What’s new: Two young music acts, a 24/7 health consult with free insurance, and one big donut

August 10, 2022

One way for music artists to catch attention is by tweaking the spelling of their name, if not writing it in
all-capital letters — like BOIZ will be Boiz.

It’s a good move to avoid referring to several songs that are homogenous in their normal spellings.

But who are these BOIZ?

The members of this new P-pop group are Ethan David, 19; brothers BJ and Gas Sy, 17 and 12, respectively; the Sys’ cousin Jonric Reyna, 20; and Rey Cariaso, 20.

Wait, one of them is 12 years old?

In any case, it seems the BOIZ didn’t come ill-prepared. Ethan had experience as one of the lead singers of the boy group Nitro. BJ and Gas saw a lot of dancing at home, since their mother is Teacher Georcelle of G-Force. Jonric, their cousin, had similar exposure. And Rey actually trained with G-Force.

Photograph courtesy of viva records
The five-member BOIZ will be Boiz.

Like most kids these days, the BOIZ are into TikTok and video games. Gas says he’s into the “first-person hero shooter” Riot game Valorant.

They take things “fun and light. When training, we really don’t treat it as work,” said Ethan, “but what we do is our passion.”

Its debut single, “I Wanna Know” (Viva) is a bouncy, rap-R&B dance track with Filipino and English lyrics.

“I’m all strung out when it comes to you,” the Boiz sing, alluding to young love and all its anxieties and excitement.

Well, BOIZ will be Boiz and here’s hoping they grow up well.

“I Wanna Know” is on Spotify.

The best deal

Vicor is a vintage record label associated with some of the best catalogue of Pinoy pop, rock, jazz and disco artists of the 1970s and 80s.

So why is a young singer-songwriter named Silas signed to Vicor?

Over a Zoom media meet, Silas said it just so happened that Vicor’s main man Vic del Rosario (Boss Vic to everyone he works with) gave him the best deal.

“Hauntingly,” Silas’ debut single, was written at the height of Covid-19 in the Philippines.

Photograph courtesy of Vicor
Singer-songwriter Silas.

He recalled: “I was stuck in quarantine… alone in my bedroom and thinking about my childhood… I thought it was the saddest song I’ve written, so I decided to make it danceable to spread good vibes…”

Danceable in this case sounds like ‘80s new wave stuff but retaining the sadness Silas was talking about — the frustration of love gone astray.

“Put that cyanide in my drink,” Silas sings, an exercise in hyperbole to magnify his depression behind the happy music.

“It’s comforting. It’s explosive. It’s personal and very honest. What I can’t say out loud, I’ll say it in a song,” said his bio.

It bears watching if Silas will keep making such interesting tunes for many years.

“Hauntingly” is on Spotify and Vicor’s YouTube channel.

24/7 online doctor consultation

Now here’s something many people need these pandemic times: mWell, a 24/7 online doctor consultation platform.

An integrated healthcare facility launched by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), mWell has recently partnered with PhilCare and Generali Insurance to address common problems of Filipinos.

“Aside from providing 24/7 online doctor consultation via the mWell app, this partnership will allow us to offer the assistance and life protection needed by mWell users and their families,” said MPIC chief Finance, Risk and Sustainability officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla.

Photograph courtesy of mWell and PhilCare
Officials of mWell and PhilCare at the partnership signing agreement.

Added MPIC president, chairperson and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan: “mWell is committed to provide online healthcare solutions through a wide network of medical experts and services. Users may consult with doctors online, select health and wellness programs, and conveniently access healthcare products, empowering them to be in control of their health with just one app.”

The mWell Healthsavers Plan comes with two check-ups for P399 and free accident insurance from Generali worth P20,000.

The plan includes free e-prescription, medical certificate and doctor referral. Booking fee is waived. The Healthsavers Plan is a nice gift to friends and loved ones.

Log on to www.mwell.com.ph.

Big difference

What makes Randy’s Donuts different from the rest?

It’s big, soft, not too sweet and truly tasty.

That’s what the family and I personally experienced while chomping on the Chocolate Raised and Maple Raised flavors.

Photograph by Pocholo Concepcion for the Daily Tribune Mother and son trying out Randy’s Donuts.

The basic variants of Randy’s Donuts cost P105 each — pricier than the established franchise brands, but also more filling. Which means no need for a second serving.

In short, more savings amid inflation.

Randy’s Donuts is at Uptown Parade BGC in Taguig and S Maison in Conrad Manila.

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