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We're missing so many Filipino traditions.
Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ,  has composed a new Christmas song that perfectly captures the somber yet hopeful mood of the season. The Jesuit priest is known for penning the classic Mass song “Hindi Kita Malilimutan” when he was a high school freshman at ...
 
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It's that time of the year again: Spotify Wrapped.Yup, the music streaming service has finally released its annual year in review for 2020. Unfortunately, that means we also have to get ready to see an avalanche of people's personal years in review ...
 
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Discover the best of Filipino hip-hop on Spotify’s latest playlists featuring exclusive content.
Filipino hip-hop has seen a steady rise since the early ‘90s but in the past few years. The genre has risen to become a chart-dominating force in the Philippines. Spotify data shows the once-niche genre is at a major turning point, emerging ...
 
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Plus, we gave V, Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, RM, Jin, and Jung Kook their own digital covers.
When I first met BTS this past September, they were at the headquarters of their record company, Big Hit Entertainment, in Seoul, South Korea, preparing for their live-streaming concert Map Of The Soul On:E. I was at home in Los Angeles. I still am, ...
 
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From Purple Rain to men of constant sorrow, a perfect soundtrack has no genre.
As any film lover will tell you, a great soundtrack is much more than some complementary ambience for a movie. The relationship between a film and its soundtrack is a symbiosis unlike any other. A suspenseful rhythm can tip off viewers to ...
 
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The charismatic frontman will be sorely missed by his legions of fans.
Vladimir Garcia, more popularly known as Jamir and vocalist of the band Slapshock, has died. He was 42 years old. The news was reported by several media outlets, quoting a report by the Quezon City Police District Station 3.The police report said ...
 
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Coldplay for Album of the Year? Really?
I'm not going to get into the long, sad history of the Grammys being an immense disappointment. I don't need to recap the same mistakes this rapidly fading institution has made in the last few years. You don't need me to list out all the ...
 
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Now that’s devotion.
If you’ve ever liked, even LOVED, a musical artist, you’ve likely supported them by buying their music, watching their shows online or live, or even buying stuff like their t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and the like. We’ve never actually given thought to how ...
 
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It's only a matter of time.
Like it or not, awards mean something to a lot of people. Not everyone is Joaquin Phoenix, dissing and un-dissing their industry's highest honor. Take the Grammys: 62 years of dishing out honors to legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and U2. And while all of ...
 
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The biggest band in the world has ascended to the peak of pop, redefined fame, and challenged traditional masculinity. These are the 20-somethings behind it all. And this is what they want now.
IT IS THE MORNING OF CHUSEOK, A KOREAN HARVEST FESTIVAL akin to Thanksgiving, and the members of BTS would normally be spending it with their families, eating tteokguk, a traditional rice-cake soup. Instead, Jin, 28; Suga, 27; J-Hope, 26; RM, 26; Jimin, 25; V, ...
 
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Workers seem to like Jason Mraz.
Some of us prefer a quiet workplace, but there are those who love to put on some tunes while we slave away at our desks. That got us wondering what the most popular songs are to listen to at work. Hitachi Capital parsed through ...
 
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Decoding the signs and symbolisms of Nadine’s lush 33-minute video.
A clairvoyant reads the cards of a young woman’s fate, but also compels her to choose her fate. The same woman emerges from volcanic stone as an earthly manifestation of the mountain goddess myth. Now she lies afloat in the water like ...
 
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Brace yourselves, Hamilton fans.
As a diversion from the ongoing, rolling calamity that is the presidential transition, there are a couple of fascinating studies in revisionist history elsewhere. The first involves Alexander Hamilton, star of stage and screen. One of the more troublesome aspects of the ...
 
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Jason Dhakal reveals he has a 5-year obsession with Mariah Carey.
Up and coming music artist Jason Dhakal moved to the Philippines from Oman in 2017 to pursue a career in music. Recently, Dhakal drew flak after he criticized a song by Michael Pacquiao, for which he later apologized.Jason Dhakal Performs ‘Heaven’In an ...
 
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The stars bid you Happy Halloween.
The universe is a frightening thing. The sheer enormity of space and the endless blackness are enough to cause either an existential crisis or at least a few goosebumps. There’s nothing scarier than realizing your insignificance in the great cosmos.  Or is ...
 
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Featuring Kevin Roy, Miguel Ortigas, and David Aguirre.
Tonight, Razorback is staging its most-awaited anniversary online concert that's aptly titled "Razorback XXX Anniversary Online Concert." Seems like it was only a few weeks ago that the band announced the concert, and now, the day has finally come. Here's what you ...
 
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Add the songs of this R&B and soul singer to your make-out playlist, stat.
Pink Sweat$ is in the middle of moving to a new home when Esquire Philippines caught up with him via Zoom. Moving is stressful for a lot of people, but Sweat$ doesn’t seem to mind.ALSO READ: MUSIC An Oral History of Mayric’s: “Where ...
 
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A version of the annual indie music festival will take place online.
Music fans felt the sting when this year’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival was cancelled just days before it was to take place. No thanks to the pandemic, it may be a while before we get to experience a proper live music ...
 
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He said his earliest memories of music were banging pots and pans together.
Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock's biggest groups and became elevated to the status of rock god, has died. He was 65.READ MORE ON ROCK STARS:Photos ...
 
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The band just released a tight, thoughtful EP.
Some of us turned to baking bread. Some, to tending plants. Some have even written entire books (although the quality is suspect, at best).ALSO READ: OPMTwo International Music Labels Are Setting Up Shop in the PhilippinesAn Oral History of Mayric’s: “Where All Great ...
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