Wish 107.5 kicked off the month of October with the return of three notable music acts to the Wish Bus — former Yano vocalist Dong Abay, the country’s Pop Prince Erik Santos, and The Voice Season 2 Grand Champion Jason Dy.
Zia Quizon-led jazz band Extrapolation and rising singer-songwriter Ramiru Mataro also hopped on the popular FM-studio-on-wheels for the second time to promote their music.
Here’s a rundown of what went down during last week’s Roadshow:
Erik Santos sings newest single, “Narito Ako”
Fresh from his first two concert directorial stints — his very own April 7 show at the Theater at Solaire, and the Rey Valera-Marco Sison-Hajji Alejandro headliner — Erik Santos is back on the bus with his newest single, “Narito Ako”.
Prince of Pop Erik Santos with Roadshow’s DJ Robin Nievera.
The classic ballad, originally recorded by Ariel Rivera in 1995, is taken from his “Champion Reborn” album.
“I love this song. Before, back when I still wasn’t a [professional] singer, I was really fond of singing in videoke sessions. The song [Narito Ako/ I’m Here] would always be included in my playlist. So when we were doing [my latest] album, I told my producer, ‘Can we record this song?’ I’m just grateful that they agreed.”
Meanwhile, when asked about his experience directing a musical concert, he shared that what he felt was a different kind of an “overwhelming” emotion.
Apart from “Narito Ako”, the singer-turned-director also performed a cut from his 2011 “Awit Para Sa’yo” record, “Kung Wala Ka”. He also teased about his early 2018 concert with Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, and Ogie Alcasid.
Jason Dy stages much-awaited Roadshow return
After over a year since he last set foot on the Wish Bus, RnB crooner Jason Dy made sure that his return to the musical vehicle will be remembered by the Wishers and his own league of fans, Dyfenders.
Aside from sharing the news about “the new phase of [his] career”, the singer showcased his swoon-worthy and skillfully-handled vocal runs with his Roadshow setlist.
Jason Dy first rose to fame after winning the second season of The Voice Philippines.
The The Voice Season 2 Grand Champ paid tribute to his singing competition roots with his “Kahit Kailan” performance. According to him, the South Border tune was part of a pivotal moment in his The Voice journey.
“This song is really important to me because during the competition, I felt like I wasn’t really going anywhere — my competitors are really good and I was being left behind in the voting segment. When I sang the song, it was the first time that I won in the voting. I think it really struck a chord with the people, and I’m glad I was able to perform it,” he recalled.
The two-time Wish Male Artist of the Year awardee also went full circle when he rendered his own take on Sam Smith’s newest smash, “Too Good At Goodbyes”. His first-ever performance on board the Wish Bus was “Stay With Me,” another mega-hit from the British act.
His recent Roadshow gig also saw him give his own, stripped down spin to American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life”, and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry”.
As for his plans for his career, the 27-year-old artist said that he eyes to release more original music.
Dong Abay previews “Full Blast Pinoy Super Bands” concert stint
OPM star Dong Abay, who is set to share the Cuneta Astrodome stage with fellow legendary rock acts on October 20, gave a glimpse of what the crowd will experience in his upcoming co-headlining show.
Another Wish Bus returnee, the former Yano vocalist brought a band and performed his hits “Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo” and “Perpekto”.
According to Abay, the music of “the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s will be well-represented” in their much-awaited concert. The revelry will witness the gathering of the biggest names in the OPM rock scene including Juan Dela Cruz, Lolita Carbon of Asin, Razorback, Queso, The Wuds, The Youth and Basti Artadi.
Dong Abay brings his band as he returns to the Wish Bus to promote his latest projects.
For his Roadshow gig, the dynamic performer also sang “Positibo”, the single of his newest album, “Humanidad”.
His latest effort — his seventh studio album and first full-length record in over 10 years — is a compilation of 14 self-penned tracks that pay tribute to his punk and folk beginnings. The album also highlights his attempt to venture into contemporary alternative rock.
The independently-produced offering is available in the Facebook page, Dong Abay Music Organization.
Budding acts Extrapolation and Ramiru Mataro share originals
Jazz troupe Extrapolation also boarded the Wish Bus to share freshly-composed materials.
Their single “Sunshine Blue,” according to vocalist Isab Velasquez, “asks the question, ‘Can love really only be felt in its absence?'”. The song, which they released on September, was written by flautist Angelo Ampil and bassist E.K. Santamaria.
The band tackles another profound theme with the B-side to “Sunshine Blue”, “Feeling Better”. Co-written by Santamaria and co-lead vocalist Zia Quizon, the song is centered on the do-you-need-someone-to-talk-to kind of a topic.
Members of the band Extrapolation strike a pose after their Wish Bus performances.
The outfit first founded in 2006 also comprises Rafael Mirafuente (saxophone), Dondee Alampay (guitars), Elijah Domingo (keys) and John Reluya (drums).
Meanwhile, last week’s OPM Spotlight featured budding singer-songwriter Ramiru Mataro.
An alumnus of the Elements songwriting camp, the indie act shared his original compositions, “Apleyido Mo Lang Ang Babaguhin Ko” and Kapag”. For his second Roadshow guesting, he also covered the hit “Begin Again” soundtrack, “Lost Stars”.
Ramiru Mataro is a member of the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit. Weekly, the group sends an artist to the Wish Bus to perform for the Roadshow’s “OPM Spotlight” segment.
He also revealed that an album is currently in the works. He eyes to release this effort in 2018.
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