Notes and Stories

by Rhea Leorag

Note: This is actually an academic paper I submitted for my Development of Western Music class under Sir Jonathan Coo last semester, around September 2014. Today, I randomly found it as I rummaged through my files and thought of posting it here. It’s a mix of a feature article and a reflection paper, and was most likely done a day before it was due. Huge thanks to Joshua Cerdenia for accommodating a rush online interview. 🙂

You can check out his music here:

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Life In Music: A Benefit Gig

A great prod team, an awesome lineup, and a laudable cause. What more can you ask for?

Thursday night was Life in Music night at Route as Docdef Productions and Life in Music PH brought together ten acts (yes, TEN ACTS) in one stage. With  Amplify.ph as one of the media partners, I got the chance to cover the gig along with two of my co-interns (yay for internship! :3 ). (more…)

Towards More New Beginnings: On The Cohens’ EP Launch

[originally published on LiveOPM.ph: http://liveopm.ph/2014/03/16/thecohenseplaunch/]

by Rhea Leorag

Images: RJ Dimla

2014 is definitely an exciting year for local music.

Listed as one of the Most Anticipated Releases of 2014 in vandalsonthewall.com, The Cohens’ Launch of their self-titled EP last Friday, March 7, at Route 196 Katipunan Avenue, proved to be something that gives people a taste of their contemporary twist to the 60’s feel of their music.



The Beauty of Indie: On Re>olution II | The Multi-EP Launch of Monica Colet, Yanna Lopez, and Kysha’s Krew

[originally published on liveOPM.ph: http://liveopm.ph/2014/02/18/epprojrev2/]

by Rhea Leorag

Images: MV Isip

It was an intimate Valentine’s night at Craft Coffee Revolution – a budding place for gigs and other small gatherings around Katipunan. Gathered up were musicians, listeners, friends, parents; virtually people of almost all ages all excited to hear fresh music from independent artists in the collegiate music scene.


Here’s a quick recount of what made the night special: (more…)

DPC – We Are The Radio

After a year of “hibernation,” Danceplaycreate comes out with a new track representing an all-new sound for the group, stepping out of the band scene and going electronic. Tuned into “one frequency, one consciousness to produce something quite unique,” Eric Trono, Matthew Azada and Bryan Moya indulged their creativity within a platform that poses no limits for the music they can create. (more…)

Walrus Music Video (She’s Only Sixteen)

It was an early New Year’s Eve party for us at She’s Only Sixteen’s Walrus video shoot held last December 19-20, 2013. It was also my first time to be part of a music video shoot, it was really fun (not to mention technical and stuff, which I liked as well)! It made me realize I want to direct a music video someday. Hehe. Someday. 🙂

Here are some BTS photos taken by Karen De La Fuente: (more…)

Because maybe, just maybe, 2014 is going to be a great year for local music.

by Rez Toledo (originally published/posted on his Facebook account)

1. It’s 2014, guys. Please don’t push that 90s sounding stuff all over again. I think after a decade or so, it gets a little boring. Taste and rakista arguments aside, let’s all try to be progressive! Why not?

2. For the creators and listeners alike to be daring. Together! Dare to be fresh and new. Dare to be passionate. Dare to discover. And rediscover. I believe somewhere along the way, you lost your sense of genius. You just have to remember where you can find it.

All For Love: Pagbangon Gikan sa Dilubyo

Lovely poster c/o Jeah Dominguez and Jiah Margallo

Lovely poster c/o Jeah Dominguez and Jiah Margallo

Since it’s Christmas, and I haven’t blogged for a really long time, I thought of sharing about one of the most beautiful things that happened to me this year. It’s All For Love- a fundraising concert we organized as a way of contributing in our own little way to giving to the survivors of Yolanda.

Here’s an article written by Mina Deocareza of When In Manila about All For Love! 😀


#OPMProblems– What You May Not Have Heard

by Rhea Leorag

With the “OPM is dead” issue long gone and forgotten, the general public has the false sense of relief that our local music industry has redeemed itself, and that all we have to do is wait for that next “Eraserheads moment” or maybe even “Somedaydream moment”- in short, the next breakthrough act- in order for our music to shine once more. (more…)

Ang Tinig mula sa Ilang, Noon hanggang Ngayon

Pagkilala sa musikerong si Joey Ayala, ang “voice in the wilderness” mula sa Davao

ni Rhea Leorag

inilathala sa Matanglawin (Opisyal na Pahayagang Pangmag-aaral ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila) TOMO XXXVII Blg. 1

(c) Jami Cudala

(c) Jami Cudala

“Nais kong lumipad tulad ng agila
At lumutang-lutang sa hangin
Magkaroon ng pugad sa puso ng kagubatan
Ngunit ito ay panaginip lang at maaring di matupad…”

Para kay Joey Ayala, isa ang Agila sa mga paborito niyang awiting naisulat. Patunay ang Agila na maaring maging iba’t iba ang kahulugan ng isang awit depende sa tagapakinig. Iba’t ibang pangkat ng lipunan ang nagpasalamat kay Ayala dahil sa tingin nila’y “para sa kanila” isinulat ang awit- mga katutubo, mga political ideologist, at maging mga miyembro ng Sparrow Unit (assassination squad ng Communist Movement). Nang ilabas ang Agila noong 1980s, nagkaroon din ng debate sa pagitan ng mga aktibista, “Bakit ginamit niya yong agila eh simbolo ng US ‘yan?”