The Unspoken Connection of Music in Aero’s Going Away Party.



Aero is going back to the US. It is time. After writing, publishing and performing original music, he is going to take a hiatus from the local culture. But he mentioned that music will always be a big part of his life. The change of venue is also probably beneficial to his music since he will continue  networking with other creative minds.

Like any cultural observer, I would not let the opportunity pass me by. It’s like being in the cusp of something remarkable or transforming. When Newry asked me to come over  to the initial venue they booked I said yes. I hopped on my new Louis Garneau commuter to park and be with the cool guys. The atmosphere was electric. I mean that because when I got there, they told me there’s a change of venue. That means riding through traffic on a humid evening. Oh no! My traffic anxiety was strong. Aero was wearing all white, calling to mind the minimalism of a Japanese samurai master. He also bleached his hair while.

It was also a bike party consisting of Bacolod Fixed Gear and Pedal Community. Gaspar was there to ease my traffic anxiety. We zipped through motorists who were trying to beat the rush hour. All was fine until we passed by a road depression. RJ, our champion fixed racer pedaled trough the great downhill and uphill with the ease of a racer. My heart sank  when I realized the rest were a kilometer away from us. Roland pointed this to me and we could not stop laughing through the climb. We could not stop laughing at ourselves and it was great not to take ourselves seriously.


We arrived at Munchies drenched in sweat. Cold beers await us. The atmosphere was festive. Everyone was bumping fists, laughing and locking arms. Aero was already there with his DJ equipment. His rap partner was playing slow jams but we knew there would be live performance. Already tipsy from the drinks, I was just walking and rocking my body to the sound. Then it was time for the live performance.

There is something about a musical performance that is not staged for the big crowd. After all, the spirit of Hip Hop is in the streets, the ordinary people like you and me; the passion for what’s raw and real above the ego. And Aero delivered these sentiments right there! It was not just about him performing crowd favorites like Love  or Cold Beers. It is also about drinking from the moment. He was performing with us-not to us. There is that unspoken communion of music, feelings and also needs across human complexities.

We knew we needed that moment. In our times of great darkness, we knew we will need a crutch to carry us through peaks and valleys of the human condition. And we can look back to that night for inspiration. That’s why as an introvert, I can miss the good events and the company of amazing people. But the scarcity of the meeting makes it all precious to me.


Watch!!!aero. – LOVE (Official Music Video)

I think Tippy’s Bistro will be part of our local history as a place where it all started. I am talking about Indieka Bacolod, a collective of bands that are making music independently.  Having attended a few gigs, their musical styles have solidified in my mind and it is easy to describe their individual  sound and what to expect when you go see them.

When they get to the stage, they really deliver the goods with gusto. All the musicians and singers take pride in what they do and I think that the belief in one’s craft is a fuel that can inspire listeners. So perhaps the trick is to be passionate, to persevere while also create something that you believe in. Truth in your art will always resonate with the audience. As a ‘sound’ guy, I am more into the quality of the music whenever I go to concerts. But these artists have proven that lyrical talent is very important because when it is true then it will touch you.

  The night was about the launching of Aero’s new music video called ”Love”. Sound check was done earlier but the show started later to accommodate more people. Events like this make remind me of the approach that Aero takes with his music: as a tool to unite people and create artistic communities. Spaces like these can everyone an oppurtunity to get together, share ideas and then BOOM! Something amazing happens. Creative people make the city and perhaps it can be the other way around. 

  The Pedal Community rode to the venue with their cruiser and fixed gear bikes. It’s been their vision to make Bacolod a bike-friendly city. So they are hoping to get more people to join them. Everyone found a seat and ordered beers. Several bands performed. They all gave their best. 

A few minutes before the launch, Christer Isulat walked near the stage with his Macbook. The Tippy’s crew helped him in putting up the projector screen. Aero explained the process and the people involved in the making. He thanked his family and friends and soon it was ready. 

  A celebration of life and love.

  Love opens with Aero rapping while riding a tandem bike with his son. It was a composite of several shots(I know because we were there as part of the Pedal Community) mainly in the NGC grounds. More scenes follow breaking in and out of the visual dialogue seamlessly. There are cool cars, a dog riding a skateboard(no kidding) and it closes with him around his friends and family. The sunny filter and fluid shots are due to the style of director Chrisler Isulat who will probably direct music videos of other bands in the future. 

  It looks clean and sophisticated but no so slick in a Taylor Swift kind of way if you know what I mean 😉 It is something that MYX or MTV would really play. So hopefully it will get a good reception out there and many people will get to see it. And maybe it will boost Bacolod tourism in the process who knows eh? I mean, a friend who now lives in Manila used to call this a ‘quiet’ town. But it isn’t so quiet anymore because there now more to see. I can talk about my own interpretation of the music video but I will give you the space to talk it out amongst yourselves and decide if it we should see more like it. 

  You know what’s a total trip? It’s going to these gigs using the bicycle. By the time you get there, your endorphins are high. You can wrap it up with a bottle of beer while listening to live music. And this is all over the music video of “Love.” 

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Hip Hop artist Aero talks about his new song Love and the rise of Indieka Bacolod.



Rapper Aero

Aero took the stage in top form during the Indieka Bacolod gig. He delivered his tunes with candor that can only come from someone who is passionate about his craft and knows that his audience love it. He rapped about the street culture and the beauty of Sugarlandia. Surely, everyone who ever tried living outside of this place knows that sense of nostalgia and also experienced a kind of reverence from strangers when they know where you came from.

I was with my two friends Hannah and Jess. The guys of Bacolod Fixed gear were there as well. It was a great night of music and Aero worked the crowd up with his familiar songs. One of them was Cold Beers which is my favorite. I was tipsy but still aware of every band that performed that night. And they’re all good! Indieka started something that’s really exciting because it’s been a while since I last witnessed a musical event like that.

So I did a Q & A with the man whose real name is Albert Temporosa Peñafuerte. So much respect for the guy who can make those who don’t like hip hop music love the genre. He is not telling you. He is showing you why his music is so good.

You always feature Bacolod street culture both in songs and music videos. What started all this love?

Hip-Hop culture started in the streets. I was fascinated with the four elements — MCing, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti Writing as early as I remember watching Breakin’. Biking, like what you guys do, is also done on the streets.

You used to be a DJ right? Is it still part of your hobbies or work on the side?

I worked at a local radio station while I was in college, and I even had my own urban music show every Saturday. Currently, I’m learning how to DJ like the ones you see at parties and festivals so I may be able to use the skills in the future. It can be another way to earn through my passion.

A new music video is in the works. It involved our local cyclists (Bacolod Fixed Gear, Munchies Riders, BMX riders etc). What took you to that direction?

LOVE is the name of the brand new music video. Christer Isulat, the director, envisioned a scene with my son and I riding bikes in the sunset. After I posted an inquiry about a bike on Facebook, I was directed to all of you wonderful people, and yeah, big thanks to Newry.

Can you tell us more about your latest album?

As a solo artist, I’m just working on singles right now. I’m in a duo, Drinking Man’s Hip-Hop, with my producer CHRiZO and we recently released The Year Of The Drunken Monkey on Spotify. Aquarius Sessions II and Son Of Eve Sessions III are on the way, also.

You are involved with Indieka Bacolod. What are the things that we can expect from this music project?

I’m proud to say I was part of the very first meeting when we created this brainchild. We have 7 core groups: The Gutfeel, Rust Pocket, Frac/tions, Katumbal, Cali Island, Scroll Down and I, but we’re open to artists who play original compositions. As a music collective, we plan to play plenty of shows in the city and tour other cities with a do-it-yourself mindset to show and prove we have what it takes to be heard by a bigger audience.

Message to your friends and listeners?

Say hello at a show!


Stay tuned for the next Indieka Bacolod gig.

Aero-Weekend Adventures in Rap Music and Cycling.


I started this blog probably around 2009 or 10, not sure exactly when but I never imagined I would find Bikes and Music in the same title.  But when you go with the flow(or against it) strange things can happen. Yesterday, I found myself riding my fixed gear bike with other cyclists. We were serving as extras in a music video by Pinoy rapper Aero ( real name Albert Temporosa Peñafuerte).

He already released original songs and a number of music videos via YouTube. My favorite is Cold Beers because I love the vibe and it literally describes what it’s like to live in Bacolod city. We southerners do know how to chill. We may have personal problems but when it comes to entertaining friends and having a good time, man I tell you; we are sooo good at them! His common theme celebrates the local street culture and songs are worth checking out if you happen to live from outside of the country and you want to visit Bacolod. It is a good way to know the colorful culture of our city.

So how did the video shoot happen? The story goes like this. I met Newry a few weeks ago during a ride he organized. He meant to unite all types of riders in our city. Newry is a chill kind of guy. He wears his dreads proudly and listens to music-a lot. He always brings his style whenever he rides his bike and he is good in doing these creative things involving music and cycling.

I met Ivan the same time through our Facebook Fixed Gear community. He’s the site admin and he is also very passionate when it comes to track cycling. Ivan and Newry are mutual friends so that’s how we fixed riders ended up in the shoot. It was a cloudy day with bouts of rain but the shoot happened. Cyclists from different parts of the city joined. The word travels fast- especially when an event involves a hip hop artist and bikes. Check out the photos below.