Sugarfree (band)

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Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Pinoy rock (OPM), alternative rock, pop rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active 1999-2011
Labels PolyEast Records (formerly known as EMI Philippines)
Associated acts Cambio
Twisted Halo
Corporate Lo-Fi
The Pin-Up Girls
Parokya Ni Edgar
Past members Ebe Dancel
Jal Taguibao
Mitch Singson
Kaka Quisumbing

Sugarfree was a Filipino band composed of Ebe Dancel (vocals/guitars), Jal Taguibao (bass/back-up vocals) and Kaka Quisimbing (drums), who replaced Mitch Singson (drums) in 2006.

Sugarfree had five albums throughout the course of their career: Sa Wakas (2003), Dramachine (2004) and the repackaged version of Dramachine (2006), Tala-Arawan (2006), Sugarfree Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (2008), and Mornings and Airports (2009) --all under PolyEast Records (formerly known as EMI Philippines).

Post Sugarfree[edit]

After Sugarfree has disbanded in 2011, former frontman Ebe Dancel is now a solo artist. Dancel sang the song Purihin Ka, a finalist in the UNTV's 1st Gospel Talent Show, ASOP: A Song Of Praise in 2012. Other former members of Sugarfree had moved to another band since they disbanded in 2011, as of 2012, Dancel still performs on both music and TV.

Jal Taguibao, the band's bassist, has moved on from the entertainment industry to the academe. He is now a professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the University of the Philippines Diliman.


  • Sa Wakas (January 2003)

(Singles : Telepono, Mariposa, Burnout and Taguan)

Sa Wakas was launched at Freedom Bar in 2003. Sugarfree's first two singles "Telepono" and "Mariposa" became staples on every pop-alternative station in Manila and it wasn't long until they hit the mainstream with the hit song Burnout. Within the same year, Sugarfree won Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Alternative Recording for "Burnout" at the NU Rock Awards. They also won Best Rock Recording for "Mariposa" at the Awit Awards.

  • Dramachine (July 2004)

(Singles : Sinta, Hari ng Sablay, Prom, Kwarto, Tulog Na, Makita Kang Muli)

It earned Sugarfree their first platinum record award (signifying over 30,000 copies sold) and made Sugarfree a household name. Dramachine churned out the hits "Sinta", "Prom", "Tulog Na", "Kwarto", and the massive hit "Hari Ng Sablay". EMI Philippines decided to release a re-packaged Dramachine album bearing additional tracks such as "Cuida" and the anthemic "Makita Kang Muli" (theme song of the TV series Panday). The AVCD also features a collection of the band's music videos.

  • Tala-Arawan (November 2006)

(Singles : Batang Bata Ka Pa, Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin, Dear Kuya, 'Wag Ka Nang Umiyak (later covered by KZ Tandingan and Gary Valenciano), Nangangawit)

This album, which means "diary" in English, introduced Kaka Quisumbing as the band's new drummer. The first single "Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin" was launched simultaneously in more than 40radio stations nationwide. "Tala-Arawan" turned "gold" by April 2008.

  • SUGARFREE Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (August 2008)

On September 29, 2007, Sugarfree held its first major concert at the Music Museum. This was captured on a two-disc album with the same title, released the following year. The live album (exclusively distributed by Dencio's) comes with a Pugad Dencio's premium AVCD which includes the single Pugad, the Pugad Dencio's jingles edits, and behind-the-scenes footage of the music video and album launch.

  • Mornings and Airports (July 2009)

(Singles : Hay Buhay, Feels Like, Hang Over)

Their 4th studio album and 5th over-all album was released last July 24, 2009. Their lead single was Hay Buhay, their 2nd single and 1st English single, Feels Like, followed by their 3rd and last single, Hang Over. It was the last Sugarfree album before former lead singer Ebe Dancel decided to become a solo artist sometime in March or April 2011.

Studio albums[edit]

  • Sa Wakas (2003)
  • Dramachine (2004) (Repackaged version released in 2006)
  • Tala-Arawan (2006)
  • Mornings & Airports (2009)

Live album[edit]

  • SUGARFREE Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (2008)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Sugarfree's Greatest Hits 2003-2011 (2011)

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • UltraelectromagneticJam (Sony Music Philippines, 2005)
  • Pinoy Ako! Blue Album (Star Records, 2006)
  • KaminAPOmuna (Universal Records, Inc., 2006)
  • Pugad Dencio's (Single, 2008)
  • I-Star 15: The Best Of Rock & Alternative Songs (Star Records, 2011)
  • A Perfectly Acoustic Experience (PolyEast Records, 2011)
  • Awit Kapuso: Kay Sarap Maging Kapuso (GMA Records, 2011)

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Preceded by
Boldstar (band)
NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

Succeeded by
Orange and Lemons