ONE OK ROCK to embark on an Asian Tour this 2016

ONE OKE ROCK Asia Tour
ONE OKE ROCK Asia Tour

 

It is ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Just when I thought ONE OK ROCK has performed in every country except mine, they released this! Moreover, I’m pleasantly surprised to know that they have a lot of fans in the Philippines! I’m guessing they knew about the band from the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie series (which I think appealed many, whether they read the manga/watched the anime or not). It’s great that the Filipinos are now more open to Japanese acts, compared to before when only anime fans liked jpop/jrock. Although ONE OK ROCK’s songs are mostly in English now (with a mix of Japanese), to me, they still have that jrock vibe to them. And that’s what makes them awesome! Not to mention their high energy performances!

I can’t wait to see them next year! 🙂

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Mayer Made My Day… Again!

Three days ago, John Mayer tweeted about his return to the studio again this coming January. (Woohoo!!)

And for someone like me who loved his Continuum album the most out of all his other (stellar) albums, I am more than excited for this! Hopefully he’ll have a collaboration with Pino and Steve (from John Mayer Trio) again.

But before he goes back to the studio, he’ll be on a winter tour with Grateful Dead as Dead & Company! Tour dates can be viewed on their official website.

 

Featured image via Consequence of Sound

 

One Piece Tokyo Tower: An Otaku Paradise

This theme park is the first of its kind in Japan, and just last March it became open to the public. I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to experience it in its first week of operation.

Once you arrive at Tokyo Tower, you can purchase the tickets at the counter which also includes an access to the tower’s observatory area.

It is an elevator ride to the One Piece Theme Park, after which you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff and this impossible-to-miss signage/photo spot:

Tokyo Tower One Piece
Tokyo Tower One Piece!!

Upon entry to the theme park, it’s gonna be one fangirling/fanboying moment after the other! With walls decorated with some excerpts from the manga (with special effects!) to life-sized character figures, as well as theme park games and frolicking pirate cosplayers, One Piece aficionados will surely think of this place as heaven on earth.

My favorite part of the theme park was the Zoro’s Soul of Edge. It was a short but fun game! The other attractions had a lot to offer as well. It was just One Piece geeking overload! Moreover, we were right on time to witness the ONE PIECE LIVE ATTRACTION “Welcome to TONGARI Mystery Tour”. The actors nailed it! My favorites were Zoro, Sanji and Luffy 🙂 I was really impressed with the actor who played Zoro, I mean working with the sword props, that wasn’t easy!! :O And we were given glow sticks that we used, which made it an interactive live show.

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The glow stick that was given to each live show audience
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As you can see, the audience sat on the cushions that were laid out on the floor when watching the live show.

I had a really great time trying out all the attractions, and it really helped that I knew some Japanese, especially in the Nami’s Casino and Chopper’s Thousand Sunny Tours. A must-visit place, especially for the One Piece fans! Allow me to show you also my picture of life-size (that’s right LIFE-SIZE) Portgas D. Ace figure:

My favorite One Piece character :)
My favorite One Piece character 🙂

 

Here is the link to the official website for more info. 🙂

This Fan-made Documentary of John Mayer Is Everything

I recently stumbled upon this video while browsing John Mayer live performance clips. Bless your heart Mr. Eastwood Allen for your topnotch video editing skills and your efforts in producing this masterpiece! Kudos!

John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly chronicles the musical evolution of one of the most influential solo artists of his generation. Featuring rare demos, interviews and live performances; it is told in it’s entirety from Mayer’s perspective.
Explore the full story and creative process of acclaimed, Grammy Award winning, guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mayer. ”
– video description via Eastwood Allen Youtube Channel

Enjoy!

Philpop 2015 Winners Declared!

For the past 2 years I’ve been following the Philpop Songwriting Competition, an annual contest open for all Filipino amateur and professional songwriters. Ever since I watched the 2013 winning song’s music video which was “Dati”, composed by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana and interpreted by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest, I started to keep tabs on the next songs that will be showcased in the coming years.

Last June, they released the lyric videos for the entries of this year that made it in the finals, followed by the official music videos weeks after. I must say that the batch of songs this year is by far the best one yet (at least in my opinion)! Then yesterday, July 25, the grand finals night was held and the winners for the 2015 Philpop Songwriting Competition were announced! And it was just as I have predicted, my top 3 bets were the top 3 songs!! 🙂

2nd Runner-up: “Sa Ibang Mundo” by Mark Villar (interpreted by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre)

So Kean is a rocker. On the other hand, Nadine is known for her teen pop songs. Who would’ve thought that they would go so well together in a collaboration?? To whoever who paired this two up for this song, you sir/ma’am are the real MVP! 😉

It’s also refreshing to see Nadine perform a duet with someone other than James Reid (her on-screen leading man who also has an entry in Philpop 2015), and such a pleasant surprise that her vocals were highlighted beautifully here. And of course, major props to Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano for an equally great performance. 🙂 This entry was also selected as People’s Choice.

The song is about falling in love with someone you can’t have. And thus the title “Sa Ibang Mundo” (or in English, “In Another World”), because the song talks about two people who think that maybe if they were in another world or lifetime, they would’ve ended up together.

1st Runner-up: “Paratingin Mo Na Siya” by Davey Langit

It’s catchy. It’s right in the feels. It’s VERY RELATABLE (hello single people!!! :p)! Davey Langit’s song captured the struggle of the average twenty-something looking for love. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MR./MS. RIGHT?! I loved this song the moment I heard the first line.

“Paratingin Mo Na Siya” is a song wherein the person is praying to God (actually, even pleading) to let him (in this case Davey, the singer) meet the one who’s destined to be his love, because he’s getting tired of being single and all his failed relationships in the past.

Grand Winner: “Triangulo” by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana (interpreted with Jeric Medina)

NO SURPRISE THERE!! As expected from the winners of the 2013 Philpop Competition. I can’t even begin to describe how clever the lyrics were written. Personally, I was hoping that Mark Villar’s song would be hailed as the winner, but Thyro & Yumi’s victory is well-deserved. The harmony the trio had was topnotch and of course, the lyrics! Well played, Thyro & Yumi, well played indeed. *Slow clap*

“Triangulo” (in English “Triangle”), is about a woman who has a boyfriend, but it still has feelings for her ex. She has to choose between the two of them, however, she remains very confused. And it also talks about that love can only be for two.

Here are other entries that I really liked:

“Edge of the World” by Johann Garcia (interpreted by Josh Padilla and Yassi Pressman)

“Musikaw” by Melchor Magno (interpreted by James Reid feat. Pio)

“Walang Hanggan” by Ramiru Matano (interpreted with Donnalyn Bartolome)

“Nasaan” by Lara Maigue

 

I hope that there’ll be more variety of songs that will make it in the finals of Philpop next year! Philippines has many talented musicians, songwriters and SINGERS, without a doubt. This contest is definitely a big help in keeping the Philippine music industry alive.

To know more about Philpop or how the contest works (for those who are interested to join), go to this link.

Long live OPM!