The 12-member posse of Men of Manila

    The 12-member posse of Men of Manila

    New boy band sings the oldies but goodies
    There’s a new boy band in town that will surely ignite the Filipinos’ passion for old and not so old love songs—performing familiar tunes such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Somethin’ Stupid,” and “Every Breath You Take.”

    Surprisingly, these singers of sounds that come from the good old days are comprised of 12 young men aged between 16 to 25 years. They are known as Men of Manila. Interestingly, these fine men hail from as far as Mindanao, to farther away in the US, Europe and the Middle East, that have come together to sing old tunes.

    Although each come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, they are united by a common quest for stardom, and their advocacy to share their dreams of uplifting the lives of their families with the Filipino people.

    Besides entertaining audiences with soothing voices and sexy moves, Men of Manila also aims to make a difference in society whenever they can. They pledge to donate part of the proceeds of their earnings (from concerts ticket and record sales) to a charity of their choice.

    If there are some beauty pageants that carry the tagline “beauty with a purpose,’ the talented men from Men of Manila lives by the slogan, “entertainment with a heart.”

    But what’s in a name?

    Why Men of Manila?

    According to the group, Manila is the country’s hub. The heart of the country that is “synonymous to a Filipino’s search for the fulfillment of a dream.”

    Indeed, the city is a melting pot of diverse local cultures from across the Philippines’ 7,107 islands. Manila is where Filipinos from different parts of the country converge in their search for a better life and opportunities.

    As such, different induviduals, from adventurers, carpetbaggers, to fortune seekers often say, “Luluwas ako ng Maynila para hanapin ang aking swerte [I will come to Manila to try my luck].”

    Song connection
    The brains behind the boy band believe there is no need to reinvent the wheel to connect old songs with the new generation. They simply want to start with old favorites—songs that everyone can identify with, and then even–tually come up with their own original music.

    Men of Manila is comprised of Imm Zaidi, Jester Hernan–dez, Clark Merced, Yano Gaspari, Arcel Delgado, Kurt Batacan, Nelson Valencia, Paolo Sta. Maria, Xen Monforte, Redjie Relucio, Lio Garcia, and Gabriel Bayan.

    Men of Manila will hold its first ever concert on July 26 at the Music Museum. The group is being managed by Le Marais Production. Tickets are now available at the concert venue. For more information, call Jun Isidro at 0918-738-3364.


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