The new champions of Pinoy rock and roll were named at the 2019 Pambansang Muziklaban finals held for the first time online over its Facebook page, a press release from the organizer said.
This year’s penultimate rock battle ended on a high note as top bands from all over the country emerged to vie for the coveted crown.
For Lakas, the hard and heavy rock category, We the Dying from Iloilo City, bagged the top prize. Meanwhile, Pikaso and the Riots from Batangas took home the trophy for Aklas, the competition’s alternative rock class. Both bands each received P500,000 cash prize from Red Horse Beer and an additional P25,000 and other apparel from Macbeth.
We the Dying received coaching from Red Horse evangelist band Greyhoundz, while Pikaso and the Riots got valuable pointers from Slapshock. Coincidentally, a tribute for the late Slapshock front man Jamir Garcia was aired after the 2019 Pambansang Muziklaban Finals awarding night which drew heartfelt sentiments from viewers and fans.
The online event also showcased performances from some of the top rock bands in the country including Chicosci, Kjwan, Mayonnaise, Razorback, and Wilabaliw.
The exhilarating online experience featured a “Virtual Slaman” where rockheads enjoyed the event in an exclusive Zoom room and hung out with other slameros. Select audiences were selected as Slameros of the Night and won Red Horse Beer merchandise and other apparel from Macbeth. Pahina and Molay, both from Metro Manila, garnered the most “beer votes” and won the award for the Lakas and Aklas categories, respectively. Both bands took home P50,000 cash prize from Red Horse Beer, the press release added.*