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|Birth name||Maria Lourdes Grace Valdivia Basabas|
|Also known as||Lougee, Lou-G, Looj|
October 24, 1984 |
Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines
|Genres||Alternative rock, Pop rock|
|Years active||1999 - present|
|Labels||luKas Music Philippines|
Maria Lourdes Grace Valdivia Basabas, better known as Lougee (pronounced "Lou-G") Basabas (born October 24, 1984 in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines), is the current lead vocalist of the Filipino alternative rock band Delara (formerly Mojofly), a position she has held since the second quarter of 2003.
Lougee has been appearing in print ads and TV commercials since the age of 14. Some of her endorsements and appearances include Mitsubishi, Pepsi, Jollibee, Cream Silk, Penshoppe, Del Monte, SmartBro, Mobile Philippines Magazine (MPH), and Ayala Malls. Before becoming the new voice of Mojofly, Lougee was a member of Ryan Cayabyab's pop teen-group, Kaya, which released an album under BMG Records Pilipinas (now Sony-BMG Music Philippines) and one of her ex-groupmates was Pinoy Pop Superstar season 1 contestant Brenan Espartinez. Her first foray in the alternative band scene began when she had her very own indie band named Superlooj (which came from "Super Lougee") formed by Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda.
Eventually, she was referred by Mojofly veteran and guitarist Ricci Gurango to become the next Mojofly lead vocalist after Kitchie Nadal left the band to venture on a solo career. She had also been writing songs during her early years; Tumatakbo — which won the Best Animated Video and Favorite Indie Video in the MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards 2006 — along with Bato are some of the songs she wrote at the age of 14. Around 90% of the songwriting was done by her when she assumed the position of Mojofly's lead vocalist.
Lougee redefined the sound of Mojofly with her powerful voice and witty songwriting. The band's presence was known again after numerous gigs and the release of their self-titled album — eventually, earning them to become the MTV Lokal Artist of the Month (March 2005). Their album, which was only available in their gigs, was finally released nationwide by EMI Philippines under the guidance of their manager Karin Araneta of the independent label luKas Music Philippines. As evident from the successes and praises of the release of MOJOFLY NOW (June 2005) and its special edition 2-CD package (August 2006), Lougee is no doubt posed to lead the new Mojofly to become one of the Philippines' premier band and eventually become one of the country’s greatest female artists.
Lougee was nominated as Best Female Artist at the NU 107 Rock Awards 2005 and 2006. She appeared in the music video of Guji Lorenzana's I'll Be Yours Forever (Ivory Records) and in the music video of Future — a song performed by Urbandub and Dicta Licence for the MTV Staying Alive Music Summit 2006 — with other OPM bands and solo artists. She is currently majoring in Mass Communications at the Assumption College.
There are also stories regarding who really referred Lougee to become Mojofly's lead vocalist. Aside from Ricci Gurango, some say it was Japs Sergio of Rivermaya whom she met in one of their Alabang-based Chickie Bones gigs; while some also say that it was Chito Miranda — the founder of Superlooj — who referred her personally to Mojofly's guitarist Ricci Gurango.
Songs written since Mojofly
- Sa Uulitin*
- Close to the End*
- Thank You
- Choose* (theme song of Creamsilk Pink Power)
*music video available
Lougee became a part of the longest-running noon time show in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga!. She started as a featured performer at one of EB's segment question category, TwinkyOke. Later on, she became one of the noon-time hosts which boosted her popularity. She appeared in the TV game show K! The 1-Million Videoke Challenge twice (2006). She loses to TV/movie actress G Toengi in the final round during her first appearance, but became the champion in her second appearance months later, beating Stonefree's lead vocalist Miro Valera. She also appeared in GAME KNB? and made her way to the second round (atras-abante round) of the game show (2006). Lougee, and fellow Mojofly member Ali Alejandro (drums), co-hosted in the daily morning show Breakfast for one whole week (September 2006). In 2007 she was paired up with figure skater, Dikki John Martinez,on the show STARS ON ICE on QTV11 along with Bobby Andrews, who was paired to Leslie Pena Ching, and Sheree.
All information written are taken from Mojofly's Official Websites and Mailing List (see external links).
Mojofly's Official Websites and Mailing List are moderated by Karin Araneta (Mojofly's manager).
The following are Mojofly's official websites:
Eat Bulaga Website - featuring Lougee