Converse Celebrates OPM with Get Loud

Out of the hundreds of local bands that were chosen, shortlisted and made it to to the final cut, and out of the exhaustive nationwide search that involved scouring hundreds of performance venues, visiting thousands of band sites and YouTube channels and immersing into the alternative music scene, only five bands have been chosen by Converse Philippines from the key regions of the country to battle it out and belt it out for the first-ever Converse Philippines’ Get Loud.

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A campaign that celebrates music, creativity and talented Pinoy artists, Converse Get Loud, with its  iconic sneaker the Chuck Taylor All Star, has gathered the best of the best bands in the country to bring one headbanging and eardrum-breaking music extravaganza that will bring out the rock star in each and everyone of us.


Chuck Taylor All Star, the sneaker of choice for many musicians as it is a badge of self-expression, brought together the five bands vying for the chance to be hailed as the first-ever "Get Loud" champ last October 1 in Metrowalk, Pasig City. There's "Even" from North Luzon, "Brisom" from the National Capital Region, "Kissbone" from South Luzon, "Bethany" from Visayas and "Jad Montenegro" from Mindanao. 

Composed of Dyanne Licudine (vocals), Jam Bumanlag (guitars), Coco Saupan (bass) and Dan Allan Acosta (drums), Baguio-based band "Even," describes their music as "dark and melancholic." They take pride for their songs for their "well thought-out lyrics woven into heavy chugs and bass, unisoned into drumlines." Even performed their original song "Luminary."


As for the NCR representative, Brisom, the band is composed of Brian Sombero (vocals and guitar), Jeffrey Castro (drums and beats), Jason Rondero (bass), Tim Abbott (synthesizer and keys) and Terence Teves (guitar). Most of Brisom’s songs are based on Brian’s "soul-changing travels and life-changing realizations," capturing the sound of soulful indie rock with "straightforward clarity" and "lyrics from the heart." They performed "Waking Lives."


Representing South Luzon, Kissbone is composed of  Armin Joseph Pepito (guitar and vocals), Justine Sioson (guitar and vocals), Renz Jerome Villanueva (drums), Parker Cataquian (bass) and Allan Paulo Luching (rhythm guitar). Beginning with punk rock to emo-screamo genre during their days at Sienna College Taytay, Kissbone now regularly unleashes hardcore and rock metal music. The band performed "Distance and Motion."


As for the representatives from Cebu, Bethany is composed of Luis Quibranza III (lead vocals and  guitar), Angelo Quibranza (lead guitar and vocals), Paolo Miguel Quibranza (drums and vocals) and Kevin Borromeo (bass). The Quibranza siblings immersed themselves into songwriting in 2008 and began performing soon after Kevin’s addition. The band takes pride in their delivery of alternative rock music that has "a lot of curve balls, intense guitar work, smart lyrics and infectious melodies." Bethany performed "Keep Moving On." 


Lastly, the Jad Montenegro, who hails from Mindanao, takes its name from its lead vocalist. Completing the band are Dave Ibao (guitar and  backing vocals), Eric Luzada (lead guitar), Pjoe Sabanpan (bass) and Carlo Garcia (drums, backing vocals). After performing as a solo acoustic act in Davao, Jad felt the need to expand her musical horizons by forming a band with friends. Their song entry for the competition is "The Escapist."

Jad Montenegro

The "Get Loud" Finals will happen on November 9.The grand prize winner will walk away with Php150,000.00 worth of cash and Converse products. The first and second runner ups and the two finalists will be awarded with Php100,000.00, Php60,000.00 and Php40,000.00 worth of cash and Converse products respectively.

You can help the best band shines the brightest, log on to www.facebook./ConversePhilippines, click the "Get Loud" tab and VOTE! Fan votes shall comprise 20% of the band’s final score. Fans can also increase the band’s chances of winning by uploading a video or photo featuring their favorite Chucks and their favorite band. Each photo or video entry earns the band 2 points per entry. And as an added treat, the most creative video and photo also will win limited edition Converse items. Voting and uploading of entries will end on November 4 and 5, respectively.

The five bands will be recording theirs songs with one of the music industry’s finest producers, Angee Rozul. So, what are you waiting for, GET LOUD and VOTE!

Good luck and congrats, Converse!

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