Kuerdas Band Beginnings- A Recollection

For every journey, there is always a beginning.

For Kuerdas Band, it all began with a song.

Hiling ng Bayan Ko was an original composition which was their entry to a song writing competition.

Kuerdas Band had always been known to be competitive. They started out to compete as neophytes. They joined song writing competitions and band competitions. It was never new to them.

And so was losing. They lost out in the Kadsangal Songwriting Competition 11 years ago. They emerged only fourth place. But it was only the beginning for them.


Kuerdas Band was formed from then on and the rest is history.

Back in Action!

After their two month gig in the world renowned tourist destination Boracay Island, Kuerdas Band had been back in circulation at their own turf- SOCSARGEN. A couple of shows every now and then, here and there, had kept them going.

This blog might not be updated but I am looking to throw in some pictures of Kuerdas Band and what keeps them going in my next publications and try to make it up.

I wish I have the luxury of time to keep this blog going. However, I will try my best to do so as long as my time permits.

Till then!

Congratulations, Kuerdas Band!

As I am writing this, Kuerdas Band is on their way back to Gensan from Tagum City.

They recently joined a Song Writing Competition and bagged the 1st runner up prize. There were 10 finalists and they were lucky enough to have won the 1st runner up award.

Hurray to that!

The journey to this competition was a little bit tough. There was very little time to prepare for everything.

After the long and tiring trip
After the long and tiring trip

But all’s well that ends well!

To all of the members of Kuerdas Band, Congratulations and a pat on the back for a job well done!

Kuerdas Band on stage
Kuerdas Band on stage

Kuerdas Band Live at Dagkot Festival in Cabadbaran City

Kuerdas Band had to travel to Cabadbaran City for an out-of-town show a week ago. This was in celebration of the City’s Dagkot Festival. The new members were looking for some new great experience and the Dagkot Festival gig simply made the way for it. The newest Kuerdas Band members haven’t gone to as far as Compostela Valley, Nabunturan, and San Francisco Agusan del Sur, thus accepting the out-of-town show at Agusan Del Norte is one whole new undertaking for all the members of Kuerdas Band.

Arrival at Cabadbaran City
Arrival at Cabadbaran City

There were some apprehensions prior to the booking. The weatherman initially warned of a typhoon surging in the area. However, the organizer assured them that it’s way past their area of jurisdiction. Kuerdas Band could only heave a sigh of relief!


Admittedly, not one of them had an idea as to the proximity of the place. They must have Googled it and realized that it’s tailing at the Northeastern part of Mindanao but it’s not too far from Leyte in the Visayas.

The anticipated day of the bum-aching 7 to 8-hour land travel was a perfect time for them to catch up with sleep as they had a gig the night previously at Pahayahay prior to hitting the road.

All set!
All set!

They had all their stuffs ready by then and after their regular gig, they were all set to go. They began hitting the road at 4:30 am and everyone was asleep the entire journey.

The crowd during the performance was amazing! They danced to the reggae beat and Kuerdas Band was just too inspired to perform for them! They gave it their all to the satisfaction of their audience. It was one beautiful experience for Kuerdas Band as a whole.

Dagkot Festival
Dagkot Festival
Just a small portion of the crowd
Just a small portion of the crowd
More audience
More audience
Kuerdas live!
Kuerdas live!
Inspired on stage!
Inspired on stage!

The Local Government of Cabadbaran was very warm and accommodating. They provided all the needs of the Band- foods, accommodation, transportation and the Talent Fee was generous enough for the experience.



It was very well worth the long journey.

Kuerdas Band members on a trike in Cabadbaran City
Kuerdas Band members on a trike in Cabadbaran City

Kuerdas Band at Pasko Sa Gensan 2013 Opening Salvo

On December 17, 2013, Kuerdas Band, et al graced the stage once more as they performed their original compositions in celebration of Christmas in the event dubbed “Paskuhan sa Gensan.”

The original songs were originally composed by the Kuerdas Band major, Jay Son Ugbaniel. The songs featured how Christmas is hyped and celebrated in Gensan. In fact, it is a yearly occurrence and funded by the Local Government of General Santos.

They performed their two most sterling compositions: Kampeon ang Pasko sa Gensan and Pasko sa Gensan.

Below were the snaps from the event and the photos were grabbed from the Paskuhan sa Gensan Facebook Page:








Pasko Sa Gensan 2012 Jingle

Kuerdas Band Major, Jay Son Ugbaniel, was once more tapped to compose a Christmas Jingle for the Generals. This is in celebration of “Paskuhan sa Gensan” spearheaded by the Department of Education.

There was very little time to accomplish the job but he pulled it through just the same.

Have a listen on the Christmas Jingle:

The Little Kuerdas Vocals

It gave me an idea to publish about the Kuerdas vocals when he published on his FB account a photo of him when he graduated in Preschool. He made it his entry for the Throwback Thursday meme.

Who would have ever thought that this little man can get so big on stage when he does the rasta dance?

Thos were the days: The Kuerdas vocals
Those were the days: The Kuerdas vocals

Would you believe it? He went up on stage for his preschool graduation with the “Most Behaved” award.

According to him, he was dubbed as such because everytime the teacher asked him to recite infront of the class, he was way too shy and he can never give an answer, thus the Most Behaved award.


Crazy, yeah?

But I guess that’s what he is! He’s nuts most of the time but I think he is the best too in his own craft.

Bagong Umaga: A Tribute Song for the Yolanda/ Haiyan Victims by Kuerdas feat. Various Musicians of GenSan

Bagong Umaga is one of the most sterling compositions by Jay Son Ugbaniel a.k.a Onyok, the Kuerdas Band major. Driven by deep sympathy and unbearable grief for the Yolanda typhoon victims, Jay Son and Dexter Morimonte, Kuerdas Band’s percussionist, were both inspired to come up with this meaningful masterpiece.

As the Filipinos felt the onslaught of the strongest typhoon that hit the Earth and while the world sympathized with the typhoon-stricken country, Kuerdas Band and the various musicians in Gensan came together to show its support and sympathy to our fellow Filipinos who were grievously affected by the calamity that ravaged the country and its helpless populace.

Dexter created the chord progression. Jay Son on the other hand put together the lyrics and the melody of the song. Both of them arranged the music.

However, they do NOT take all credit for themselves. The making of Bagong Umaga is a collaborative effort of ALL MUSICIANS IN GENSAN who took part and performed in the spirit of solidarity in this time of distress. They endeavor to somehow give comfort and uplift the Filipino spirits through their kind of music. It is an inspirational song that aims to boost the morale of the Filipinos amidst the tragedy that struck the Philippines. The message that is conveyed in every lyrics of the song is hope- that after the fall must come the rise.

The making of Bagong Umaga is not a walk in the park. It is very commendable and truly praiseworthy that despite each musician’s varied schedules, they took the time and the effort to come up with this beautiful masterpiece as a simple dedication to our fellow Filipinos who have lost many lives and properties.

Please take note that the recording was not done professionally; it was done only in a home studio. Nevertheless, as a General myself, I felt proud that they were able to pull it through; not to mention that the composer himself is my very own brother and one of the artists who sang is our youngest brother, Mark a.k.a Utog, Kuerdas Band’s lead vocals :-)

It is moving to know that these musicians were able to collaborate for the love of their fellow Filipinos.

Bagong Umaga would not have been possible if not for the following musicians who actively participated in this joint undertaking:

KUERDAS feat. Various Musicians of GENSAN
Jomic of 3RD EDGE
Jaja and Ondo of CHIMES and RHYTHM
April of MAYANA
Don-Don, Moner and Gifford Sumaylo of RED OCTOBER

Have a listen and watch the video:

Credit to VON ELLIS for the video.

Belated Happy Birthday, Dexter!

October is Dexter’s month. He is Kuerdas Band’s original member and he is the one manning the percussions. Kuerdas Band won’t be Kuerdas without him as he formed part of what the Band was when it started and what the band had accomplished over the years.

As he celebrated his birthday, the band wished him all the best.

May God grant all your heart’s desires and may you have a good one, Dexter!

The Peanut Vendor

My two younger brothers are famed to young peanut vendors in the city who roams around each time they do have gigs. I admire these kids for at their young age, they know what hardwork means. These kids used to sell off their steamed peanuts to Kuerdas fans and dance to the beat of reggae music as well. LOL!

But what do you know? Kuerdas Band Major is also off to selling steamed peanuts! 😉

See it to believe it!

Mani! Mani! Mani!
Mani! Mani! Mani!
Bili na po kayo!!!
Bili na po kayo!!!