Replay: Taratogs Official Launch

Broadcast was interrupted for a minute and resumes with Arnel here:


Taratogs’ exclusive launch at the Chivz Music Lounge will be broadcast live on September 25, 5:30 pm through Taratog’s Facebook page. Join Arnel Pineda and Indie OPM bands as they bring on the fun and great music!

Request your favorite songs, and stay tuned for a surprise from Arnel Pineda himself.

Don’t forget to connect with us using the hashtag #TaratogsTuganNa!

For more information, you may visit the Event page.

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The 50th Birthday Concert

Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Joining Arnel are very special guests including teen powerhouse Anatalia Villaranda – fresh off The Voice USA. So be there at this once-in-a-lifetime event, and jam with the artists and live band in an open-mic session!

Tickets are inclusive of a full-course sit down dinner at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila and available through Up North Productions | +639176527463

For sponsorship inquiries, please email upnorthproductionsinc@gmail.com.

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Giveaway: End-of-Tour 2016 Celebration

As we approach the conclusion of Journey’s extremely successful 2016 tour, Arnel Pineda and his official website offers its biggest giveaway to date. For a chance to receive this giveaway, simply complete the following:

If I could say one thing to Arnel, it would be…

Post in the comments below using your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus login details. If you don’t have any of these accounts, a friend may post on your behalf. All entries posted by midnight EDT, September 15th will be included. ONE entry will be chosen by Arnel or a relative using the following method: With the authors’ names hidden, the top 3 (based on message) will be chosen then a final entry will be picked via random drawing.

The giveaway bundle (pictured below) are gifts from Arnel and APR and may NOT be resold. Photos were obtained by license and permission from pro photographers Mike Savoia and Brent Groh.

Arnel Pineda and his official website wish to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support!

Tell everyone, and share!


Signed 20×30 poster, 8×12 glossy, 2 signed 8×10 glossies, fan recordings of Chile, Graspop, Kobesatonik & Budokan concerts, sign AP.ex EP

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Journey and The Doobie Brothers Set 2016 Tour

Journey & Doobie Brothers Tour 2016

JOURNEY and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will launch the “SAN FRANCISCO FEST 2016” tour on Thursday, May 12, 2016, again bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The tour, produced by Live Nation, launches at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California – with concerts scheduled through Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and includes special guest DAVE MASON. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM through LiveNation.com. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into JOURNEY, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon’s solo albums, including critically acclaimed The Calling, and, most recently, Vortex.

Schon was thrilled when Smith accepted his invitation to rejoin JOURNEY, exclaiming, “I’m so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my ‘Neal Vortex Schon’ Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you All soon!!!!”

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS‘ Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band on the 2016 tour. Payne performed on many of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS studio albums as well as on the road; a relationship the band is looking forward to rekindling.

“It’s gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band,” said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. “We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can’t wait to share it with the fans!”

JOURNEY VIP Packages and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS VIP Packages will both be available through VIP Nation. For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com and http://doobiebros.com.

JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “Be Good to Yourself,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has sold 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since. VH1 named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified holders. In 2007, Neal Schon discovered Arnel Pineda on YouTube and succeeded in making Pineda the new lead singer. Two albums and three major tours later, JOURNEY has toured four continents and performed for nearly three million fans, earning the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and VH1 has named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. They released their latest album, Southbound, in November 2014 on Arista Nashville. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic  ©davemasonmusic.com

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic ©davemasonmusic.com

Legendary rocker DAVE MASON has an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years, encompassing producing, performing, and songwriting. Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold out shows all over the world. Over his career he has penned over 100 songs and hit singles including “Feelin’ Alright,” “We Just Disagree,” “Only You Know and I Know,” among others. Mason is a true classic rocker who has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many more. When Dave is not touring he continues writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart: Work Vessels for Vets, Yoga Blue, Michael Bolton Charities, and Kid’s Rock.

For more information, visit journeymusic.com, doobiebros.com and davemasonmusic.com.


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A rare onstage marriage proposal at a Journey concert

It started with a message from a fan named Rob on Arnel’s Wall. Arnel replied and promised to do his best. Three months later, after some coordination, it happened:

Rob’s story:

Hi Arnel,

First of all, I love your vocals and think you are an amazing addition to Journey! Your own journey has been amazing, filled with many human hardships and rewards. You have the fortitude keep on going no matter what. I love that! You inspire me!

I’m writing you because I wanted to ask you a question regarding your August 1, 2014 Mandalay Bay show in Las Vegas, NV. I am attending this show to celebrate my 50th Birthday! Would you allow me the honor to ask my girlfriend Tiffany whom I’ve been dating for the past two years to be my wife on your stage? We have tickets on the main floor 20 rows back at your August 1, Las Vegas show. This would be something she and I would never forget…

A bit about me: I’m also a performing artist, www.ShamelessRob.com on the long road towards maybe someday being recognized for my musical contributions. I was married for 16 years and divorced 10 years ago with three children. As a result, I lost everything, my house, my car and my family support system. I lost the support of my sisters and brother, and other friends and family because of my “sinful” divorce, and their religious convictions.

I’ve spent the last 10 years rebuilding my life, writing and performing original music, and building a new family. I met Tiffany along the way, and she really loves who I am. This kind of love is so hard to find. She has a three year old boy Dillon who calls me “Dad.” I love him so much. His father wants nothing to do with him. So I have found something really special with Tiffany and Dillon, and I wanted to see if you and your band would help me celebrate my love for them?


Arnel’s reply:

keep reminding me sir and pls look for yul or fabbest.they can help you get in touch with me.

And they lived happily ever after!

Journey does receive – but have to reject – plenty of similar requests while on tour. Fate smiled upon a fan and Arnel followed through with his promise this one time.

Update – Sept. 15, 2014:
First-person narrative video of what went down, edited by Rob himself. Take a look! youtube.com/v/hLVo-MJnCQs

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Win Tickets to the Manila Screening of “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”

On July 24th 2014, the documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey will premiere in Manila with two screenings: 6:00pm and 8:30 pm. Director Ramona Diaz as well as other guests plan to attend. In celebration of this event, a free ticket to each of the two shows will be given out to two lucky individuals selected by random drawing. See more details about the premiere here.

For a chance to win a ticket, simply do the following:

1. Share this article about the event on any social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). If you don’t have an account, please ask a friend to share for you.
2. In the comments section of this page, post a link to the content where you shared the post.
3. State your preferred showtime.

Deadline: July 21st, 2014 at Midnight, Manila time. In case the two winners choose the same showing, the winner who posted first will be given priority.

Arnel’s Facebook Fan Page is also running a contest for two entrants to win ₱1,000 cash. Only one prize will be awarded per winner on this and the Facebook Fan Page contests. Thanks to the Assumption Alumnae Association’s Assumption Cares for this giveaway.



Winner of the 6pm showing: Izza

Winner of the 8:30pm showing: twinrockers


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Journey Film Premieres in Manila to Benefit Typhoon Victims

The highly anticipated screening of the documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey will finally happen where it all began: Philippines.

Arnel Pineda’s fairy tale chronicles his rise from ambiguity to the world stage following Journey founder Neal Schon’s unconventional search for a lead singer. The critically-acclaimed film is punctuated with various clips from concerts including the band’s epic Live in Manila which only the big screen can duly demonstrate. The screenings will benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) with the facilitation of Assumption Alumnae Association’s Assumption Cares.


Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Screenings: 6:00pm and 8:30pm
Location: Rockwell Cinema 6, Makati
Ticket / Donation: ₱1000 ($23)
For Tickets Call: 09175381920 | 09178306883 | 09176187870
Or call the Assumption SLV, AAA Office: 894 3561

Director Ramona Diaz will host a Q&A after both screenings. Surprise guests also plan to attend. Stay tuned for more particulars and share the news about this unique engagement!


  • PBS Independent Lens 2014 Audience Award
  • Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Audience Award
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award
  • Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival

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Vote “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” for Coveted Audience Award

At film festivals, the award that filmmaker most covet is the Audience Award. After all, these nonconventional filmmakers are telling stories not for personal fame or fortune, but to enlighten and entertain you — the audience.

After each Independent Lens television broadcast, the audience decides how a film measures up. At the end of each season, votes are tallied and one special film receives the prestigious honor.

The documentary film, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” is up for PBS’s 2014 Independent Lens Audience Award. If you haven’t seen the film, it is available on PBS IL reruns, Netflix, iTunes and other outlets.

A bonus scene features Arnel Pineda preparing for the SuperBowl XLIII pre-game show. The film takes us to the same level of excitement Arnel experiences before he faces millions of people in the most watched sports broadcast:

The polls are now CLOSED. As of the end of the voting period, the film was leading in the polls. The official winner will be declared on Monday.


Thanks to your votes, the film won PBS Independent Lens Audience Award for the 2014 Season! Read more

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