After PBB stint, life rolls on for Mcoy Fundales

Dec 2, 2007
Despite the feeling of loneliness that engulfed him during his stay inside the PBB house, former Orange & Lemons guitarist-vocalist Mcoy Fundales cannot deny the positive response he received from the public. "I was really overwhelmed sa acceptance ng mga tao sa personality ko, sa character ko," Mcoy told PEP last Thursday, November 30, during the NU 107 Rock Awards.
Things are back to normal for ex-Orange & Lemons guitarist-vocalist and ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate, Mcoy Fundales. PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught sight of Mcoy last November 30 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City during the NU 107 Rock Awards.

Stationed at the right wing of the stage while waiting for the event to officially start, Mcoy confirmed good-naturedly, "One week na 'ko sa labas. One week na 'kong laya."

Mcoy, along with comedienne Ethel Booba, opted to exit voluntarily from the PBB house, consequently forfeiting their chance to bag the top prize as well.

DAYS SEEMED ENDLESS. According to Mcoy, the first few days inside the house were exciting. But the euphoria soon wore thin as hours and minutes dragged on.

"Well, it gets lonely inside," he admitted, recalling his incarceration along with other celebrities. "Kasi walang ibang ginagawa kung hindi task and less conversations with the other housemates. Hindi ako sanay ng gano'n, e, and nami-miss ko pa yong family ko."

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He used the word "lutang" in describing the general mood upon stepping outside the celebrated house.

"Kasi we've been cut off from the outside world," Mcoy explained. "We had no idea kung anong nangyayari like the bombings and all those things. So I tried to update myself after I went out."

With a loud laugh, the singer-songwriter said about his family's reaction on his homecoming: "Everybody was surprised. Hindi ko alam kung masaya sila dahil umuwi na ko o malungkot sila dahil hindi ako nanalo."

MAKING PEACE WITH KUYA. Many believed that Mcoy's disenchantment inside the house intensified when kuya made a comment pertaining to plagiarism. The criticism unknowingly opened an old emotional wound in Mcoy, who admitted still being haunted by accusations of ripping off an existing melody and incorporating it to an Orange & Lemons song two years ago.

"Okay na kami," clarified Mcoy about his relationship with kuya. "He apologized the next day and I admire him for that gesture and I accepted it and in a way I told him din na pasensya na rin. Siguro hanggang gano'n lang talaga 'yong story ko sa loob ng bahay."

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Leaving Pinoy Big Brother means facing the real world once more. And reality for Mcoy means picking up the guitar and knocking off tunes anew.

"Balik po sa mundo ko, musika. I'll be having a new band after Orange & Lemons. We're working on it, so may mga options pa kami, so we'd rather not announce muna kung ano yong mga options hanggang hindi pa sure," he politely begged off.

As far as his relationship with the other members of O n' L, Mcoy revealed that he's still working with former bandmates, bassist JM Del Mundo and drummer Ace Del Mundo.

But when it comes to another former member and creative collaborator, Clem, things continue to be on a standstill.

"When I went inside the [PBB] house wala. Wala and hanggang ngayon hindi pa kami nagkikita," he mentioned when probed if they've been communicating following the group's demise.

Asked if he misses working with the old Orange & Lemons band, Mcoy turned a bit uptight. "Not really," he replied with a curled lip, "kasi I've been busy and paglabas ko ngayon marami ring plans na exciting for me, so hindi pa. 'Tsaka kailan lang naman kami nagkahiwa-hiwalay."

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Orange & Lemons was responsible for the hit songs, "Hanggang Kailan," "Heaven Knows (This Angel Has Flown)," "Abot Kamay," "Lihim," "Ang Katulad Mong Walang Katulad" and a cover of the APO Hiking Society classic, "Yakap sa Dilim."

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Despite the feeling of loneliness that engulfed him during his stay inside the PBB house, former Orange & Lemons guitarist-vocalist Mcoy Fundales cannot deny the positive response he received from the public. "I was really overwhelmed sa acceptance ng mga tao sa personality ko, sa character ko," Mcoy told PEP last Thursday, November 30, during the NU 107 Rock Awards.
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