We would like to introduce to you Mitochondria’s “Rockstar,” Ramil C. Subingsubing who hails from Poblacion, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
Ramil came to Iligan City in 1993 working with the Agricultural Training Institute under the Department of Agriculture as a Teacher (Rice Specialist), Lecturer and Resource Speaker.
As a musician, his love for music led him to perform regularly in the different Music Bars, Clubs and Restaurants in Iligan City.
As well as performing in weddings, gatherings and other social functions and slowly making a name for himself as the “One Man Band” in Iligan City’s local music scene, befriending most of its local musicians in the process.
He met Ms. Marichel A. Baculio in 1999 tied the knot later and were blessed with two wonderful kids, “Biboy” and “Kakay.”
Ramil joined Mitochondria in 2003 when the band was on it’s seventh year.
He was introduced to the group by Mito’s frontman, Tony Boy when they became friends during Tony’s Law School years.
He played keyboards for the group and was a very active member until 2007 when the band decided to take a break from performing.
His musical influences were Jazz, Jazz fusion, The Classics and Bossa nova.
He likes listening to a variety of music artists and bands, and to name a few they are Smokie, CCR, Bread, Simon and Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, Andy Gibb, Earl Klugh and a lot of other famous Jazz musicians.
Ramil started learning music when he was still a young boy.
He was taught piano lessons and was very quick in finishing each piece given.
Because as a young boy, he wanted to finish his daily lesson right away and still have time go out and play with his friends and the other kids in his neighborhood.
When he became an adult, his musical experience and study led him to learn to play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass.
But his forte was playing traditional acoustic piano, digital piano, keyboard, and synthesizer instruments.
These instruments have their own unique roles and have some similarities and key differences but when it comes to playing them.
Ramil can easily distinguish among these instruments of which to choose that is best for him or able to use one accordingly to benefit him as a musician.
If it’s a question of an instruments availability then as a talented musician he usually makes the most of what’s available for his or the band’s benefit.
Listening and mastering songs from LP Records or Vinyl Record format before performing was a thing during the LP days.
But since it is no longer widely practiced or no longer common today with CD’s, DVD’s and MP3’s now around.
When it comes to musical approach, discipline and outlook, Ramil does belong to that group of “respectable musicians” that grew up in those days.
Musicians who play songs on stage dubbed “long play style” performance or “Plakado” in the Visayan vernacular.
Respectable Musicians who know by heart that most melody usually have a key center. Musicians who play by ear or “widow” in Visayan term.
“An ability to reproduce a piece of music they heard without being able to observe another musician playing it or being able to see the sheet music notation.”
These are the elite musicians who can easily figure out the relationship and connection in melodies and match chords and notes that go with the lyrics instantaneously.
The kind of musicians playing harmonized music that’s musically satisfying.
Ramil had that great gift for melody and was able to pick out simple to intricate melodies on his keyboard instrument with ease.
Although the band observed and knew that Ramil adheres to traditional practices, employing that characteristic of an earlier style or manner when it comes to playing music.
The band was always open to ideas when it comes to working on what’s best for a given original composition.
And Ramil was always there to play the part as the “Mentor.”
When jamming with the band in playing original songs, there was also that side of him that showed flexibility.
He willingly shares that little piece of magic he had, giving a touch to the songs that result in an outcome with a new meaning.
Being of the old school as he may be, the band never took that aspect of him for granted but cherished it much.
Incorporating combined aspects from the different genres as well into the songs, Ramil made the band feel more confident in exploring other styles and experiment.
He goes the extra mile, teaches with passion, having such sheer determination for the band to succeed, to learn and apply, to be able to work as one… in harmony.
Aside from being kind, generous, honest and straightforward Ramil also had another side in him, he also happened to be a funny man and was such a natural comedian.
In times of the bands practice and jamming sessions he was always able to add in that cheerfulness in playing and improve the group’s morale each time.
He always had timing when cracking those jokes he shares and always had something good to say for the band.
He was a great morale booster and always made sessions more fun and memorable.
In the years after the band rested, Ramil remained accessible and was always there when called upon.
He was able to last jam with the band on its Reunion last December 27, 2015.
He had a close call in July of 2016 but was able to recover.
Sadly, he recently passed away 27 July 2017.
Ramil was a dear and true friend, a loving brother, father and husband.
We are surely going to miss him very much and will never forget how he used to bring up that smile on our faces.
We will always cherish the times we’ve shared and spent together.
Thank you Ramil “Rockstar” C. Subingsubing for the music and friendship.
We love you “Rockstar” and Goodbye.
Behind the Scenes Live Band Performance: A Tribute to Ramil “Rockstar” C. Subingsubing