Muziklaban 2013 Mindanao Finals

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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE crowd may have been unruly resulting to the cutting short of Slapshock's performance during the San Miguel Beer (SMB)-sponsored Mindanao finals of the Red Horse Muziklaban at the Taboan in Matina Town Square last December 7.

But in the end, it was Cagayan de Oro City's Hubito's Tribe who prevailed and earned the ticket to the grand finals which will be held in Manila on February next year.

Hubito's Tribe earned the nod of the judges and bested three other bands in the semi-finals including fellow Cagayanons Banda ni Papet and two Davao City-based bands Plagio and Backstabells.

SMB Trade Promotion Head for Mindanao Dennis Gampon, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said: "We are confident that our finalists from Mindanao will be crowned grand champions. We are expecting the best out of them during the grand finals."

Slapshock frontman Jamir Garcia, in an interview at the backstage, said: "All the bands poured their hearts out tonight and the passion for their music was really evident by the way they performed. Props to all of them but there could only be one winner."

Frontman of 2011's Red Horse Muziklaban champions David vs Goliath Oliver Lagdameo told Sun.Star Davao, "I think they (Hubito's Tribe) have what it takes to win the finals. But the competition will be stiff and they will need to improve their songwriting, stage presence and their overall performance if they want to win it all."

After the finalists made their performances, David vs Goliath wowed the crowd with their heavy and gritty tracks while 2004 Red Horse Muziklaban champions Mayonnaise toned it down with their alternative songs.

Kjwan, on the other hand, hyped up the crowd once again before the Filipino rock legends Razorback took over the stage.

The crowd, however, started to go wild throwing bottled waters and plastic chairs and standing on top of their table when Slapshock kicked off with their performance. Garcia said they should have performed seven songs including four tracks from their first international album which is set to be released next year. But the SMB management cut their performance short as the crowd refused to cooperate despite being reprimanded by Garcia himself.

Their performance might have been interrupted but what's important was the up and coming bands who joined the yearly battle of the bands spectacle were able to cap off their performances. Red Horse Muziklaban is the country's premier rock band competition that has been held for 14 years. The winning band will have a chance to take home P1 million and a recording contract.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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