Nine (9) Palawan-based bands conquered the stage of the 1st GBD (Gerandy B. Danao) Battle of the Bands as part of the celebration of the last night of the 18th Palay Festival in Narra with Puerto Princesa City’s Rylodia bagging the top place winning P50,000 from the town’s local government unit (LGU).
Rylodia, which was founded on 2016, is composed of frontman Pong Gabo, lead guitarist Jake Estrella, second guitarist RB Hugo, bassist Earl Calma, and drummer Cedric Prèvotet and is under Ricky Cayapas’ Little Hideout Production.
The band performed their own composition “Sympatya” that centers on the reality of conspiracy among groups and circle of friends impressing judges led by Jose delos Reyes of Red Button Productions. Their New Underground (NU) Metal genre also reminded the audience of the bands Queso, Wilabaliw and Slapshock.
Placing second place, on the other hand, is Raptured Faith claiming P30,000. It is also based in Puerto Princesa City.
Emerging as third place is Wateber, also from the capital, receiving P20,000.
Other joining bands who wowed the audience include Iconic, Island Jam, Diadems, Watching Scenes, Banana Jam, and Boarnovus.
The competing bands were required to perform one original song.
“Hindi expect, wala siyempre andaming magagaling eh. Tapos ayun nga, hindi namin akalain na masusundot namin ‘yung champion. Pinakahuli pa kaming nag-perform tapos nilipat pa ‘yung venue dahil sa ulan diba? Sobrang daming struggle na nangyari noon,” Rylodia’d lead guitarist Jake Estrella said.
Estrella also said that their band got the award for best drummer and best lead guitar aside from receiving the P50,000 cash prize and the champion title. He also noted that the cash prize will be alloted as their travel fund in case they enlist for the upcoming Rakrakan Festival in Metro Manila.
The 1st GBD Battle of the Bands was announced early October as part of the celebration of the annual Palay Festival in the municipality of Narra, Palawan.
Adding to the highlights of the event were performances from Philippine representative bands Valley of Chrome, Skychurch and Typecast which awed the crowd with their well-known songs like Boston Drama, Love and Devotion and Animus.
Despite the rain which took the whole night and made the management to change its venue to the RVM Gymnasium at the last minute, the show still rocked the young musical minds of Narra who stayed up late just to witness the three main band’s world class performances.