Journey of The Edralins

Maria Elena Catajan

BAGUIO City remains home to a myriad of artists expressing themselves in different ways with one of the pillar in the music industry in the Summer Capital has proven to weather the changing of time emerging to have an identity of their own.

Local band favorite The Edralins, recently launched "Wow Kalabaw," their second independent album with a fuller sound as well as original music proud to be distinctly Baguio.

Lead vocalist and frontrunner of the band Bong Manansala said the second album is catchier and easier to listen to, making it an instant hit to the strong following the band has created through the years.

The Edralins started in 2010, joining the band scene of the city which was struggling for survival, with the antics of Manansala as well as the sound of the band which infuses Ska and reggae unto their alternative rock repertoire, made them a instant crowd favorite.

The group is composed also of Jowi Almoete on bass, Jeng Nufable on lead guitar and new members Toper Bustos on drums and Jan Rome Galimba on keyboards, infusing a new sound to the group.

Despite its ups and downs, the band has stayed in the local music scene and has adjusted to the signature inexpressiveness of the local crowd, with Manansala going through his musical journey since the late 90’s, transferring from band to band, genre to genre and finding his solace in the Edralins.

The 13-track album is mostly composed by Manansala who draws his inspiration from social issues and personal experiences which took him nine months to write, arrange, and record.

“Sabi ng karamihan sa atin, ang pag-gawa ng isang novelty song ay baduy, pero di ako naniniwala doon, as long as totoo ang mensahe sa puso ng mga Pinoy, hindi ito baduy sa akin,” the lead vocals quipped.

Wow Kalabaw includes the carrier single Giliw Ko, It's Summertime, Ikaw, A Taste Of the Goodlife, Bathala Na, Cry, Minsan May Isang Kaibigan, Gone Across The Miles, Kulang Ang Oras , Never Let You Go, I Love You, and Sleep.

The song “Minsan May Isang Kaibigan” is a true story written by Manansala when he met a friend in Manila who showed him around town, gladly playing host in the course of the day, talking about life and its trivialities and ends the day by bringing Manansala to the bus station to go home.

“Di ko akalain na doon na ang huling pagkikita namin, nasagasaan siya sa Edsa,” relates Manansala.

Manansala added Wow Kalabaw is song dedicated to Pinoys. “Sa mga Pinoy na nasa ibat ibang sulok ng mundo na nag tratrabaho para sa kanilang mahal sa buhay,” added Manansala.

The band is planning an album tour in selected places within Luzon like La Union, Vigan Ilocos Sur, Laoag Ilocos Norte, Dagupan, Baler, Nueva Ecija and Viscaya, Isabela, Kalinga, Tarlac, Angeles City, Bulacan, Manila, Cavite, Quezon Province, Batangas and Bicol.

They have regular gigs in 18bc and Gilligans Island in the City as well as 70’s Bistro in Manila.