Nicole Asensio to launch new song, ‘Poblacion’

NICOLE Laurel Asensio, having just released her single “Silong” under Warner Music Group, is scheduled to release her next single, an original composition entitled “Poblacion” featuring members of the A.M.P. Bigband and Parokya Ni Edgar’s Chito Miranda with a short-film music video starring Cherie Gil. “Poblacion” will be launched on Spotify on Oct. 16 and on Facebook Live on Oct. 17. The song is about a night out at the bars in Poblacion, Makati where Ms. Asensio has lived since 2007.

New Pinoy folk song tackles fruits

WHILE there is a song about local vegetables — “Bahay Kubo” — and the coconut — “Da Coconut Nut” — there was no song about fruits. To make up for this lack, National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab and lyricist Noel Ferrer came up with “Prutas Pilipinas,” performed by The Company. The song, created in collaboration with local juice brand, Locally, features rhymes and riddles about homegrown fruits, both the familiar and the less known. “Prutas Pilipinas” not only names popular fruits, like mangoes, melons, and grapes but also more unique ones like chico, mangosteen, and dragonfruit. The song also mentions how nutritious and good these local fruits are. It has three versions — the first is the main song which has already been released and is quickly growing in popularity on Spotify. Set to be released soon, the second version integrates a little bit of “bugtungan”— riddles — at the song’s beginning, while the third version is short and easy to memorize, made to be shared in schools nationwide through the Department of Education. “Prutas Pilipinas” is available for streaming on Spotify at this link:, and soon, on YouTube. Locally is NutriAsia’s first venture into beverages. Locally juices are available in all leading convenience stores and supermarkets. For more information, visit @Locally_PH on Instagram and Facebook.

Kubra Commander debuts first official single ‘The Now’

KUBRA Commander, which has joined indie record label Lilystars Records’ roster of music acts, has released its latest single “The Now,” a brooding, post-punk number. The Cebu-based psychedelic rock outfit has been making waves online since the release of its breakthrough track, “On Your Left,” which made it to CNN’s 8 New Local Releases for your Listening Pleasure and earned a glowing review from indie music website, Flying Lugaw. “The Now” will be part of Kubra Commander’s upcoming new album, Rhythm Tourists, to be released in 2021.

The Mall the Merrier now on WeTV and iflix

THE VICE Ganda-Anne Curtis comedy movie The Mall, The Merrier can now be streamed on WeTV VIP and iflix VIP. Directed by Barry Gonzalez, based on a screenplay by Daisy Cayanan, the film follows the story of siblings Moira/Moises Molina (Vice Ganda) and Morissette “Setset” Molina (Anne Curtis) who get caught up in a bitter feud when they become the heirs of the family property, Tamol Mall. Upping the ante is the arrival of Aunt Moody (Dimples Romana) who is set to stake her claim as well. Things start to get shady at the mall when mysterious events start to happen and the mannequins and toys come alive after dark. The movie marks the first time that Anne Curtis and Vice Ganda co-starred in a film together, apart from being co-hosts on a popular noontime show. Rounding out the cast are Elisse Joson, Jameson Blake, and Ruffa Gutierrez. The Mall, The Merrier emerged as one of the big hits out of the Metro Manila Film Festival last year. All the mall scenes were shot in the iconic Harrison Plaza before it closed at the end of 2019. Both the iflix and WeTV apps are available on the App Store and on Google Play.

Dominic Chin releases debut EP

SINGAPOREAN pop artist Dominic Chin released his debut EP “License to Cry,” via indie label Umami Records on Oct. 9. The seven-track EP is a diverse collection of songs that document the early stages of self-discovery in Chin’s life, in his efforts to articulate his struggles and explore different sounds. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter creates music with his distinct voice and a blend of electro-pop, soul and R&B. He started covering songs on YouTube in 2010, and his channel has more than 9,200 subscribers and 1.3M views. His songs have been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists including “Electro Mix” and “Singapore’s Top Acts.”