Our guests of honor Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo will be on-stage from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for an open forum on
the local comics industry and their hit Indie, Trese.
Manga Kami! Studios Open Forum
Manga Kami! Studios will be holding a special open forum for those who want to know more about the talents behind
Live Band Performances By:
The Sound Of The Giant South is gaining more recognition around the nation like never before. At the forefront of
the whole movement is a band that has a record that surpasses most bands than that of the bands that have come out
of the Queen City of Cebu. They are none other than Urbandub.
From the very first day that this band was formed (in the year 2000), they were destined to be something more than
the ordinary. Forced to be independent due to the lack of support coming from major record companies, Urbandub
released their debut album called BIRTH. Off of this album, the hit tracks "Come", "Give" and "Would You Go"
launched and took their world by storm. Unique, timely and yet experimental, it was something that entertainment
scenes around the Philippines needed: a kick start into the future of original music.
With the release of their sophomore effort, INFLUENCE (Lighter Records), Urbandub took on a new form, changing
their sound with a new drummer (From Jed Honrado to Jerros Dolino). It was the sound in this album that clearly
defined the steps that Urbandub would start to take. The track "Soul Searching" later won the award as Song of the
Year in the NU107 Rock Awards 2003. Pushing the sound further, the collection bagged the Album Of The Year Award in
the NU107 Rock Awards 2004.
Today, Urbandub now offers yet a third helping of what they are capable of. With the 2005 release of the album
EMBRACE, Urbandub has proven that there is hope for the struggling artist. With help from their community and the
noise they have created, they were able to grab the attention of EMI Music Philippines. Not one to take chances,
the band has kept Lighter Records as their management arm and guide. In line with their ideals, EMI allowed them
the creative freedom to record their album on their home soil of Cebu. Added to that, they have been able to
maintain their independent principles while taking major steps into the scene that has awaited their new sound.
NYCTINASTY is composed of 4 very talented girls who have dreams of sharing their common passion, Music. They get
the listener's attention by their technical melodic riffs and head-twisting drum licks. Their songs were scaffolded
by fusing their knowledge from different roots and influences to produce a variety of mind-blowing songs. So what
is difference of Nyctinasty from all the all-girl bands out there? Well... feel free to be the judge.
The Kagaws is a 5-piece band hailing from the "dirty" south whose major influences range from alternative, rock,
blues and pop. The band is currently working on their materials as they are planning to release their first EP.
Their name actually came from a silly inside joke while they were trying to come up with something with local
flavor & a bit of style and one of them was brave and dumb enough to suggest some stupid names you've never heard
in your entire life. Unfortunately for him, majority of the band agreed to settle on this one.
The success of their first single and Number 1 hit, JEEPNEY has introduced the resurgence of a sound that is
distinctively Pinoy Manila Sound.
They followed it up with the current chart topping single, Manila High. Their second single carries the title of
their debut album released under SONYBMG Music Entertainment. Manila High’s current success proves to show that
Pinoys (not just people from Manila) have been yearning for a fresh new positive sound that they can relate to.
FAIRLIGHT MADISON is made up of three girls from the now defuct girl-band shades of ivory. with migo and lystra on
guitar and vocals, dazzle on bass and the addition of Jei on drums, they are set to bring their blend of influences
into the songs they play, creating a band that is still very much confused over what genre they should fall under.
then again, genre is over-rated and results in creating a musical divide, clearly not evident in their brand of
rock. they play whatever they want to play.