Hale (band)

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Hale performing live at Wanderland April 2015.
Background information
Origin Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Years active
  • 2004–2010
  • 2015–present
Associated acts
Members Champ Lui Pio
Roll Martinez
Sheldon Gellada
Paolo Santiago
Past members Omnie Saroca

Hale is a Filipino alternative rock band from Manila, Philippines formed in 2004. The group composed of Champ Lui Pio on vocals and guitars, Roll Martinez on guitars, Sheldon Gellada on bass guitar and Paolo Santiago on drums.


Formation (2004)[edit]

Roll Martinez and Sheldon Gellada were music majors from University of Santo Tomas, Champ Lui-Pio was from De La Salle University - College of Saint Benilde and former drummer Omnie Saroca was from Technological University of the Philippines. All four of them met up to form Hale in mid-2004 and soon after signed up to EMI Philippines (now PolyEast Records).

Debut Album and Mainstream Success (2005 – 2006)[edit]

In 2005, A Rock Band named Hale released their debut self-titled album Hale, consisting of singles "Broken Sonnet", "The Day You Said Goodnight", "Kahit Pa", "Kung Wala Ka" and "Blue Sky", together with "Tollgate" which was released together with the re-issuing of the album on March 2, 2006. "The Day You Said Goodnight" marked the first steps of Hale's massive success to the mainstream and gained tremendous popularity as the singles were released. "The Day You Said Goodnight" was also nominated many times by most of the music media as OPM Song Of The Year 2005. Soon, the band was also nominated as Band Of The Year 2005 and Best New OPM Artist for 2005.

Hale re-issued their debut album together with the single "Tollgate" on March 2, 2006.[1] At the same year, the debut album had reached Triple Platinum Certification (90, 000 copies sold). They were also chosen to make a commercial endorsement for Nescafé Philippines and a jingle "One Moment, One Nescafé" written by them in promotion of the Nescafé products.

Twilight (2006 – 2008)[edit]

Hale released their sophomore effort Twilight on September 30, 2006, consisting of singles "Waltz", "Hide And Seek", "Shooting Star" and "The Ballad Of".[2] The music video of "Waltz" was also nominated many times as the Most Favorited Music Video in 2006, marking another step of Hale's success to the mainstream. The album was also certified Gold (15, 000 copies sold) a week after its release.

It was said that the band encountered tremendous amount of pressure to record their sophomore effort. On the other hand, their effort was meant to reflect their success from the preceding album as a band where their musical influences and styles had encompassed a wider spectrum of musical arrangements.[3]

Treehouse Productions (2008)[edit]

Having encountered pressure from the mainstream successes of their first two albums, the band self-imposed a 10-month hiatus. During then, they established the Treehouse Productions where they would help the needy children suffering from mental and physical illnesses through music. In the process, other music acts eventually signed up for Treehouse Productions to help the band achieve their objectives, such as Rico Blanco and Mayonnaise.[4]

Above, Over And Beyond and Departure of Omnie Saroca (2008 – 2009)[edit]

Soon after their hiatus, they released their third effort, Above, Over And Beyond, which consisted of singles "Pitong Araw", "Leap Of Faith", "Over And Over (And Over Again)" and "Sandali Na Lang" on April 28, 2008.[5] Even before the release of their third effort, "Sundown", which featured Monique Rae, was released as a jingle for the promotion of the local toothpaste product, Close-Up. Despite expectations, album sales for the album was low due to economic woes of the band's music label, EMI Philippines. As a result, the band resulted in promoting the album independently which, however, saw limited success. Hence, just like Twilight, the success of the album did not come up to par with the former albums.[6]

Hale drummer and percussionist Omnie Saroca left the band in the same year to focus on other issues outside the music industry. In turn, former drummer Paolo Santiago of Join the Club joined the band to replace Omnie Saroca in late 2008.

Kundiman (2009 – 2010)[edit]

Their fourth and final album, Kundiman, released on July 28, 2009, the band started promoting their album soon after its release, about a month after the first single, Bahay Kubo, went for radio airplay. Other singles include "Kalesa", "Harinawa", and "Magkaibang Mundo".[7][8][9]

Of all eight songs in the album, written in Tagalog. They also sought guidance with OPM band Mayonnaise's Monty Macalino in the song composition and arrangements of the album.[10]

Break-up (2010)[edit]

The band went on their separate ways on August 6, 2010.[11][12]

Reunion (2015 – present)[edit]

Rumors of the band reuniting, while not widespread, started online in mid-2014 until word became official that the band had reunited through their gig on January 13, 2015. This was also their first gig since their break-up in 5 years.[13] Their first single "See You" debuted on January 27, 2015.[14]

Their fifth album, Time and Space, was released on March 30, 2015 via ITunes and Spotify. It was announced through Hale's official Facebook page.[15]

In 2016, they collaborated with singer Sarah Geronimo for the song The Great Unknown which was written by the band's Roll Martinez. It was released as the second single from Geronimo's album with the same title.[16]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Champ Lui Pio - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2004–2010, 2015–present
  • Roll Martinez - lead guitar, backing vocals (2004–2010, 2015–present)
  • Sheldon Gellada - bass guitar, backing vocals (2004–2010, 2015–present)
  • Paolo Santiago - drums, percussion (2008–2010, 2015–present)
Former members
  • Geronimo "Omnie" Saroca - drums, percussion (2004–2008)


Studio Albums[edit]

For a full, detailed list, see: Hale discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

As of May 27, 2008 [17]


  • Gold Award (15, 000 units) for debut album Hale (June 2005)
  • Platinum Award (30, 000 units) for debut album Hale (August 2005)
  • Double Platinum Award (60, 000 units) for debut album Hale (November 2005)
  • Triple Platinum Award (90, 000 units) for debut album Hale (May 2006)
  • Gold Award (15, 000 units) for second album Twilight (October 2006)
Year Event Award/s
2010 Myx Music Awards 2010 Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video (Heart Evangelista in "Bahay Kubo")
2009 RX 93.1 Year End Awards OPM Band of the Year
2006 Awit Awards Best Ballad for "The Day You Said Goodnight"
People’s Choice Award for Favorite Band
MTV Pilipinas Artist of the Month for October
Smart People’s Choice Award Best Group of the Year
SOP Pasiklaband (GMA 7) Best Pop Rock Band
MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards Best Pop Video for "Kung Wala Ka"
2005 MTV Pilipinas Best New Artist
TM 89.9 Year End Awards Best New OPM Artist
RX 93.1 Year End Awards OPM Band of the Year
Magic 89.9 WTM Year End Awards OPM Song of the Year for "The Day You Said Goodnight"
RX 93.1 Year End Awards OPM Song of the Year for "The Day You Said Goodnight"
97.1 WLS-FM Year End Awards Song of the Year for "The Day You Said Goodnight"


Year Event Category
2010 Myx Music Awards Favorite Music Video for "Bahay Kubo"
Favorite Group
2009 Favorite Song for "Pitong Araw"
2007 Favorite Artist
Favorite Rock Video for "Waltz"
Favorite Group
2006 Favorite Music Video for "The Day You Said Goodnight"
Favorite Song "The Day You Said Goodnight"
Favorite Artist
Favorite Group
MTV ASIA AWARDS Favorite Artist - (Philippines)


  1. ^ "Hale repacks Hale". EMI Philippines. Retrieved March 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Hale's 'Twilight' album now out in the market". Sun Star. Retrieved September 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Hale "waltzes" into a 6th no.1 in a row". showbizpinoy.com. Retrieved July 3, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Treehouse Productions". multiply.com. Retrieved July 3, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hale releases third EMI album "Above, Over and Beyond"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hale far from saying 'good night'". inquirer.net. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Attention all HALERS - Champ". haleofficial.com. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Carrier single of Kundiman... Is just around the corner - Champ". haleofficial.com. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Kundiman album launch". haleofficial.com. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Hale releases new CD entitled Kundiman". titikpilipino.com. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hale-no-more". 
  12. ^ "Ex-Hale frontman Champ Lui Pio pursues solo career with Synergy". 
  13. ^ "Hale's Secret Set At 12 Monkeys". 
  14. ^ "The countdown begins. Hear their comeback single "See You" on the 27th Tuesday. Help us spread the word.". 
  15. ^ "Time and Space". 
  16. ^ Viva Records (2016-09-26), Sarah Geronimo feat. Hale -The Great Unknown [Official Music Video], retrieved 2017-04-09 
  17. ^ "Hale Awards". EMI Philippines. Retrieved May 27, 2008.