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Bandwidth: Virtual Battle of the Bands Competition is open to all amateur , unsigned bands who want take full advantage of new digital multimedia technology in sharing their music with the rest of the music community. Click on the Virtual Battle of the Bands tab to know more about the competition In the meantime….Let Your Ears Decide

Announcement on Prizes

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The selection process for the finals of the Philips Bandwidth: Virtual Battle of the Bands is underway! We know you guys are itching to know who the 5 finalists are going to be, and to make your wait worthwhile, here’s something to look forward to:

Over P50,000 in prizes will be given away at the finals, with the winner receiving P25,000 in cash plus P25,000 worth of awesome Philips gear!

Stay tuned for more updates! Read more!
20:36

Spread the Word: Bandwidth Finals Reschedule

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The competition is heating up! As the Philips Bandwidth: Virtual Battle of the Bands heads for what promises to be an epic battle between the top 5 bands, it is clear that our 20 semifinalists mean business—with such a big pool of young talent to choose from, our esteemed judges have quite a lot of close watching (and listening) to do. What can we say, you semifinalists are good.

With that in mind, we have to keep you guys on the edge of your seats a bit longer... the date of the finals has been moved, so stay tuned for further announcements within the next few days. Plus, we’re revving up a rockin’ new look for the blog in time for the finals. Watch out for it.

Spread the music, spread the word! Read more!
21:34

When the Voting Is Over...

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You've said your piece...now it's up to our 3 Mentors, Raimund Marasigan, Cooky Chua and Francis Reyes to determine who will be the Top 5 Finalists for Philips Go Gear's Bandwidth Virtual Battle of the Bands

We all wait with bated breath...

GOODLUCK TO ALL THE 20 SEMI-FINALISTS!!! Read more!
21:49

LINKS TO BANDWIDTH SEMIFINALISTS PROFILES

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5inco
Acrasia
Archdiosease
Barrio Morning Glory
Capo
Chromosom
Fancycakes
GinRumNTruth
Halmista
Kalachuchie
Kelbasa Band
Lose Your Beer Belly
Lysosome
Peligro
PisENLAV
Plasticbaloo
SolidCAMPcrew
Speakeasy
Suitcase of Memories
Ursa Minor Read more!
21:27

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BANDWIDTH SEMI-FINALIST ON FACEBOOK!

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Due to unfortunate spamming incidents, we will be stopping and nullifying the online blogspot poll in order to be fair to all the bands.

Instead, we'll be moving the online voting to Facebook!
So please visit the Philips Go Gear Facebook Account, where we've posted the band profiles in our notes, and please post a comment on the profile of the band that you like the most.

We'll be extending the voting to August 28, so you have one more week to choose your favorite band!

But please remember that the online voting component is just 20% of the criteria. The other 80% will be decided by our three mentors: Raimund Marasigan, Cooky Chua and Francis Reyes

May the best band win!!!
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07:11

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BANDWIDTH SEMI-FINALIST!

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This is it guys!!!

Our Top 20 semifinalists will now be judged, not just by our three mentors, but by you!
20% of the criteria will now have the online voting component.
So how can you vote for your favorite?

There are two ways:

1. Vote in the blogpoll at the Bandwidth Blog- We will be posting band profiles here so you can get to know the semifinalists more

2. Make a comment in the Philips Facebook account (Philips Go Gear) - we will be posting the profiles of each band - make your comments there! One comment per person only please (profiles to be posted on August 18)

Voting will end by Sunday, August 23
The Top 5 finalists will be announced on Monday, August 24
First Mentoring Session will be on Wednesday, August 26 - details to follow

So what are you waiting for? Vote now!!! Read more!
08:40

HERE ARE YOUR TOP 20 SEMI-FINALISTS FOR BANDWIDTH!!!

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Congratulations to the Bandwidth Virtual Battle of the Bands 20 Semifinalists!

Plasticbaloo
GinRumNTruth
Kalachuchie
Peligro
Acrasia
Halmista
Suitcase of Memories
Barrio Morning Glory
Lysosome
Chromosom
5inco
SolidCAMPcrew
Kelbasa Band
Capo
PisENLAV
Speakeasy
Lose Your Beer Belly
Ursa Minor
Archdiosease
Fancycakes

Please wait for the details on the online voting component which will be up this weekend.

Congratulations to all of you!!! Read more!
02:03

Bandwidth Initial Screening Judges

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The competition is fierce! Going through 50 bands and 100 songs is no mean feat, that is why our judges are still taking their time to go through all of the deserving entries. While we're waiting, let's take the time to get to know the 3 Judges who are doing the initial screening

JING GARCIA - musician, columnist - Manila Times

Sound artist and award-winning music producer. Jing Garcia, founded the Children of Cathode Ray back in 1989, one of the early experimental and sound art groups in the Philippines. He was then joined by now-established video artist Tad Ermitano, computer 3D animator Blums Borres, cinematographer Regiben Romana, graphic artist Magyar Tuazon, and professional photographer Peter Marquez. With autoceremony, Garcia continues to create audio hardware-based and computer-generated soundscapes and ambient noise through analog and digital audio synthesis manipulation. He also produced several award-winning music recording albums for different alternative music artists in the 90s, including that of Color It Red, KeltsCross, Siakol and the Numeric Sampler series. Recently, he co-wrote and published “Tikman ang Langit”: a bestselling book on popular Filipino pop rock band, the Eraserheads. He is currently the tech editor for The Manila Times and Speed Magazine. He also hosts a tech segment on TV5.

EDWIN SALLAN - columnist - Manila Bulletin

Edwin P. Sallan was only 19 when his first record review was published
by Jingle Chordbook Magazine in 1983. A Contributing Editor for the
seminal music rag for three years thereafter, he went on a five-year
hiatus before returning as a music columnist for the Manila Chronicle
in 1992. Since then, Edwin has written articles on his other interests
including comic books, videogames and information technology. He still
writes about music for the Manila Bulletin and is one of the authors of Tikman
Ang Langit: An Anthology On the Eraserheads, a popular Filipino rock band.

JEFFREY CHRISTOPHER CORTEZ - Regional Call Center Manager, Philips

Of course our panel wouldn't be complete without a representative from the company that made all this possible, Philips! Jeff plays percussions with bands like La CucaRasta, a reggae band, front acted for the MTV Reggae Fest
with Ziggy Marley at Hotel Sofitel, Mystical Machine Guns and Evil Kenievel Band

Watch our for the announcement of the TOP 20 SEMI-FINALISTS later this week! Read more!