Showing posts with label Sponge Cola. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sponge Cola. Show all posts

Monday, May 24, 2021

Sponge Cola’s “Labis-labis” RomCom Music Video Star Two Lovely Puppies

7:32:00 AM

 

When cuteness invades the music video? It's very rare for a music video to star cute, lovely, and adorable puppies, as Sponge Cola and its creative team made something extraordinary. It's a love story but this love story is not your usual story of a love team, but these are two puppies fall in love in the most adorable, unexpected ways on the music video of Sponge Cola’s “Labis-labis”—out now on YouTube. Showcasing unadulterated romance from the perspective of pets, the visual narrative steps into the world of meet-cute and courtship between two-year-old poodle, Alex and six-year-old mixed-breed aspin, Jamie.

According to guitarist Armo Armovit, the romantic comedy-inspired story pays tribute to the unconditional loyalty and friendship that their pets have given them through the years. “We all have pets and love them very dearly, and this is our way of saying thanks.” Vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon shares the same sentiment, honoring the dogs that have been with them through thick and thin. “My dogs have been taking care of me. It makes sense to pay tribute to Mini Me and Finny Finn Finn.”


The music video of “Labis-labis” is directed by Robin Estargo, whose great passion for storytelling not only exceeded expectations, but also handled the material well with the right balance of effervescent wit and heartwarming appeal. “It was a treat (pun intended) working with Robin and the entire KeepFilming Inc. crew,” said drummer Tedmark Cruz. “Their creativity, passion, and professionalism were evident in all the pre-prod meetings over Zoom, up until the post prod finishing touches.”

Yuzon echoes Cruz’s statement, adding how giddy and excited Robin and the KeepFilming team were, during the storyboard discussion. “It's always nice to work with people who are passionate about their work. The belief in the love story between the two dogs was intense from the very start, and it was contagious and inspiring.”

Having experienced shooting several video projects involving dogs, Estargo and his production team know how challenging it is to pull off a compelling narrative that features pets as main casts. “Working with one dog can be quite draining, so what more two? It's like working with toddlers! We have to adjust to their moods all the time and treat them with utmost patience.”


Despite the difficulty during the filmmaking process, the team was lucky to cast two dogs that specifically met the criteria they were looking for: “Number one most definitely is that they have to be trained dogs that can do a few or even more tricks,” Estargo shares. “Second, they have to be smaller in size so they'd be easier to handle on set. And third, the dogs should be familiar with each other offhand - and much better if they have the same trainer or owner, so we won't have a problem on set as these dogs work with each other. We were looking for one aspin and one with a certain breed.”

Aldo Vidal, a 63-year-old dog trainer for 26 years, submitted an audition video for his two dogs through his daughter, and the rest as they say, is history. “We definitely made the right decision in casting their dogs because they are not just a joy to work with and Sir Aldo, as their owner, has also been so accommodating and giving during the shoot,” Estargo tells in a statement. “He worked hard to make sure we got the takes we wanted and exuded that positive and endearing dad vibes that we all loved.” The music video of “Labis-labis” is out now on YouTube via Sony Music Philippines.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ultrablessed, Sponge Cola's Latest Release

8:53:00 PM

If you're an avid fan of this group then perhaps a little time to read Kwento Ni Toto will give you an insight of what's with their latest release.  Yes this group, the diamond-recording band Sponge Cola releases their newest album entitled "Ultrablessed" which reflects the band’s fun journey as musicians.  Composed of 10 new songs, the album gives people a glimpse of the more than a decade of friendship between the members of the band.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sponge Cola represents the country in Beale Music Festival in Memphis

8:52:00 PM

Diamond-recording band Sponge Cola was chosen to represent the country in the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, USA this May 4 and 5.

The group is composed of Yael Yuzon, (guitar and vocals), Armo Armovit (lead guitar), Gosh Dilay (bass) and Tedmark Cruz (drums).

“This is one great opportunity to share the country and our music to other people,” says Yael. “We are extremely thrilled, and thankful to have been given this chance.”

Sponge Cola is undeniably one of the most-sought after, longest staying bands of this generation. Recently, they have been awarded the elusive Diamond Record Award for their hit single Tambay.

Currently, Sponge Cola is promoting their latest album under Universal Records, Araw. Oras. Tagpuan, which includes the hits Tambay, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Parokya ni Edgar Scores a Gold & Spongecola Releases Stargazer

10:07:00 PM
Just an update on the music industry.


Parokya ni Edgar proved that they are one of the most successful bands of this generation when they added another Gold in their gallery of record awards. The recognition is for the Middle-Aged Juvenile Novelty Pop Rockers album, which includes the hits Pangarap Lang Kita, One Hit Combo, among others.


On the other hand, Sponge Cola just released their new music video Stargazer, lifted from the album Araw Oras Tagpuan. Stargazer is the fourth single from the album after Tambay, Regal, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. To request for the music video, please visit www.myxph.com.

Parokya ni Edgar and Sponge Cola are both Universal Records artists.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Diamond Records Awards for Christian Bautista & Sponge Cola

4:18:00 PM
It was really quite a feeling for a blogger to have been a part of the success of different people.  Though it was indirectly and virtually, at least I get a share of their success through my writings on this blog.  Specially that it is about the success of OPM Artists.

I was able to watched the awarding in ASAP and together with the other OPM Artists they received recognition like the Platinum Records Awards.  Yes!  Two of OPM Artist whom I have attended their blogger's night event and also written something about them have made it to receive a Diamond Records Awards.  Congratulations to Christian Bautista and Sponge Cola for their Diamond Records Awards.

Read the full story here...



It was double victory for Universal Records when two of its flagship artists Christian Bautista and Sponge Cola received Diamond Record Awards for their albums A Wonderful Christmas, and Tambay, respectively.

Christian’s A Wonderful Christmas includes Christian’s heartfelt renditions of Nakaraang Pasko, Gloria, Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Shoes, What A Wonderful World, among others.
“I feel so blessed with this recognition,” says Christian. “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made this possible. I will be eternally grateful.”


Sponge Cola’s Tambay, on the other hand, is one of the year’s biggest hits.


Because of their achievement, Christian and Sponge Cola were also elevated to ASAP’s Elite Platinum Circle, alongside music legends Sharon Cuneta, Freddie Aguilar, Jose Mari Chan, among others.

A Wonderful Christmas and Christian’s latest album Outbound, which includes the hit All That’s Left, are still available. While, Sponge Cola’s newest album Araw. Oras. Tagpuan., which contains Tambay, is also available. 




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CD Signing Experience at Sponge Cola Blogger's Night

9:30:00 PM

It’s really great experiencing things that you only once seen on TV or on mall tours. Yes, I was one of those people before who only watched from a distance. I watched those people line up just to get their CDs or posters signed by their favorite artist. For some reasons I never did that before. Not until now.

I was fortunate enough to experience and have my CD signed by each of the members of the rock band, Sponge Cola. This was my very first time! The good thing is that I never have to fall in line and wait for long hours just to have my CD signed by the artist. Another good thing about it is that it’s exclusive, casual and cool. No harassed mood!


Yes, I was one of the fortunate bloggers to attend a Blogger’s Night Meet and Greet with the Sponge Cola. Aside from meeting them in person, we also get a chance to hear them sing live. It’s more like a normal school room jam. Some of the bloggers shoot some question to the band which they answered willfully excluding the last question about relationship.

Here’s a press release about Sponge Cola’s latest album and their thoughts about it.


Sponge Cola is the only recording band to reach diamond after Eraserheards for the outstanding sales of Tambay (EP) via Coca-Cola’s summer promo, Sponge Cola scores yet again as the band releases its highly anticipated fourth full-length album titled Araw Oras Tagpuan under Universal Records. But the band is not content to rest on its laurels yet, this is just the beginning.

Composed of Yael Yuzon (vocals/guitars), Erwin Armovit (lead guitars), Gosh Dilay (bass) and Tedmark Cruz (drums), Sponge Cola has always made its presence felt since breaking the local music scene in 2002 via Madonna’s Crazy For You.


In the past nine years, Sponge Cola has gone from nowhere to full-fledged phenomenon on the strength of its three bestselling albums: Palabas (2004), Transit (2006) and Sponge Cola (2008). Only one of the few bands that couldn't help but hit, Sponge Cola went on to producing chart-topping singles such as KLSP, Gemini, Jeepney, Bitiw, Tuliro, Movie, Pasubali, Puso, Ayt!, Makapiling Ka, Di Na Mababawi and so on.

From then on, the band's popularity doesn't seem to be waning. It was evident from numerous awards and citations received by the band. From favorite artist to favorite song to favorite group to favorite rock video to favorite vocalist to achieving gold and platinum awards, Sponge Cola’s rise to full stardom never stops, and it shows no sign of flickering.

In fact, the rocket ride to the top doesn't look as if it's going to end any time soon.


Just recently, Sponge Cola's Tambay (EP) earned the band a diamond record in sales. The band in unison says, "It's a great feeling. We're very thankful. We appreciate the support we get from people."

The band’s new album's title says Araw Oras Tagpuan—date, time, place—Armo said they just wanted to create something that strings our ideas on space, time, fate and choice together.

Yael elaborates, "I like the swagger that the title suggests. It's like ‘Give me a time, date and place and we'll be there.’ But with said swagger, it still feels down to earth, which is I think how are we these days, in my head at least.”

Araw Oras Tagpuan consists of 12 tracks that include massive hits Tambay, Regal and the new hit single Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. Other songs included are Walang Wakas which became the theme song of ABS-CBN’s series Wansapanatym: Rod Santiago’s Buhawi Jack; New Steel which features Paolo Valenciano of Salamin, Ria Redulla, and Los Magno of Out of Body Special; and Warning featuring Norma Love, Iwa Motor, and Mowmow of Tanya Markova.


In this album, nine out of twelve songs were mainly written and co-written by Yael along with Gosh. It is interesting to note that the collaboration with these artists adds hip hop, new metal, and retro to the band’s definitive music.

In an exclusive interview with BANDS Magazine when asked what the video for Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay is about and what new fans can expect from it, Yael shares, "My brother Yanny who plays guitar for Pupil and sings for Archipelago directed it in Bacolod. As a theater director, he's known for bold, riveting plays, often pushing boundaries and never failing to move. It was our first time to fly outside Manila to shoot a music video. It showcases the beauty of provincial life. And yeah, love."

"I just want them to listen freely and take whatever they want/can from the material, Armo says when asked what they would want the audience to hear within the lyrics of their songs from Araw Oras Tagppuan. Yael adds, “[And] Catharsis lang naman as always."


When asked what happens in his head when he composes – the creative process before he writes it down or put his hands on the guitar – and how his persona plays a role in that process, Yael says, "It depends. Sometimes I play with words, then a persona is formed. Sometimes it's me, sometimes it's someone else. It's usually someone similar to me at least."

"Fall where they may. And then someone figures it out for us. We just write," says Yael when asked if he consciously thinks, "Oh, this will work for us with the market; that will work well with the mainstream"? Or do the songs just fall where they may.

In the latest issue of Pinoy Magazine, correspondent Boy Garchitorena writes that it would be hard to pick singles in this record that throws a lot of possible ones. The record as he puts it screams a resounding "we’re not done!"

The one thing commendable with Sponge Cola is that this group is not afraid to experiment and take the music to different places. True enough.

That’s what Sponge Cola always known for. They are not afraid to experiment and take the music to different places. "This is just how we are. We do whatever we want to go, making music is what we do. We keep it real. [And] We’re all about the fun," Yael says.





And when asked how their values and faith changed in these remarkable years of success, Yael proudly states, "They haven’t, they’ve stayed the same, and we’re still the same people with the same beliefs, fighting for the same principles."

The album Araw Oras Tagpuan is out now in all major record bars nationwide under Universal Records.

Sponge Cola’s Blogger’s Night is brought to you by Universal Records in cooperation with Pinoy Magazine (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pinoy-Magazine-Fanpage/158056554242211), BANDS Magazine (http://www.facebook.com/bandsmagazine) and official online partner Orange Magazine TV (http://www.facebook.com/orangemagazinetv). Special thanks to Coca-Cola Philippines.

To know get updates from the band just visit the Facebook Fanpage of Sponge Cola: http://www.facebook.com/spongecola and Universal Records: http://www.facebook.com/universalrecordsphfanpage.


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