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To ‘Noypi’ goes my vote as the most nationalistic song

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Members of the now defunct Bamboo, one of the greatest Filipino bands of all time. From left; Vic Mercado, Bamboo Manalac, Nathan Azarcon and Ira Cruz..  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.myxph.com

With our country’s 116th anniversary of Independence Day last June 12, 2014, what could be a more fitting way from my end to celebrate this national holiday for us Filipinos than to remember a song that for me truly embodies the essence of Pinoy pride !

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Whoa!

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THE AUTHOR and the Il Divo onstage at Paramount Theater in Oakland    photo: JAMES TECSON LIM/FACEBOOK

Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you and thank you all so much for the support you’ve shown to “The Voice: Kids” over the weekend! We received the incredible news that the show’s ratings went through the roof (33.3 percent on Saturday, 35.8 percent on Sunday). You guys, the fans of the show, made this possible. Again, thank you, thank you and thank you! Everyone on Team Voice is very grateful!

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Tougher challenge for Bamboo

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BAMBOO. “It’s rare to find an original voice.”

Bamboo never saw himself working in the music industry. He explains, “When I was a kid, I sang and got a little money out of it—but, it was never my dream. I was resistant to music.” Music found him, however—and grew on him.

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Rock … and raw!

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BAMBOO performs in the country’s first-ever “silent concert.”

It was epic when Filipino rock stars, Bamboo and Ely Buendia, shared the stage for the country’s first-ever “silent concert,” dubbed “MDRLive: Music Deserves Respect” on May 8 at Rockwell Tent. Even the glass-enclosed stage could not diminish the raw power of these rockers.

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Blurred lines

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lea salonga

It’s strange, this job. A performer gets up on stage and basically commits emotional seppuku in front of a lot of people. There’s the emotional roller coaster within the context of playing a role and, in the process, taking an audience for the ride.

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