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February 22, 2008

Launching of RocKapampangan album a success

Last February 18, we successfully launched the RocKapampangan album at the main building of Holy Angel University. It was no mere concert, as there were AVPs of people endorsing the album (such as Andy Alviz of ArtiSta. Rita, Rodolfo Laxamana or the original Totoy Bato Jr., Celeste Legaspi, and Apl De Ap of the Black Eyed Peas) in between performances, a video stage backdrop apart from the artistically done stage backdrop was also present.

The RocKapampangan album was created to remind the Kapampangan youth through the music they are most familiar with that their Amanung Sisuan is an equally beautiful language that should be preserved, developed, and taken pride in. The musicians are likewise reminded that singing and composing Kapampangan songs is not baduy at all; in fact, it's hip and patriotic.

Mental Floss closes the concert with their eternally praised progressive rock rendition of Ing Lugud Ning Indu.

Members of 5 Against The Wall, Amygdala, T.H.E.M., and Chilimansi posing for a picture.

Group picture after the show. Since people from local TV stations were also there, we were captured on video shouting altogether: "RocKapampangan!"

The Nora Aunor Fans' Club band goofing around with the Macabebe warriors at the Kapampangan Center museum.

The Tibuan band, reunited!

With a 2-band setup and audio equipment care of Midnight Blue, the concert was able to fill Plaza San Jose with people, mostly students. A lot of Kapampangan language advocates were also present including Kapampangan researcher Mike Pangilinan, poet Frank Guinto, NGO Vice President Sonny Dobles, Jr., and Mr. Rey Maniago of Amanung Sisuan Int'l.

Dialogo (their song in the album is Atsing Rosing).

Jhaye Cura-Arzaga of Tarlac band Mernuts and Nichole Galura of Mental Floss. Two out of three female vocalists in the RocKapampangan album (the third one is from the band Fine Time).

The event was covered by ABS-CBN Pampanga, Infomax News, Central Luzon TV, and Philippine Daily Inquirer Central Luzon. This coming weekend, we will be interviewed by the researchers of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on their story on Philippine regional music. Below is a low-quality news feature of the event by TV Patrol Pampanga:

CDs are available at the Kapampangan Center of the Holy Angel University (Angeles City), D'Zone Digital Recording Studio (San Agustin Mall, San Agustin, City of San Fernando), and soon, in Odyssey record stores (Pampanga branches).

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