Romi Verga

Letter From A Neophyte

Romi Verga

In the short time that I have been a part of the “scene” as a musician and a fan of my fellow musicians, I have noticed that the scene may still be small, but it’s got the potential to be one of the respected music scenes in the Philippines. Though the term “small” is a sensitive verb in this matter, it is also an opinionated one.

Subjectively, I have seen great promise from metal bands in Legazpi, namely, Jack in The Box (NU Metal), Cephalovelvic (Brutal Death Metal), Perdition (Metalcore) and Prey (Groove Metal). They never fail to pull people away from their seats and bang their heads with the bands while they play their music.

Jack In The Box

Jack In The Box

Cephalovelvic

Cephalovelvic

Perdition

Perdition

Prey

Prey

Undeniably, there are a lot of bands that can confirm the facts behind my opinion. Bands like Mash-Up (Alternative Rock), Scars For Maria (Alternative Rock), Indicent Proposal (Progressive Rock), Mr. Wang Jr. (Reggae), Naturalismo (Progressive Reggae), Layla’s Story (Post-Hardcore), Code of Chivalry (Post-Grunge), One Hour Recover (Punk Rock), The Aborted (Punk Rock), and so much more.

Scars for Maria

Scars for Maria

Layla's Story

Layla’s Story

One Hour Recover

One Hour Recover

Incontrovertibly, there are a lot of bands back then that pushed the bands now to keep on playing. And there will be more bands that will come and express themselves. So I say, kudos, to the first ones here and to the ones that will continue to work themselves to the bone to uplift the scene.

Everyone currently involved in the scene are all working to achieve one goal, to uplift the Bicolano music scene, and show the people that we really are uragons in what we do and what we have to offer.

Productions like Bicol X have done a great job in this matter by organizing open-genre events that will allow bands to get together, have fun, and play their music and be heard. Of course, there are themed events like 15-Minute Freedom Production’s all-metal event series Anthems of Rebellion, which will cater to specific musical taste and audience.

Behind the success of these events are sponsors who support and help by the use of their products or services. Radio stations like MOR 93.9 Legazpi provide radio ads to give the listeners a heads up that there are upcoming events in places near them. Clothing lines such as Ezkill, Eleventh Hour, Urag Wear, and Morbid Pumpkin support the scene by getting involved and allowing the organizers to display their products during these events, and of course, giving out freebies!

I still consider myself as a neophyte and I have a lot to learn. And I am glad that the people that I have encountered in the Bicolano music scene have given me that congenial atmosphere so I can freely express and improve myself as a musician and as a person.

Everyone has their own way of contributing in this fight to boost the Bicolano music scene. And no effort will be put in vain because of the love and passion for the art. And that’s enough to keep everyone going. Certainly, the fight to uplift this growing community is far from over. But surely, there will be results. Positive results.

About The Author
Romi Verga is a pessimistic optimist that loves to get stuff done with his daily dose of coffee. He is the drummer of Amanda and Layla’s Story. He is also the co-owner and “The Godfather” of Eleventh