Parokya Ni Edgar celebrates their 20th anniversary with a three-disc album package – includes 2 audio CDs containing all hit singles and a DVD containing music videos of their greatest hits with their newest single “Ang Parokya” plus 2 documentaries: “Ang Kwento ng Parokya” (the band history as told by them) and “Ang First Gig ng Parokya” (Parokya as Eraserhead’s font act). Bente contains 2 new songs: “Ang Parokya” and “Salamat Po.” “Ang Parokya can be downloaded in iTunes now! Watch “Ang Parokya” music video below courtesy of Chito Miranda.
Bente: The Album
Bente’s first single “Ang Parokya” talks about their humble beginnings as a band, a second time collaboration with rap royalties Gloc-9 and Frank Magalona. For every album sold, P20 of the sales will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross in support for the Yolanda victims, a great reason for you to buy the album. They sold less than 2,000 albums for just a night in the launch while supporting the needy and patronizing the music of Philippines’ most loved band, all-in-one.
Bente: The Album Launch
Bente was launch last 29 Nov 2013 at the Eastwood Central Plaza, a certified soldout victory attended by the solid Parokya fanatics and ex-member and backup vocalist Vinci Montaner. “Picha Pie” and “Bagsakan” were very much enjoyed with Vinci, he’s probably the only guy that could have pulled this off. They performed songs compiles from Bente album including “Buloy,” “Maniwala Ka Sana,” “Silver Toes,” “Halaga,” “Inuman Na,” “This Guy’s In Love With You Pare,” “Para Sayo,” and “Pangarap Lang Kita.” “Sa mall shows, 6 to 7 songs lang kami. Pero dahil 20 years na kami ay dadamihan natin ang mga kanta ngayong gabi,” announced frontman Chito Miranda in the launch which greatly appreciated by their fans who jammed with them that night. For the record, the long-time supporters of the band has endured the long queue at the venue earlier than expected without complaints.
“The Yes Yes Show” marked an impact to all of us present in the launch that until now its lyrics “Walang iwanan sa Parokya ni Edgar” has been a vow. Take a look on the happenings at the launch, video below courtesy of whack earlz.
Parokya ni Edgar has also enjoyed everyone’s unanimous support. “Salamat sa mga hindi nang-iwan sa ere. Maraming maraming salamat,” says Chito. “Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Sana hindi kayo magsawa. We’re so very thankful na andiyan kayo para sa amin. Hindi lang para sa amin kundi para rin sa lahat ng OPM acts.” The Parokya that sings together, rocks forever.
Bente: 20 Things Parokya Ni Edgar Wants You To Know
1. 20 Years of music and friendship feels humbling for them
“Actually, it’s humiliating kasi whenever we see ourselves noong kabataan namin, it’s like seeing an old photo of you noong 80s or 90s. Weird iyong hitsura. It’s fun but at the same time nakakahiya kasi you’re like staring to some naked baby pictures na you can’t believe na ganoon ang hitsura mo 20 years ago. For us it’s quite an achievement in itself na magkakasama pa rin kami up to now.”
2. They don’t consider themselves an award-winning band
“We don’t consider ourselves an award winning band or whatever, but the fact that we’re still together working tightly as a unit who’s still genuinely in love with each other as a group, creating music and still having fun. And it’s not just about music but the friendship na rin that’s also interesting about this group. And that’s what Bente is, like the soul, concept of the album. “
3. Their biggest controversy as a group
“I can’t single out a particular controversy that we faced as a group but the thing is it’s normal and just like a video game, every level becomes harder and the thing is you just have to deal with it and not stay and dwell on certain problem that you face.”
4. Getting into fights
“Being together as band for 20 years, napagdaanan na po yata namin lahat. Dumating na rin sa point na muntik na kami ma-disband, nag-away-away kami. Ang suntukan naging normal na sa amin to a point nagsawa na kami magsuntukan kasi parang wala na rin nangyayari. Lahat-lahat na talaga napagdaanan namin and I think anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger as a group also. Umabot sa point na si Vinci nag-quit na siya dati tapos nag-quit ulit ngayon. We respect each other’s decision.”
5. Reasons of misunderstandings
“Professional side at pagdating sa business side or the work, we sit down and talk. Pero kung mga mababaw o walang kinalaman sa bansa, suntukan na iyon.”
6. Hindi raw magaling ang Parokya?
“Honestly if you look at other bands playing on their musicality from Eheads to Bamboo to Rivermaya to all the new new blood as well also like Urbandub, Franco and Up Dharma Down, you’ll understand bakit sinasabi namin na ‘di kami magaling. ‘Pag ang banda all about friendship, I’m sure we’d excel pero ang pagbabanda kasi is all about music and pagdating sa musicality, ‘pag may may exams bagsak kami. Ako four chords lang ang alam ko, kapag lumagpas na d’un wala na. Dindin may not be the best drummer pero for us siya ang pinakagusto naming drummer, parang bestfriend. What Dindin lack in talent or what I lack in singing I guess, sa limitations namin lahat, we make up for the passion and dedication that we have for the group not as musicians but as friends and as people who love having fun, performing on stage and most of all our common love for money talagang napakalaking bagay noon. Kaya tight unit talaga. So what we said in the lyrics na hindi kami magaling we’re just being honest, we’re not trying to be humble.”
7. Parokya Ni Edgar’s 20-year career highlights
“Iyong recent highlight was when we’re doing the Bente launch. It’s overwhelming for us kasi we didn’t think that it would be a big deal kasi it’s just a rehash of a greatest hits album. Kung collector ka ng albums ng Parokya or sumusuod ka sa Parokya you already have all the songs. And we just came up with a CD that collected all the other songs from the other albums. We did this to come up something for 20 years. It’s flattering and nakakakilig. And Vinci surprised us also during the launch so these are recent highlights. Pero if you go back 20 years ang dami naming napagdaanan na kasiyahan at kalungkutan.”
8. Ang chemical na idinagdag ni Vinci sa chemistry ng grupo
“Tingin kasi nila sa amin friends. Alam natin na isa lang iyong kanta ni Vinci ang he’s like a clown. If you think about it with or without Vinci, we could play pero with Vinci, ‘pag andiyan siya feeling ng tao ay kumpleto ang barkada. Kaya nu’ng dumating talaga siya, kung kami kinilig mas lalo na siguro ung mga sumusubaybay na parang tagumpay ng barkada. Even if wala na siya sa banda, hindi na siya active sa music, iyong fact na andun pa rin siya, I think the band goes beyond the musicality of everything – we’re still friends. Genuine talaga. Dumating siya talagang kinilig iyong mga tao kaya iba rin talaga iyong sigawan ng mga tao. Naramdaman ng mga tao na hindi niya kami iniwan, sa banda oo, pero iyong pagiging kaibigan he proved na wala talagang iwanan sa Parokya.”
9. Talking about Parokya Ni Edgar’s early years
“When we started out, even though nasa Ateneo kami we had no money. Hindi kami nahahatid at nasusundo. Nagko-commute kami, we’d walk hanggang Katipunan para makatipid ng isang sakay. At least si Gab nabibigyan ng pera so ililibre nya ako minsan, pupunta kami sa Robinsons Galleria. Si Dindin lang talagang mayaman. Wala pa yatang cellphone, siya meron na. Wala nga lang siyang matawagan. Pero at least may cellphone at kotse siya so it’s nice having Dindin as a friend. Nakakapunta kayo sa gig na anim kayo sa kotse. We already have an album contract, wala pang gitara si Gab. Iyon iyong mga napagdadaanan naming noon. Every gig, hanap kami ng mga kakilala na nasa banda hiram kami ng gitara. He’d ask Buwi, si Mr. Congeniality, na lalapit sa iba para manghiram. It’s fun struggling, kasama siya sa training na I think the reason why our work ethic is like this. We put our best efforts because we went through hell also and at the same time it’s fun having challenged in playing without instruments and going to gigs na walang kotse. It makes everything more solid kaya mas appreciative kami sa lahat ng mga nangyayari ngayon. Kasi dati nagji-jeep lang kami ngayon may pambili na kami ng jeep.”
“Sa amin kasi memorable iyong pagtambay naming sa Club Dredd kahit wala kaming gig. Kahit ‘di kami kilala magkakasama kami, hati-hati sa isang pitsel ng beer. Iyong base ng friendship naming talaga came from tambay at talagang nag-build-up na hanggang sa dumating sa point na ito. It’s something good to look back on,” adds Gab.
10. Day job o career kung hindi miyembro ng banda
Buwi: Environmentalist. I want to be active on environment issues.
Darius: Porn star. Malapit na ako maglabas ng DVD.
Gab: Teacher. Parents ko teacher at writers.
Chito: Visual artist. I really want to be a cartoonist, a penciler. Kaya sa album, kami ang gumagawa ng album cover, videos. Very hands-on.
Dindin: Mayor ng QC.
11. Bakit kahit sino ay nakaka-relate sa musika ng Parokya?
“Eheads has the same effect on us when they were starting. Two chords, three chords ‘di mo alam nakakanta mo na iyong kanta nila. 98% of why our music is accessible. Kasi ako basic chords lang ang alam ko so kung sino man may alam ng basic guitar matutugtog na iyong mga kanta naming.”
12. Parokya Ni Edgar as an inspiration to other bands
“Sa DVD, we featured our first ever gig as front act ng Eheads and you’ll really see how much we sucked as a band. Sobra talagang sablay. The reason of coming out with it is to inspire the kids that ‘we sucked and we were great at it.’ We were great at sucking so it was fun to own that para ma-inspire iyong mga kids na you don’t have to be brilliant musician para mag-start ng band. All you need is a crappy guitar or kung anuman, puso sa musika at lakas ng loob. I think it’s a major consideration talaga na hindi kami magaling kasi minsan nakakatakot na magbanda kami tapos makikita mo kung gaano kagaling iyong ibang musikero. Well, we showed them na hindi totoo iyon.”
13. Parokya Ni Edgar on trends
“The thing with trends is dini-dictate iyan kung ano gusto ng mainstream. From Salbakuta rap, to acoustic, to novelty, to KPop, whatever, balik na naman iyong boy bands, as long as you don’t care kung what happens in the mainstream. Stick to your type of music. Fortunately for us, iyong music naming halo-halo e – pwede mong sabihin na novelty, pwedeng acoustic, so I think the trends go up and down pero nandoon lang kami sa ilalim, not following kung ano man iyong dinidictate ng mainstream. Sarah Geronimo will be a bigger act, Eraserheads will be a bigger act, Bamboo will be a bigger act and it’s fun being fans of them pero for us as a band, outside sa limelight, we’re doing what we want to do. Wala kaming pakialam sa trends or fads or kung anuman ang uso or pinapauso ng mainsteam.”
14. Parokya Ni Edgar on values learned throughout the years
Buwi: Hard work pays off. Sa gigs din, kahit konti or marami iyong tao, bigay mo pa rin talaga ang 100% mo.
Darius: Ako natutuhan ko na umintindi at rumespeto sa opinion ng ibang tao kasi siyempre grupo kami so mga issues may mga opinion kami at kung di mo gusto iyong opinion ng ka-banda mo pero kung tingin ng majority yun ung tama kelangan talagang tanggapin.
Gab: Respeto at pang-unawa sa kapwa.
Dindin: We learn to not take things too seriously. Gab: Kasama rin dun iyong humility and it paid off by making our feet still on the ground.
Chito: ‘Pag nagtrabaho ka ng ganitong katagal you really learn, especially if you work in a group, you have to respect their individuality. You cannot expect them to act the same way that you do. Limang individuals kami so we really need to learn respect and compassion. And tama rin si Buwi the thing about our group is that my bandmates are well-brought up by their parents also and kung sino man nag-alaga sa kanila. Their work ethics is unbelievable, sobrang dali nilang katrabaho. Iyong humility also andiyan. They’re very humble. As Darius said, compromise and good vibes. If you can’t get your way try to understand why you can’t and you compromise with good vibes, walang samaan ng loob and hardwork.
15. Parokya Ni Edgar’s greatest storm and dealing with it together
“It’s been a series of storms. I think matibay po talaga kami as a group pero more than anything we know how to adjust. We’re like bamboo – instead of a flagpole standing up, we sway, we go with the flow. We deal with our limitations and we handle it properly. It’s not easy dealing with everything from the start na wala kaming money until we have this work – sacrificing weddings and family gatherings and the pressure of being on the road together. Can you imagine being stuck in a ship taas wala kayong ibang kasama kayo-kayo lang, talagang mag-aaway kayo. Pero the fact na we’re still together – genuinely in love with one another – it means that we’ve weathered all the storms that came our way. We’re not strong, we’re normal kids. Actually we consider ourselves as kids and we deal with it as kids also but the thing is we deal with it together. We never said that we’re strong we just know how to deal with it.”
16. Parokya Ni Edgar’s solidarity
“Kami talaga we’re solid as a group pero if you see the whole story, we stick together along with our management team. Same thing with Universal, nagkaroon na kami ng maraming offers at binulag na rin kami ng salapi ng kung sinu-sino buti na lang mas malakas mambulag ang Universal Records. Hindi lang sa banda, even with the people we worked with, talagang walang iniwan. Iyon ang nature ng friendship namin. Katrabaho nila kami at namin sila but we treat them as strength also. We don’t treat our management team as managers lang or Universal as recording label lang, we’re set of friends na. It says a lot about the band and the people we work with—never silang nang-iwan and never din kami nang-iwan.”
17. One step at a time or planning things ahead
“Honestly, we take everything one day at a time pero my way of thinking six years ago we came up with Inuman Sessions Volume 1 and eight years later we came out with Volume 2. Kumbaga, eight years ago alam ko na magkakaroon ng volume 2. That’s how far I look into the future when it comes to what we’re doing. We try not to stress ourselves too much – kung saan tayo mag-gig, dapat this year ganito – to certain point there’s business side of planning but iyong planning na iyon is we make sure that we do it for fun also.”
18. Parokya Ni Edgar on focusing their goals
“The foresight and the long-term planning I think are also helpful. When you set your sights on a goal ten years from now, kung anuman iyong mapagdaanan niyo na obstacles along the way, we lost track na kung ano iyon kasi you’re keeping an eye on the goal just like an obstacle course. When you keep your eye on the finish line, the obstacles don’t matter. Same thing with our planning, we know what we want to do.”
19. Parokya Ni Edgar never consider themselves as a major act
“From the start, I never want a major concert kasi once you have a major concert parang major act na and we never consider ourselves a major act. Gusto namin garage band lang, amateur, kumbaga sa basketball, ayaw namin mag-PBA gusto namin paliga-liga lang.”
20. Parokya Ni Edgar: Not planning for a major concert soon
“We were forced to do a major concert for Matira, Matibay but it was an idea by Universal and MYX. We had a show at Folk Arts Theater. It was fun. Maraming tao and we’re surprised na marami pa la ang nakikinig sa amin. They gave us the total control kung ano gusto naming design ng stage, what we wanted to sing and on how to handle things. But the pressure and the stress of planning a show that big, ayaw naming ng ganoon. We’d rather play small gigs like sa schools, gusto ko iyong tugtog lang na masaya.”
Parokya Ni Edgar’s Akala recently won at the 26th Awit Awards as EGG’s allhits.ph Most Downloaded Song for 2012, a song included in “Inuman Sessions Vol. 2.” Video below courtesy of Inuman Sessions.
I can’t remember anymore the first Parokya song I’ve memorized but their music is one which reminds me of my childhood and existence, like the song “Ang Parokya” once said “Tumatanda na pero nandito pa rin, habang buhay kaming maghahasik ng lagim.” As our life flows on in endless song, such music is life like what Parokya Ni Edgar has established. It can influence people’s lives and will perpetually mark in their hearts. May they keep rocking and inspiring people throughout their lives. Congratulations to Parokya Ni Edgar!
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