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Roy Pangilinan

The Total Entertainer

A balladeer for the past three decades, Roy (Rico J) Pangilinan made his own path to the entertainment world through his rare and exceptional knowledge in music at early age. A flexible and dynamic performer with the ability to sing pieces in a historically accurate way, Roy also impersonates some of our local and foreign vocalists. And Rico J. Puno is one of these known and great personalities.

A humble man but with a remarkable talent in his own chosen craft, Roy continues to follow the musical notes of his singing career and listens to everyone’s suggestions during and after his stage performance.

Yes, Roy is a humble man with a simple career objective: “Seeking the position as a singer to utilize my experience, talent and voice in an environment that provides career growth.”


A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the East, Roy is a former member of D Age Rated Singing Group and vocalist of First League Show Band that had performed in Japan.

One of the contemporaries of singing sensations Efren Montes and Boy Mondragon during their prime, Roy also grabbed the “Grand Champion Sound” award when he impersonated one of his favorite singing stars at Pulse Disco Super Club a few years back.

See Roy in person and listen to his favorite songs. You can feel his own touch of music every Sunday at Ciudad de Valenzuela. He’s also a mainstay at Sir Williams along Timog Avenue in Quezon City. #


Formed January 2010, the group is made up of four highly-talented and seasoned musicians who came from different bands and different musical backgrounds. This diversity can clearly be heard when they play. The members are as follows:
Muffet Tan stands as the group’s lead vocalist. She came from a band called Garden Shelter, a very respected band in Iligan city, her hometown.  The need to play bossa nova prompted her to form the duo The Bossanovas, also in Iligan City. She has performed at Neo Global Bar, Alberto’s Café, and Tatay’s Grill in Iligan City, and also in Sayd Bar, No Holds Bar, and Sayd Wok GrillI in Ozamis City. A very gifted singer, she was hailed as the Institute Music Awardee for the Solo Vocalist Category at MSU-IIT when she finished college in 2003.Rey Almenario Jr. on guitars is a proud product of the Philippine Women’s University College of Music where he majored in Music Education with the specialization in Classical Guitar. He started as a solo Folk singer in 1999 and played in bars such as Bamboo Giant, Café Adriatico, and My Brothers Moustache, all of which in Manila. Soon after, he became a member of the Cornerstone Band and had regular stints at the MetroBar. He also became a member of Hungersound which played at Simplicio Elegante.Melvin Bituin plays 1st percussion (cajon and djembe) and is the group’s male vocalist. He started playing the drums when he was thirteen but soon fell in love with hand percussions. He started playing professionally in 2001 with group called Detour Acoustic as a percussionist/vocalist, which soon evolved into Detour, a band which played 80’s and 90’s music as the lead male vocalist. A very versatile musician, he not only plays most hand percussion instruments but can play the guitar as well. His current passion is with indigenous musical instruments.Rolly “Bathala” Gutierrez plays 2nd percussion (Conga and bongo) and is also the group’s 2nd male vocalist.. A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Sto. Tomas, his musical odyssey started in Puerto Princesa, Palawan with the band called Mitu’s Tribe. When he moved to manila, he became the percussionist of 2 bands namely; Q-Fusion and the reggae group The Roochies. He feels that his move to join Islakustika and start playing Latin music is his musical maturity.


Islakustika is an acoustic band formed by members who share a common passion, making good music. The group gravitated towards Latin sounds because of its lively rhythms and intoxicating beats. Hence, Islakustika now primarily plays Latin-based music; from the smooth sounding bossa nova, the danceable beats of samba, and the cool sounds Latin Jazz. The group plays both classic Latin songs and Latin-based renditions of today’s popular hits.

 Joey Guila – 1st Fil-Am and 1st Asian Comic to tour with Latham Entertainment

ImaginAsia TV’s newest original series Comedy Zen features a multi-ethnic roster of the country’s brightest stand-up acts. It’s taped live, in front of an audience in LA’s David Henry Hwang Theater and showcases the comic genius of nineteen performers. The six-part series is hosted by FilAm comedian Joey Guila. The producers of the show were so impressed with his performances that they invited him back for Season 2.

In the Bay area, Joey won the Kings of Comedy competition which led him to perform on P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy in New York. He is the 1st Filipino-American and first Asian to win the western division of the First Asian-American National Stand Up Comedy Competition in 2003. Joey was also the first Asian comic to tour with Latham Entertainment.

Aside from his tour with Latham Entertainment. Joey has also gone to the Kings of Comedy Search Tour 2003, Takeout Comedy Tour 2004, Brown Seoul Comedy Tour 2005 and The Furious Four Comedy Tour.

Joey is currently working on season 2 on the hot new cartoon called the Nutshack on the MYX channel on Direct TV.

Jo Awayan – Queen of Lounge

A singing champion. This is how this talented and beautiful lady from Cebu, Philippines started her career at a very young age. She became a folk singer and later on joined a show band top billed by Boy Camara, which made her travel not only in the country but all over the world.

In 1989, Jo decided to try her luck in Manila, with only her talent in her pocket. She started singing back-ups for named artists, one of them Randy Santiago who was then the “Concert King”. She eventually decided to go solo, as she performed in the Cosmo Bar, the leading music lounge in those days, which started her rise to stardom. Her heartfelt and soulful renditions combined with charm made her the “Queen Of Lounge”.

BMG, a leading record company signed Jo up immediately to become the first artist in a digitally recorded album. They released songs I Love To Sing for local distributions and Colors Of Love with other Asian Superstars for the International market. These two albums gave Jo a nomination for “Best Female Artist” in Awit Awards, a prestigious music award-giving body in the country.

Jo Awayan’s fame spread in the US and the success of her shows paved the way for her performances in the longest running live show at the famous Cache Creek Casino Resort in Capay Valley, CA. Jo’s oozing talent, determination and passion for her craft made her the total performer.

Ron Josol – The First Filipino Canadian Comedian

ron josol - the first filipino canadian comedian

Ron Josol is a professional Canadian stand-up comedian and actor of Filipino descent who performs around the globe. He is the first Filipino Canadian Comedian in Canada. His style is a mix between his experience as an Asian in the North American entertainment industry and his personal thoughts about life.

Performing regularly in Canada, US, Pacific Islands, Persian Gulf, Asia, Central America and the Middle East, Ron is the most recognizable Asian comedian in Canada.

He was profiled on the Comedy Network, ABS-CBN Asia, Showtime Dubai, CBC, Discovery channel, Echo, Omni1& 2, MTV Canada, and recently on Biography Channel Canada. He has hosted his own television series on the new Omni2 network, called “FLIP.” He produced, co-wrote and starred as the lead of a short film based on his true story entitled, Rolling Longganiza, which aired on the CBC Zflicks. He has written and performed on the Much Music hit show, Video on Trial, and Much More Music.

Ron first achieved his own comedy special in 2000, Comedy Now, on CTV/Comedy network. His taped stand-up comedy video won the Craven A’s funniest home grown competition for the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Since then, he has performed in many festivals such as the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs festival, International Comedy Fest 2k8 and The Orange County Comedy Festival.

He has been featured in ABS-CBN’s Slanted comedy taped at the San Jose Improv and recently recorded two comedy specials produced by Showtime Dubai for a record crowd of 2,500. The first, called, Friday Night Live in the Middle East, and the second called The New World Order, were aired and sold to 14 countries.