Ring, Rhum, Rock 'n Roll

When rock stars converge for a night of rockin' music amidst overflowing rhum, expect a slew of crazy stunts and surprises. The Tanduay Rhum Rockfest Year 5 held last October 14 at the Mall of Asia concert grounds delivered on all counts punctuated by a surprise proposal in the middle of Kamikazee's set c/o drummer Allan "Bords" Burdeos.

Kamikazee vocalist Jay Contreras asked Bords' girlfriend to go onstage and take their photo with the crowd. While onstage, Bords got down on one knee and popped the question with thousands as their witness. She said yes, and the rest is history.

This moment may have been just icing on the cake as the concert continued to deliver more performances from homegrown talents. Now on it's 5th year, the 2011 Tanduay Rhum Rockfest will be touring in 30 cities nationwide, headlined by Tanduay's "First Five" composed of Chicosci, Kamikazee, Wolfgang, Parokya ni Edgar and Sandwich. Other OPM artists who performed for the big crowd include Ebe Dancel, Franco, Razorback, Rico Blanco, The Dawn, Up Dharma Down, Urbandub, and iconic rock band Sampaguita to name a few.


To kick start the tour, the show served as a venue for strengthening OPM ties with the partnership forged between Tanduay and Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM), a non-profit organization of professional Filipino musicians. OPM President Ogie Alcasid graced the event to toast with Tanduay in their official pledge to support Filipino music.

A commemorative album, "Ngayon: Tanduay Rhum Rockfest 5," was also launched during this show. The album will be sold exclusively at 30 key cities lined up on this year's rockfest. The chosen anthem, "Ngayon," penned by Rico Blanco, talks about the current state of OPM. During a press conference promoting the event, Rico Blanco explained the reason behind the song. 

ôPeople anticipate the future too much and most of us say that the music in the past years were better compared to what we have right now, but we tend to forget how to savor the kind of music that we have right now,ö he said.

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