We've rounded up three budding artists from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines! These future engineers, journalists, and nurses also have an artistic bone in their body. Check them out.
The Poloyapets is an unusual name for a band. Nasserr Corcuera (vocals), Cedric Hener Suba (guitar/rhythm), Jan Ordaz (lead guitar), Aerolle Abundo (bass) and Carlo Manalo (drums) decided to do a wordplay on their Math professor's name.
The Poloyapets takes after the legendary Filipino band Rivermaya. The quintet's first original song "Sa Atin Ang Gabi" was heavily influenced by the rock band's upbeat, lively, and maka-masa sounds.
"Palawakin ang pag-iisip, lakihan ang imahinasyon," the band tells MYXph.com of their songwriting process. "Si Cedric yung nagsusulat ng lyrics tapos tulungan na si Carlo at Jan sa paghanap ng magandang chords. Minsan naman baligtad, gagawa muna si Carlo ng rhythm, vi-videohan nya tapos isesend niya sa group chat namin tapos lalapatan ni Cedric ng lyrics. Si Nass aaralin nya na yung lyrics/tono tapos si Aerolle hahanapan ng swabeng bass pattern."
The band has only performed within PUP and Battle of the Bands events outside of the campus but have not done bar gigs. "Combining music with academics is hard work, but for sure we will continue to promote our music and do gigs around the Metro once we graduate."
Listen to The Poloyapets here.
"Napaka-yaman ng local music. Nandyan yung mainstream na sobrang lupit na, what more kung makilala mo pa yung indie," the punk rock band points out with regards to the OPM industry. Indeed, Kokovania is a promising act to check out in the underground scene.
Starting out in 2010, it took the seven-piece band composed of Mark Payawal (vocals/guitar), Aldrin Ward (backup vocals), Vincent Tan (guitar), Titus Bucayan (rhythm), Aron Sarmiento (bass), JM Leaño (drums), and Rod Villaruel (keyboard/synth) four years before they tried writing their own music.
"Lahat din kami sa band nagsusulat tapos tulong tulong sa paglapat ng tunog. Wala namang banda na magaling agad sumulat ng kanta. It takes time talaga. Lahat ng mga magagaling na songwriters ngayon dumaan din sa process na halos basura yung mga nasusulat pero, eventually, ngayon ibang klase na sila magsulat. So, ayun nae-encourage kami sa mga sinasabi rin ng mga artists at ibang banda kapag may nakaka-usap kami."
Kokovania's first single "Hanggang Dito" is their favorite so far because the song encompasses the sound and message they want to introduce to the public.
Listen to Kokovania here.
The Cooking Show
Age doesn't matter—cliche, we know, but Gennebeth Pabugas (vocals), Dedrei Bolima (vocals, guitar), Jorel Rivera (guitar), Vince dela Vega (bass), Joshua Bolivar (drums), and Irvin Presto (piano) proved this true when they emerged victorious in a Battle of the Bands organized by PUP's College of Education.
The six-piece band from Grades 7 to 9 of the PUP Laboratory High School admitted that not a lot of people took them seriously because of their young age. "Our stage presence is not that strong and people tend to laugh or sometimes joke about our band because we are too young to compete." But The Cooking Show turned these insults into motivation to pursue their dreams. Kudos to you, guys!
What do they love about OPM? "The undying classics. Because [they] are the best." True to what they said, The Cooking Show almost always plays Pinoy music during their gigs because it makes them feel connected to their audience.
Listen to The Cooking Show here.
Do you know any other bands hailing from PUP? Tell us in the comments!