Rock band Bamboo disbands

Filipino rock band Bamboo has officially broken up, confirming an announcement made by 89.1 Wave FM radio DJ KC Montero on his program Monday.

A statement on the breakup was posted last night on the band’s website,, in which lead singer Bamboo Mañalac noted that “things change,” and that “the hardest part as always is to know when to pack it up and part ways.”

He added: “This is not the end. We move forward for all the right reasons. This is not a sad day. Music will forever be a part of our lives and I couldn’t imagine us just simply walking away. Not possible. All I see are possibilities.”

But as a whole the statement was rather vague and avoided mentioning any specific reason for the band’s breakup.

Sources claimed that rumors of the impending breakup had been circulating since last year.

PolyEast Records, the band’s local record label, couldn’t reveal details and only confirmed news of the breakup to the Philippine Daily Inquirer early this morning.

Bamboo was widely regarded as one of the most important Filipino rock bands to have emerged after the great local alternative music boom of the mid-1990s.

Formed in 2002 by former members of Rivermaya (Manalac, bassist Nathan Azarcon) and Passage (guitarist Ira Cruz, drummer Vic Mercado), Bamboo went on to release two hit albums (2004’s “As the Music Plays” and 2005’s “Light Peace Love”) which contained “Noypi” and “Hallelujah” – arguably among the most passionate anthems that inspired a whole generation of young music fans.

Although Bamboo’s succeeding albums, 2007’s all-covers “We Stand Alone Together” and 2009’s “Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday,” did not quite match the success of the first two records, the band became the hottest local live act and was kept busy with a hectic tour schedule nationwide and overseas.