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Vote for Giniling Festival at the Globe T@tt Awards

Giniling Festival is the one in the middle, obvs.
Hey kids, my cousin’s band, Giniling Festival, was nominated in this year’s Globe Tatt Awards in the Indie Rocker category. Just head on to to vote and see a sorta revealing picture of Saab Magalona. Or is that Maxene? IDK I can never tell which is which.
can you tell me who this is in the comments?
Anywho, all you need to do is be on Facebook and click on VOTE.
Here’s my case for Giniling Festival. Let’s put aside the fact that they’re the only rock band in the list. They released their sophomore album for free. Yes. FOR FREE. AND ONLINE
So, if you’re voting for a band for an internet-related award-giving body, vote for somebody who actually used the internet. You know what, vote for them because they imparted their talents for free.
Other categories:
  • The One — The most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people, and ultimately starting fire in Philippine internet.
  • Ballbreaker — For the opinion that launched tons of comments or retweets, from the person with so much balls to make that legendary post in the first place.
  • Stylisimo — This is for that one person that not only reviewed fashion but also set one that everyone followed and loved.
  • Indie Rocker — This is for musical bands and indie artists who fought hard to claim their space in the hearts of the Filipino audience who knew that webtime is better than airtime.
  • Wordslayer — Here’s an award for a blogger whose mastery of words showed wit, humor and grit to the Philippine blogosphere. 
  • Artiste — Hundreds if not thousands of people share their art goodness to the world via the web.
  • Tech Junkie — Informed, in tune and in check with the latest in tech, this person do not only present us with access to the latest in trends, but also the backstage of the fast pace world of e-knowledge.
  • #Thought-mover — Twitter ain’t for geeks. Twitter is for changing the world.
  • Video Slinger — Moving pictures do not just speak a thousand words, they speak millions.
  • The Advocate — This award goes to a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of a societal cause in the Philippines through social media.

Filed under: giniling festival, globe tatt awards


I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since my last post here. I blame laziness, and, ironically, my hectic schedule. Too busy doing stuff, and probably too uninspired to write. My remedy for this is just upload pictures or videos of whatever it is I was doing. Like this one:

Cynthia Alexander – Comfort In Your Strangeness from Charls Dumaraos on Vimeo.

Here’s a couple of photos from shows I’ve seen:

Anyway, I thought you must know that I’m working on a Demo EP for my solo project, promptly called “Dumaraos”. I’ll post something as soon as it’s ready for download.

Lastly, I’m finally moving out of my mom’s house! I’m so excited. I’ve been staying here for the last 6 months and I can’t really say I loved staying here.

Here’s to independence!

Filed under: about me, cynthia alexander, deftones, gig, giniling festival, music, shows

Here’s Plan B

The first time I ever saw The Purplechickens play was when they played with my cousin’s band, Giniling Festival, in one of their first gigs I attended. This was probably in Mayric’s (now Sazi’s) circa 2003. Giniling Festival was fairly new, so they played last (I think) and unleashed one of the greatest local performances I’ve ever seen (before they started, Jeje shouted “ANG UMUWE, MAMAMATAY“. golden.)

Anyway, one of the bands that night was, well, Purplechickens. I remember my cousin remarking, “galing nila ‘no?“. And I agreed completely. Like a small town boy getting told what to do.

After a year, the Purplechickens released their album Here’s Plan B. Naturally, my cousin bought one out of admiration for the band and naturally, he shared the love.

And love I received. The album was smashing. Brilliant. Remarkable. Outstanding. I found myself listening to the album on a loop while playing NBA Live 2003. It was one of those records you’d love from start to finish. Just like the other 4 of my top 5 OPM albums (no order):

  • Cambio – Derby Light
  • Sugarfree – Sa Wakas
  • Itchyworms – Noon Time Show
  • Eraserheads – Natin99
A few years passed, I lost all data from my old PC. I was contacting the band about getting their last copy, but for some reason, the idea drifted. Recently, I was asking them again about it but they already have sold it.
So much for musical cravings.
One day, Kathy G., tweeted that she won P2,000 from the local lottery. And you just know I was gonna joke about getting balato. Instead of letting me in for free at her production that coming Saturday, she gave me a couple of links that literally made me want to cry. One of them was the record I’ve been craving for for the last 4 or so years.
Suddenly, I feel like one of the Survivor players where food was scarce and really cherished it when they won food rewards. It was amazing. I’m still listening to the album as of this writing. And yes, hints of tears.

Filed under: about me, cambio, eraserheads, giniling festival, here's plan b, itchyworms, music, opm, purplechickens, sugarfree