New food delivery app DeliRush launched in San Juan, Mandaluyong

With a persistent drive in widening its food partner and customer touchpoints while adapting to the new normal and changing customer habits, DeliRush is determined to showcase the flavors of home kitchens and restaurants and to offer local food choices to customers.

Actively operating in the cities of Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Baguio, DeliRush, a new food delivery service app, achieves yet another milestone as it expands a branch in the prime areas of San Juan and Mandaluyong. Launched this September 2020, DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong is set to acquire and empower local and small foodpreneurs and offer a wide range of food selections to its residents.

As an innovative online platform, DeliRush offers an opportunity for food partners to share their menus and for customers to conveniently order food from an array of neighborhood-favorites and have it delivered at the comfort of their homes.

The DeliRush App

The DeliRush App is a food delivery platform that allows customers to discover an array of food choices and order them conveniently from the app found in Google Play for Android users and App Store for iOS users. Catering to the customers’ cravings, users can order meals or food products and have it delivered at their homes within San Juan and Mandaluyong areas.

Upon downloading the DeliRush App, with a user-friendly interface, the customers can register and activate their app accounts. The ordering process starts with the customer entering the delivery address, selecting meals or food products from the preferred home kitchen or restaurant, and placing the order. The order will then be assigned to a rusher partner, the delivery riders of DeliRush. The food partner will be notified and will prepare the order to be picked up by the rusher.

The DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong Difference

DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong believes in the potential of every deli – from home kitchens to restaurants. In a tech-driven generation especially during the current pandemic wherein, people are encouraged to stay at home, food delivery has been considered as essential. “Offering services in the spirit of empowering local foodpreneurs and supporting them amidst the pandemic, DeliRush is an enabler and supporter for small food businesses and riders in the localities of SJM,” Mr. Noel Lucas, General Manager of the San Juan-Mandaluyong Operations Hub, says.

With a number of huge competitors in the food delivery app services industry, DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong is focused on bringing local food choices to its customers. In this way, small food businesses are highlighted and customers have the opportunity to discover new eats and support local foodpreneurs.

Partnership with Jackie Lou Blanco

DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong has partnered with Jackie Lou Blanco, a veteran actress, fitness and wellness advocate, columnist, and women’s health supporter. With DeliRush San Juan-Mandaluyong’s official launch last September 10, 2020, Ms. Blanco also launched her new peanut butter line, Jackielou’s Gourmet Nut Butter Artisan.

Veteran actress Jackielou Blanco

 

Like many Filipino professionals, Ms. Blanco, as an actress, has been affected by the pandemic. Given the current situation and with Ms. Blanco’s love for peanut butter, Jackielou’s Gourmet Nut Butter Artisan has been created with the help of her daughter-in-law. Handmade at home, Ms. Blanco sports four peanut butter variants – Sugar Free, Choco Nut, Cinnamon, and Cashew peanut butter.

DeliRush is the exclusive delivery partner of Jackielou’s Gourmet Nut Butter Artisan for San Juan and Mandaluyong. Residents from San Juan-Mandaluyong can now order Ms. Blanco’s peanut butter products through the DeliRush app. For orders from other areas in Metro Manila, customers may visit Jackielou’s Gourmet Nut Butter Artisan’s official Facebook page.

PhilPop announces top 15 finalists for its annual songwriting competition

Touted as the premier songwriting competition in the country, PhilPop remains consistent in its advocacy to nurture future global hitmakers through its sustainable platform and world-class mentorship program.

Despite the challenges of the new normal, the songwriting institution continues to develop its pool of game-changing songwriters and composers from across the regions and cities in the Philippines, and showcase a diverse selection of music that elicits cultural conversations and reflects contemporary narratives with substance.

From thousands of submissions, PhilPop has finally completed its roster of Top 15 finalists.

The last batch of finalists from North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila clusters were announced during the live stream of PhilPop Q&A and Kuwentuhan Sessions last September 23, 2020 (Wednesday).

Here is the final batch of finalists who made it to PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 (in no particular order):

North Luzon:

Abegail Esteban and TJ Paeldon – “Agsardeng”

Lolito Go – “Balikan”

Angelic Mateo – “Paos”

South Luzon:

Kulas Basilonia – “Para Kay Catriona”

Chochay Magno – “Lunod”

Princess Roselle C. Germina – “Bitaw”

Metro Manila:

Kian Dionisio – “Huling Sayaw”

Aikee – “Bestiny”

Aikee – “Mapa”

The nine finalists will be joining other contenders from the Visayas and Mindanao clusters, which include amateur and professional composers and songwriters such as Jerika Teodorico, Noah Alejandre, and Reanne Borela, Michael Catarina, John Cadeliña  Christian Chiu, and Sherwin Fugoso.

The entries went through multiple rounds of adjudication process headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc, UP Jammers Club Alumnus’ Resident Producer and South Luzon Cluster Partner Caio Cadiz, and A.M. Studios’ Resident Producer and North Luzon Cluster Partner Melvin Moralles.

In terms of picking the finalists for the South Luzon cluster, Caio Cadiz specifically handpicked songs that not only stand out in terms of melodic elements but also entries that deliver quality and envelope-pushing lyrics.

He adds, “songs with a unique way of presenting their topics and themes are highly preferred, as well as how they use their words to create an image of what they want to communicate. Also, the overall theme of their demo is a factor for me as a producer, but the team also recognizes that it is but merely a glimpse of what the songwriter was going for, so the quality of the demo’s production is negligible. It’s really more of the quality and dynamics of the melody, and most importantly the lyrics.”

Melvin Moralles shares the same sentiment but points out the importance of choosing the best song that would represent his cluster. “Personally, it’s all about the totality of the package, and how it would best resonate to a diverse but broader listening public: from students to adults, regional folks to international music fans.”

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year’s PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.

Work in the time of pandemic

How to successfully manage challenges, and stresses of working from home

At some point in our lives, we all wished we could work from home so we won’t have to wake up early and go home late, endure long hours of commuting and sitting/standing in traffic, and long queues at the train stations, hoping we could spend more quality time with our family.

As one adage goes, “Be careful about what you wish for” because when the whole world was hit by the pandemic, we were all forced to stay at home and do practically everything online. Then it hit us, is working from home really working?

“Work from home is our ‘new’ reality,” according to Dr. Anna York Bondoc, a pulmonary and critical care specialist, who talked about the “Guidelines in the New Normal: How to Manage Stress While Working from Home”.

“Before, our desks are near each other. People work together and [offices] are usually crowded. A good point of working from home is no more commuting, and it’s safer at home. Work from home (WFH) is possible. It can be done [Puwede pala], which has been resisted before,” she said.

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Apparently, since people are still adjusting to this “new” reality, it is expected that not too many people, including our family and kids, are aware that WFH is actually a job. It’s paid, and if we don’t work, we won’t get paid.

“Husbands expect more from their wives. They come home thinking we’re just at home all day how come we haven’t cooked yet or haven’t done the dishes, or our mother-in-law’s wondering how come we can’t manage our kids, but what they didn’t know is that we also have a full-time job…we’re just at home. It’s our job,” said Dr. Bondoc.

Unlike when we go to the office, commuting separates work from home life. If a person goes to work, he is leaving a restful environment and moving to a professional and stressful environment. Working at the office separates people from home.

“Home is a place where we can de-stress. But when a person works from home, work-life balance is gone. Work is happening in our homes. The 9-to-5 job is destroyed, WFH becomes 24/7,” revealed Dr. Bondoc.

Even before the pandemic, some employers call their employees even after office hours. But work calls after office hours worsened during this pandemic because some employers expect their employees are always connected.

“Some companies call their employees and expect them to respond immediately. Then there’s a loss of privacy. When you’re at the office, it’s a separate entity. You can be professional and leave all problems behind at home. But now, people can see your private life during video calls or Zoom meetings, etc.,” she emphasized.

Apart from the challenge of staying connected 24/7, there’s this pressure on the employee to learn a new set of skills (e.g. online), to be more independent and self-motivated.

“The motivation must come from you now, otherwise, nothing will happen. You have to manage work from home and it’s quite stressful. Online environment/meetings are very stressful, very choppy for both the listeners and the speakers. Connections are bad. Speakers giving the talk are having a hard time gauging the audience. If meetings are not structured, you’ll waste so much time. It must be well planned and well moderated. It’s very difficult. Then people tend to stress eat, they don’t exercise. Too much digital. People feel isolated and lonely,” she said.

Moving forward

 Since WFH is becoming the “new” normal, people don’t really have a choice but to stick to it and adjust to it. Dr. Bondoc offered some tips to help successfully manage challenges and stress from WFH.

“There should be mutual communication between the boss and the employee. Bosses should explain the goals and outcomes so the employees know what to expect. Stick to a schedule. Designate a workplace,” said Dr. Bondoc.

She advised, however, for people to stop using their beds as their workplace. “Don’t do that! Don’t bring your work to your bed. It will disrupt your sleep. Separate working and sleeping place. That’s your workplace and you should be serious about it. Ask your kids/families to respect your workplace.”

Technology-wise, Dr. Bondoc disclosed that some older people are becoming worried that they are being left out by technology.

“Technology is only a tool. What’s important is your knowledge about the job and you know what you do with the subject matter. Technology will always be there, but it won’t give us brains. What to do with it, depends on us,” she said.

While it may seem that being ‘techie’ (a person who is expert in or enthusiastic about technology) gives young people an edge these days, Dr. Bondoc said otherwise. “For younger people, it doesn’t make you a genius if you know Zoom or technology. You still have to put in time and effort into what you’re doing.”

Your health matters

One of the downsides of WFH is the tendency to sit all day while facing computers or laptops. According to studies, sitting or lying down for too long increases one’s risk of chronic health problems, such as diabetes, some cancers, and heart diseases. It can also be bad for one’s mental health. In fact, health experts tag sitting for too long as the “new smoking”.

“Set aside time for yourselves. Exercise! Try to exercise twice a week. Set proper meal times. Primary immunity will come from your diet. What are you eating? Lasagna, ube pandesal? Eat a balanced diet: Proteins, carbs, fruits, and veggies. Vitamins for immunity are D, E, Zinc. One multivitamin a day is more than enough. Good diet, proper exercise, and enough sleep. Try to normalize your sleeping time,” she said.

Apart from taking care of one’s physical health, Dr. Bondoc also reminded everyone to set aside “quality” leisure time for family. “Talk to your husband. Play with your kids. Reach out to your friends or colleagues, sisters, cousins, boss. Try to talk to someone. Physical distancing, not social distancing.”

She also warned everyone to be aware of using too much social media as it can also be the source of anxiety. “Social media is a form of advertisement. Whatever we are posting, it’s the best version of ourselves. They tweak it to make it look better than it actually is.”

Dr. Bondoc affirmed that feeling sad, depressed, anxious, and hopeless in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is normal. “If you don’t feel anything, your heart is made of stone. Everyone’s depressed and a little anxious. You’re going to go through ups and downs during this pandemic. There are times you will counsel, other times, you will need counseling. Practice patience and kindness. Be thankful. Look for strength in other people.”

Lastly, coronavirus is a new disease. While none is documented of contracting COVID twice, Dr. Bondoc said it’s still best to take care of oneself. “Everyone can get COVID. If you have to go out, please wear masks, sanitize, and practice social distancing. Please show compassion and respect. Change to house clothes and slippers once you go home.”

 

Barbie Almalbis honors Filipino optimism with “Umagang Kay Ganda” music video

Filipina rock icon Barbie Almalbis hopes to encourage and inspire listeners to rise above extraordinary times.

With the official release of “Umagang Kay Ganda,” the third single of her upcoming new album under Sony Music Philippines, the Dahilan singer-songwriter uses her platform to pay tribute to the courage and optimism of the Filipino people.

“The current situation has made so many of us experience such a profound sense of loss, and it has also given us a rare chance to stop and reassess our lives and consider the things that we really value,” the acclaimed pop-rock artist shares. “I hope Umagang Kay Ganda will be a blessing especially to our front liners. It is our little way to say thank you for the selflessness that they have continually shown and the sacrifices that they have made to help us get through this together.”

With the help of constant collaborators, Barbie and her bandmates put a creative stamp in reimagining “Umagang Kay Ganda,” while making sure that its empowering message shines through the intricate arrangement. “Karel and I initially jammed it and he wrote lines for the instrumental section, then we arranged the rest with Nikko on keyboard and Jonard on drums. We were able to record the rhythm section just a few weeks before the lockdown.” As a result, the new version conveys the timeless appeal of the original, while exuding a warmer approach in terms of production details.

Inspiring music video

The official release of Barbie Almalbis’ latest single comes with an accompanying music video that brings to light everyday stories of hope and love for the country amidst the global health crisis.

Interspersed with scenes of the new normal, the visuals for “Umagang Kay Ganda” also showcase the heroic deeds of our front liners and several acts of compassion and resilience from ordinary Filipino folks.

Barbie adds, “Although some people consider music and visual arts as non-essentials these days, I’ve found that many are actually turning to the arts as a way of coping and feeling connected to others. We want to remind people of the real hope that we have and can hold on to, even as we confront the invisible enemy on a day to day basis. We’ll be able to stand above difficult situations and hurdle these atrocities with the gift of love and compassion.”

The music video is also part of Magnolia Dari Creme’s campaign reminding us that in extraordinary times as in the normal times, tomorrow always brings us new chances for a brighter day as long as we are with the ones we love.

Filipina-Singaporean R&B artist Gail Belmonte releases debut single ‘Tonight’

R&B/soul singer-songwriter Gail Belmonte has released her debut single ‘Tonight’, via Singapore-based indie label Umami Records.

A chill track with that feel-good fairy dust sprinkled on top, ‘Tonight’ is about enjoying the night, slowing down and taking the time to soak in its magical beauty.

“I’m quite the night owl and work best during the nighttime, so I decided to write a whole song about how much I love the night,” Gail shares the details about her new song.

“In writing ‘Tonight’, I felt a sense of safety in the night, and I wanted to portray that in the most comfortable and magical way possible – and that’s throwing a bit of love in there. The most important thing to me is that it’s completely okay to feel vulnerable on your own in the dark of night, and it is okay to slow down every once in a while and let the night time take over,” she continued.

Gail’s voice is a formidable instrument that fits the song’s easygoing charm and brimming sensuality. Her singing style works pretty well in the context of flowy arrangements and vintage sounds, and it somehow finds fascinating corners within Tonight’s urban pop appeal.

Born and raised in Singapore, of Filipino descent, Gail Belmonte started singing and performing from an early age and has won and appeared in numerous singing competitions in Singapore and the Philippines since 2016. The upcoming singer-songwriter made her theatre debut in Pangdemonium’s staging of the Tony award-winning musical, Fun Home, in 2017.

Gail Belmonte has been featured on tracks by artists like fulses, thecolorfractal, Fingerfunk, and Tim De Cotta. The R&B artist is finally ready to put out her own music with three singles planned for release in 2020, in which she explores the effects of love, heartache, falling apart, and putting yourself back together again.

Tonight by Gail Belmonte is available everywhere at this link.

Fit, fierce, & 40

Today, I’m celebrating my 40th birthday. My mom told me not to post this photo, but I insisted because I wanted to remind myself that with God’s grace, support of my family and friends, and constant criticisms, He granted my wish to reach my ideal weight before I reach the age of 40.

Why did I choose that photo? Because I’m 40! Who cares?! Besides, during my younger years, I wasn’t able to wear one so I’m taking this opportunity to wear one.

My journey to fitness has not been an easy one. My family and friends are witnesses to my endless struggles, trials and errors, failures, and heartaches. I tried various types of diets and exercises to the point that I entered the military to subject myself to a very rigorous training just to lose weight. But when I was discharged from the academy in 2002, my weight only ballooned and became worst because I ate like I was still in the military with one to zero hours of exercise.

I tried running twice or thrice a week with no progress. I tried fad diets as well to no avail.

But more than two years ago, I tried prayer and fasting for very personal reasons, and that started everything for me. I lost about 10 lbs immediately. I noticed though that with diet alone without exercise, I would always feel so sluggish and weak. So I slowly incorporated running and high-intensity interval training to tone my muscles. From 191 lbs, I am now down to 145 lbs. Thank God!

I am still a work in progress. There are times I still succumb to temptations and my cravings, but what I realized now is that I’m more motivated and consistent in my workouts and diets. I post pictures not to flaunt myself, but to motivate people who are struggling like me before and even now, and to remind myself to be happy, be content, to keep on going, and that this is not a one-time feat.

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Apart from my weight loss success, I’m thankful to God for giving me the strength, motivation, and inspiration. Thank you, Lord for this life, for my health, my family, my friends, my job, and for all the opportunities, blessings, favors, good health, and all the answered prayers.

I may not have everything I want for now, but I won’t stop dreaming, wishing, and praying – for the love of my life, a family of my own, and kids. For now, I will be grateful for what I have – my parents, my sisters and brother-in-law, my pamangkins, my loyal friends, for my job, for my health, and the opportunity to serve the Lord and our community in ways I know how. I know the best is yet to come. He will make all things beautiful in His time.

For now, my birthday wish is that He heals this world from this pandemic and make this a better place again, that He give us strength, stamina, and the grace and favor to endure this life’s challenges, that He heals our hearts, forgives us our sins, that He will guide our leaders, healthcare workers, front liners, and that He’ll protect us and our loved ones.

I know NOTHING is impossible with God. This too shall pass. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ben&Ben launches BBTV to celebrate 1M subs on YouTube

After reaching more than a million subscribers on YouTube, multi-awarded nine-piece collective Ben&Ben has heeded the call of fans for more exclusive content in the coming days.

The acclaimed band has recently announced the launch of their upcoming weekly series, BBTV on July 31, Friday to celebrate this important milestone in their career.

“We’ve been making vlogs that showed our life behind the scenes, but eventually the band and its team came up with the idea,” vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin shares. “Its primary goal is to simply find more ways to connect to people through more varied content.”

Extensive range of content

Aside from themed music performances and collaborations, expect an intimate look at the band’s more personal and entertaining side as they share their journey of living together under one roof.

“We decided to live together to eliminate or at least greatly lessen the risks involved with working outside,” says Miguel. “We always had the idea of living together in the future to create content and write music, but with the situation now we realized that now was the best time to actually give it a shot.”

Ben&Ben also revealed about their plans to drop a “head bang” version of their smash single “Pagtingin,” as well as cover select K-Pop songs in the future.

The online series, which airs every Wednesday, will also feature a more extensive range of content for people to connect to, including but not limited to games, competitions, challenges, and other forms of entertainment.

Sophomore Album

Ben&Ben is currently working on the follow-up to their platinum-selling debut album, Limasawa Street, which produced generation-defining songs such as “Pagtingin,” “Fall,” “Araw-Araw,” “War,” and more.

Paolo confirms in a statement that one of the reasons for moving in was to start writing for their second album to be released under Sony Music. “We wanted the process to be as organic and as involved as possible, and we’re so excited to see what we can come up with where distance and time isn’t a hindrance.”

New episodes of BBTV will drop every Wednesday of the week on the Ben&Ben YouTube Channel, starting August 5, 2020.

How to stay healthy while stuck at home

Most people have been isolated or confined to their homes for more than four months now due to the threat of a pandemic. If you’re feeling sad, depressed, impatient, craving for food, unmotivated, and hopeless lately, you are not alone.

We all wanted our “old” lives back, but we can’t do that for now. So, we have to accept and try to live the “new” normal. Our goal is not only to stay healthy at home but to also feel good about ourselves. It is important to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this pandemic.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Get a home massage. Panic, anxiety, and fear are all common feelings, but there are ways to manage them, and one of them is by getting a massage. A regular body massage promotes reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones, among many others. But since we cannot visit any massage clinics at the moment, massaging ourselves or members of our family even with a simple back rub can also be very effective, although it may not be satisfying like how our favorite masseuse does. Putting massage oils not only improves the nature of relaxation massage, but it also helps in the healing process.

Here are some popular massage oils and their benefits:

  • Peppermint – relief from itching, muscle pain, and headache; it is also a treatment for a variety of conditions to include nausea, digestive issues, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Lemongrass – antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stomach pain, and nausea.
  • Lavender – relieves pain, treats various skin disorders, keeps your hair healthy, relieves respiratory disorders
  • Chamomile – for indigestion, nausea or gas, wound healing, anxiety relief, eczema or rashes, anti-inflammation, and promoting sleep.
  1. Boost your immune system. We cannot afford to get sick these days as most of the hospitals are already in full capacity. Even the slightest sign of sore throat, cough, or colds can make us feel anxious and in panic mode. Back in the days, honey is an old sore throat remedy. People try a spoonful of honey when they have a cold, adding it to a hot tea with lemon. It’s been used as a folk remedy throughout history and has a variety of medical uses and health benefits. Raw honey is a good source of antioxidants, has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can heal wounds, has a phytonutrient powerhouse, and helps in digestive issues.

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  1. Go easy on food and drinks. Some people find comfort in eating and drinking when feeling sad, anxious, or depressed. But did you know that a typical fancy coffee drink contains 170 grams of sugar? You’d get more of sugar than a caffeine buzz. As the popular song would say, too much of something is bad enough. But if you really love coffee, why not switch to organic coffee because it’s high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Coffee in itself boosts the immune system and helps the bodyguard against disease. Organic coffee is said to be free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers and reduces the risk of harmful chemical ingestion.
  2. Take care of yourself. Working from home means more time to take care of yourself. That means taking a bath regularly and pampering yourself. But make sure to use products that are free from chemical loaded products. Over time, toxins present in those products will be absorbed by our skin and can lead to more serious health issues. Using organic products such as soaps is not only healthier, it is also better for the environment, cruelty-free, more economic. Organic soaps, for example, have better healing properties, easily disposed of, have glycerine, loaded with antioxidants, no chemical antibacterial toxins and preservatives.
  1. Don’t forget to exercise. Before this pandemic, we often complain about how we don’t have much time to exercise and do things that we love. Now it’s a good time to do that as exercise is an effective way to reduce anxiety and depression. Try walking or running around the neighborhood, or try online yoga, Pilates, or Zumba classes.
  1. Get enough rest. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep each night. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about the total hours of sleep, but a good quality one. Sleep plays a crucial role in good health and well-being throughout your life.
  1. Pray and meditate. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do right now. Prayer is when you talk to God and meditation is when God talks to you. You can do it anywhere at any time. Just find your quiet place. Prayer changes us, protects us, and brings us breakthroughs in life. Why not give it try? It doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. Just be honest and be yourself. Trust the process. Let go and let God take care of the rest.

Remember, if you’re only being asked to stay at home, call yourself blessed. Some people are fighting for their lives, risking their lives, and saving other lives just to survive. Stay at home, keep yourself healthy, wear masks, and practice social distancing. This too shall pass.

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Listen to Twenty-Nine Eleven’s take on 6cyclemind’s “I”

Filipino pop-rock outfit Twenty-Nine Eleven has finally released their remake of 6cyclemind’s “I,” off the upcoming Sige I-Cover Mo Lang Project.

The song serves as the second single of the online compilation, produced by 6cyclemind and their management Soupstar Music, and released by Sony Music Philippines.

The aforementioned tribute record aims to introduce the band’s legacy as reliable hitmakers that continue to define an entire generation’s collective consciousness.

A captivating take

 Twenty-Nine Eleven’s version of the alt-rock classic was handpicked as one of the three winners of the Sige I-Cover Mo Lang Project—an initiative that encouraged fans to submit covers of their favorite songs from 6cyclemind’s catalog.

Their captivating take stands out with its earnest simplicity and delicate arrangements, giving the song a refreshing spin while maintaining the original’s timelessness and emotional appeal.

According to Fony Alfonso, the lead vocalist of the five-piece band, the song is already great on its own. “However, in order to make it sound like us, we wanted to rearrange the song and add more of our personality to it. As with all of the songs that we’ve done before, we experimented with it until we got the right ‘feel’ that we wanted to express as a band.”

An inspiration to young musicians

 The independent band considers 6cyclemind as one of their inspirations.

“After spending time with the members of 6cyclemind, we were able to understand that it wasn’t only their music style that made them successful, but also their perseverance in pursuing their career and passion,” guitarist Alexandre Abesamis shares.

“As they’ve told us back then, there were a lot of other better and more skilled bands than them, but what made them stand out is that they never stopped playing.”

Currently, Twenty-Nine Eleven is working on new material and experimenting with various sounds and techniques culled from their individual musical influences.

Drummer Jerell Co adds, “Ever since high school, we were subjected to various styles and genres of music from the most dramatic love songs to the heaviest rock songs. That alone has developed the kind of music we could make now.”

Twenty-Nine Eleven’s rendition of “I” is now available on various music streaming and download platforms worldwide.

 

John Legend’s new album, Bigger Love celebrates Black Culture and Pride

Multi-platinum artist John Legend dropped his sixth studio album, Bigger Love on June 19 via Columbia Records.

On a lengthy Instagram post, the Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT) winner reveal that Bigger Love was written and produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatter protests happening around the world.

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According to Legend, the album is a “celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience” and an important showcase of what makes black culture so influential and empowering.

“It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human,” John Legend takes pride in.

“Through our art, we are able to do that. I’m under no illusion that music can save the world or solve the world’s problems, but I’ve always turned to music to help me through tough times and I know many of you have done the same.”

His new album, Bigger Love features 16 soulful, R&B-laden, and pop-influenced tracks, and includes guest spots and collaborations with Gary Clark Jr., Jhene Aiko, Koffee, Rapsody, and Camper. It is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq—the award-winning neo-soul artist who co-produced two of the most critically acclaimed albums of the last two decades: Solange’s A Seat At The Table and D’Angelo’s Voodoo.

The All of Me singer-songwriter dedicates his upcoming record to his wife, his family, and “the rich tradition of black music that has made me the artist I am.”

The album’s focus single is “U Move, I Move,” a duet featuring Jhene Aiko. With its velvety harmonies, lush arrangements, and an inescapable chorus, the R&B slow jam embraces the emotional range and vulnerability of both artists, taking listeners to a place of romantic high with just the right amount of warmth.

Upon hearing the track, Legend’s wife, multimedia star Chrissy Teigen tweeted, “One of my favorite ones is one with @JheneAiko. Why don’t u guys just get fuckin married.”

The tweet has racked up more than 40,000 likes and a thousand retweets.

For more information about the album, please visit his website.

About John Legend

Critically acclaimed and best-selling artist John Legend has garnered 11 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT.

He has released six celebrated albums including, Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), and A Legendary Christmas (2018). Legend starred in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined “The Voice” for Season 16 (2019), winning with his mentee Maelyn Jarmon and is currently a judge on Season 18.

Legend is a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an Executive Producer for “Southern Rites,” “United Skates,” WGN America’s “Underground,” and films “Southside with You” and “La La Land.” As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding the misguided criminal justice policies in the US and to end mass incarceration.