Iktus Wins Sun Broadband Quest 2013

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The folks from Sun Cellular invited us last night to watch the National Finals of the 1st Sun Broadband Quest held at the Music Museum. The inter-school band competition was launched in December 2012, and out of 63 successful entries online (145 bands tried their luck), 10 bands from all over the country competed for the top prize of Php 150,000.00 and a recording contract with MCA Music, Inc.

We were told that Sun Broadband held a workshop for the members of these 10 bands to hone their voice and skills in instruments. The mentors of the workshop were Ebe Dancel (formerly of Sugar Free), Francis Reyes (The Dawn), Nyoy Volante, Mally Paraguya, Eunice Jorge and Mike Dizon.

The top 10 bands who performed were Baby Boomers of Davao, Bad Hair Day of FEU, Crowd 7 also from Davao, Dagsin of St. Scholastica’s College, Iktus of Christian International School, J-Squad of Foundation University in Dumaguete, Jack N Poy of De La Salle University, Low Grad Repeat, Mariae of University of the Philippines, and Soulpage also from UP.

Here are some photos I’ve taken last night:

Baby Boomers singing The Knack's My Sharona.

Baby Boomers singing The Knack’s My Sharona.

J-Squad of Dumaguete City

J-Squad of Dumaguete City

Bad Hair Day is the only all-girl band in the Top 10

Bad Hair Day is the only all-girl band in the Top 10

Crowd favorite for the night is Iktus. A friend told me they've been joining competitions since 2009

Crowd favorite for the night is Iktus. A friend told me they’ve been joining competitions since 2009

DLSU's Jack N Poy was my favorite last night. They sang The Who classic "My Generation" in Tagalog!

DLSU’s Jack N Poy was my favorite last night. They sang The Who classic “My Generation” in Tagalog!

I don’t remember the last time I’ve watched a battle of the bands competition, but the fans watching with us were so energetic I felt I was in my teens again cheering for all the contestants. By the way, there were also guest performers last night.

Acoustic Sensation Sabrina

Acoustic Sensation Sabrina

The Oktaves. Ely Buendia and the rest of the band played good 'ol rock 'n roll

The Oktaves. Ely Buendia and the rest of the band played good ‘ol rock ‘n roll

Tanya Markova entertained us with their performance (and make-up)

Tanya Markova entertained us with their performance (and make-up)

The competition was tight and most of them really performed well. But the judges have to pick winners, and they are:

2nd Runner-Up is Baby Boomers

2nd Runner-Up is Baby Boomers

Taking the 1st Runner-Up prize is Bad Hair Day

Taking the 1st Runner-Up prize is Bad Hair Day

and the Grand Champion of Sun Broadband Quest is Iktus! Congratulations!

and the Grand Champion of Sun Broadband Quest is Iktus! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Iktus for winning the Sun Broadband Quest competition! We look forward to your album with MCA and watch your gigs. Congratulations also to the rest of the bands who gave their best performances last night. And thank you Sun Broadband for inviting us to watch these amazing bands!

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