Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon still elusive on rumored romance with Karylle

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Nine out of the twelve songs in Araw Oras Tagpuan, Sponge Cola's newly-released album, are either written or co-written by Yael Yuzon (main photo). When he was asked, should one of the songs be dedicated to Karylle (inset), which one would it be?—he replied in jest, "Siguro ano, yung song na 'Ok Dito' [fourth track], kasi wala siya dito, e. So, okay dito. Parang alam mo yun, 'Oi! Okay dito!'"


Pinoy pop-rock band Sponge Cola is truly inspired.

While their 2010 mini-album or EP [extended play], Tambay, sold 200,000 copies—making the group an official diamond-recording band—Sponge Cola released their fourth full-length album this month.

Araw Oras Tagpuan is a twelve-track collection which still includes Tambay and current single "Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay."

Band vocalist-guitarist Yael Yuzon appears most inspired, having penned and co-written most of the songs in the album such as "Stargazer," "Ok Dito," "She Weeps," "Walang Wakas," "Regal," and title-cover "Araw Oras Tagpuan."

Would this output have any connection with his rumored relationship with singer-actress Karylle?

At the Araw Oras Tagpuan album launch today, September 14, held at the Patio Carlito Whitehouse on Tomas Morato Ave., Q.C., Yael was unresponsive to inquiries about the issue despite his high-spirited and enthusiastic presence beside his bandmates Armo Armovit (lead guitarist), Gosh Dilay (bassist), and Tedmark Cruz (drummer).

Asked if Karylle was the inspiration behind his songs, Yael replies, "Well... lahat ng mga people around us nagiging inspiration for writing....

"...seeing something spectacular ... being lost for words ...

"If you follow the lyrics, parang nagde-describe siya, nagdya-jump from one description to another kasi parang when you see a spectacle in front of you, you kind of 'want to steal it from the sky.'"

The last poetic phrase comes from the album's song "Regal" which the band performed during the launch.

Persistently pried if indeed his motivated writing mood has anything to do with Karylle's company, Yael replies in a series of "Well, ano, parang just, you know, um, parang..."

Is that a yes or a no?

"Yeah, pero ngayon kasi nasa Singapore siya... Inspiration ko naman lahat ng mga tao around me," Yael states.

Karylle is now in Singapore for the Pan-Asian TV series Kitchen Musical.

Asked if they were ever classmates or blockmates at the Ateneo de Manila University, where they both finished their undergraduate studies, Yael, a literature major says, "Hindi, hindi. Ano siya, e, management siya. Comm tech [communications technology] management."

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Recently, a news item from an online tabloid claimed that Karylle keeps a close watch—"bantay-sarado"—on Yael while she is away in Singapore. To this Yael reacts, "Actually hindi ko alam ang ibig sabihin ng bantay-sarado, e...

"Tini-tweet ko naman yung mga ginagawa ko lagi, tapos Facebook, so yeah. We keep in touch with everyone din naman."

Have he and Karylle planned to keep their romance from the media despite being seen together in public?

Yael's indirect, humorous answers still persist, "A, hindi, hindi naman kasi wala naman kasi napapag-usapan na media part e.

"Kasi parang [ganito kami], 'Hey, you know what? Shows are nice these days... they're you know, quite engaging!'"

Are they comfortable that the public perceives them to be romantically involved?

Still more shrugs from Yael.

At the remark that he seems to be radiating an "inner smile," Yael beams and says, "Outer [smile] din, o!"


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