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Ang Bandang Shirley ‘Favorite’ Album Launch: Sino Ba Si Shirley?

March 29, 2017 AFTERPARTY TEAM

“Sino ba si Shirley?”

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This is probably the first question anyone unfamiliar with Ang Bandang Shirley will ask. Ang Bandang Shirley is composed of Owel Alvero, Selena Davis, Ean Aguila, Joe Fontanilla, Zig Rabara, Kathy Gener, and Enzo Zulueta. No Shirleys in sight.

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Ang Bandang Shirley live

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Shirley has been around for more than a decade and have 3 albums under their belt. “Themesongs” came out in 2008, followed up by “Tama Na Ang Drama” in 2012. Now, after almost five years Shirley, sticking with their tradition of naming the album after one of the songs, has given fans what may just be their Favorite album. The fans came in droves. Lining up at the merch booth even before the event officially started. The meet and greet booth was crowded for most of the night. Everyone has came out to show their love for Shirley.

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[edgtf_s[edgtf_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” position=”center” color=”” border_style=”” width=”” thickness=”” top_margin=”10" bottom_margin=””]class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Even though this is Shirley’s third album, it’s also an album of firsts. It’s the first album with Enzo Zulueta on bass, it’s the first album recorded outside of Love One Another Studios, and it’s the first time Shirley has had an album launch of this size. All eyes are on Shirley as they welcome Favorite into the world. And, with a new album comes a new challenge to fans, “Kaya niyo ba yan gustuhin?”.

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Owel suggests that the album should be taken as a whole, “Some people are really obsessed with creating one powerful hit single, I think this album is the perfect example of a group of songs as one journey”. 

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