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Halik | by Harold Laudeus
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Halik

There is a feeling of oneness with Aegis among those who are touched by Aegis' songs. With all their high notes, bravura performances and tons of sentiments. Aegis' songs click because they pierce right into our hearts, awakening the Filipino innate sense of melodrama, drawing both empathy and sympathy. Making them a true expression of the Filipino spirit.

 

Aegis' jukebox hits. Since they started in 2000, this band which is actually made up of siblings had strong support from Filipino masses who quickly identified with them and the sound they created. One would not mistake an Aegis song. The band effectively brands a song through their guitar riffs and the belting voices of the vocalists.

 

The phenomenal success of Aegis band can be attributed to two factors- their genuine talent and the strong recall of their songs.

 

Almost everyone in your neighborhood, be it young or old, I bet is familiar with songs like Halik or Luha. The earthshaking voices of Aegis' lead vocalists are just too mighty not to be noticed in a pop-rock arena.

 

The Aegis audiences are always mesmerized by the incredible lung-power of sisters Juliet and Mercy Sunot. The two have been with the group since they started originally as AG's Soundtrippers (the letters A and G being their manager's initials). They later changed into Aegis in 1998 upon the advice of lead guitarist's Rey Abenoja's brother, Celso, who actually wrote most of their songs. Apart from the two sisters, keyboardist Stella Galindo is also the sister of the band's manager Lito. While his (Lito's) wife, Josie, is Rey's sister. This 'connection' perhaps explains why their relationship has never been shaken despite the intrigues and politics in showbiz.

 

Aegis is composed of Juliet and Mercy Sunot (vocals), Stella Galindo (keyboard), Rey Abenoja (guitar), Rowena Pinpin (bass) and Vilma Goloviogo (drums).

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Taken on March 8, 2008