Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dodge N’ Pop invades Boracay!

Summer is irrefutably here and that means one thing—it’s time to hit the beach. The searing heat of the season provides the best excuse to set off for the country’s best summer hotspots for fun in the surf and sand. The season also is the best chance to take in some friendly competition on the beach. Leave your Frisbee at home though, because this summer, the “hottest” sport to play is dodgeball.

Krista Ranillo & Grace Lee at last year’s Summer Dodgeball Games

Coming on the heels of last year’s incredibly successful inaugural tournament is Dodge N’ Pop 2010, the Nestlé Pops Summer Dodgeball Games. To be held on May 1 at the shore of Boracay Beach Resort in Station 2 Boracay, Dodge N’ Pop 2010 is set to bring the global dodgeball phenomenon to the hottest venue summer in the country.

“It’s a great sport for the summer because dodgeball is a game that literally anyone can pick up and enjoy,” says Philippine Dodgeball Association (PDBA) President Benedict Camara. “But if you’ve got a more competitive streak, dodgeball can be very intense as well—which is what I’m hoping to see in this year’s Dodge N’ Pop games. We’re looking to pick out the best from the rest, and at the same time have a bit of fun.”

Players and spectators alike at the Dodge N’ Pop 2010 will be cooled down by snacking on Nestle Pop’s ice cream’s newest variant with rice crispies and compete for a 20k grand prize! Visit to find out how you can form a team and register for the Boracay exhibition.

Dodge N’ Pop 2010 is made possible by Nestle Pops Ice Cream in cooperation with Flawless, Beauty & Butter, Ti-Braz, Café del Mar and “The Beat of Summer” Magic 89.9.

The other half of Urbandub

Urbandub celebrates a decade in the biz with
their “Rock N’ Rogue” concert

Known as one of the best musicians in the country, and certainly at par with foreign counterparts, Urbandub celebrates a decade in their career and shares how their instruments are the other half of their success.

“Tools of the trade ‘yan. The better yung gamit, the better yung output,” said Gabby Alipe, lead vocals and guitarist of Urbandub. “The instruments help a lot kasi kung pangit yung gamit mo, then you play live, you cannot translate what you want to say in your music.”

Affordability and quality counts in their choice of tools, and one local music store provide them just that. “From their guitars, acoustics and selection of their products, it’s the industry standard that we like to use. The technical riders din namin when we go out of town, yun din ang nirerequest namin sa mga production to provide for us which JB Music carries.”

Two years ago, Urbandub signed with JB Music as part of its roster of endorsers. But their history with the music store started way before. “In the beginnings of Urbandub, our picks, strings, guitars, most of our gears are from JB Music. One of my first guitars which I used in a couple of our recordings, I bought it in JB Music.” Gabby revealed.

When writing songs, having good instruments gives them the confidence as well. Last year, the band released their fifth studio album “Apparition”, said to be their most experimental album to date. The singles “Gravity” and “Call to Arms” proved to be chart-toppers.

For Gabby, as cliché as it may sound, through the years their music has become more matured. “As we get older, in a way, we have more experiences. If you listen to our album, the guitar playing, the tightness of the band as a whole improved. We’d like to think even the subject, the topic we talked about. The early years it was mostly relationship, heartbreaks, and what-not. Now it has a more social theme to the album “

An industry friend attributed the band’s fruitful career to their passion. “Their love for music. They’re doing it for the music, not for the show. They do it because they love playing music,” shares Jerico Fernando Salonga, VP-Sales and Marketing of JB Music and Managing Partner of J2unes Production.

Their upcoming concert will be a retrospective of the band’s career. “We’re going to play songs from the first album up to the present and we’re going to play the best that we can. Parang thank you narin namin sa mga [Dubistas]. To show them our gratitude for supporting the band,” said Gabby.

Other band members are John Dinopol (guitar, backing vocals), Lalay Lim (bass guitar, backing vocals), and JanJan Mendoza (drums).

Catch Urbandub as they mark their 10 years in the music scene with “Rock N’ Rogue” concert by J2unes Production on April 29, 2010 at Encore Main Room, The Fort (Formerly Embassy). For Door charge call 819-54-81/ Table reservation 0920-9389005 or visit any JB Music store for more details.

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