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Mitochondria’s “Rockstar”

Mitochondria’s “Rockstar”

We would like to introduce to you Mitochondria’s “Rockstar,” Ramil C. Subingsubing who hails from Poblacion, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

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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.

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He met Ms. Marichel A. Baculio in 1999 tied the knot later and were blessed with two wonderful kids, “Biboy” and “Kakay.”

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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.

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He played keyboards for the group and was a very active member until 2007 when the band decided to take a break from performing.

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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.

Old School

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.

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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.

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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.

 

“Plakado”

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Mentor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Morale Booster

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.

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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.

 

RIP

In the years after the band rested, Ramil remained accessible and was always there when called upon.

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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.

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Sadly, he recently passed away 27 July 2017.

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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.

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We love you “Rockstar” and Goodbye.

RIP

Behind the Scenes Live Band Performance: A Tribute to Ramil “Rockstar” C. Subingsubing

 

 

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The GetAway

The GetAway

Partial Recall

Like reliving the olden days the band recently paid an old friend, Sir Ruel Almeda, a visit and happened to witness a live band performing, “The GetAway.”

The GetAway with Sir Ruel Almeda

The GetAway with Sir Ruel Almeda

As audience the band Mitochondria was also able to jam as guest, playing a few songs in a “partial recall” performance.

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Mito

Before the lights went out, Mitochondria really had fun listening to The GetAway’s repertoire.

As a band, The GetAway also have their very own original compositions.

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With our Host

The band would like to thank The GetAway for the “Jam” and specially to our humble hosts, Sir Ruel and Tata Almeda.

“The GetAway”

 Dave – Drums

Elly – Keyboard

Archie – Guitar

PJ – Bass Guitar

Santi, Niña & Neil – Vocals

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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Happenings

 

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Interview with Master Luthier Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago of ER Custom Guitars by Mitochondria

Interview with Master Luthier Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago of ER Custom Guitars by Mitochondria

Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker and Master Luthier, Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago of ER Custom Guitars shares his opinion, tips and experiences in this Interview by Mitochondria Iligan.

Master Luthier Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago at his shop

When things are set into motion, Iligan City’s Custom Guitar Maker and Master Luthier, Sir Edgar R. Rabago (at his shop), at times burn the midnight oil in the name of passion (Photo courtesy of Sir ER Rabago, Retrieved from “Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker and Master Luthier, Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago…” blog/article at duomaskus[dot]wordpress[dot]com).

“Proudly Iliganon!”

E.R. Guitars "Custom" Shop (Courtesy of Sir ERR)

E.R. Guitars “Custom” Shop (Courtesy of Sir ERR)

E.R. Guitars (Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago)

E.R. Guitars (Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago)

“If It’s Not In Writing, It Didn’t Happen!”

So It was written.

“Pics or It Didn’t Happen!”

So Pics were taken.

“Video Or It Didn’t Happen!”

So It was done then. 

Hi there! “Waz-zapenin’!”

We decided to do this blitzkrieg Luthier Q&A Video interview of Master Luthier, Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago of ER Guitars at his shop in Baclaan, Suarez, Iligan City to get a glimpse of his journey and know a little more about what the craft is like.

Special thanks to Sir Rabago for answering the set of questions in this interview and for making himself available on such short notice.

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without further ado here’s…

The “Video”

“Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago”

Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker

and

Master Luthier

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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Amateur Videos, Articles, Feature

 

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Mitochondria embarks on a “True Custom Guitar’s” Journey

Mitochondria embarks on a “True Custom Guitar’s” Journey
Master Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars, seated at right with Mitochondria members Ckinzki and Danzoy after the "Discussion" (Image Courtesy of E.R. Guitars/Mitochondria Iligan)

Master Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars, seated at right with Mitochondria members Ckinzki and Danzoy after the “Discussion” (Image Courtesy of E.R. Guitars/Mitochondria Iligan)

Embarking with “Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker and Master Builder, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars”

“Guitar Hunting and Acquisition! Every GAS sufferer’s wish, at a cost!”

Pedal to the Metal!

Hitting the gas pedal good, the car moved off and brought us closer to our search in finding that dream guitar in a place somewhere.

“Left or right? What’s that? Your left or my right? Ah, let’s just pull over here and ask for directions (maybe we’re lost),” said one to his companion, as the two guitar hunters reach that fork in the road.

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“Finding your dream guitar is tough, especially if you don’t know where you’re looking. And if you don’t know where you are when searching, you can’t get to where you’re going.”

“Brand new or Second-hand” Dream Guitar?

For those having a serious case of GAS, the most sought after high-end guitar (depending on its list price) sometimes may be a “dream” or a “bad dream.”

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Guitar Hunters and GAS sufferers who go for “brand new or high-end” dream guitars know that such inclination won’t go without a price.

Brand new Guitars at SolidMark Store.

Brand new Guitars at SolidMark Store.

Guitar hunters of “second-hand” dream guitars on the other hand know that used instruments may come at a bargain or half the price.

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Nonetheless, brand new or second-hand, as long as one GAS sufferer can take the guitar of their dreams (or the guitar in one of their dreams) home, other things really don’t matter much after…

At first….

GAS has its perks! But for most of the time, in serious cases, it comes at a cost.

E.R. “Custom” Guitars

If one can’t afford those choice, high-end brands, or don’t have that much dough to spare to get the expensive ones.

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Squire by Fender Basses, High-end Instruments (Courtesy of GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instruments Store, Yupangco Bldg., Makati, Metro Manila)

Or if one can’t get that model because it’s no longer available or sold in the market, then to settle for a custom made one is the best accord.

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Don’t despair! There’s always another alternative.

Have one customized and done, one that’s best for you, a Custom guitar that’s true.

E.R. Guitars (Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago)

Custom Guitar Maker (Courtesy of Sir Edgar R. Rabago)

Now where can one find a luthier and have that dream guitar Custom-made?

Luthier (Image Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Master Luthier at work (Image Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Well, this all depends on where you’re at but if you are from Iligan City then there’s definitely only one guitar builder to seek out.

Road to Customization

Master Luthier Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars.

Iligan City's Custom Guitar Builder, Sir Edgar R. Rabago (Courtesy of ER Guitars)

Iligan City’s Custom Guitar Builder, Sir Edgar R. Rabago (Courtesy of ER Guitars)

So as the band Mitochondria embarks on a “True Custom Guitar’s” Journey, here’s the rest of our custom built guitar’s story.

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True Custom Guitar

The guitar we had custom built is a modification of one popular design tailored to suit our “guitar hunters” turned “custom guitar seekers” specifications.

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After having that long discussion with Sir Rabago, we finally came up with this personalized and customized guitar with different specs and features specially made… with much satisfaction.

“Killer Bass” ER-21 Blackbird

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Guitar fresh from the Custom Shop (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)

Our Custom-made guitar is just about a spitting image of the Dean Z Metalman Bass-Classic Black, dubbed the “ER-21 Blackbird,” a.k.a. The “Dean’s Lister’s ‘Killer Bass.'”

The "Dean's Lister's 'Killer Bass'" (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)

The “Dean’s Lister’s ‘Killer Bass'” (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)

This Dean Guitar inspired replica has a monorail bridge, a “Glossy Black” finish, and sports the same radical body shape and headstock as the real one.

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monorail bridge, big bass humbucker, plastic with acrylic transparent speed control dials (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)

Unlike the Z Metalman Bass soapbar humbucker’s placement, the Blackbird’s big bass humbucker pickup is mounted not so close to the bridge to capture fat string vibrations as close as it can get to the optimum level.

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In addition to that the ample space between the end of the fretboard and the pickup provides enough room for slap style playing.

Although its visual aspects attests to the guitar’s Metal ancestry, its other features more or less makes this bass fit for playing most music styles.

Sir Edgar R Rabago Master Luthier

Master Luthier and “Legendary” Custom Guitar Maker, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of E.R. Guitars with one of his Custom-made Masterpiece he dub’s, The Metal “Killer Bass!”

Luthier     Sir Edgar R. Rabago (E.R. Guitars)

Guitar Name     Dean’s Lister’s “Killer Bass”

Model Name     (ER-21) “Blackbird”

Dexterity     Right Handed

Top Material     Mahogany

Top Contour     Flat Top

Neck Material     Mahogany

Scale Length     34″ (863mm)

Construction     Bolt-On-Neck

Neck Shape     D as in “Dean”

Fretboard Material     Indian Rosewood

Inlays     Pearl Dot

# of Frets     21

Fretboard Radius     18″ (457mm)

Nut     Compact Industrial Grade Deluxe Fiberglass

Nut Width     1 1/2″ (38mm)

Tuners     Semi-closed machine heads

Knobs     Plastic with Acrylic Transparent Speed Control Dials

Hardware Color     Black & Silver

Bridge     Steel and Zinc Alloy

Pickup (Bridge)     Big Bass Humbucker

Finish     Glossy Black

Case Options     can fit in DHS ZM, LGB MM

Country of Origin     Philippines

Truss Rod     Single Action

Controls     Vol/Tone

Strings     Alice (.045-.105)

E.R. Guitars "Custom" Shop (Courtesy of Sir ERR)

E.R. Guitars “Custom” Shop (Courtesy of Sir ERR)

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A Targaryen “heirloom”

“The sweetest dream is owning the guitar of your dreams! And so this is the story of Mitochondria’s ‘True Custom Guitar’s Journey.'”

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“Attune to Customization” (ER Mach, Courtesy of Sir ERR)

“Your guitar dreams can still come true if you wake up and drop by at ‘E.R. Guitars Shop.’ So, make your dream guitar a reality any way, go on with your own ‘Custom Guitar’s Journey’ today.”

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“Indian Pass” (Courtesy of E.R. Guitars)

D.O.G. and P.I.G.’s Prescription for a Guitar Hunter/GAS sufferer’s condition

GAS Medication Prescription

GAS Medication Prescription

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Flaming "Targaryen" Relic (Klash & Burn)

Flaming House Targaryen of Dragonstone Relic – “Klash & Burn”

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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in Articles, Feature

 

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The GAS Must Be Crazy — kuskusbalungos

Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon!” “GAS: it’s priceless” That beautiful GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Store’s Washburn Heavy Metal Series, WV40 Vindicator’s acquisition would have made a lovely addition to the collection. But since the “priceless” had no “price” I just had to give myself a bit of advice, hoping this […]

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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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High-end Instruments, Good Customer Service, July 21, 2016 By Mitochondria Iligan About 15 minutes on foot from McDonald’s at H.V. Dela Costa to the Yupangco Building at Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila, I arrived at the GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store at 8:00 am. I was greeted by the guard on duty who asked what my […]

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
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Philippines Most Talented Luthier, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s ER Custom Guitars, A”Phenomenal” Custom Guitar Maker

Philippines Most Talented Luthier, Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan City’s ER Custom Guitars, A”Phenomenal” Custom Guitar Maker

Amazing Guitar Luthier! “Sir Edgar R. Rabago of Iligan CIty’s ‘ER Custom Guitars'”

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Philippines Most Talented Luthier

By: Kuskus Balongus

If you are one serious musician who progresses in one’s skill, succumb to G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) then get to have that light-bulb moment and vow to have your very own “Custom Guitar” made.

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You get to the point where you start looking for a “Master luthier” or Guitar manufacturer, one who’s up to the challenge, one capable of meeting your “personal” specifications.

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If you are living in the Philippines, in Luzon, in Metro Manila… finding one guitar tech or luthier wouldn’t be like finding a needle in a haystack.

There are plenty.

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Scores of talented luthier’s in the Philippines are found in Metro…

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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized