Kuerdas Band Major Featured at Ally’s Blog

I still haven’t talked about my younger brother Jay Son. Oh, I have referred to him in many occasions but it’s all about his failure attempt at losing weight, haha! He is no less than the Kuerdas Band Major and is one year my junior. He’s the contact person for all Kuerdas gigs and responsible for all negotiations concerning bookings, professional fess and stuffs like that.

Jay Son, Kuerdas Band Major playing rhythms guitar

Well, I still haven’t talked much about him here. But since his name was all over my cousin Ally’s second blog, I’m Walking on Sunshine, I deemed it best to make mention of how his passion for music has influenced my talented cousin Allena.

Here are some excerpts from her blog:


I learned playing the guitar when I was 17. Thanks to my cousin Jay Son, who is Ellaine‘s younger brother. He was the one who taught me the basics of playing the guitar and other musical instruments like flute, tambol and bass guitar. He was basically the one who influenced me and encouraged me to hone my craft in music. He kept on telling me that I was a fast learner that is why he is so fond of teaching me. I got more enthusiastic because he kept on praising me every time I learned a song. Not only did he teach me the basics of music, he also brought me along on his cultural band at that time. My interest grew intensely when Kuya decided that we should form a Band. That is when Kuerdas was born. It is the band I grew up with. With the help of our friends and families and those people who believed on our talents, Kuerdas is now famous in our hometown – General Santos City.


Unfortunately, I don’t get to play with them anymore because I decided to get myself a job here in Manila. I can only jam with them when I take my vacations there. I miss the band so much especially Kuya Jay Son. He is not just my cousin but he’s also my mentor and friend. Everyone of us in the band look up to him and respect him. He’s like the Big Brother of the band. He’s not strict nor linient. He’s even funny. He can make you laugh so hard that you would want to cry!

I love my Kuya Jay Son no matter what. And I owe him a lot, together with all the people who have been part of Kuerdas (not just the band members but also those who were behind Kuerdas – you know who you are!). I owe a lot from you guys. I won’t be the person I am now if not because of you. I can really tell that Kuerdas have played a major role in my life. The band is not just all about playing reggae music but it is also about fun and loving and caring. We were family.”

Allena with Kuerdas

I’m sure my brother was smiling with a fast heartbeat reading this one. It’s not everyday that you get to hear praises and appreciation from people. He earned all of it by sharing his skills and talents and by honing theirs crafts together thereby making a difference and touching each other’s lives.