Wednesday, December 19, 2012


These are some of the images that tells a story from last Sunday Matinee show that was held at The Spot featuring old school hardcore stalwarts THROW, HARD K, JUN IDIOT AND THE IMBECILES, AGAINST MAN and mod power pop band THE GOSIGNALS plus Tarlac City's  keepers of the faith - BLINDSIDED, RED CORPSE and NO ONE LEFT.  

Keep your eyes peeled for the field report coming very soon. (I'm too fucking lazy to give you updates for now).

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Bisikleta Productions is bringing you two matinee shows this coming December 16 and December 23 at The Spot in Caloocan City.

The first one will be a Punk Rock show featuring the old school's finest hardcore acts THROW (watch out for their upcoming new album!), JUN IDIOT AND THE IMBECILES, THE GO SIGNALS, HARD K, AGAINST MAN. They will be joined by Tarlac City's BLIND SIDED, RED CORPSE and NO ONE LEFT.

And for the second offering we are bringing you a ska, dub and oi! set featuring SHUFFLE UNION, NEIGHBORS, STEADY MOVIN' BEAT, PINKCOW, GOODLEAF, DANDIMITES, THE EXSENADORS and TELLAYOUTHSKA plus a very special strictly vinyl  DJ set by our very own fellow Filipino EDDIE OCAMPO drummer for third wave ska bands such as THE INSTEPS, DAVE HILLYARD ROCKSTEADY 7, STUBBORN ALLSTARS and his latest band THE FULL WATTS BAND expect to hear some Channel Tube goodies as well as tasty 7 inchers from him.

These double barreled fun filled shows will be held on two consecutive Sundays at The Spot, located at Luzvic Building, Samson Road corner Francisco Street, Caloocan City. Gates will be opened at 3PM and admission will be priced at 50 bucks that comes with one ice cold beer.


Due to a hectic schedule and unforeseen events that took place last month Bisikleta Productions had cancelled the DJ night for Keb Darge's Booknation (my sincerest apology for those who had anticipated it) Since the feast of the son of Isis or for lack of a better word - err Christmas is drawing near what better way to celebrate this pagan ritual than to share and send the books to Keb's wife, EDITHA DARGE at BARANGAY PADANG, HERMANI, EASTERN SAMAR, PHILIPPINES 6804 as gifts to the children of Samar who had dreamed of having a library. 

And one more thing please avoid sending religious books.


PILISKAPINAS had done it again as the year draws to a close they hosting the  first ever PHILIPPINE SKA FESTIVAL and for this year they are bringing in Korea's top ska outfit KINGSTON RUDIESKA for a three night performance. First stop will be here in Manila for the 3RD MANILA SKA FESTIVAL on December 8 at Makati Cinema Square they will be joined by the city as well as nearby provinces top ska acts such as SHUFFLE UNION, COFFEE BREAK ISLAND, NEIGHBORS, JEEPNEY JOYRIDE, BAGUIO SKA PARADISE, STOLEN SHOTS, STEADY MOVIN' BEAT, DANDIMITES, MONSOONS and FINGERTRAP.

For the second leg of the PHILIPPINE SKA FESTIVAL they will be going to the Queen City of the South for the SOUTHSIDE SKARNIVAL at Cebu City happening at Peace Bar on December 15 and on December 16 at Bob Marlin Restaurant and Grill in Mandaue. This time they will be joined by the southerns finest as well as Manila's fiercest ska acts SKALIBRE 32, ONE MAN DOWN,  SEAWEED PASTA, SHEPERD'S PLAID, BLESSED THE KING, SHUFFLE UNION and COFFEE BREAK ISLAND.

Do drop by at any of the shows if you happen to be at any of these dates.

In case some of you do not know who KINGSTON RUDIESKA is, well it's time to give you a bit of edutainment so you'll not get confused with that K Pop thing. The band comes from South Korea and have been around since 2004 playing authentic ska music. If you like to be bombarded with tight rhythm section and even tighter horn section then this band is for you. Meanwhile enjoy their music video and start skanking.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Bisikleta Productions is launching it's Hip Hop arm called CINCO ELEMENTO on the 22nd of November Thursday at The Spot in Caloocan City. The reason behind this endeavor is first to pay homage to the culture's foundation - The five elements: Djing, Mcing, Bboying, Graffiti and Knowledge that binds it altogether.

The elements brought people together, the DJ would be spinning, the b-boys would be dancing, emcees would be lining up to take the mic and hype up the crowd and the graffiti artists would be there supporting, putting together a mural.

And second is to clear out the misconceptions that had plagued the three of the most rebellious music mankind had created and that is Reggae, Hip Hop and Punk into a seamless correlation. 

The music is intertwined in terms of the street entrepreneurialism and rebellious character, Which is the attitude and the Do It Yourself. This rebellious connection between hip-hop reggae and punk music had seeped into each other. 

In the late 70's and early 80's with the birth of hip hop the influential independent dub and record label called Wackies had noticed the emerging culture and had released several hip hop singles and in Jamaica Joe Gibbs had released Xanadu and Sweet Lady's Rapper's Delight. And in the UK a recording company specializing in dub and reggae music called Lightning Records whose responsible for Althea and Donna's Uptown Top Ranking had also been releasing punk rock singles. 

And as time goes by the relationship was further cemented as bands and artist alike are crossing over slowly blurring the boundaries the likes of Tim Armstrong who had appeared on Cypress Hill's What's Your Number sampling over The Clash's Guns of Brixton, Madball's front man Freddy Madball had released a strictly hip hop joint called Catholic Guilt, Reggae singer Tippa Irie had appeared with Long Beach Dub All Stars together with Joe Strummer. These are some of the like minded people that had demolished every single barrier reggae, punk and hip hop had faced.  Haters still gonna hate but I heard The Clash and Grandmaster Flash and without them's like Burt Reynolds with a Moustache. 

Fuck the purist this is Cinco Elemento motherfuckers.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

Despite our high literacy rate, many Filipinos can barely read and write.  Recently Keb Darge had posted a message through Facebook and asking for assistance. 

He is now living here in our country with his lovely Filipina wife Little Edith, Keb is trying to build a free library for the children in Padang, Eastern Samar. The kids  over there had dreamt of reading books but sadly they can not afford to have one.

Since Keb Darge had helped Bisikleta Production and it's about time to give it back to him. Bisikleta Productions along with Boppin' Juke Pilipinas, Soundblasters and PiliSKApinas is helping Keb in his noble cause and for that we are launching KEB DARGE'S BOOKNATION a DJ event for the said cause this coming November and it will be a book donation campaign. Your books will provide inspiration as well as a motivation to a young individual. 

In the meantime keep your eyes and ears peeled for this event as it progress. Together we can change the future and eradicate illiteracy one book at a time. 

Meanwhile you can reach out by sending books to Keb's wife, Edita Carlites Darge at this address: Barangay Padang, Hernani, Eastern Samar, Philippines 6804. The postage for the books will cost a wee bit but you'll make alot of people in that area very happy.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


In anticipation for the debut album of The Exsenadors, Bisikleta Productions is jump starting a series of strictly Oi! music events featuring streetpunk bands that plays music for hooligans. And for that we are offering all you skinheads out there the real deal if you are tired of seeing and hearing all the psuedo streetpunk bands being featured on some faux Oi! events that boldly uses that cockney expression and taking that word in vain then this is for you.

And for this initial offering of Hoy! we are featuring Philippines Oi! music pioneers THE MIGHTY CONTRAS, The lone band to represent our country for Skinhead! It's an Asian league Oi! compilation released by Japan's Bronze Fist Records.

Along side The Mighty Contras we will also be featuring Bulacan's TARTARZ, Laguna's AGAINST THE WALL, Cavite's The SQUAT and lastly but not the least Manila's THE EXSENADORS rounding up this testosterone filled line up for October 27, Plus A BOY NAMED HIL will be playing some boss reggae for your jeggae to keep all you baldies from dancing with your birds rather than going aggro.

This event will be held at THE SPOT located at 1470 Luzvic Building Samson road corner Francisco Street, Caloocan City. For a measly sum of 50 pesos you'll get to hear some brutally honest to goodness loud music void of any pretensions and an ice cold beer to boot.

Monday, October 8, 2012


In preparation for the up and coming THE EXSENADORS debut album Bisikleta Productions is jump starting a series of Oi! events featuring some of Metro Manila's best honest to goodness working class rebels.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


This coming Friday Bisikleta Productions is dishing out its initial offering after a year and a half of absence from the underground music scene, THE RUDE MAYNILA SESSIONS is back at its new location at THE SPOT in Caloocan City. 

Featuring live performances from PINKCOW, STEADY MOVIN' BEAT, THE EXSENADORS, EARTHLINGS, DANDIMITES and THE PROLETS. Along side those great bands Bisikleta Productions will also be bringing along Manila Soul's BEN MURPHY, Boppin Juke Pilipinas' MARC STEADY and Expansions MINISTER ZERO for a strictly vinyl affair. 

Expect ska, reggae, oi!, northern soul, punk rock and rockabilly all night long. For a measely sum of 50 Pesos you'll get to hear all of this with a bottle of beer to boot!  And as an added bonus Bisikleta Productions will be promoting and selling Philippines' mento maestros the COUNT KUTU & THE BALMERS LP release from Jump Up Records. See you all there!


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! Fresh from the heels of the recent successful comback of Skamax that was held at The Spot recently. PiliSKAPinas is at it again this time bombarding all you ska loving folks for a one night only boss performance by the country's skinhead reggae pioneers, non other than SNUBNOSE live and direct at Skarlet's Jazz Kitchen (formerly Ten 02 Bar) this coming Thursday.

In case all you young bloods don't know who these gents are the former members of this band, half of it had morphed into the now famous Coffee Break Island  the other one opted to be a globetrotting graphic designer and tattoo artist the other while the other had became part of  the infamous ClubSka Manila stalwarts - Shuffle Union. (infamous due to the fact that once this band hits the stage there's bound to be a lot of non stop skanking going on at the dancefloor)

Supporting them on this one night only show will be SHUFFLE UNION, NEIGHBORS, EARTHLINGS, PINKCOW and THE MONSOONS.  It's time to do the moon hop and mix it with the kangaroo!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


“He who does not heed the lessons of history is condemned to repeat them." - George Santayana

The year 1972 was the longest year ever in history. The British army kills 14 unarmed civil rights marchers; The Godfather was released in the cinemas;The video game age had dawned; George Carlin was arrested after his recital of "Seven words you can never say on television".

And on September 21, 1972 democracy had died in the Philippines. The 10th president of the republic of the Philippines, Mr. Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos appeared on television to announce that he had proclaimed martial law under Proclamation No. 1081. The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus gave President Marcos undue power to arrest and detain suspected rebels and political opposition. Numerous human rights violations were committed during that period. The hardest hit were the critics of his dictatorial government such as writers, commentators, organizers, professors, students and artists. They were arrested and detained while in detention, they experienced various forms of tortures, harassment, intimidation, inhumane treatment and summary execution. 

It is exactly 40 years since then-President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081 a lot of things had changed since then both local and international but the legacy of Marcos still remains and it is sad to say at this day and age of unlimited freedom of expression and communication provided by Facebook, Twitter and other social-networking sites it is now under serious threat - a law had been signed that makes restrictions on freedom of expression over the Internet.

The legacy is in fact still very much alive under the present administration. Nothing had changed despite the NEVER AGAIN battle cry. Unless we learn to remember and we remember to learn, things will definitely change.

Below is Marcos' eerie 1081 Proclamation set upon a cavernous dub out excursions of Tropical Depression (The Philippines only reggae band that matters) that captures the mood of anxiety and imminent collapse of democracy in this country.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


In the cyberworld where 99% is always nothing but celebrity gossip, dating tips, and PBA news. Very few people dared to exposed the truth and write about important and informative world news, such as government or current events with educational substance. And here are some of the news that's worth reading.



And so it has come to pass. The erstwhile Cybercrime Bill is now signed into law and our online lives will never be the same again.

But first, a bit of perspective. In the past few weeks, cyberspace was abuzz with different issues, both petty and alarming. There were the endless RH Bill debates, the consequent Sotto plagiarism issue, and the spanking new Cybercrime Law that now includes a provision on online libel.

A while back, while Senator Vicente Sotto III was busy decriminalizing plagiarism, his detractors were resourceful in coming up with allegations of his blog copying, one after another, even publishing side-by-side comparisons of parts of the senator’s speech and the original, supposedly copied text. If such allegations were to be used as bases, it would seem that Sotto’s writers never really learned from experience and continued to unabashedly lift passages from blogs, seemingly confident that the senator’s all-encompassing statement that the ideas he had been presenting were not his alone gave them a good enough license to use borrowed ideas relentlessly and shamelessly, without specific attribution. Then again, as with all allegations, we still have to dig deeper into their veracity before we judge any further. So there.

The real issue, as far as I’m concerned, is not Sotto’s and his writers’ pathetic lack of originality and creativity, but the fact that plagiarism seems to be a rising trend in the country. The even bigger issue is that since there is currently no anti-plagiarism law in the country, anyone can lift ideas just anywhere and get away with it. After all, and the good senator could not have emphasized this often enough, plagiarism is not a crime. No, it isn’t.

But libel is.

Now, the eff of the matter is that people can no longer assign fault to people online like, for instance, those they perceive as plagiarists, among other things. And we have the good senator as well as our very own president to thank for that.

We all know by now that last September 12 (the number 12 is eerily similar to 21, don’t you think?), President Benigno Aquino III signed the erstwhile bill into law with a last-minute inclusion of a provision penalizing online libel. The president apparently approved the inclusion of the controversial online libel provision despite widespread complaints by human rights advocates that the country’s libel law, in which the provision is based, is excessive and direly needs to be amended.

The controversial provision in the new Cybercrime Law states that libel, “as defined under Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future,” is now a crime punishable by a minimum of six months and one day’s imprisonment (prision correccional) and a fine ranging from P200 to P6,000 (in addition to the civil action that may be brought by the offended party). Now, that’s such a stiff penalty for, for instance, calling an idiot an idiot online.

On the other hand, Article 353 of the 82-year-old Revised Penal Code (RPC) defines libel as a “public imputation and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstances tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.”

Previously, the Philippine libel law did not include online defamation. Article 355 of the RPC specified the following as the only channels through which libel can be committed: writing, printing, lithography, engraving, radio, phonograph, painting, theatrical exhibition, cinematographic exhibition, or any similar means. Under the legal principle of ejusdem generis, messages in social media networks and blogs could not be considered “of the same kind” as those enumerated above and, as such, defamation through these online media couldn’t be considered a criminal offense.

The new Cybercrime Law has effectively changed this.

It can be recalled that in October 2011, the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) declared that the Philippine libel law is excessive and incompatible with international human rights law, particularly with “Article 19, paragraph three of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)” to which the Philippines is one of the signatories.

Sadly, this declaration was largely ignored by the government and instead of decriminalizing libel, the government even went a step further in the other direction and added online information systems as possible venues for libel. Yes, instead of decriminalizing libel in the country, the government even broadened its scope to include messages posted on the Internet — the main venue of communication in this new, Internet-savvy world.

Personally, I find this development not just utterly disappointing but also rather scary.

Although the passing of the Cybercrime Law as a whole may have been for a noble purpose, powerful people with ignoble interests may hijack the law itself and use it for their own selfish ends. It may be used as a weapon to get back at critics who are only reacting to perceived wrongdoings, inadequacies, and flaws.

For one thing, the Philippine libel law in itself is too vague for comfort and can be interpreted in so many absurd ways. As such, the online libel provision can be easily twisted and abused and be used merely as a tool for harassment. This is particularly worrisome in a country where the judicial process is generally seen as highly cumbersome and inefficient.

I foresee innumerable cases of online libel filed even without probable cause by smirking politicians, followed by long, convoluted court trials involving rich and happy prosecutors and poor and unhappy defendants. I am also worried that some opinionated online media personalities and free-spirited bloggers may be used as “samples” by less-than-noble individuals for the purpose of showing off this piece of legislation’s teeth. Or simply for the purpose of exacting revenge.

The louder message I get from the passing of the Cybercrime Law is that the government — the senators and the president alike — would rather silence critics rather than maintain an effective check and balance system against abuse in the seats of power. We all know that the president himself, much like Senator Sotto, had been the target of several malicious tirades in the past, most of which were delivered online. Has he had enough of such and is this new law his way of preventing such criticisms from continuing and getting out of hand?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that RA 10175, for the most part, is something that our increasingly Net-dependent society needs right now, particularly those sections that pertain to true cybercrimes like hacking, password theft, online fraud, and child porn. I just don’t get why our legislators and our good president felt the need to include a provision pointing to an antiquated, outdated libel law that has long been contested by human rights advocates. Wait. On second thought, I get it.

Nevertheless, I believe that the inclusion of online libel in the Cybercrime Law is a big blow to our already shaky democracy. We all know that freedom of expression has always been the cornerstone of a true democracy. Not only is it a fundamental human right, it is necessary in the proper functioning of a truly democratic society, which the Philippines supposedly is. The problem is that the new Cybercrime Law is a form of punitive censorship that penalizes those who publish or broadcast offending material (offensive to whom, we can only surmise). And I have always believed that any form of punishment for the true expression of thoughts and feelings is more authoritarian than democratic.

I am deeply saddened by the fact that the good president himself claimed that we are his bosses, only to pass a law later on that would make us think twice about expressing our true thoughts and opinions. Bosses, indeed. Whichever way one looks at it, this kind of control is not healthy in any democratic set-up.

I agree that those who abuse their freedom to express by publishing malicious lies and baseless accusations should be stopped, one way or another. But to pass such a loosely framed law with a provision that’s so ridiculously vague that it is dangerously open to convenient misinterpretation is definitely not the way to do it — especially when done within a supposedly pro-people administrative framework.

So what can we expect from here on in? I’m really not sure how Filipinos in general will react to this piece of legislation in terms of their blogging and social media activities. I’m not even sure how our online media friends will take this alarming development, although some bloggers and online media people are already starting to publish their thoughts about the matter.

I guess things will remain as they are until, and I’m afraid this will happen sooner or later, some individuals get sued and imprisoned because of this law and netizens start reacting. Only time will tell, though, how this pans out. I just wish this new law would not be used for witch-hunting by previously criticized invidivduals. I also fervently hope that something happens and the government wakes up to the realization that it has committed what I believe is its biggest faux pas to date.

I have always been a staunch defender of free speech. I believe that if we lose our inherent freedom to express, we’d lose our ability to control our own destiny and lose our dignity as a nation. For, as Charles Bradlaugh once said, without free speech, no search for truth is possible and no discovery of truth is useful. Better there be a thousandfold abuse of free speech than a single denial of it. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.

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TWENTY YEARS ago, I wrote in this space under the title "Unfit for the Senate" that senatorial candidates Ramon Revilla and Tito Sotto were not qualified for the Upper Chamber of Congress. Revilla had run for the Senate in 1987 and lost ignominiously, as he should have since he did not have the credentials to be a senator. But among the senatorial candidates in 1992 he ranked No. 3 in the surveys. His resume had not changed significantly from 1987, when he was rejected resoundingly by the electorate, to 1992, when he was regarded more highly by the same electorate. That was because he ran as Jose Bautista, his real name, in 1987 and as Ramon Revilla in 1992.

I ventured the opinion in the same article that if Sotto were to run as Vicente Sotto he would meet the same fate that Jose Bautista met in 1987. I wrote then that the Harvard-trained and veteran legislator has said he was not seeking reelection to the Senate because he did not relish the thought of debating with the likes of Tito Sotto, the master of toilet humor and sick jokes, host of the asinine TV show Eat Bulaga.

I wrote further that Senator Enrile should have perished the thought of debating with him as Sotto was not capable of engaging in such cerebral activity, as gauged by his participation in the Great Debate on the RP-US Treaty. His best effort in that discourse consisted of getting Eat Bulaga child star Aiza Seguerra, then too young to understand the issue, and the sex star Nanette Medved, a foreign citizen, to join the pro-base rally at the Luneta and leading the chant "Yes to the bases." Such was Sotto’s grasp of the burning issue of the time.

Both Sotto and Revilla were elected to the Senate that year, Sotto placing first among the winners, no doubt by virtue of his popularity among what columnist Tony Abaya referred to as the "squealing masa," the shrieking audience of the inane Eat Bulaga. As Sotto continued to appear in Eat Bulaga during his first term, he was elected in 1998 to another term. In all those years he was hardly heard in the Upper Chamber of Congress.

Then came the historic impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada. When the former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Perfecto Yasay testified, Sotto stood up and addressed Yasay. This is how the dialogue went:

Sotto: Can you tell this court the telephone service provider that you use for your cellphone?

Yasay: "I used at that time Piltel."

Sotto: "Digital, analog, GSM?"

Yasay: "I was using an old Motorola set."

Sotto: "Okay, thank you."

That was the extent of Sotto’s participation in that significant chapter of the country’s history.

After the trial had been aborted, Sotto tried to justify his "no" vote on the opening of the Jose Velarde envelope by saying that he had consulted legal eagles including former justices of the Supreme Court, and all of them advised him to oppose the opening of the envelope. To have to consult legal luminaries on whether to open an envelope thought to contain incriminating evidence against Erap meant he was incapable of making even such a simple decision.

Having served two consecutive terms in the Senate he was ineligible to run for re-election in 2004. He ran again in 2007 under the banner of TEAM Unity, the coalition backed by then President Arroyo. It will be recalled that Gloria ran for the Senate in 1995 and for vice-president in 1998 as a look-alike of Nora Aunor -- obviously to win the votes of the "squealing masa." Had she found a party to sponsor her candidacy for president in 1998, which she had originally wanted to do, Sotto would have been her running mate. Anyway, demonized because of his "no" vote on the opening of the Jose Velarde envelope, as Senator Miriam Santiago put it, Sotto ended up in 19th place in that year’s senatorial race.

To keep his name in the consciousness of the voters, he was appointed in 2008 as chairman of the Dangerous Drug Board by his patron Gloria. During the Lower House’s inquiry in 2009 into the alleged bribery attempt to release the Alabang Boys arrested in a buy-bust operation, Sotto somehow was able to insert himself into the inquiry. He tried mightily to participate in the deliberations but since he was only peripherally connected to the issue at hand, he did not get any chance to voice his thoughts. But at one point, Quezon Congressman Danilo Suarez, another Gloria loyalist, asked Sotto, "Why are there Caucasians in PDEA operations?"

It seemed from the irrelevance of the question that Suarez was merely giving fellow Gloria ally the chance to get some exposure as the inquiry was being televised live. Sotto answered: "The PDEA is structurally different from the US DEA." The answer equally irrelevant to the issue being resolved and Sotto having gotten his exposure, though fleeting it was, Suarez dismissed the matter. Sotto remained a mere onlooker/listener for the rest of the session.

In 2010 Sotto ran again for the Senate. To distance himself from the discredited Arroyo, he ran under the banner of the National People’s Coalition, the party of Boss Danding Cojuangco, who quietly supported the candidacy of Noynoy. Sotto got elected this time.

Then came the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, Arroyo’s first line of defense against future criminal charges. There was nothing Sotto had done since the Erap impeachment trial in 2001 to qualify him to sit as judge in the impeachment of Gutierrez. In response to the wide speculation that he, being an ally of Gloria Arroyo, would vote to acquit Gutierrez, the Inquirer quoted him as saying: "People should not be judgmental and avoid speculating on the individual stand for each senator. They’re not helping the Senate any by doing that." Bothered by the wide speculation that he would vote according to the bidding of his former patron, he declared that there are 23 republics in the Senate, implying that all senators are independent minded.

Yet, in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona he admitted that he went by the wishes of the people when as judge he should have decided on the basis of evidence presented for his evaluation. Said he when he cast his vote: "The real judge in this trial is the citizenry. They heard the two sides. In my conscience, I have heard their decision. And for them I vote guilty."

In his speech against the RH Bill, he said his son died five months after he was born, attributing his death to complications arising from his wife taking the oral contraceptive pill Diane. However, information indicated that the product Diane became available in the market only after his son had died, destroying completely his sob story. He didn’t sound credible from the beginning. Here is a macho man (what with his mustache and beard) sobbing like a little boy whose large scoop of ice cream had just fallen on the floor. It was obviously plain acting, and it was bad acting, including on the part of his former detractor Enrile, who was not moved one bit by the "emotional breakdown" of Corona during the latter’s trial but who came to console the sobbing Sotto.

Tito Sotto should stop trying to sound and look like a senator in the mold of the senators of the 1950s. The more he tries, the more he reinforces his image as the intellectually challenged student of Wanbol University, the fictional school in the TV variety show Iskul Bukol.

In fact, the TV clip wherein he let out a guffaw after saying he could not have plagiarized Robert Kennedy because what he said was in Tagalog, a language Kennedy did not know, could pass for a scene in Iskul Bukol.

Taken from Mr. Oscar P. Lagman, Jr.'s To Take A Stand column on

Thursday, September 6, 2012


PiliSKApinas in cooperation with bespoke tailoring company Defacto Industry and online culture and lifestyle magazine - When In Manila is once again holding court after their string of successful events that they had showcased last month at Future called Get Ready! Rocksteady and the recent Jamaica Cincuenta at Skarlet Jazz Kitchen.

On September 15, Saturday, PiliSKApinas is bringing back Skamax after some time off. They will be featuring some of the roughest and toughest ska acts Manila has to offer included on the bill are two new groups hailing from the birthplace of Pinoy Ska, Malabon City. Skamax will be held at The Spot in Monumento.

Monday, September 3, 2012


"We're honoured to have released this album! Count Kutu & The Balmers are the most authentic mento band in the world! You guys are more mento than the Jolly Boys are these days!" Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records)

It is a little known fact that this production outfit had a deep affinity with mento music, back in the day when I along with the creator of Bisikleta Productions had dreamt of finding a local band who does authentic mento whom we can include on our upcoming monthly events up until my co-conspirators untimely death that I had never stopped dreaming about it. Until I chanced upon a punk rock band called The Sneekers that our dream had taken shape.

One of the regular bands who have been performing on our productions had informed me that the front man for The Sneekers, who happen to be a regular fixture for The Rude Maynila Sessions have an unfathomable knowledge when it comes to mento music and in fact had another band that actually plays authentic mento and has been busking and hustling for the tourist of El Nido, Palawan. When we finally lined up his mento band for the sessions every one were instantly mesmerized by what they had seen and heard.

That band that had mesmerized our audience is called COUNT KUTU AND THE BALMERS.singing about the everyday lives of Filipinos injected with a humourous slant and armed with low end guitars, tenor banjo, maracas, catacoo, sand block, bamboo drum and rumba box recreating the rural style of Jamaican mento, made famous by artists such as COUNT OWEN, FRATS QUNITET, THE HILTONAIRES, LORD TANAMO, JOLLY BOYS and SUGAR BELLY is so authentic that they hit the style right out of the ball park. This may be sacrilegious to say, but it is as Jamaican as ackee and saltfish and Miss Lou.

Their beat was so infectious that the band had created a buzz in the underground music scene playing on some notable music events such as Irie Sunday and last year's Ska Reggae Festival and with the magic of YouTube they eventually caught the ear of Chicago's Jump Up Records head honcho Chuck Wren which landed them a record deal resulting in a limited edition 78 rpm style 10" vinyl. And besides that according to my reliable source The Jolly Boys manager Jon Baker had also taken interest on them.

And to get a taste of what this band is all about, below is their music video for your eyes and ears pleasure. To get a hold of the TAKE ME LP, we will be selling their vinyl on SEPTEMBER 28, FRIDAY at THE SPOT.



The last Bisikleta Productions event was held sometime early 2011 supporting Pinkcow's bar tour for the promotion of their debut album. It's been a year and a half month now since that mayhem occurred and it's high time to break the silence and create another disturbance, And what better way to do that is to bring back THE RUDE MAYNILA SESSIONS to it's new home at the newly relocated THE SPOT at 1470 Luzvic Building, Samson Road corner Francisco Street, Caloocan City.

The sessions will be held on SEPTEMBER 28, 2012, FRIDAY at 8 in the evening featuring ska, punk rock and oi! performances by PINKCOW, STEADY MOVIN' BEAT, THE EXSENADORS, EARTHLINGS, DANDIMITES & THE PROLETS with Manila Soul's BEN MURPHY, Boppin Juke Pilipinas' and Bembol Rockers front man, MARC STEADY and MARK ZERO of Expansions playing a strictly vinyl DJ set all night long! Plus a sneak preview of Jump Up records vinyl release of COUNT KUTU AND THE BALMERS' TAKE ME LP will be held and sold at the gate.

And in true Bisikleta Productions tradition a mix CD will be given away to the first 50 early patrons. All of these for a measly sum of 50 bucks including an ice cold beer to boot!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


When someone says something about Batangas City two things comes to mind one is the rare and exotic coffee called the Kapeng Barako most commonly associated with an image of a tough man and the other is the famed Balisong or fan knife made famous by actor comedian and the city's own Dencio Padilla. Urban legend has it that this knife is so famous that it's almost a de riguer accessory of every Batanguenos.

Besides those two popular contributions of this city to the world it is a little known fact that a great musical culture is being cultivated on this famed city the ancient war song called Kumintang later became a lovers serenade called Kundiman originated here.

Not only that this city had played a significant role in propagating Philippine music but poetry as well. If you think that battle raps originated in America better think again Bulacan and Batangas hold down the court on freestyle verses via Balagtasan which is a form of debate using improvised freestyle poetry set in a backdrop of a sing song rhythmic cadence think of Flip Top 1900's stylee.

Fast forward today the city now boast a handful of underground musical scenes from punk rock to hardcore and hip hop to ska you can find it here. One example of this is the band called CROOKEDBEAT. This band caught my attention when they message me here in this site about wanting to play in Manila so i took my chances and invited them in a Rude Maynila Sessions they immediately caught my ear and i told myself that this band have what it takes to be on top.

And now they are playing in Malabon City for their EP Launching. Please do support this band come and see them live on March 24, Saturday 8PM at The Spot and do not forget to buy their EP!.

So what are you waiting for? Ala eh tara na dine sa Malabon!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


The Go Signals, one of the best in the country today. Read. Better yet, grab their CD and listen! - Al Dimalanta

"The underground scene is healthier now," says The Go Signals guitarist Mel Maniego. "There's more buzz and kids are starting to pick up guitars and instruments. Thanks to the Internet, kids now also understand the music style that drives our music."

During Pinoy punk's mid-80s heyday, Mel played guitars for rockabilly poster boys Private Stock. Now, with the power trio The Go Signals, Mel provides slashing chords and short sharp solo turns in the wake of the sturdy backbeat from his mates. His brother Dennis is a steady presence on bass while Spyk Dennis' son and Mel's nephew is a workhorse on drums.

At the group's album launch at Skarlet's Jazz Kitchen near Timog in Quezon City, Throw's Al Dimalanta introduces them as "the best band in the land."

Hooks, power pop and best album of 2011

Performing tracks from their debut, "Secrets & Lies," The Go Signals channel the power and the riffage of The Jam and the Clash with the melodic appeal of the Kinks and The Beatles.

They open with "Time", a hook-laden firecracker that draws the punks and two punkettes near the stage. By the time the title track, "Secrets & Lies" rolls in, a small moshpit erupts and the crowd happily jostles and shakes to the rhythm and the beat.

"Bullet for Your Eye" bites like something borrowed from Hilera but the mass of slam dancing bodies hardly bats a critical eye. A bit of new wave power pop shows up in the winning "Never Ending Cries."

In fact, the debut is so winning, it was named by Philippine Star columnist and Esquire editor-in-chief Erwin Romulo as one of the best albums of 2011. He called it "a true sonic testament to his status as the Filipino Modfather."

To avail of their debut album Secrets & Lies add them up at their facebook page or go to Bad Omen's axeman Jon Fisbone in his shop called Middle Finger Clothing at Cartimar, Recto

This article was taken form Tony Maghirang's Yahoo! OMG Pinoy Rocks segment

Friday, February 10, 2012


After punk was hemogenized and hip hop lost its impetus for social change. The counterculture that energetically challenged the status quo, smashing social standards and revolutionizing every aspect of music, art, government and civil society is now a culture that is lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning.

According to Wikipedia, today's encyclopedia for the internet savvy dumb ass. Counterculture is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a subculture that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day.

It's time to bring back the movement that have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders and the doomed shallowness of mainstream society. Let's bring back subversion and originality.

Join the Counter Culture!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Tomorrow will be the 5th year death anniversary of Luis "Weslu" Guiang drummer of seminal punk rock bands Private Stock, George Imbecile and The Idiots and the finest ska band in the Philippines Put3ska.

Not a single day goes by that we think of you dearly, We miss you my friend.