"In behalf of the music scene, I would like to thank MYX forsupporting artists—whether indie or mainstream," said a grateful Ysmael Yuzon, vocalist of Sponge Cola,during the 2nd MYX Music Awards held last March 15 at the Armed Forces of thePhilippines (AFP) Theater in Camp Aguinaldo. MYX, the music channel of ABS-CBN,selected the winners by allowing viewers to vote for their favorite bands andsingers through SMS or text messaging.
By garnering 49.12% of the votes cast by MYX music channelviewers, Sponge Cola bested other bands Kamikazee, Sandwich, Hale, and Imagofor the category of Favorite Artist. In addition, Sponge Cola also won theFavorite Group Award, Favorite Rock Video, and Favorite Song for theircomposition "Bitiw."
Erik Santos and Christian Bautista took home three trophiesthat night. Erik bagged the Favorite Collaboration, Favorite Remake, andFavorite Male Artist while Christian was cited as the viewers' choice forFavorite MYX Live Performance, Favorite Mellow Video and Favorite Music Video.
Through its MYX Magna Award, the music channel paid tributeto the APO Hiking Society but the three legendary singers were unable to attendthe awards night because they are currently on tour. An audiovisualpresentation was shown to the audience that traced the origin of the group wayback in 1973. There were even video clips and old photos of Danny Javier, Jim Paredes, and BuboyGarovillo when they were still starting in the music industry over threedecades ago.
"No one reallythought they would become professional but it was inevitable that they wouldbecome successful," said actor-singer Noel Trinidad, a close friend of thethree. Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano described APO as having "transcendedtime and generations."
After showing theAVP, OPM singers gave their own tribute by performing the well-loved songs ofthe APO Hiking Society. Faith Cuneta gave her own rendition of "Ewan," RaimundMarasigan performed "Batang-bata Ka Pa," while Ebe Dancel sang "Awit ngBarkada."
This year also marks the addition of two new categories—theFavorite MYX Banda RitoAppearance and the Celebrity VJ Award. The bandAmbassadors was the first-ever recipient of the Banda RitoAppearanceAward while Michael V was named Favorite Celebrity VJ.
Adding comic relief and glamour to the awards night were thepresenters of the various categories. Jay of Kamikazee was lucky enough to bepaired with Aubrey Miles and he even got to score a kiss! Another couple caughtkissing onstage that night was Erik Santos and Rufa Mae Quinto. The starletgave her boyfriend a congratulatory kiss for winning the Favorite Remake Awardfor his song "Your Love," which got an overwhelming 71.54% of the votes in thatcategory.
Here is the complete list of winners during the 2nd MYXMusic Awards:
Favorite Music Video: "Invincible"by Christian Bautista
Favorite Song: "Bitiw" bySponge Cola
Favorite Artist: Sponge Cola
Favorite Rock Video: "Bitiw" bySponge Cola
Favorite Urban Video: "I Do" by Nina
Favorite Mellow Video: "Invincible"by Christian Bautista
Favorite Remake: "Your Love" byErik Santos
Favorite Male Artist: Erik Santos
Favorite Female Artist: Rachelle AnnGo
Favorite Group: SpongeCola
Favorite Indie Artist: Kjwan
Favorite Media Soundtrack: "Dahil Ikaw"by True Faith for Sa Piling Mo
Favorite New Artist: Kala
Favorite Collaboration: "Bakit BaIniibig Ka" by Erik Santos and Regine Velasquez
Favorite MYX Live Performance: ChristianBautista
Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video: Chin-ChinGutierrez for "Pintura" by Kjwan.
Favorite International Music Video: Welcome to theBlack Parade, My Chemical Romance
Favorite MYXCelebrity VJ:Michael V
Click more photos to view the awardees and the presenters that night.