Musicians performing during the ‘Battle of the Bands: Bring Your Own Band’ at Philippine International School yesterday. (ABDUL BASIT)
BY RAYNALD C RIVERA
DOHA: Asiano Band, winners of the first ‘Battle of the Bands: Bring Your Own Band’ competition, is thrilled to be given the chance to do front-act at ‘Valentine’s Sweet Rock 2013’ concert next month.
The competition last night was organised to search for the best Filipino band in Qatar to perform during the concert on February 8 at the Al Ahli Stadium. The concert is one of the most anticipated musical extravaganzas this year featuring two known bands in the Philippines — Pupil and General Luna.
“Ely Buendia is a legend and an icon of our generation so we are excited to perform during their concert,” said JP De Leon, lead vocalist of Asiano band.
Buendia is the front man of Pupil and the defunct Eraserheads, one of the most successful, influential and critically acclaimed Filipino bands who shot to stardom in the 90s.
Doha-based Filipino band Asiano composed of JP de Leon (lead vocals), Jhomar Enriquez (bass), Jonathan Keith Gutierrez (drums), Jayson Gatpandan (backup vocals) and guitarists Robinson Curan and Jasper Radin won unanimously last night performing three of the most renowned songs by rock icons in the Philippines and internationally.
The group exuded a lot of charisma winning the hearts of audience the moment they stepped on stage singing the classic rock song Beep Beep by Juan dela Cruz Band. They had the people on their feet performing Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name and they capped their 15-minute performance with Isang Bandila by Rivermaya which they dedicated to Overseas Filipino Workers in Qatar.
The band’s repertoire took rock music enthusiasts in a musical journey covering three decades of from the s70ss to the 80s and the present.
Violeta D Illescas, Assistant Labour Attaché at the Philippine embassy, lauded the contest and encouraged more such competitions which “enhance the musical inclination of Filipinos in Qatar”.
“It is a great way to start the year with a friendly competition like this which promotes camaraderie among Filipinos in Qatar,” said Illescas.
Held yesterday at the Philippine International School Qatar, the competition was organised by Doha Eventology and Bin Darwish. Proceeds would benefit distressed household service workers at POLO/OWWA and Bantay Bata 163. The first runner-up was Hello Moira band and second was Come What May band.
The competition was open to amateur and professional bands and was judged based on musicianship, quality of performance, originality, visual presentation, audience response and professionalism.
A bazaar was also held at the competition venue offering Filipino food, ready-to-wear clothes and accessories.