||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (December 2011)|
|Born||November 3, 1977|
|Years active||1999 – present|
|Labels||Universal Records, Philippines|
Orange and Lemons (Former member)
Marco "Mcoy" Fundales (born November 3, 1977) is a Filipino singer-songwriter, writer, actor. He gained popularity as a member of the band Orange and Lemons (ONL) and a former house player in the ABS CBN reality show's Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 edition. After Orange and Lemons disbanded in 2007, he formed the band KENYO with former ONL bandmates Ace del Mundo and JM del Mundo. He has also worked in independent films as an actor and musical scorer. He is an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 1992.
Early life and education
Mcoy hails from Baliwag, Bulacan from a family with no musical background whatsoever. His father, Joselito Fundales, was a postal employee and his mother, Teresita Dela Rosa, was a high school teacher. He's the eldest of two siblings.
A self-confessed geek (graduating as Valedictorian in high school and Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines in Diliman), Mcoy never thought he could really sing and perform. He was often asked to sing in front of his class as a practical joke in high school. Mcoy found this embarrassing and he vowed to learn how to sing. He made true to his promise when he joined the school and church choir in his hometown.
What started out as a musical hobby led to him forming and playing in bands with schoolmates. It was when Orange and Lemons was formed and launched that they enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success as a band. Their hits include the songs Hanggang Kailan, Yakap sa Dilim, Heaven Knows, Blue Moon amongst others.
He is one of the 1992 Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Housemate
Dubbed as the “Musikerong Daddy”—Mcoy Fundales is known to many as the former frontman of the band Orange and Lemons, the band who sang the franchise’s main theme, Pinoy Ako, from Pinoy Big Brother Season 1.
Prior to Mcoy's entry to the House as the 12th PBBCE2 housemate, Orange and Lemons had already announced their break-up due to creative and personal differences.
Mcoy showed exemplary leadership and artistic skills, witty humor, sincerity, honesty and down to earth attitude as a housemate. Many believed him capable of reaching the Final Four of the season if not for his sudden decision to voluntarily exit from the House due to a dispute with Big Brother himself when Mcoy's artistic integrity was doubted and questioned.
Philippine viewers witnessed how Big Brother apologized to Mcoy on national TV after his exit and how Mcoy accepted this and expressed his outmost respect and gratitude to BB in spite of what happened.
Mcoy wrote songs during his stay at the Big Brother House, two of which are included in the album "Musilka sa Bahay ni Kuya". The songs are "If Ever I See You Again" and "Sama Sama".
Life went on for Mcoy after his stint in PBB and is now back on track on a colorful musical career with his newly formed band KENYO.
He also joined the Beatle's Tribute Band of the Philippines called AREA 1. He mostly do Paul McCartney Vocals.
Full Length Albums
- Love in the Land of Rubber Shoes and Dirty Ice Cream (Orange and Lemons)
- Strike Whilst The Album is Hot (Orange and Lemons)
- Moonlane Gardens (Orange and Lemons)
- Radiosurfing (KENYO)
- Maharlika (KENYO)
- Kami nAPO Muna (Yakap sa Dilim)
- Kami nAPO Muna Ulit (Salawikain, Lumang Tugtugin)
- Pisay (Poor Li'l Rich Girl Grown Up)
- Unforgettable Kisses (Kiss On My List)
- Mga Awitin Sa Bahay Ni Kuya (If Ever I See You Again, Sama Sama)
- The Greatest Love Album - A Tribute to President Corazon Aquino (Bless the Beast and the Children)
- Tunog Natin: Songs From Home (Kay Sarap Mabuhay, Heto Ako)
- The Forgotten War
- Pilipinas Game Ka Na Ba? (ABS-CBN 2)
- Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition Season 1 (ABS-CBN 2)
- Maynila (TV series) (GMA 7) - guest appearance
- The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto (TV5)