by: Alfie Vera Mella
Formed in Winnipeg as early as 2006, Fhamathou currently consists of Jason Paredes (guitar, vocals), Rod Dizon (bass, vocals), and Danny Lizardo (drums, vocals). They cite as their main influences many ’90s-originating Philippine Alternative Rock bands, like Eraserheads, Yano, Teeth, Siakol, Parokya ni Edgar, and Balahibumpooza; but they cover also Classic Rock acts such as Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not content with only performing other artists’ songs, they started to write their own materials. Some of these, written primarily by Paredes, are “Chatroom,” “Sinayang Mo,” “Bakit Pa?”, “Asahan Mo,” “Pagbabago,” “Iisa Lamang,” “Ika’y Babalik,” and “Naririto Ako.” Paredes’s lyricism revolves usually around life, love, and relationships.
Fhamathou’s first-ever gig was in 2006 at a concert dubbed as F.A.M.O.U.S. Tugtugan 2006, held at Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba, which featured also other local Filipino bands. In the years that followed, the three-piece has regularly participated in many cause-oriented concerts that showcased the talents of Winnipeg-based Filipino musicians. They have already performed at venues like Charlee’s Restaurant & Lounge (185 Stadacona St.) and Jimel’s International Cuisine (1045 St. James St.). They were also one of the opening acts at the concert of The Youth, Dong Abay (Yano), and Glenn Jacinto (Teeth) in Winnipeg late last year billed as Rock Nation Tour.
Paredes is also one of the leaders of Winnipeg’s association of Filipino musicians. He also produces concerts for both local and Philippines-based bands and artists. Acts that he already brought to Winnipeg include Siakol, Parokya ni Edgar, True Faith, Pupil, The Youth, Dong Abay, and Glenn Jacinto.
Aside from performing with his band and producing concerts, Paredes also manages a home recording studio equipped with quality instruments. So, to bands and even aspiring songwriters who want to record proper versions of their songs, they may contact Paredes via his website: http://www.jaizendesign.com. The studio boasts also of a competent sound mixing engineer, Dexter Panlilio, former keyboardist of the Philippine Rock band Orient Pearl, who with his family has long been living in Winnipeg. Check out Panlilio’s website: www.tinigpinoy.net, where he plays Filipino music every Saturday, from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Asked if there’s anything he would like to say to the community in Winnipeg, Jason said, “Let’s keep the Filipino music scene in Winnipeg alive by supporting local music. To fellow artists, keep playing music and write original songs. I also like to invite fellow musicians to join Pinoy Musikero of Winnipeg on Facebook.”
*Fhamathou is derived from the Filipino word památò. It is a term used in many traditional Filipino children’s playground games like tumbang preso, larong holen, and pikô. Památò (or “shooter” in English) is an object used by players in the said games. In tumbang preso, players use slippers as their památò in hitting the can; in larong holen, the památò is the marble—the object that each player has to shoot into the dug holes; in pikô, the památò may be a piece of broken ceramic or a strip of banana peel. The word památò is also closely related to another Filipino word—pambátò—which may translate to “a representative, leader, or pride of a group or team.”