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As the Music Plays...

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Ira, Vic, Bamboo, Nathan

Members:

Francisco"Bamboo" Manalac(Vocals)
-Former Vocalist of Rivermaya
-Vocalist of the year 2004*
-Vocalist of the year 2005*
-Nominated for Vocalist of the year 2007*

Nathan Azarcon (Bass)
-Former Bassist of Rivermaya
-Former Bassist of Kapatid
-Nominated for Bassist of the year 2005*
-Bassist of the year 2007*

Ira Cara Cruz (Guitar)
-Former Guitarist of Passage
-Former Guitarist of Kapatid
-Nominated of Guitarist of the year 2005*
-Guitarist of the year 2007*

Vic Mercado(Drums)
-Former Drumer of Passage
-Drummer of the Year 2004*
-Nominated for Drumer of the year 2005*
-Drummer of the Year 2007*
 
*NU Rock Awards

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                                    BAMBOO'S AWARDS
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2004
89.9TM YEAR END AWARDS 2004
Song of the Year - Masaya
New Local Artist of the Year - Bamboo
Local Group of the Year - Bamboo
 
89.9 TM Year End Awards 2004
Song of the Year: "Masaya" - Bamboo
New Local Artist of the Year: Bamboo
Song of the Year: "Noypi" - Bamboo
 
NU ROCK AWARDS 2004
Vocalist of the year: Bamboo Manalac
Song of the Year: "Noypi" - Bamboo
Drummer of the year: Vic Mercado of Bamboo
Listeners' Choice Award: Bamboo
Band of the Year: Bamboo
 
MTV PILIPINAS 2004 MUSIC AWARDS
Favorite New Artist/Group: Bamboo, for "Noypi"
Favorite Song: "Noypi" - Bamboo
Favorite Group: Bamboo, for "Noypi"
 
2005
NU ROCK AWARDS 2005
Vocalist of the year: Bamboo Manalac
Album of the year: Light, Peace, Love - Bamboo
Listeners' Choice Award: Bamboo
 
18th AWIT AWARDS 2005
Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist: "Noypi" -Bamboo
Best Rock: "Noypi" -Bamboo
People's choice Favorite Song: "Noypi" - Bamboo
 
MTV PILIPINAS 2005 MUSIC AWARDS
Favorite Media Soundtrack: "Fiesta Amazing"(Smart) - Bamboo
 
SOP MUSIC AWARDS 2005
Strictly Alternative Category Winner: "Hallelujah" - Bamboo
 
2006
19th ALIW AWARDS 2006
Most Promising Entertainer - Bamboo
Best Major Concert - (Group) Bamboo
 
THE 2bU! CLICK AWARDS 2006
Most Clickable Band -  Bamboo
 
19th AWIT AWARDS 2006
Album of the Year - Light, Peace, Love
Best Performance by a Group - bamboo
Song of the Year - Hallelujah
Best Ballad - Much Has Been Said
Best Rock Song - Hallelujah
Peoples Choice Award - Bamboo
 
MTV PILIPINAS 2006 MUSIC AWARDS
Best Cinematography in a Video - Bamboo for "Much Has Been Said"
 
SOP PASIKLABAND 2006
Best Rock Band - Bamboo
Vocalist of the Year - Bamboo Manalac
 
2007
NU ROCK AWARDS 2007
Guitarist o the Year: Ira Cruz
Bassist of the Year: Nathan Azarcon
Drummer of the Year: Vic Mercado
Best Live Act: Bamboo
Artist of the Year: Bamboo
Listener's Choice Award: Bamboo
 
2008
21st AWIT AWARDS 2008
Music Video of the Year: Probinsyana
Best Rock: Tatsulok
Best Musical Arrangement: Probinsyana
Best Engineered Recording:Probinsyana
Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist: Tatsulok
 
 
ALBUMS
Gold Award (15,000 units)
for “As the Music Plays” (2004)
Platinum Award (30,000 units)
for “As the Music Plays” (2004)
Double Platinum Award (60,000 units)
for “As the Music Plays” (2005)

Gold Award (15,000 units)
for “Light Peace Love” (2005)
Platinum Awards (30,000 units)
or Light Peace Love (2006)
 
Gold Award (15,000 units)
for "We Stand Alone Together" (2007)

 
Gold Award (15,000 units)
for "Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday"(2008)
Platinum Award (30,000 units)
for "Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday"(2008)

About Bamboo
   If you are also a fan of the rock band Rivermaya, you'll know that the enormously popular Bamboo Manalac  fronted that band in the 90's.  Rivermaya is credited with changing the entire soundscape of the Philippines music industry.  And while the media often compares the sound of both bands, Bamboo's bassist Nathan Azarcon who was also a member of Rivermaya, firmly states Bamboo has a totally different sound.  In fact insists, not only is it a "better band", but the "best band he has worked with so far."  He and Manalac are childhood friends.  When Manalac left in 1998 because he just wanted to do something different, Azarcon soon left too.  

   After 4 years, Manalac and Azarcon once again caught up with each other.  Azarcon introduced him to Ira Cruz and drummer Vic Mercado. On their first jamming session together, they knew they had a great sound in the making. The camaraderie between these four is hard to miss.   Especially between Manalac and Azarcon.   

   Bamboo released their debut album As The Music Plays in February 2004. The response was more than gratifying.  The album achieved not only double platinum status, but became the biggest selling album by a group in the Philippines for that year!  The album  also walked away with numerous awards at AWIT Awards, NU107 Rock Awards, and of course MTV Pilipinas 2004, proving their appeal to fans and critics alike.
 
Their next album,  Light Peace Love, consisted of ten songs of differing moods and subjects, which is a pretty amazing achievement considering the album only took 3 months to record. This album has a softer sound with both it's lyrics and delivery.  For this album they added more strings and a piano - even a trumpet. 

   Having recently toured eight cities in the U.S., the band had the sad opportunity to see how badly Hurricane Katrina had affected everyone in the hit area.   Bamboo says, "It was really sad. Like how it took five days to get to those people."  When asked what they thought about how the government handled the Katrina situation, they stated in part;  "I don't think we're really a political band, it's just that we have our own opinions about stuff that's going on.  We're more like concerned citizens, you know what I'm saying?" Manalac says, summing it up very diplomatically.

   In recognition of Bamboo's success in the Philippines, a regional version combining the english tracks from the first two albums is in the works.  This is a move that has the band really excited. Manalac enthusiastically says, "We can't wait to do the regional thing, see the people.  Come 2006, we'll really do the regional thing and perform."

INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND



Sound Connections featuring the band Bamboo, it was aired over Philippine television, at UNTV chanell 37 and broadcasted simultaneously in the internet at www.untvweb.com. Sound Connection is a segemnt of Pilipinas Gising ka na ba?! a morning show aired monday to friday from 5 to 8 am.

2007, Bamboo Unofficial Site is Created by: Iris_France