Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nescafe Soundskool 13 Finalist Profiles

Top 13 college bands comprise the Nescafe Soundskool 2009 finalist profiles! One of them is going to be the ultimate grand prize winner of P250,000 and more!

They are the following:

Jaydunn Lagahit – bass guitar
Hanson Gascon- lead guitar
Joharni Bendoy- drums
Joyous Harry Bendoy- vox/rhythm guitar
School: University of the Visayas - Mandaue
3 Hours and 10 is only a year and a half years old. Coming from different bands in Cebu, they decided to form 3 Hours and 10. We love to write and make music that inspires people and gives them a sense of hope. Our music is also based on our experiences and our beliefs on what life is and what its about.


Francis Steve Martinez – Drums
Lexter De Gracia – Bass
Jared Abbu – Guitars
Michael Joseph Pacalioga – Guitars and Vocals
Christopher George Nadayag – Vocals
School: Saint Michael’s College – Iligan
We’re long time friends but we’re from two different bands in high school. But we’ve been jamming for a while now so we decided to formally create Disco… Disco… Disco….

Enzo Miguel Villegas (Vocals, Guitar)
Paolo Raymundo Segura (Lead Guitar)
Jerrick Adrian Sy (Bass)
Craig John Neniel (Drums)
School: Philippine Women’s College of Davao
Eevee is an alternative rock band from Davao formed from both rock and jazz influences.

Carizza Janine Panaligan (vocalist),
Andrei Panaligan (Bassist)
Andrew Panaligan (Lead guitarist)
Augusto Mendoza (Rhythm Guitarist)
Paulo Joseph Sico (Drummer)
School: Colegio San Juan de Letran - Calamba
Since high school, there had been a lot of changes with the band's lineup. So the band members are not actually solid from high school days up to now. But the present members are also high school friends. We play alternative rock music. We also write songs of our own with which people, especially the youth can relate to. We see to it that we maintain positive vibes as a band and to inspire the youth with our music. We are also funned of creating a different version for our cover songs, usually adding life to it and giving it an alternative rock flavor. When we perform, we do it with full energy. We make sure that we give our best shot, regardless of the size of the place or the number of the audience.

Evan Catolico – Vocals
Nick Nicor – Drums
Hogan Antonio – Guitar 1
Philip Solis – Guitar 2
Fred Almenanza – Bass
School: University of Perpetual Help - Calamba
In Descent is a band that hails from the province of Laguna. It started in July 2009 with the name “Awit ng Ulilang Pagong” with seven friends who wanted to play music, they usually played at school events in their alma mater University of Perpetual Help Laguna. Because of their busy schedules, the band was left with five members; the remaining members founded the band In Descent. Not knowing what to name their new band, its members incidentally thought of the band’s name as they were “going down” an elevator in school.
In Descent is a katuwaan band. Each and every member has his own musical influence, ranging from Death metal to Glam rock. With the help of their musical roots, they continue to experiment with their music, regardless of each member’s musical perspectives. The band struggled to establish its identity, because of the members’ different musical influences. But the basis of their sound today was the “happy-go-lucky” and “feel good” vibe of their personalities.

Marie Daryl Gariando – Vocalist
Earl Christian Napoles – Guitarist
Feddy Orpeza – Drummer
Philip Pagaduan – Bassist
Mario Adonis Cayanong – Guitarist
School: AMA Computer Learning Center – Tacloban
The band started as an acoustic band. September 2006 the members decided to form a full band and named it Lady Suzette.

Mark King (vocals)
Alex Gopez (drums)
Isaiah Mugot (bass)
Daniel Lardizabal (guitars)
Nestor Punay (keyboards)
School: Ateneo De Cagayan – Xavier University
Little School House is a five piece fusion funk rock band based in Cagayan de Oro city formed in late 2007. For most of the band's existence, the members have been vocalist Mark King, guitarist Daniel Lardizabal, bassist Isiah Mogut, drummer Alex Gopez and on Keyboards, Nestor Punay. The band's varied musical style has fused traditional rock and funk with various elements and psychedelic rock.

The band is currently performing as one of the rising bands in CDO city and has performed to a large number of 7,000 audiences. “Pilipino I” features nationalistic songs and will be released soon in early 2010.

The band's active musical ventures: front act of Bamboo last 2008, winning 1st runner-up on a Youth for Christ band competition; released a music video that covers, “Wake up everybody,” Champion of the city Battle of the band’s last August 29, 2009, and teaches music to others.


Mara Marianne Magaling (vocalist)
Aron Gatlabayan (guitarist)
Yuta Bumalay (guitarist)
Jan Clint Hidalgo (bassist)
Lawrence Dacuya (drummer)
School: Lyceum – St. Cabrini College of Allied Medicine
Batangas-based pop rock band, mixedtape is making waves with their catchy music. Having formed in 2007 Sto tomas Batangas, group members were originally composed of Mara Magaling (vocals), Aron Gatlabayan (guitar), Yuta Bumalay (guitar), Clint Hidalgo (bass) and his brother Chester Hidalgo (drums). They started by covering songs from other bands and attending gigs around their place. To their dismay, their drummer passed away from an accident, but the group decided to continue making music by dedicating every single song to him. Fortunately, they found this very talented kid, Lawrence Dacuya to fill the missing piece of the group. The band write own songs, experimenting and mixing different sounds from their influences like urbandub updharma down, incubus, estrela and more. They describe their music as rock with a touch of pop and experimental.

Yu-an Mey Rabago - vocals
Myka Cloma - Drums
Caballero - lead guitar
Renzy Dela Cruz - bass guitar
School: Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Quezon City
Despite their young age, these kids are not frightened by the challenges and competition in the industry and nevertheless have spirited themselves to show their unique style.
The influences and love for music originate from their own musical heroes in the international scene such as Evanescence, Green Day, Goldfinger, No Doubt, Ramones, Bob Marley, Allanis Morrisette and The Clash.
Play has had gigs at 19th East, Ratsky, Tiendesitas, Eastwood City and some campuses in Metro Manila. They also performed in Bicolandia Youth Convention and Concert, NU 107 School of Rock at UP Los Baños and De La Salle University Manila, and the recently concluded Fast4ward, UNTV’s celebration of 4th year Anniversary held at World Trade Center.
They have been front acts to some well-known bands in the country such as Pupil, Rivermaya, Sandwich, Itchyworms, Imago, Spongecola, Sugarfree, Urbandub, Hammilan and The Wuds, which in many ways helped their sound be recognized, as well as serve as musical inspirations with their encouragement and advice.
Leaving a mark that is timely and truly artistic in technique, PLAY’s original compositions such as Ayoko na, Magtitiis Na Lang, Halfway, Lakas ng Bayan and Kapayapaan cry out youth’s sentiments, energy and optimistic visions. Just PLAY!


Jaworski B. Sison (vocalist)
Beejay C. Valera (guitarist)
Amado P. Go (bass guitarist)
Ralph Leo N. Ruiz (Drummer)
Wilfredo R. Dela Cruz Jr. (Guitarist)
School : Jose Rizal University
Individually, we have different musical influences but we work as a group and describes our music as alternative rock.

Emily Laxamana
John Ryan Nabus
John Paul Alpha Adorna
Joatham Fernandez
Russel Enriquez
SCHOOL: AMA International Institute Of Technology – Quezon City
"TARA SOLO TAYO" as the words has been reprased and become "SOLTERA" and been named to the band after the search for new guitarist and drummer last may 2009 . comprissing of emily laxamana on heartful vocals,john ryan nabus on bass.alpha adorna and joatham fernandez on guitar section,russel enriquez on drums touching the heart and mind of its deliveration of their lyrics and giving an emphasition to the sound of its way of playing music.


Mia Barbra Vanguardia Derilo – rhythm guitars and vocals
Chris Vincent Celis – drums
Joel Lenaming – lead guitars
Chrisdian Sabacan – bass guitar
School: Iloilo Doctors College
Sundae Special is a young, pop rock band that touches the heart of young people and changes the face of the world by their own music, in order to promulgate peace, hope and love throughout mankind.

Ezekiel Alonzo - vocals/guitars
BeeJay Esber - lead guitars
Joseph De Las Alas - Bass
John Pacheco - Drums
School: MAPUA Institute of Technology – Makati
The Nameless Heroes, formed in 2005, is Ezekiel Alonzo on vocals/guitars, Beejay Esber on guitars, Joseph Delas alas on bass and John Pacheco on drums. . Some of our current music influences are Bloc Party, Panic at the Disco, Oasis, The Ramones, Razorlight, Orange and Lemons, Fall Out Boy, The Arctic Monkeys, Say Anything, Sandwich, Pupil, The Hoosiers, Phoenix, and the Cure. We've been having gigs, playing in bars and restaurants all over the Metro, while continually creating music

See all these 13 college bands finalists in the upcoming Nescafe Soundskool 2009 Grand FInals Night concert!

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