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Jace Roque: His Love for Music brings Him to the World


Jace Roque, a fast-rising electronic dance music (EDM) artist and is like an ‘unaccepted prophet’ in his native place (Luke 4: 24b with emphasis). 

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Jace Roque, a fast-rising EDM artist recently met with some selected online press to discuss his second single titled LOVE. Photograph courtesy of Allan Sancon.

 

He may have relatives like a supportive uncle Gino Padilla and a distant cousin Luke Mejares, he, as an independent artist, it isn’t all a walk in the park still.

The music icons attached to his name aren’t the tickets to his success. 

It’s all about his efforts in promoting his brand of music and being noticed by Kobalt Music Group, the number one music publishing company in the UK. The said company comes next after Sony Music Entertainment in the US.

His SOBER single, which he launched this year, has streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify. New Music Friday Philippines, Tatak Pinoy, and OPM Rising–three of Spotify‘s most popular editorial playlist platforms did feature the said song. 

For his latest single, LOVE launched on September 27, it now reached 100,000 views and was released by Kobalt Music.

He described this song as his way of opening to the world [again] after being heart-broken. 

“It’s like putting down your walls and guards down and taking chances on another love,” Roque stressed.

Since he writes, produces, and arranges his songs–he finds it fit that the texts that go with his songs are from his personal experiences.

What’s admirable about Jace is his attitude. He’s not the type to give up his dreams by some great force. He’s proved it even in his second single when he competed along with the big names in the music industry.  His song landed number 25 overall in the music list. It’s something that he takes pride in and grateful for all those who helped him reach his goals.

Roque is an epitome of real icon-in-the-making. His efforts may be small to the rest of the big-time music icons, but his love for his brand of music did not just limit him to the local audience but brought him to the world instead.

Saving Flora: A Film about Friendship between a Girl and her Elephant


Friendship is not limited to humans alone. That’s the story of Dawn and Flora. It’s a unique kind of bond between a human being and another mammal, an elephant. Saving Flora is a 2018 family drama film about the friendship between Dawn (Jenna Ortega) and her elephant named Flora (elephant’s name is Tai).

The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who kidnaps an elephant from a circus to take it to a nature reserve. Tai plays Flora, the elephant who has been in several other movies, including Like Water for Elephants.

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David Arquette of Scream franchise, Eight Legged Freaks, The Wheel, and Amanda & Jack Go Glamping–plays Henry, the circus owner and father to Dawn. 

In the film, Flora is a circus elephant and is already past her prime. Henry is going through difficult times. He tries to save operation costs to survive. His daughter disapproves of his idea of euthanizing Flora. She runs away from the circus with her elephant friend. Together, they met a local petty thief named Sebastian (Martin Martinez) along the way to the preserve.

Tom Arnold, Leonor Varela. Galen Howard, Guilford Adams, Cindy Chu, Mars Crain, and Carlos Ragas are also in the cast.

Mark Taylor and David Moss wrote Saving Flora. Fabio Golombek, Amber Wang, and Brad Billington with Clifford Cohen as producers and Taylor directed the film. 

Join Flora, Dawn, and Sebastian’s journey on July 10 in cinemas nationwide. To know more about the film, check its facebook page.

Sophia Bianca: Pursuing Her Personal Legend?


Growing up, Sophia Bianca De Vera‘s companion was the karaoke as her family loves to sing together as their past time and even in parties. 

Back then, she describes herself as shy and stiff whenever she gets to perform in an audience. But her voice coach, Annie Quintos of the singing group called The Company.  

De Vera chose to celebrate her debut, not in a lavish party but held a meet-and-greet with the selected members of the press to launch her single In Love’s Eyes instead.  The medals she bagged at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) last year were the validation of her pursuing a singing career. 

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She considers singing as her Personal Legend. A Personal Legend is about pursuing someone’s desire and passion to live a great purpose.

The universe conspired with Sophia Bianca as she met Grammy awardee, Gerard McMann and who now known as G Tom Mac. The latter composed her single. The single is a validation of all the things that she has worked on since her first contest on GMA-7‘s Eat Bulaga segment Music Hero.

As a young artist, she aspires to achieve the success of two artists Alicia Keys and as well as Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha.

On July 11, Sophia Bianca flies back to the US to perform at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles County. Also, she will be shooting her music video in New York as well.

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Listen to her song now on Spotify.

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