Switchfoot jams with Tondo residents for music video

American Christian rock band Switchfoot filmed a music video in Tondo, Manila, last March 28. The single will be included in the band's upcoming 10th studio album.

American alternative rock band Switchfoot just filmed a new music video... and it's in Manila!

Switchfoot visited the Philippines for their Easter Sunday concert at the Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater last March 27.

The five member rock group—composed of Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals)—is currently gearing up for the release of their 10th studio album.

Much to the delight of their Filipino fans, the band chose to film the music video of their first album single in Tondo, Manila. The shoot was held on Monday, March 28, from 4 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. 

Church Simplified, the church group that organized the band's concert in Manila, uploaded a behind-the-scenes photo of the music video shoot on its Facebook page. In the photo, the band members can be seen playing while surrounded by Pinoys.

Oh, nothing. Just Switchfoot partying it up in the middle of Tondo. How was your Monday? #switchfootinmanila #switchfootwithdrawal#toocool

Posted by Church Simplified on Sunday, March 27, 2016

Church Simplified also thanked Young Focus, a non-government organization that brings education to under-privileged children, for hosting the band's visit to Tondo.

The caption for the Facebook video stated: 'Thank you Young Focus for graciously hosting us. Switchfoot had an amazing time playing for the community and meeting the kids. #SwitchfootInManila #SwitchfootatWalkway #ChurchCanBeSimple.'

Thank you Young Focus for graciously hosting us. Switchfoot had an amazing time playing for the community and meeting the kids. #SwitchfootInManila #SwitchfootatWalkway #ChurchCanBeSimple

Posted by Church Simplified on Monday, March 28, 2016

Patrick Filart, managing director of ThirtySix-O Media that filmed the music video, told CNN Philippines in an interview that the band had fun during their stay in Tondo.

He said, "Considering the heat, they seemed to have loved every minute of it. It was so nice to see them really engage with the community and make the experience as personal as possible. And it also seemed that the community felt the same way."

During their lunch break, the kids of Young Focus enjoyed eating with members of the band.

Church Simplified director Bebo Bharwani said it was the band who suggested shooting the music video in the Philippines. This was their way of paying tribute to their lone Filipino member Jerome Fontamillas, who grew up in Pasay City. The band has yet to reveal the release dates for the music video and their album.


Switchfoot was established in 1996 but the band rose to fame after their song "Dare You to Move" was featured on the romantic film A Walk To Remember starring Mandy Moore and Shane West in 2002. The Christian rock band also won a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in 2011 for their album titled Hello Hurricane.

Their other popular songs include "Meant to Live," "The Original," and "Afterlife."





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