Iligan City’s Mitochondria band joins OPM Tournament

Iligan City's Mitochondria Band
Standard's OPM Video Tournament online OPM Video Tournament (Retrieved from

Iligan City- Local music talent, the Mitochondria band submitted three song entries in an online OPM Video Tournament sponsored by

The band only submitted three songs out of a number of their other original compositions and these song entries include one in Tagalog “Lumalaki,” one in English “Gazpachos,” and a Visayan song entitled “Amiga“.

Tagalog Video Song Entry "Lumalaki"

“Tagalog” Video Song Entry “Lumalaki” (Photo courtesy of the Mitochondria band)

This online OPM Video Tournament is a kind of competition wherein people around the world get to vote for their chosen video song entry at the ChannelFix website after one has logged in using their facebook account or after creating an account there.

With 87 Video song entries, and a number of participants coming from Cebu City, the tournament is currently in its first ranking phase but only 16 videos will make it to the next phase, and only two winners will emerge after the 5th and final phase.

"English" Video Song Entry "Gazpachos"

“English” Video Song Entry “Gazpachos” (Photo retrieved from and courtesy of the Mitochondria band)

This tournaments prize pool is P20,000.00, of which, P15,000.00 will go to the entry that garners the most number of votes and wins first place and P5,000.00 for the second placer.

This OPM tournament brought to you by the website, a video tournament platform, is really great for musicians and artists in the Philippines.

"Visayan" Video Song Entry "Amiga"

“Visayan” Video Song Entry “Amiga” (Photo retrieved from and courtesy of the Mitochondria band)

Because it gives aspiring, undiscovered artists the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents to the world.

For Mitochondria, joining the said tournament gives them yet another chance to give their original songs exposure… “as composing and making their own music… to them is passion.”

Iligan City's Mitochondria band

one of Iligan City’s local music talents (Photo courtesy of the Mitochondria band)

However, what they are really aiming at is to spread the word around the Philippines, if not the World, that they are just but one of Iligan City’s local talents.

There are many more of Iligan City’s local music talents that exists, and to mention a few, we have Jenzpeak, Loop (PH), Inburn, and Naethan.

Inburn Drummer Mr. Joseph Quidet (left) with Mitochondria's Danzoy. (Photo courtesy of Mr. J. Quidet)

“Inburn” Band Drummer Sir Joseph Quidet (left, with Mitochondria’s Danzoy) also encourages such intentions. (Photo courtesy of Sir. J. Quidet)

Other Indie bands, and a whole lotta more of artists and musicians in the different genres, are just waiting for the right opportunities, making them in the process, or waiting to be discovered.

All it takes is just a little “Unity and Support!

And talking about support…

The Mitochondria band is thankful that such a huge support came in from one of Iligan City’s Talented Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Song Writer, Composer, Music Arranger, Music Teacher, and Proprietor of the Dunamis Music Store, Sir Danny Lazaro Tapang Gillesania by immediately casting a vote for the band at ChannelFix upon learning about “Mito” joining the OPM Tournament.


…like a light shinning down from heaven, Iligan City’s Talented Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Song Writer, Composer, Music Arranger, Music Teacher, and Proprietor of the Dunamis Music Store, Sir Danny Lazaro Tapang Gillesania (left, with Mitochondria’s Danzoy), humbly supports Iligan City’s local music talents (Photo courtesy of Sir Danny Lazaro Tapang Gillesania)

Enthusiastic support also came from one of Iligan’s long time dedicated promoter of Indie bands since 2008, Sir Jez Timonera Orbe, a good Cinematographer who did work with Iligan’s Loop (PH) on one of their songs Official Music Video entitled “Lite”.

Sir Jez Timonera Orbe & Danzoy

Sir Jez Timonera Orbe (right, with Mitochondria’s Danzoy), talented Cinematographer and long time advocate of Iligan’s Indie bands since 2008, appreciates such effort.

What’s more, Iligan City… The “City of Waterfalls,” is not just home to a number of musical talents but this humble Industrial City of the South is also home of one of the greatest Custom guitar maker and Master luthier in the Philippines, Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago of the ER Custom Shop.


One of the greatest Custom guitar maker and master luthier in the Philippines, Sir Edgar del Rosario Rabago (seated at right), at the ER Custom Shop with guests Mitochondria band members Ckinzki and Danzoy (Photo courtesy of the Mitochondria Band)

And local musicians and artists of Iligan City couldn’t be happier to have a renowned Master Builder around.

In addition, there is already a recording studio in Iligan City that’s already making big waves.

Local artists and musicians now are getting closer to fulfilling their dreams of having their original song’s audio recorded and sound like it just came out freshly done from one of them giant Philippine Recording Companies (be covering this in another article, in time).

Or they can have the option to have their original composition’s music video recorded and edited “MTV like“… if they like.

Musicians and Artists of Iligan City got all the tools and resources they need to rise to the occasion now.

May this unity and support for Iliganon’s local music talents continue to flourish like an “overflowing Cornucopia!”

Thank you

Guitar Craze: The Quest For Musical Instruments


To what extent does one go through in life?

This is how it all began.

As the Mitochondria band today reassemble and muster up the energy to rekindle that passion-driven fire within them to revive their original compositions.

Renewed efforts of getting themselves together again however, would be nothing but futile if an ensemble goes on without the necessary musical instruments to channel their musical creations.


Take your pick.

Having left with no amplifiers or stringed instruments now the band is out to find new sets of gear and equipment.


The Guitar side…

But such a call to arms wouldn’t mean it’ll cost one a leg or an arm, that is, in acquiring instruments it doesn’t mean it has to be high-end implements.


…or the Bass-side?

So let me tell you a short story, a real Mitochondria story entitled, “Guitar Craze: The Quest For Musical Instruments.”


Look! It is your destiny!

It’s a story about what two band members had to go through as they travel around in a craze that came out of the blue.


See you soon in Episode VIII

Now, I shall have to take you back with me in time to the year Two thousand and seven when the band was at its year eleven.


Mitochondria Band

It was a warm summer day when members, Danzoy and Ckinzki, first set out on a quest in search for their quarry.

beautiful bass

Danzoy and Ckinzki

So on their bike they took a ride, heading east through the countryside. Withstanding dust and heat, the beautiful countryside was the treat.

Following directions and clues like the Amazing race, Alas! they found a beautiful bass.

two basses

(Left) First P-Bass, (Right) Fernandes Bass, what a beauty.

Since that first find thereafter it all started and almost all Churches using musical instruments in Iligan City and neighboring towns they visited.


Along with a Black Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar and a DOD Death Metal Distortion Pedal got traded to a Lazer Drumset (2008).

Asking fellow musicians, friends, and strangers they even dropped by the homes of studio owners.


“Amber is the color of your energy” -311. Extraordinary sounding pickups… Sold (2008).

In their efforts they never let-up and once they got lucky to get a whole band set-up.


Sold (2008).

As their acquisition turned to buying damaged or junked instruments, somehow they needed someone to fix them worn out equipment’s.

Ibanez Guitar

Guitar sold in 2008

Upon hearing of an Iligan City good luthier they ended up selling junk bottles, plastics, and metals so the master can fix their hoarded gear.


Sold along with a 30 watts guitar amplifier (2008).

In this former search for used band equipment’s, to great lengths the two went in their procurement.


Pawned to buy a flock of Australian Love Birds (2010).

Because having a thing for used musical instruments for the two, that time, meant disregarding any impediments.


Sold as is (2010)


LPC sold in 2011 along with a 30 watts guitar amplifier… Change of hobby.

GAS up! It’s going to be a fun ride once again.