Unplugged Battle of the Bands champion named

DABAWENYO band, Baby in the Box, is this year's Araw ng Dabaw Unplugged Battle of the Bands champion held at Rizal Park last Sunday evening.

The band, who hails from the south of Davao City, bested 14 other finalists through their rendition of "Yugyugan Na" and "I Have Nothing".

The same band also won the Best Instrumentalist award.

Meanwhile, Cresendo from Tagum City won as first runner-up, followed by, Echoistic, which has members come from University of Mindanao; University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep); and Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC).

The winners rose above 15 finalists who were selected from 60 bands who went to the screening last March 10 at City Hall lobby. The bands were not just from the Davao City but Kidapawan, General Santos City, Panabo, and Tagum City.

The Davao Unplugged 2018: Acoustic Band Competition is already on its fourth season.

This event serves as a venue that aims to provide an opportunity for all the musicians. It also aims to encourage young and aspiring music artists and to discover new bands.

Judges of this year's competition were, Willam Zimmerman, a retired international flight steward, a businessman and a music enthusiast; Ryan Rellon, a proprietor and operations manager of Soundtrack music studio; Rochelle Venuti, band vocalist, a businesswoman-proprietor of Swiss Deli Restaurant; Peter Buaya, an internationally acclaimed choir conductror, recipient of NCCA Gawad-Ani ng Dangal; and Rebal Magdagasang,Song writer- composer and record producer.

After Sunday's competition the crowd was entertained by Spongecola band led by its vocalist Yael Yuzon.

Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre expressed his gratefulness for the success of the event.

"The Araw ng Dabaw Execom is happy because there are many good bands, around 60 bands attended the screening…this time our judges really had a hard time judging the finalists," he said.

Alejandre added that he was glad that the local bands were given a break and a chance to be known in Davao.

Alejandre added that Sunday night's event was the last of the major Araw ng Dabaw events.
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