Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan’s Teachers Stand Together’s performance with current popular rock band ChicoSci got an outstanding performance rating during the Nescafe Soundskool 2008 at the Philsports Arena dubbed “The present and the future of Philippine music”.

Nescafe Soundskool 2008 gathered the present and future superstars of the country’s music industry for a night of unforgettable concert performances during its finals.

All the way from down south – Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, comes the in-your-face style of groovy fast music from Teachers Stand Together. It was roughly June 2005 when the band saw its birth. Composed of Paolo Dumagat (vocals and chief lyricist), Dove Vallar (guitars, vocals),Bamix Durano(guitars) Norway Gabucan (bass, vocals), and Tonton Duo (drums), this 5-piece unit is at the forefront of the underground scene in the bustling city of Cagayan de Oro.

Teachers Stand Together seems to have a knack of attracting “moshpit warriors”; delivering their feisty fast music with a touch of danceable tunes. Harboring towards their main influences, punk and ska, the band takes pride in their roots as a product of the CDO music scene.

Still, they continue to evolve their music with-in the context to where they feel comfortable at, which is punk and ska. Furthermore, the band, year by year, grows and matures evidently, allowing each members’ own influences to sink in and making it a certified Teachers Stand Together-sound.

Currently, Teachers Stand Together is very active in the underground scene. Even though the band’s history was not a “fairytale-type”, they still manage to rekindle everything and make it as their inspiration for making music. Albeit things were never easy for them, they have no complaints. Because what matters most is that their happy with their craft.

Topping the list of explosive performances in Nescafe Soundskool 2008 is that of this year’s winner, Letter Day Story, who performed along with mentor-band Sponge Cola.

“We really want the ‘Nescafe Soundskool’ experience to be unforgettable for all the bands,” said Nescafe marketing and promotions manager Eileen Bangcoro.

These bands showed that they already have what it takes to perform with the country’s most popular and professional artists.

As if the 13 band-finalists’ performance with their mentor bands weren’t enough to bring the whole Philsports Arena crowd up on their feet, “Nescafe Soundskool” likewise brought in 2005 winner Hilera, Kamikazee, Parokya ni Edgar and Bamboo.

All the 13 finalists received P25,000 in cash when they were declared winners during their respective elimination legs. They likewise underwent a once-in-a-lifetime workshop and mentorship program in Boracay under the country’s biggest bands like Sugarfree, Sandwich, 6Cyclemind, and Callalily and star makeovers from L’Oreal Paris Studio Line, Maybelline and Penshoppe.

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