About Jovelyn Bajo

VerJube Photographics is Oliver Calingo and Jovelyn Bajo, professional graphic/layout artists and music photographers. Certified OPM and music advocates. We are based in Manila specializing in live music photography and events.

Shane Filan sings famous cover songs in ‘Love Always’

Shane Filan, one of the UK’s and Ireland’s most popular male artists, returns to the Philippines for a series of shows, and he surely does not disappoint. He is now promoting his brand new album, “Love Always.”

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We previously saw Shane during his “Everything to Me” Philippine Tour last 2013. He performed at the SkyDome accompanied by an exclusive meet and greet with fans. Check out photos HERE.

Shane Filan has cemented his position as the lead singer and frontman of one of pop music’s biggest ever boy bands, Westlife. Following two successful solo albums and tours, Shane Filan is back with his third album, ”Love Always” featuring some all-time classic love ballads alongside new original songs.

The 12 track album, exclusively distributed by MCA Music, features some of Shane’s favorite ballads along with some fan suggestions — from all-time classics like “Make Me Feel My Love” and “Eternal Flame” to new hits including “Beautiful in White” which has already amassed over 70 million views on YouTube.

Love Always has showcased Shane’s solid vocals as he proudly introduces this new compilation. “Picking the tracks was the most difficult part of the process and I wanted to put my own take on them and I’m really proud of the versions I have done. There are also three brand new original tracks that I’ve written following requests by fans for some new music and I am really proud of how they sit alongside the other songs,” tells Shane.

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“Even if it’s an original song or a new song or if it’s a cover version, I’m very picky with my vocals. When it comes to hearing the final mix of the song, I always want to tweak it or change it or do something or change the music,” reveals his being perfectionist in his music.

He also narrated things about the difference between being in a boyband and being solo. “Looking back at it now, the effect we had on people, you don’t realize how big it was, you don’t know that when you’re in a band,” narrated Shane in an interview by BandwagonTV. In full force, he has embarked on a successful solo career after Westlife.

 “I really feel comfortable five years on. The first year was a bit weird and it was a bit scary and it was very new to me. I didn’t realize what it is going to be like or understand it. What I knew is singing, the one thing I love is singing and to be able to get to do that is amazing.”

With his new material, we’ve seen how he profoundly works hard for his music and for people to be able to listen to his voice. “Going forward every year is just getting better and better, the support I’m getting from the fans is growing every year. It’s going great,” Shane tells relentlessly as he hopes soon for the accolade to be recognized without any reference to Westlife.

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The Papemelroti Artisan’s Workshop Launch: How to train yourself to be more creative

They say, Creativity takes courage.” As I agree with these beautiful words of Henri Matisse, it is also deeply-rooted in my mind that each of us has a diverse way, perspective and capability to think creatively. To be able to communicate it in your own manner is another thing.

Creativity is self-expression that can be explored through a variety of artistic disciplines. In my own creative journey—magazine layouts, newspaper page designs, and photography, all have been very encouraging and worth taking the risk of pursuing my artistic side.

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However, attending the Papemelroti Art Journal Workshop is a different thing, especially when the invitation is extended by the “art of craft master” himself, Sir Robert Alejandro.

I was previously tagged by my high school friend Chingz from Sir Robert’s Facebook thread to attend a certain workshop event, knowing on my end that I do not have the courage to put myself out there because of the belief that it’s a different medium.

Before this, I have created a few scrapbooks for myself, usually made up of pictures and scrap art materials available at home and some bought from Papemelroti stores. It is personal, though I have shared some of it online, literally sharing it with others is a risk of being judged.

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My initial ideas and intuition in creating art journal are the synchronicity of artistic drawing and persuasive words. Sir Robert, co-owner of Papemelroti,  taught us the easy ways to train ourselves to be more creative.

“There are no rules and there are no ways to get it wrong,” tells Sir Robert as he explained that it’s all about the imagination and freeing oneself to get creative. His words are very empowering as he facilitates the workshop with the materials in his hands and a big screen monitor on his back for us to follow to.

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Participants were welcomed by a name tag, an art journal kit by Papemelroti and welcome drinks, accompanied by a warm handshake from Sir Robert as you enter the door to the Artisan’s Workshop. Continue reading