Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sun Broad Band Quest 2013 Grand Champion Iktus Launches Self-Titled Album

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I witnessed how they won at the Sun Broad Band Quest 2013 competition held at the Music Museum located in Greenhills, San Juan. I was there when they announced the winner and was so very proud for they truly deserve the spot on top place.

Though the others were a real competition, Iktus delivered their performance very well . Mind you that the performance was done live so it gives you an idea of how great they were to impress the judges and convince each one of them to give them the title of becoming the very first champion of the Sun Broad Band Quest annual search for the best bands in the Philippines. They will soon hand over another crown to the next winner sometime probably this November as revealed by Sun Broadband Marketing Senior Manager, Karen Capellan.

Their self-titled album launch is their momentous glory of finally showing off their musical talents to the world now immortalized as a concrete album under MCA Music, Inc. with their proud faces smiling on the album cover. It is an accomplishment well deserving of a celebration. Thus the album launch in the form of a bloggers night last March 27, 2014 held at Flare located in Metrowalk Commercial Complex.

Iktus, composed of guitarist Augusto Mendoza, and the Panaligan siblings consisting of Andrei, CJ and Andrew, got their name from the Greek word "Ichthys" meaning fish and alluding to Jesus Christ which represents their identity as a Christian band. Thus, expect meaningful and wholesome pop rock songs coming from them, and not the typical songs filled with lots of cursing and foul words. I really hate it when songwriters add to the lyrics "bad" or "naughty" words just to get noticed or sound "cool" and "different."

CJ Panaligan, vocalist of Iktus

Aside from listening, it is a lot more pleasing to the eyes of men to see a pretty face on stage performing a riveting song.

Andrei Panaligan, bassist of Iktus

With Andrei as the primary songwriter, he makes it a point that it will suit their female vocalist and sister, CJ. There is no surprise why the band chose a female vocalist to attract attention since it is actually more pleasing for me to hear music led by a female voice especially with romantic or heart-breaking songs that sound more meaningful and solemn when it's a woman who's "crying" it all out.

Andrew Panaligan, drummer of Iktus

Augusto Mendoza, guitarist of Iktus

The Iktus band performing live for members of the media at Flare Metrowalk

Karen Capellan, Sun Broadband Marketing Senior Manager

The display of this reminded us that Iktus was the Grand Champion of the Sun Broad Band Quest

I was the very first one to ask for their photos even before the event started

Iktus autograph signing for their self-titled album

CJ Panaligan smiles before the Wazzup Pilipinas camera

Iktus debut EP is now available in iTunes and for digital download, but if you are like me who favors the collectible CD albums, you can grab a copy at AstroPlus or Odyssey record bars.

You can also catch Iktus at their Odyssey record bar tour scheduled on the  following dates and branches: May 2 at Odyssey Greenbelt 1, May 10 at Odyssey Festival mall, and May 18 at Oduyssey SM Megamall.

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