Dong Abay
Dong Abay
Westdon Martin Abay, popularly known as Dong Abay, is a poet and a Pinoy rock musician. He was the founding member, songwriter and lead vocalist of the bands Yano, Pan, and dongabay, which are now all defunct. As of January 2008, he is pursuing a career as an independent artist.
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CRTC Wireless Code Of Conduct: Draft Doesn't Propose Doing Away With 3-Year Contracts
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
A draft proposal of a "wireless code of conduct" for Canada's cellphone companies makes no mention of the issue that is top-of-mind for many Canadians: Three-year contracts. The CRTC released a draft of the code on its website Monday, and invited cellphone subscribers to submit comments on it on the telecom regulator's website. More...
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'GOING NOWHERE': Obama Not Serious AboutFiscal Talks, Boehner Says
Fox News - about 4 years
Congress Considers Doing Away With $1 Bill OPINION: It's Time for Republicans to Let Obama Own Fiscal Crisis
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Doing Away With Stupid Rules
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
By Lisa Bodell Right now, somewhere in your company, one of your employees is rolling his eyes. Make no mistake, it's because of a policy or rule that leadership created. The eye-roll—and its cousin, the defeated shrug—are the silent protests of people in every area of your company. If you want to know the true source and depth of their frustration, there's only one surefire way: Invite them to a brainstorming meeting. Once you have gathered your teams together, provide blank sticky notes and ask everyone to pair up. Then present this question: If you could kill or change all the stupid rules that get in the way of doing your work or better servicing our clients, what would they be?If they stare back at you in stunned silence, you might want to add: "You have 10 minutes! Go!" After 10 minutes, people will likely ask for more time—not because they're stumped, but because there are that many stupid rules. Don't interrupt their catharsis. After all, how often do you see your employees so e ...
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Elmer Borlongan's 'Batang Edsa' is face of ManilArt 2011 -
Google News - over 5 years
Borlongan says “Batang Edsa” is his visual transciption of music man Dong Abay's “God Bless Our Trip,” which calls out to caution these young peddlers while they weave through traffic. It is the same concern that spurred the creation of the painting
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Rizal X: Little more than good musical moments - GMANews.TV
Google News - over 5 years
As expected, the Dong Abay songs in the fragment “Ang Rebulto" had no problems capturing the audience's attention, rendering wonder succinctly as Rizal comes to life in these times. But the music and lyrics were wasted on Reuben Uy's screaming and
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Finding the Rizal in you - Manila Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Among the works included, Rizal X will feature the creations of Dong Abay, Gerson Abesamis, Manix Abrera, Chips Beltran, Layeta Bucoy, Winter David, Deo Dela Cruz, Jeffrey Garcia, Al Garcia, JM De Guzman, Vlad Gonzales, Adi Lopez, Joaquin Pedro Valdes,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dong Abay
  • 2008
    Age 36
    As of January 2008, he is pursuing a career as an independent artist.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    In early 2005, Abay became an indie artist and initially released an EP called "Sampol" ("Sample") at the University of the Philippines as part of his undergraduate thesis.
    More Details Hide Details This work consists of acoustic tracks, which were later reborn as full-band pieces in "Flipino," released in May 2006. The album was produced by Robin Rivera, Abay's Art Studies professor in U.P. and album producer of The Eraserheads who eventually hired ex-Eraserheads Raimund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala to play in the entire album. "Flipino" proved Abay's relevance to Philippine music by releasing songs such as "Perpekto" ("Perfect"), "Bombardment" and "Tuyo" ("Dry")". A month before that, Abay finally earned his degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Studies (Areas: Creative Writing in Filipino and Humanities) from the University of the Philippines after 18 long years. His latest effort was a conceptual album called Rebulto ("Bust"), which focuses entirely on the Rizal Monument along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, and written from the perspective of Jose Rizal, considered one the Philippine National Heroes, for which the monument stand, in the present day. The lyrics are mostly written in the first person, except for a couple of tracks, notably, the first track, "Kilometro Zero" ("Kilometer Zero"), which is a collation of facts about the Rizal Monument, all lifted from Wikipedia. (In the Philippines, the highway system uses the Rizal Monument, or kilometer zero as a reference for metric distance to any point in the country.) The album was also produced and performed by Raimund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, Abay decided to go back to school to finish his bachelor's degree.
    More Details Hide Details Thus, the demise of Pan. Aside from his music, Abay got busy exploring other medium and art forms like installation work, visual arts, photography to name a few. He also became busy lecturing and giving workshops around the country.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    In 2002, Abay returned to the music scene and formed Pan together with Onie Badiang, former bassist of Yano.
    More Details Hide Details The outcome was an album titled "Parnaso ng Payaso" ("A Clown's Collection of Poetry."- see Parnassus). Some notable songs from the album include "Dumpsite", "Hula" ("Prediction", which won as Best Folk/Pop Recording at the AWIT Awards in 2003), "Mabuhay!" ("Long Live") and "Rebolusyon" ("Revolution"). Pan played for the local rock circuit with bassist, Milo Duane Cruz and drummer Melvin Leyson.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    In 1994, at the height of Yano's popularity, Abay had to temporarily quit his schooling at the University of the Philippines, where he was an Arts and Letters student, to pursue a career in music.
    More Details Hide Details Yano released 2 more albums under BMG, a major label: "Bawal" ("Taboo") in 1996 and "Tara" ("C'mon") in 1997. The eponymous debut album was first released under Alpha Records but was later re-issued by BMG. During the late 1990s, Abay suffered from clinical depression after quitting Yano. He only stayed in his bedroom for five years. Although, Abay describe this episode as a self-imposed hiatus. He came out of depression while writing new songs set into poetry. He later called Badiang to borrow a guitar and jam.
    In 1994, the band's self-titled debut album came out and spawned classic Filipino rock songs such as "Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo" ("Holy Dog, Saintly Horse"), "Tsinelas" ("Slippers") and "Esem" (wordplay for SM or Shoemart mall).
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a string of successful concerts around the Philippine archipelago.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    In 1992, Dong Abay, Eric Gancio and Larry Mapolon met in Patatag, a progressive vocal ensemble.
    More Details Hide Details After a year, they decided to form a band called NG (as en-ji and derived from the Ng diagraph of the Filipino alphabet) with percussionist Renmin Nadela. Abay and Gancio remained and recruited musical arranger and bassist, Onie Badiang to the group. Eventually, the band's name was renamed to Yano. They recorded their demo at the home studio of alternative artist Joey Ayala in June 1993. One of the tracks, "Kumusta Na?," ("How Are You?") a song about the "EDSA Revolution", found its way to a local radio station where the group was first heard. This paved the way for Yano to become active in the local club circuit. Mayrics, Club Dredd, 70s Bistro were among the first clubs that Yano performed in. Drummers for the band included Nowie Favila (Ang Grupong Pendong), Nonong Timbalopez (Put3Ska, Ex President's Combo), Jun Nogoy (Coffeebreak Island) and Harley Alarcon (Rizal Underground).
  • 1971
    Born on April 5, 1971 in Manila, Philippines, he shares his birthday with the former Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the date of Abay's birth was also the day when American rockstar Kurt Cobain of Nirvana committed suicide in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details He is married to Ninj Botor Reyes. They have a son named Awit (Tagalog for "song" or "chant"), born on May 15, 2002.
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