Bamboo Mañalac

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This is a Philippine name. The family name Mañalac is sometimes transliterated as Manalac.
Bamboo Mañalac
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Background information
Birth name Francisco Gaudencio Lupe Belardo Mañalac
Also known as Bamboo, Prince of (Philippine) Rock[1]
Born (1978-03-21) March 21, 1978 (age 37)
San Francisco, California, United States
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Alternative rock, jazz fusion, pinoy rock, garage rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 1993-1998,2003-present
Labels PolyEast Records
Associated acts Bamboo
Rivermaya, Rico Blanco, Nathan Azarcon, Ely Buendia, Yeng Constantino

Francisco Gaudencio Lupe Belardo Mañalac (born 21 March 1978), popularly known as Bamboo Mañalac or simply by the mononym Bamboo, is a Filipino musician and singer-songwriter. He began his career as the original vocalist of Rivermaya and later fronted his own band, Bamboo.


Band frontman[edit]

1993–1998: Rivermaya[edit]

Main article: Rivermaya

Rivermaya's roots came from a band named Xaga consisting of Jesse Gonzales on vocals, Kenneth Ilagan on guitars, Nathan Azarcon on bass guitar, Rome Velayo on drums, and Rico Blanco on keyboards and backing vocals. The band was managed by Lizza Nakpil and director Chito S. Roño. In the process of grueling practice sessions, Ilagan was replaced with Perf de Castro; Azarcon's childhood friend, Mark Escueta, to replace Velayo, as well as former classmate Mañalac to replace Gonzales. With Mañalac as frontman, the band members themselves decided to disband Xaga and form the band Rivermaya. They started putting together original songs like "Ulan", "214", and "Awit ng Kabataan" in demo form for prospective recording companies. Since its formation, the band has launched several successful albums, received numerous awards, and has undertaken several successful concerts and tours.

After the band's successful US and Canada tours, Mañalac decided to leave the band and stay in the United States.[2]

2003–2011: Bamboo[edit]

Main article: Bamboo (band)

In 2002,after living in Los Angeles following the Rivermaya tour in America, Mañalac returned to the Philippines. His former bandmate in Rivermaya, Nathan Azarcon, introduced him to Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado. Later all of them joined together and formed the band.[3] Since then, the band had launched four successful albums, and received numerous awards.[4]

Rumors were initially spreading on January 10, 2011 after KC Montero tweeted on Twitter that the band has decided to call it quits. On January 11, 2011, Mañalac published an official statement in the band's official website. He said, "As a group we've come to a point where you have to trust your gut, your heart and your head and accept that all things change. The hardest part as always is to know when to pack it up and part ways." He further said that, "We've learned that this journey is not only about us but includes all who came along for the trip. Family, friends and of course our front row believers who were there for the best reason of all. To simply listen. So it didn't come easy winding down to this decision. So here we go. IT'S OFFICIAL. THE BAND. IT'S OVER."[5]

Solo career[edit]

2011–present: No Water, No Moon and The Voice of the Philippines[edit]

In 2012, Mañalac released his debut album, No Water, No Moon, under the label of PolyEast Records. The album consists 12 tracks with "Questions" as its carrier single. The album reached gold record in February 2013 after selling more than 7,500 copies.[6][7]

In January 2012, Mañalac joined ASAP 18 as a mainstay cast and a performer in the show.[8]

On February 10, 2013, during an appearance on the last episode of Sarah G. Live, Bamboo Mañalac hinted that he would be working with Sarah Geronimo after they both finished performing a production number together.[9] On February 14, 2013, ABS-CBN aired a promotional plug during the airtime of the pre-primetime television drama Kahit Konting Pagtingin, confirming Bamboo Mañalac's stint in The Voice of the Philippines as coach and judge.[10][11] In an interview made by ABS-CBN News, Mañalac provided a statement regarding his stint on the show, "I'm ready to be a coach. There's a time for everything and this is it."[9] When asked on what kind of artist will he would like to coach, he said, “I’ve been listening to rock for a long time but I also listen to other genres from rock to pop to folk to everything. I want someone who is open to all kinds of music; someone who is willing to listen and willing to learn.”[12]

Bamboo, alongside Sarah Geronimo, and Lea Salonga returned as coaches for The Voice Kids last May 24, 2013.[13]


Solo albums
with Bamboo
with Rivermaya


List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2012–present ASAP 18 Himself Host/Performer, ABS-CBN
2013 My Myx Celebrity VJ for July
Rock Myx
Pinoy Myx
The Voice of the Philippines Coach and Judge, ABS-CBN
2014 The Voice Kids Coach and Judge, ABS-CBN
2014 The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Coach and Judge, ABS-CBN
2015 The Voice Kids (Philippines season 2) Coach and Judge, ABS-CBN

NOTE: This list only includes Mañalac's regular television shows. Short television guestings are not included.


Year Organisation Award Work Result
2004 13th NU Rock Awards Vocalist of the Year [14][15][16] Bamboo Mañalac (of Bamboo) Won
2006 SOP Pasiklaband
14th NU Rock Awards Nominated
2008 SOP Pasiklaband
2012 25th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist Bamboo Mañalac (for "Questions")[1][17] Won


  1. ^ a b Nikko Tuazon (December 15, 2012). "Bamboo Mañalac feels thankful for winning the Best Male Performer trophy at the Awit Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Why Bamboo left the band". ABS-CBN News. March 9, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "MYXposed: Much Has Been Said (The Story Of Bamboo)". MYX Philippines. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Marlon Anthony R. Tonson (January 12, 2011). "Rock band Bamboo breaks up, turns a new leaf". GMA News. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bong Godinez (January 12, 2011). "Official statement confirms Bamboo's breakup". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Miro Valera. "BAMBOO's "No Water, No Moon" Reaches Gold!". MYX Philippines. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Polyeast Records re-releases Bamboo Manalac’s 'No Water No Moon'". GMA News. May 17, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bamboo, mainstay na ng ‘ASAP’". Balita. January 18, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Bamboo to join 'The Voice PH'?". ABS-CBN News. February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ ABSTVPromo (February 14, 2013). "The Voice of the Philippines - COACH BAMBOO PROMO". YouTube. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Glaiza Jarloc (February 16, 2013). "Bamboo joins Sarah Geronimo in 'The Voice of the Philippines'". Sun.Star. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bamboo to coach in The Voice of the Philippines". The Philippine Star. February 17, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. "Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga return as coaches for The Voice Kids". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bamboo wins 6 of 15 awards in the 2007 NU Rock Awards". GMA News. December 6, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pasiklaband returns to SOP". GMA News. October 28, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ Salve V. Asis (July 8, 2006). "56 and Fantastic!". The Philippine Star. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Mark Angelo Ching (November 27, 2012). "Kapamilya artists win big at the 25th Awit Awards; Zia Quizon bags three major awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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