After 25 years, folk icon Joey Ayala set to return to Music Museum

Joey Ayala, a legend in the Filipino music industry, is set to return to the Music Museum stage on September 16, 2017. The folk icon who brought us songs like Karaniwang Tao, Walang Hanggang Paalam, and Bathala will be performing in the same stage where, 25 years ago, he simultaneously released three records: Panganay Ng Umaga, Magkabilaan, and Mga Awit ng Tanod-lupa.

The concert entitled “Mandiriwa” will feature more local icons performing Joey Ayala’s songs. Gloc-9, Bayang Barrios, Dong Abay, Bullet Dumas, Juan Miguel Severo, and the Ang Bagong Lumad band are all set to perform along with the singer-songwriter. It will be a night of music dedicated to the struggles and collective memory of the Filipino people, with Joey Ayala’s signature blend of ethnic and alternative music.

From left: Joey Ayala, Bayang Barrios, Bullet Dumas, and Dong Abay.

During the press conference held last July 12, 2017 at the Conspiracy Bar in Quezon City, a joint where he usually performs, Joey Ayala told the media that he is also planning to use the concert as a workshop for the audience where they will explore capacity-building learning methods that incorporate songwriting and mind-mapping.

When asked about what “Mandiriwa” means, Joey Ayala explained that it is something he made up to be a Tagalog word for “artist”. He further discussed how the Filipino language does not really have an all-encompassing word for “artist”, but rather, we have specialized terms for the different kinds: pintor, musikero, iskultor, etc. “Mandiriwa” is the combination of the prefix “mang-” (i.e. mangingisda) which denotes a person who makes or creates, and “diwa”, or “essence”.

Mandiriwa is the fifth of the many planned shows by Vandals Entertainment and Gabi Na Naman Productions that aim to give homegrown acts an opportunity to make history and be part of something big. It’s the partner productions’ fifth concert offering following the sold-out success of Damá at the Music Museum featuring Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, and Bullet Dumas; Damá: The Repeat featuring the same set of artists; Secrets: #AiaBarbieKitchie Live at the Music Museum; and Secrets: The Repeat featuring the same set of artists.

For tickets, contact Leah of Vandals Entertainment at 0917-878-9803 and reserve through or Music Museum at 721-6726. For credit card transactions, you can also purchase passes via The ticket prices are as follows: SVIP (3,300 with signed poster & limited edition tote bag), VIP (2,900), Patron (1,900) and Balcony (1,100).

Mandiriwa: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad Concert

It's official: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad will be gracing the big stage for a night of music, poetry, cultural insight and truth. Get to know his parallel occupation as a Mandiriwa (wisdom-maker) and immerse to his world of folkloric beauty this September 16, Saturday at the Music Museum, with special participation by gloc-9, Dong Abay, Bullet Dumas, Juan Miguel Severo and Ms. Bayang Barrios. Limited tickets are available at For offline purchase, contact Leah of Vandals Entertainment / Gabi Na Naman Prod at 0917-878-9803. Other ticketing options will be available on July 10 via and Music Museum.Video by Lunar

Joey Ayala 发布于 2017年7月6日


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