The Speaks

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The Speaks
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Pinoy rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels MCA Music
Members Raf Toledo
Cal Stamp
Jerry Delino
Archie Dela Cruz
Derek Lee
Past members Seigfred Fuster
Johnny Abende

The Speaks is a popular five-member band composed of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. The band members include guitarist Cal Stamp, bassist Jerry Delino, drummer Johnny Abelende, vocalist Rafael Toledo, and guitarist Archie dela Cruz.[1] Original members included percussionist Johnny Abende and guitarist Seigfred Fuster.[1] The band was established in Washington, D.C. during the late 1990s[2] in the United States.[3] The band is notably remembered for their hit songs "High" and "Life's A Joke". The song "High" was ranked in the Top 40 in the Philippines (it was the no. 1 single for seven weeks), while "Life's A Joke" stayed on the Top 30 for almost 6 months in the Philippines in 2005.[4] Their album, according to the Manila Bulletin, debuted and remained as number one on the Filetopia online radio station in the United Kingdom.[5] The album, entitled This is the Time was a hit in Asia radio charts (including Magic 89.9's Final Countdown, and in the Top 20 of 97.1 WLS-FM),[1] and the album's title track reached the Top 15 in the United States. Their music videos have been featured on MTV Asia and MYX. The Washington Post declared the band as one of the Top 5 bands in 2009.[3]

The Washington, D.C.-based band won competitions such as the JAXX "World's Largest Battle of the Bands" (2003), the DC Hard Rock Café/SoBe "Ultimate Altitude Buzz" Battle of the Bands Finals (2003), and the DC 101 "Last Band Standing" competition (2004).[1]

The band was co-managed by Rob Shipp and Jerry Garcia.[5]


  • "High"
  • "Life's A Joke"
  • "This is the Time"
  • "Carpe Diem"
  • "Regret"
  • "Nowhere Fast"


  1. ^ a b c d Chan, Maribel. The 'Pinoy" Speaks, Manila Bulletin,, November 16, 2005
  2. ^ Sallan, Edwin P. NATIVE SONS, Proudly Pinoy Rock Band: The Speaks shouts to the world, Manila Bulletin, November 2, 2005
  3. ^ a b Ranoa-Bismark. A new high for The Speaks, Entertainment, The Philippine Star, March 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. Fil-Am band The Speaks to release newest album "This Is the Time", Philippine Entertainment Portal,, July 26, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Panaligan, Jojo. The Speaks on discrimination in US music scene, Manila Bulletin, November 7, 2005.