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WATCH: Ben&Ben release 'Nakikinig ka ba sa Akin' music video

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:14 PM

'Isang alay sa ating mga kapamilya,' says the band

BEN&BEN. The folk-pop band releases the music video for their song 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin.' Screenshot from

Filipino artists, singers decry denial of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:49 PM

Several celebrities outside of the ABS-CBN network also share their dismay over the decision not to renew the media network's franchise

Maligayang KKK Day from Kidlat Tahimik

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'Tuloy ang labanan upang h’wag mamatay ang katutubong lakas-loob ng ating ninino — tungo as Liwanag'

Inside the Industry: Freelancing with Indierectory

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Ad agency GIGIL's Herbert Hernandez and Jeano Cruz bridge the gap between freelancers and clients through the initiative Indierectory

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law

Get ready with this teacher and digital artist, Patricia Ramos

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:32 PM

She’s an author, a poet, an illustrator, and a teacher

ILLUSTRATION. Art by Andoy Edoria.

Musicians, talent managers' groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:59 PM

OPM president Ogie Alcasid and PAMI president June Rufino give statements at the House hearing on June 30

OFF-AIR. Broadcast giant ABS-CBN shuts down on May 5 following an order to cease operations from the National Telecommunications Commission. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Artists, managers of shuttered network ABS-CBN take pay cut

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:04 PM

'In good times, ABS-CBN has been with us. In bad times, we want to be there for them,' says Professional Artist Managers Incorporated president June Rufino

SHUT. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issues a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ben&Ben answer Singapore artist Benjamin Kheng's 'burning questions' on Instagram Live

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:05 PM

The artists collaborate again after appearing together in a Tiktok video

BEN&BEN and BENJAMIN. The musicians are set to come together again on Instagram Live. Photos courtesy of Sony Music

Kelsey Merritt joins Viva's roster of talents

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Filipino-American model signs with Viva Artists Agency

LISTEN: Ben&Ben releases full version of 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin' on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:24 PM

'Para sa Pilipinas,' the band says on Twitter

BEN&BEN. The band releases the full version of a new song for Independence Day. Rappler screenshot

LISTEN: Moonstar88, Raymund Marasigan collaborate on ‘Naantala’

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The song speaks of a world put on pause under a pandemic

NEW SONG. Moonstar88 release their collaboration with Raymund Marasigan. Screenshot from Moonstar88 on YouTube

LYRICS: Ben&Ben's new song, 'Lifetime'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The folk-pop band is releasing the song on June 4

BEN&BEN. The band releases a new song inspired by a fan's heartbreak story. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Philippines

How Ben&Ben wrote and recorded their new song ‘Lifetime’ while in lockdown

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The song is inspired by a comment left by one of their fans on the music video for their song ‘Pagtingin’

BEN&BEN. The band is releasing a new song recorded in quarantine. Photo courtesy of Sony Music

[WATCH]: Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Ira Aclan

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:52 AM

Award-winning violinist and PROMIL® FOUR Gifted Child Ira Aclan concludes our concert series for our frontliners

Artist Christo who wrapped Reichstag in fabric dies aged 84

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

The artist has died to due to natural causes at his home in New York City

Ebe Dancel celebrates birthday with Facebook show

May 27, 2020 - 7:44 PM

You're invited!

EBE DANCEL. The musician is celebrating his birthday with a show on May 29. File photo by Jaen Nappy Manegdeg and Jeff Digma/Rappler

Reese Lansangan's 'A Song About Space' is part of NASA's newest campaign

May 20, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The song is used by NASA's #LaunchAmerica campaign

WATCH: Gloc-9 and Mayonnaise cover Eminem’s ‘Stan’

May 16, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The artists share their take on the 2000 hit song about an obsessive fan stalking his idol

COLLAB. Mayonnaise and Gloc-9 do a cover of Eminem's 'Stan.' Screenshot from

Who is Fil-Am 'American Idol' finalist Francisco Martin?

May 15, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The Filipino-American singer from San Francisco is a contender to watch

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Yessha Dela Calzada

May 15, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Singing sensation and PROMIL® FOUR i-shiner Yessha Dela Calzada continues our concert series for our frontliners

WATCH: Ben&Ben jams with Thai duo Scrubb

May 14, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The duo has become a hit with Pinoy listeners, after featuring in the hit show ‘2gether: The Series’

SCRUBB. The Thai duo jams with Ben&Ben as their songs go viral among Filipino listeners. Photo courtesy of Sony Music

Artists raise more than P1 million to produce free face masks for all in Iloilo City

May 14, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Selling their art through an online auction, Ilonggo artists pitch in to help Iloilo City gear up for the 'new normal' ahead of them by raising funds for the production of free face masks for locals

ART FOR GOOD. Artist Arel Zambarrano sells his artwork titled "Impending Emancipation" in an online auction raising funds for free face masks. Photo from Ilonggo Artists against COVID-19 Facebook page

Ben&Ben was apparently so moved by a fan’s sad love story that they wrote a song about it

May 12, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Do you have a story of love that was never expressed?

BEN&BEN. The band writes a new song based on the story of one of their listeners. Rappler screenshot

Filipino-American Francisco Martin enters 'American Idol's' Top 7

May 11, 2020 - 7:28 PM

The San Francisco native performs two songs during the show's Sunday episode

Sharon Cuneta's Mother's Day concert raises P2 M

May 11, 2020 - 3:06 PM

Proceeds from the concert go to ABS-CBN's Pangtawid Pag-Ibig program

Concerts for a cause: Smart, OPM artists partner to provide entertainment and relief

May 04, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Fans can watch and engage with their favorite OPM artists like Ultra Combo, Imago, Moonstar88, and 6Cyclemind

WATCH: Smokey Mountain members reunite for 'Bayanihan Musikahan' special

May 04, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The members perform 'Paraiso', 'Better World', and 'Da Coconut Nut' during the 'Taumbayan To The Rescue: A Special Bayanihan Musikahan Concert'

LISTEN: 'This Too Shall Pass,' Rico Blanco's first solo single in 4 years

May 01, 2020 - 7:45 AM

The song dares to hope in the face of uncertainty

RICO BLANCO. The musician releases his first solo single in 4 years. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Philippines

Sound check: The 'Secrets III' home set-ups of Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The 3 artists give us a glimpse of their makeshift stages as they prep for their upcoming online concert

HOME STAGE. Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal find their own corners to perform from for their 'Secrets III' online concert. Photos courtesy of the artists

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Jacob Sarreal

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Filipino saxophonist and gifted child Jacob Sarreal continues our concert series with Promil® Four

LISTEN: Bawal Clan and Owfuck collaborate on second single, 'Ligaw'

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:49 PM

The song follows the two groups' first release, 'Pating sa Kadiliman'

NEW MUSIC. Bawal Clan and Owfuck release their second single, 'Ligaw.' Image courtesy of Bawal Clan

Bayanihan Musikahan to hold special event on May 3

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The event brings together artists including Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, and Smokey Mountain

BAYANIHAN MUSIKAHAN. The online concert series will be holding a special event on May 3, with a lineup of artists topbilled by Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, and Martin Nievera. Screenshot from

Smokey Mountain members reunite for ‘Bayanihan Musikahan’ fundraiser

Apr 24, 2020 - 6:02 PM

The members of the popular group are coming together to perform on May 3

LISTEN: ‘Gera Gera,’ Gloc-9 and Raymund Marasigan’s powerful new song for the times

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:09 PM

‘Kelan pa kaya tayo maililigtas dito sa giyera?’

IN QUARANTINE. Raymund Marasigan appears in the homemade music video for 'Gera Gera,' his new collaboration with rapper Gloc-9. Screenshot from Raymund Marasigan on YouTube

Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal hold online concert for music venue workers

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The artists are coming together again to raise funds for live music venues affected by the enhanced community quarantine

TRIO. Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis and Aia De Leon perform on Rappler Live Jam in 2016 ahead of their concert 'Secrets.' The artists are playing the third installment of the concert series on May 1 to raise funds for live music venues affected by the enhanced community quarantine. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x Promil Four: Shaira Luna

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Science whiz, commercial photographer and gifted child Shaira Luna kicks off our concert series with Promil Four

WATCH: The haunting music video for IV of Spades' new single, 'Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)'

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:12 PM

In their latest single, the band asks, 'Dapat bang matakot sa sariling multo?'

FOUND FOOTAGE. IV of Spades releases their new single and video, 'Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip).' Screenshot from IV of Spades on YouTube

Gary Valenciano to hold 2-day Facebook Live concert

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'Hopeful' is scheduled this weekend!

Ben&Ben to hold live YouTube event for first international single, 'Doors'

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Here's the story behind their newest single, 'Doors'

BEN&BEN. The band is set to launch their first international single, 'Doors.' Photo courtesy of Sony Music

Singer Carol Banawa among coronavirus pandemic frontliners in the U.S.

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:12 AM

The singer became a registered nurse in 2018


Cornerstone artists pay tribute to frontliners in Easter Sunday online show

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Catriona Gray, Rachelle Ann Go, and Sam Milby will be performing during 'KanTAHANAN, Isang Pagsaludo sa mga Mahal Natin Frontliners' on Easter Sunday

LIST: Online music shows you can watch from home

Apr 04, 2020 - 5:57 PM

There's a new gig venue we can all go to at this time: the internet

Illustration by Nico Villarete

Artists from John Lloyd Cruz to Johnoy Danao perform in 10-day telethon for coronavirus relief

Apr 04, 2020 - 2:32 PM

The event, dubbed 'Mamatay Kang Hayup na COVID Ka!,' will run for 24 hours a day starting 6 pm on Saturday, April 4 – for 10 days straight

TELETHON. Artist, musicians, and performers are coming together for a 10-day telethon to raise funds for coronavirus relief. Screenshot from

TULA: ‘Tatlo sa Harap ng COVID-19’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

TULA: ‘COVID-19 Alamat Kontra Armageddon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

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‘Pangalan’ is Unique Salonga’s strange, personal coming-of-age story

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The young singer-songwriter’s sophomore album boasts a more focused style and deeper explorations of the dangers of living in the spotlight

TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

WATCH: Filipino artists band together online to sing 'Umagang Kay Ganda'

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Lea Salonga, Nino Alejandro, Rachel Alejandro, and Audie Gemora, among many others, take part in a cause for freelance artists affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown

LISTEN: Artists’ group dedicates song to coronavirus frontliners

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:44 PM

'We take inspiration in your resolve to perform duty without fear'

TRIBUTE. The Concerned Artists of the Philippines dedicate a song to the coronavirus frontliners. Screenshot from Concerned Artists of the Philippines on YouTube