I’m Back! // XLR8April 6, 2010 at 9:14 am | Posted in P-Pop | 11 Comments
Tags: Nationalism, P-Pop, travel, vacation, XLR8
I just came back, tired but happy, from two provinces, first Marilao then Pangasinan.
We came to Marilao for Holy Week. Honestly, I don’t like spending Holy Week at my father’s relatives because I just can’t feel the Semana Santa. We don’t go to church because it’s very far – and because they don’t do it there. I just tried to spend the Holy Week internally, watching The Seven Last Words on television.
We we’re about to go home last Saturday when we found out that my grandparents and my other relatives on my mother’s side were going to Pangasinan to visit them (we visit them once or twice a year only). Since my baby cousin will come too without a maid and mother, my mother asked me, Fatima and Andrea to join them and take care of baby Miggy. It was quite a memorable vacation in Pangasinan. The people there are friendly and we enjoyed swimming in a nearby resort. It was a perfect bonding time with us from Metro Manila with those in the province. By the way, the road trip was fun, too, since IT WAS FOUR HOURS OR MORE FROM MANILA.
XLR8 – The first Filipino pop boy band (who can sing and dance)
I just bought a CD of XLR8 (pronounced as accelerate)!!! I’m quite happy because even my sisters and mom like them!
They’re an 8-member group composed of half-Japanese Aki (the only half-foreign Filipino – the rest are pure Pinoy), Caleb (my personal favorite! ❤ ), twins MM and MJ, youngest member Arkin, namer of the group Carlo, Aga Muhlach’s younger brother AJ, and talented Kiko.
In the midst of K-Pop craze in the Philippines, the country right now has proudly established its own pop genre —> P-Pop! The 12-songs from the album are all good and catchy, proudly Pinoy. Their songs are mostly english-tagalog together. I always thought that a song with both tagalog and english lyrics are baduy, but they proved otherwise.
I like XLR8. They have different personalities and are all musically talented. Three great songs from the self-titled album are creatively written by 1/2 of the Magno brothers, MJ. They all look good, too.
I hope that Filipinos and other people will not so much criticize this potential boy group. Many say that their debut song was a copycat to Super Junior’s Sorry Sorry, but we can’t just look at that right? We’re always crazy about Asian groups. It’s time that we have our own pride in the music industry. It’s a good help to the economy, too. And since boy bands are popular, I think we can give XLR8 a chance. Many say that we copy; well, you’re right. But no one is so original these days. Instead of criticizing them as copycats or wannabe’s, we should see that they’re putting Filipino style in what they do. It’s not copying but improvising. ^_^’
Anyway, I like their songs. It’s full of english and tagalog combined. We can show that Filipinos are really good in English, in grammar and pronunciation. So let’s give them support and give them obstructive (and not destructive) criticism for them to improve and be more original, having authentic Pinoy style.
VIVA Official Page (note: pictures are not arranged accdg. to profile)
I’ll be adding a page for XLR8 – for lyrics and download. The download, for support, will only be for a week or two. Hope you like them, too.
It has been a great first week of vacation. About 4 more weeks to go before La Salle. God bless you all!
Current Music: For You by XLR8