LOOK: ACAPELLAGO And How They Aim To Popularize A Cappella In The Philippines
Perhaps everyone's familiar with the tagalog nursery rhyme Tatlong Bibe that got the Philippine social media scene into a frenzy. Soon after Daniel Matsunaga sung the children's song in his teleserye, Be My Lady, almost everyone got hooked and made their own versions: one did so while impersonating Regine Velasquez and another rewrote the lyrics to Limang Bobo.
But one of the most notable rendition was from a five piece contemporary a cappella group, Acapellago. Watch their video below.
Video courtesy: Acapellago Official
Michelle Pascual (soprano), Almond Bolante (counter tenor), Joshua Cadelina (tenor), Avin Laderas (bass) and Ron Laderas (beatbox), all hailing from Bulacan, complete the group. They've been in the scene long before, but it was only after their Tatlong Bibe cover went viral on social media that they were given the recognition they have long deserved.
During the recently concluded Asia-Pacific A Cappella Championship League in Singapore, Acapellago bagged the grand prize along with two individual awards, Best in Female and Bass Vocals for Pascual and Ron Laderas, respectively. The group competed against five a cappella groups from Australia, Taiwan, HongKong, Malaysia and Singapore.
They were ecstatic. Why, you ask? Imagine meeting and getting complimented by the the Father of Contemporary A Cappella, Deke Sharon! Just wow. "Nung na-meet namin s'ya, sinabi n'ya sa amin na 'Saan ba kayo galing? Bakit ngayon lang kayo lumabas?'," narrated Bolante excitedly.
Sharon even offered Acappellago help when it came to song arrangements and offered assistance to help develop contemporary a cappella in the Philippines. Sharon admitted wanting to visit the Philippines soon to meet the other a cappella groups.
As a matter of fact, these statements by Sharon are in line with Acapellago's advocacy to help spread contemporary a cappella music to the Filipinos and introduce Philippine music to the world.
"Alam naman natin na ang Pilipinas ay rich talaga pagdating sa chorale singing, chorale tradition and classical music," shared Ron Laderas. "Ngayon mas na-o-orient na ang kabataan sa ganitong klaseng music. Mas aware na sila kung paano nagwo-work ang isang a cappella group—may beatboxer, bass singer, tenor, soprano."
Catch more of Acapellago with their upcoming debut album featuring their PhilPop entry Stars Are Aligned, Tatlong Bibe, OPMs and an original song "na dapat nilang abangan." Good luck on your next endeavors, guys!
Is Acapellago aca-mazing or aca-awesome? Tell us in the comments, aca-fellas!