Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bamboo Mañalac

Bamboo Mañalac

Francisco Gaudencio Lupe Belardo Mañalac[1], popularly known as Bamboo, is the former vocalist of the Filipino rock band Rivermaya. After Rivermaya embarked on a US tour, it was at that time that Mañalac decided to stay in Los Angeles, USA together with his family. After 5 years staying in the US, he returned to the Philippines and eventually went on to form his own band, Bamboo along with another former Rivermaya bandmate, Nathan Azarcon, (bass), and teamed up with Ira Cruz (guitars) and Vic Mercado (drums) from the band Passage.


Bamboo Mañalac

The band was awarded band of the year in the 2004 MTV Pilipinas and 2004 NU Rock Awards. Mañalac was also awarded Vocalist of the Year in the 2004 NU Rock Awards. He also won an award in the 2004 MTV Style Awards in the Rock Style category.

Bamboo Mañalac

Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac serves as the band's frontman. Contrary to popular belief, the band is not named after him. According to Ira Cruz, the guitarist, the word bamboo relates to strength and durability with an island feel to it.[1] Also, it's very Filipino and Asian at the same time. Their first priority for a band name during 2000s was "Audio Barangay" which means "Audio Neighborhood" in English. However, they realized that its a bit hard to pronounce and it is not that catchy compared to just "Bamboo." They also dropped the name "Audio Barangay" because Audioslave was formed roughly the same time during their band's formation, to avoid confusion.[citation needed]


Bamboo Mañalac

Two of its members, Bamboo Mañalac and Nathan Azarcon, were formerly part of Rivermaya. The other two members, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado, were former instrumentalists of another band, Passage. Ira Cruz and Nathan Azarcon were also former members of the band Kapatid during that time.[2]

Bamboo Mañalac

Four years after their departure from Rivermaya, Mañalac and Azarcon caught up again with each other, during which Azarcon introduced him to Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado.

Bamboo Mañalac

He is a son of a political icon in Mindanao, of an influential Muslim family.[citation needed] Despite this Mañalac spent most of his early life with his mother from the northern part of the Philippines.

Bamboo is widely considered in the Filipino rock scene for his vocal abilities.[citation needed] His trademark performing energy and versatile voice carries him through the band's mellower songs (in a style often compared to that of Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas) while giving energy to Mañalac's singing and scat-rapping through the band's more conventional rock numbers.[citation needed]

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi bam.. hmm sir francisco manalac or bamboo.. hi,, woahoh i dont know what to say,,, my god.. i really like you,, kelan kaya kita makita sa personal.. idol n po kita mula nung elementary, pa ako umabot sa high school.. nalala ko pa nung minsan dumalaw kayo sa school nmin sa don pablo lorenzo memorial high that time 1st year high school pa po ako sayang hndi mn lng kita nkita ang nkita ko lng nsa loob kna ng van npaiyak ako dun :( hndi tlga kita nkita ng personal.. at hanggang ngyon 3rd year college na po ako sana mkita n kita pls pls...at oo nga pala napanood ko din nung guest po kyo sa show ni sarah G. every sunday night nung april 1, 2012,, gash,, lalo ako nahuhulog i wanna see u too in person. :) and dmi ko ng kinoment mga banboo page sana ngayon mktanggap ako ng reply mula sa iyo sir bamboo :)
take care po.. sana mktanggap ako ng message mula sa iyo.

i made this message its only for u,, words from my heart.

Anonymous said...

i forgot to put my name.. im liz po :)

pleng said...

hi,bamboo i really admire you and your music,i really like them so much and i wish i could see in person :)

pleng said...

hi,bamboo i really admire you and your music,i really like them so much :). you kno,im a big fan of yours ever since, i really watch you on t.v everytime you have shows and i hope i could really see you personally god bless you and keep inspiring lots of filipino's who love your music!

Anonymous said...

Bamboo. Anong province ka sa pinas? Usually Manalac are kapampangan kz. Januz of San Fernado Valley

Anonymous said...

Hi sir Bamboo i love you so much, and im thankful na nakarating ka sa area namin at las pinas city for an independence day concert which is inabangan ko talaga ng bongga kasi i never expected na makakarating ka dun. Almost 1week po ako walang boses kakasigaw nun kasi heavy talaga performance mo i love it!! at kahit tapos na concert nun inabangan kita backstage naghintay ako matapos ka sa album signing and worth it kasi nung tinawag kita you smiled at me i wont forget that moment ever :)!! keep on inspiring us. Dahil sayo I'm proud to be NOYPI..ikaw ang agimat ng dugo ko..i'm a solid BAMBOO fan forever..i love you

MAY <3

Anonymous said...

Bamboo, di ba ang father mo is from Floridablanca, Pampanga at lolo mo ang dating may ari ng electric company sa Floridablanca na Manalac and sons. Is your dad former Pampanga board member Bobot Manalac?

Anonymous said...

i really wanna see bamboo in person :o

-thessa

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

bamboooooooooooo... i love youuuuuuuuuu ... <3

Anonymous said...

Hai Bamboo,I really wanna see u in person....)


-thine

Anonymous said...

hi bamboo, you are really a great singer, a total performer, a unique voice coupled with great and humble moves that electrifies your audience.Looking forward to see you also in a concert or in any show with Sarah G., you have a good chemistry. Continue that humility onstage and backstage, that is where the Lord, Your Creator is pleased. The Lord strengthens you, gives you more wisdom as you perform, a perfect health for you and your family. And never stop creating good music, that is your gift from the Lord above. Treasure it ... And in all things Lord Jesus is glorified ..

Anonymous said...

My crazy biggest dream is to see you po in person....kakatawa kasi po imposible....sobrang swerte nyo po kasi lahat na po atah ng bagay sa mundo na sainyo na po....kina iingitan po kaya kayo ng lahat....sobrang idol ko po kayo sir.....sobra po talaga..alam ko po mabait kau tas ang galing nyo po mag`english sir halatang laki po kau sa ibang bansa....dama ko pa pong gustong sabihan pero nxt time nlang po....aja Francisco Guadencio Lope Belardo Manalac....go lang po ng go sir....marami pa po kaung mararating....Godbless po sa inyo at sa pamilya nyo po....

Anonymous said...

mindanao

wendy said...
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wendy said...

Hi Sir Bamboo Manalac, i'm a fan of yours since 2010, you were just so awesome, you're oozing with charisma and charm. you always hooked me with your smile, and the way you sing?? oh! its just pretty awesome that often moves me..! your music really inspires me, but one thing i loved about you was your attitude and character. oh man! I'm surprised when you said to Karen Davila in an interview that you're such a family man, and your wife? you said she was your first love oh she was so lucky !and you were happy with her and your kids.. keep it up coach! and wait...! YOU'RE DAMN HOT!! well to see you in person?? that's really a great gift i could ever receive! how much more if ill receive hug hahahahahah! just kidding! i just wanna see you in person.. :)

Anonymous said...

I just found this blog and got excited to comment.. I'm a big fan of you sir bamboo. REALLY! ^_^ .. i was so unexplainably sad when you visited Ilocos and I wasn't able to attend---> "himala sa buhangin".. i hope there will be next time SOON :D..
keep inspiring people with your music
coach Bamboo..
You are an "inspiration"- was an understatement..
.. <3


~~~~~~~~~sheilaSYMPHONY