Voting for MYX Music Awards ends today, March 10

Aia de Leon (second from left) of Imago stars in the music video of "Sugod," which is one of the nominees in the favorite music video category of the 2008 MYX Music Awards. Imago has been chosen to take part in the 2008 Mosaic Music Festival to be held in Singapore from March 7-16, 2008.

Imagine a tired Aia de Leon walking on the dusty outskirts of Mt. Pinatubo. Her shoulders slump gracelessly when she hitches a ride. Then she falls fast asleep. Outside the car, the road bears its tire tracks. Soldiers march to meet insurgents. The sun warns one away from its harsh warmth, but the Imago vocalist soon alights from the vehicle. She trudges on while her song "Sundo" plays in the background, telling the viewers about going the distances one endures with patience.

When Aia arrived at the launch of the MYX Music Awards bar tour held last March 6 at Mag:net Café, Bonifacio High Street, she did not come from a long hike in Pampanga. Instead, the band turns up from "kanya-kanyang lakad." The first paragraph merely describes the music video of "Sundo," which comes to mind when Imago presents the song.

After her lively performance, Aia told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that the band Imago was invited to take part in Singapore's Mosaic Music Festival. This 10-day envent showcases the best in jazz, world music, soul, and hip-hop. The chosen international, home-grown and regional artists will perform with up-and-coming musicians at the Esplanade from March 7-16.


Aside from Imago, other bands that performed at the launch included Silent Sanctuary, Sponge Cola, and Pupil, whose guitarist Yani Yuson celebrated his birthday that night. Ely Buendia, the former vocalist of the Eraserheads, granted an exclusive interview with PEP wherein he reiterated that he is still not open to an Eraserheads reunion even after they disbanded six years ago.

The MYX Music Awards bar tour, which started at 10 p.m. and ended at around 1 a.m., was hosted by MYX VJs Drei and Igi.

Directed by Marie Jamora, the music video of "Sundo" shows the constancy of movement with relics such as seashells, mud stains on cars, a spare tire. It pays tribute to the journeys people take everyday to make ends meet. Thus it strikes a chord among the viewers on MYX and they reward that with a nomination for favorite music video in the MYX Music Awards.


Aia acknowledges the music video's role in interacting with audiences: "It's a visual cue for the audience to be able to relate to your music more. It relies on your sense of sight. It helps to bring the music to a different level." She narrated that they shot the video on the Mount Pinatubo trail at Capas, Tarlac.

There are other videos that made the same connection with the viewers and accepted a nomination in the favorite music video category of MYX. These include Bamboo's "Probinsyana," Callalily's "Magbalik," Chicosci's "Vampire Social Club," and Sponge Cola's "Tuliro."

Probinsyana directed by Pancho Esguerra is an ironic rendering of the countryside lass. The song for a Pepsi ad has loud and catchy video-spiced up with a sexy dance and an always bouncing Bamboo Mañalac.

Tuliro by Trey Contreras shows off an animated periscope, giving the Sponge Cola members peeks at a rather intimidating lady. The video achieves a confused quality, brimming with spirit and energy associated with inebriated people.


On the other hand, Magbalik by Wincy Ong is a patchwork of images, telling of the troubles people brave in relationships. Each picture relates an affecting story such as two kids separating, lovers falling apart, and a man abandoning his girl for priesthood.

The eye candy in a Chicosci video is usually frontman Miggy Chavez and in Vampire Social Club, director Wincy Ongshows people united by their love for music and who else—but Miggy.

To vote for your favorite artists, tune in to MYX or type and send to 2366 on your mobile phones. You may also cast your votes in the voting boxes located in any JB Music, Odyssey and Penshoppe stores nationwide.

Here is the complete list of nominees in the 2008 MYX Music Awards:

Favorite Music Video: Probinsyana by Bamboo; Magbalik by Callalily; Vampire Social Club by Chicosci; Sundo by Imago; and Tuliro by Sponge Cola

Song of the Year: "Magsasaya" by 6Cyclemind; "Vampire Social Club" by Chicosci; "Ikaw" by Sarah Geronimo; "Ikaw Lamang" by Silent Sanctuary; "Wag Kang Umiyak" by Sugarfree


Artist of the Year: 6Cyclemind; Callalily; Chicosci; Sarah Geronimo; and Sponge Cola

Favorite Male Artist: Christian Bautista; Erik Santos; Gloc 9; Janno Gibbs; and Piolo Pascual

Favorite Female Artist: Jaya; Kyla; Rachelle Ann Go; Sarah Geronimo; and Toni Gonzaga

Favorite Group: 6Cyclemind; Bamboo; Callalily; Chicosci; and Sponge Cola

Favorite Rock Video: Tatsulok by Bamboo; Vampire Social Club by Chicosci; Seksi Seksi by Kamikazee; Will You Ever Learn by Typecast; and Guillotine by Urbandub

Favorite Mellow Video: Is It Over by Jaya MMA; Love Will Lead You Back by Kyla; Only Reminds Me Of You by M.Y.M.P.; Alam ng Ating Mga Puso by Rachelle Ann Go; and Catch Me I'm Fallin' by Toni Gonzaga

Favorite Urban Video: Summertime by 7 Shots of Wisdom; Back into You by Amber Davis; Ikaw (Humanap Ka ng Pangit Part 2) by Andrew E; Like That by Billy Crawford; Lando by Gloc9 and Francis M

Favorite Collaboration: Christian Bautista and Rachelle Ann Go in Pag-ibig Na Kaya; Gloc9 and Francis M in Lando; Mcoy and the Spaceflower Show in Salawikain; Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual in Paano Kita Iibigin; and Rivermaya and Raymund Marasigan in Inosente Lang ang Nagtataka


Favorite Remake: Tatsulok by Bamboo; Mahirap Magmahal ng Syota ng Iba by Hilera; Is It Over by Jaya; Love Will Lead You Back by Kyla; and Ale by The Bloomfields

Favorite New Artist: Julianne; Lala; Sam Concepcion; Silent Sanctuary; and The Bloomfields

Favorite Indie Artist: Ciudad; Felepinas; Kjwan; Radioactive Sago Project; and Updharmadown

Favorite International Video: Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne; Teenagers by My Chemical Romance; Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus; Umbrella by Rihanna; and Jenny by The Click Five

Favorite Guest Appearance in a Video: Alfred Vargas in All This Time by Rufa Mae Quinto; Bella Flores in Dear Kuya by Sugarfree; Jake Cuenca and Roxanne Guinoo in Haplos by Shamrock; Kaye Abad in Director's Cut by Kamikazee; and Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson in Love Team by Itchyworms

Favorite Media Soundtrack: Aiza Seguerra, Para Sa `yo in Ysabella; Bamboo, Argos in Rounin; Gary Valenciano, Sana Maulit Muli in Sana Maulit Muli; Nikki Gil, Gotta Go My Own Way in High School Musical 2; and Sponge Cola, Tuloy Pa Rin in Pedro Penduko at ang Mga Engkantao


Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ: Judy Ann Santos; Kjwan; Parokya ni Edgar; Rufa Mae Quinto; and Sarah Geronimo

Favorite MYX Live Performance: Gloc 9; Jed Madela; Pupil; Regine Velasquez /Piolo Pascual; and Sugarfree

Favorite MYX Bandarito Performance: Bagetsafonik; Duster; Reklamo; Quadro; and Zelle

Voting ends today, March 10 (Monday).

To vote for your favorite artists, tune in to MYX or type and send to 2366 on your mobile phones. You may also cast your votes in the voting boxes located in any JB Music, Odyssey and Penshoppe stores nationwide.

The third MYX Music Awards will be presented on March 26, 2008 at the Meralco Theater.





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