son, Potpot, with the woman who left for Japan, and since he is also leaving for Japan, he asked Bekikang to take care of the baby – another ordeal for him to deal with. Later, he learned to love Potpot and gave him all his attention and care.
Potpot grew to be an active young boy, a jewel in the life of Bekikang. But then Fortunato and his wife returned from Japan and took Potpot away from Bekikang, another harrowing ordeal for him.
Our friends said that “Bekikang” is well-crafted, there’s hardly any space for a breather. It’s a roller coaster movie of laughter. Joey Paras “has finally arrived,” and we say, he deserves a red carpet welcome to stardom!
“Bekikang” is now on its second week and still drawing in the crowds.
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A scene from ‘Death of a Loved One’
Halloween Extended On CinemaWorld
This November, CinemaWorld brings more compelling and award-winning movies to Philippine television including “Forgotten,” which has been described by the Hollywood Reporter “stylish and atmospheric” and “an entertainingly old-school horror.”
“Forgotten” will be shown on Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. Another thriller, the Argentinian film “Thesis on a Homicide,” topbilled by Ricardo Darin, one of Argentina’s top award-winning actors, will be shown on Nov. 24 at 9 p.m.
A new crime series to look forward to every Friday night of this month is “Crimes of Passion,” based on the novels of Maria Liang, one of the first detective novelists in the Swedish language.
Nov. 1, “Death of a Loved One” is on at 11 p.m., followed by “King Lily of the Valley,” at 12:35 a.m. “No More Murders” will premiere on Nov. 8, “Roses, Kisses and Death” on Nov. 15; “Dangerous Dreams” on Nov. 22 and “Tragedy in a County Courtyard” on Nov. 29, all at 11 p.m.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, Nov. 1, go to actress Sharmaine Arnaiz, Dr. Ronaldo Asuncion, Fiscal Dick Escueta, fashion designer Jun Pena, lawyers Crisanto Saruca and Norberto Capistrano, Col. Jimmy A. Tiu, Mrs. Mina N. Reyes, Charmae Moldez, Marifil Nina Girado, Gladys Maningding-Armas, Lina Misa, Cora Perez, singer Nina, Winnie Cordero of “Umagang Kay Ganda,” and awarded actor Coco Martin… Happy wedding anniversary to Augusto and Pilarica Abaya…