Finally! After months of trying to put everything together, Haven’s music video is ready to be released for people to enjoy! (if you wanna check it… Click me!) And of course, I got by with the little help from my friends. Pun intended (who doesn’t love them).

The music video was directed by *pats self*, it was produced by Reverie Productions and co-produced by *pats self*, and the script was written by *pats self* —  strong and independent ya’ll. But in all seriousness, my intentions were pure and honest. Music videos are the eyes of a song. Haven is a familiar place, a place where I’ve grown to be who I am today — of how i came to be. So I thought I’d show you my chill hometown. Also, my friends and I recorded some of the footage during our Siargao trip and me oh my, it was one tranquil place. I fell in love with the place! There’s a certain inner peace that you feel once you get in one with nature.

Here are some behind the scene footage of my Siargao trip!

Siargao Cave
I slipped in this cave and almost died!
Siargao Trip Grp
This was our first day!

 

Then, we continued shooting some of the scenes in one of the must see places in Negros Oriental! We visited Lake Balinsasayao and we walked around downtown area of Dumaguete!

 

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Eating a sandwich under the rain at Lake Balinsasayao!
Reverie
Asked the manongs if i can play music for them

I wish i can let you see more ridiculous video footage but I left it back home! I’ll post it maybe some other time! But anyway, the music video launch happened in Allegre Dos, Dumaguete City. Along with me are performances from amazing local artists in Dumaguete (you should check them out when you get a chance to visit!).

Haven Poster

These are all for now folks! :> See you on the next blog!

Yeap, that’s right. After a decade, they’re back to murder your feelings… and mine too, actually. I wouldn’t consider myself a die hard O&L fan, ’cause let’s face it, I’m technically too young to be one, though in a way, I am. But hey, I’ve peeped a little during their glory days back when i was still a little potato and i am happy to say that i know a song… or two. I do remember growing up seeing them on television and singing along to Yakap Sa Dilim and liking it a lot without realizing what it meant (Mom! Wrong channel!). Remember when CD’s were still a thing? My Dad made us a playlist of OPM songs my brother and I liked and a few of their songs were included in the list! (Sorry, piracy). BUT, You know what I don’t remember? Seeing myself perform for them.

When the official statement of their comeback flooded the internet, i freaked out. My first thought was, “I need to fly to Manila and see them perform.” But then, when my label asked me if i can fly to Manila to perform for them, I honestly freaked out more than the amount of times i said ‘freaked out’. “What am I gonna sing?”, “What am I gonna wear?” I did not think this through. All i was concerned about was that I was finally gonna see them live.

And so i did, and i enjoyed A LOT. The Strange Creatures and Blind Stereo Moon also performed! Everyone was singing along and the place was packed with people. I had to stand on a chair ’cause life’s kind of hard when you’re five foot two.  I have appreciated more of their songs and most of them I’ve heard for the first time. I even have favorites now! I love Hey, Please!

And when i said it was packed here’s how the venue looked like:

Jam packed
Photo by UDOU PH

I sang my version of Across The Universe by The Beatles and four of my original songs!

me at 70s
Photo by UDOU PH

Ahehe. Feel na feel. Seriously though, I enjoyed my set.

Charot with feelings
Photo by UDOU PH

Here’s me and this awesome dude Rolly whom I met during The Camerawalls Concert and he let me sabotage his uke! How cool is that! You don’t get to do that everyday.

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What a night! Well I am hella glad they’re back! There is so much to look forward! I’m keeping my eyes and ears wide open. Nothing excites me more than new music!

After the TV Guesting at NET25, Antonette and I headed to headed to Ortigas for a radio guesting on Jam 88.3 for their Fresh Filter segment. Glad I made it to one of Ross’ show before he bids farewell to the Jam family!

We had a lovely exchange of conversation. We talked about musical influences, my humble beginnings, and I performed a few songs for everybody including my debut single Haven.

Here’s a photo of me and Russ Davis after the segment!

Jam 88.3 - w Russ Davis

March was the highlight of my year or maybe it’s yet the highlight. I was blessed with so many activities, but most importantly, I met beautiful souls that made the experience more colorful than it already is. Dear reader, trust the timing of your life, whatever situation you are in right now, always be braver, and enjoy it while it lasts. Your dreams are waiting for you, please take the time to water yourself.

March 13, I had the privilege to do a live TV guesting at Net 25 for their noon time show Music & Letters. I played my own version of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and I played my debut single Haven. I talked a little about my music and myself, and answered to fan mails – very new for me but exciting, a little intimidating at first but warms you up easily. After the show, I did a quick guesting on their radio program with VJ Chad, this bubbly lady whom I enjoyed speaking Cebuano with! I played my favorite The Beatles song “Across The Universe” and of course, I sang Haven.

If you want to watch my awkward self, here’s the full video of my interview!

 

I also performed my debut single Haven on air!

 

And i sang my version of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars!

 

Photos by Antonette Maniquis

Hello to all my friends in Dumaguete and Bais City! You are all invited to a music gathering to celebrate the release of my debut single HAVEN, available digitally on the same date worldwide under Lilystars Records.

E-poster design by The Jibes. Photography by Miles Brandon. Logo by Anna Lacson

Joining me on stage are the following singer-songwriters:
• Chelsea Dawn
• Friluen
• Yona
• Marco Montesa

This will be happening at the roofdeck of Harold’s Mansion from 7:30 PM onwards. Entrance is P200 inclusive of 1 Beer/Drink and a FREE high quality MP3 of “Haven.”

Buy tickets online at http://meagantrees.eventbrite.com/ to instantly receive a copy of my single. For reservations, ticket meet-up and inquiry contact 09274650322 | 09166472917. Limited capacity only!

RSVP to the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/720497924794723/

What? “I’m a recording artist?” The exact same lines I said while facing a tall shabby mirror. Don’t get me wrong, but life a year ago was way different than how things are now. Let me give you a back story. So I’m literally one of the small town girls, small dreams, short term goals, and the like. Started going to college, got a science course, Biology for that matter, because who doesn’t love nature? I’m guessing you’re already assuming that I’ll be proceeding to medicine once I’m done – Gotcha. That was the original plan.

For me, music is more than listening, it’s an intangible feeling that makes or breaks you. It transmits a hue of emotions that carry this ball of energy that gives you an animate vibe. While singing is more than expressing, it is a way of feeling without any physical interaction, a never ending routine but not irksome, an addicting habit but not harmful. In my younger years, my Dad introduced me and my brother to a guitar teacher. I remember the first time I held one, the leftie in me, of course, tried to hold it my way. Endless complaints of how my fingers hurt, strumming and strumming until pain was the last thing I felt. But, once you get the hang of it, you can’t stop – you-just-can’t. One of the first songs I learned was “Blackbird” from The Beatles and guess what, I just knew it was from them when I started listening and becoming an official Beatle freak. But it only lasted for a week, then we got another teacher, and surprise, I guess it lasted for approximately for 4 sessions, pretty much 4 days. Growing up, I was pretty much hooked up with my guitar and playing outdoors until I get my bones broken. To sum it up, I relied so much in YouTube.

I started performing in school events back in Elementary and High school. And in my later years In College, I discovered the beauty of gigs and bars and musician friends. One night of sometime around November, I went to a local bar alone, to unwind from school and clear up my head. While enjoying myself with a beer on hand, I was minding my own business and enjoying the performer on stage. It was a queer night, I exactly remember that it was a Thursday and it was one of my friends who usually play. I saw a poster and got curious so I came nearer. It said “Dragonfly Collector”. The Biologist in me thought there was an exhibit of different kinds of Dragonfly species, I was excited that I’ll finally get to see one. But then again, what would a Dragonfly Collector be doing in a bar? Little did I know it was better than a collection of dragonflies, it was a collection of beautiful songs! I met him and Ian Penn, an indie folk singer songwriter from Pampanga.

Through Clem, I got acquainted with Lilystars Records and I tried sending my demos. These songs were one of my first compositions on the ukulele and I also used them to audition for BellTower Project, a local organization in Dumaguete that helps young artists grow in the music scene. My songs didn’t make it to to BellTower, nor to Lilystars at that time, but they both encouraged me to write more. Still, I sent demos to Lilystars until they found a promising one, discussed it, agreed on terms, and got the privilege to work with them.

I found the last missing puzzle piece of my life, and it is to believe that dreams will come true if you work hard enough. Failure is inevitable, but as long as you remain calm, focused, and determined, you can achieve anything. My next mission, is to make more “roadtrip” music and inject smiles to the listeners. Sprinkle life with some positivity dust!