Moonstar88, the group that gave us chart-topping hits like “Torete”, “Sulat”, and “Migraine” has now came up with a new album THIS YEAR.  Allow me to rephrase that – Moonstar88 has release a new album this year entitled THIS YEAR.

Band members May Chelle Baay (Vocalist/Guitars), Herbert Hernandez (Guitars), Paolo Bernaldo (Base) and Bon Sundlang (Drums) all had successful careers outside their work as musicians but somehow, they can’t veer away from their love of making good music as a band.

“I guess may magic din kasi yung pagiging Moonstar88 namin, [yun] yung pinaka-escape namin sa personal and work stuff, doon namin nabuhos lahat ng emotions sa pagsusulat ng kanta and pagtugtog,” Moonstar88 reveals.

It took them two and a half years to finish the album, from pre-production, demo and playing the songs live on gigs.

“Tulad ng meaning ng title “This year”, gusto namin na maging timeless sya.  Kahit next year, this year album pa rin yan,” the band shares.

The songs included in the album have that instantly nostalgic feel, making you remember the significant parts of your life without actually feeling cliché.

Bursting with melodic guitar riffs and sweet vocals, opener Gilid is not your typical “obsessed stalker” song.  “Sa gilid ng mga mata, tinitingnan kita…”  will make you groove to its upbeat tune while feeling warmth and affection at the same time.

“Para sa mga harmless na stalker. Di lahat ng stalker gustong mangulo ng ibang tao. Mas marami gusto lang nila na nandyan sila sa gilid. Gusto lang nila yung pakiramdam,” Moonstar88 reveals.

Ligaw, the band’s first single, is a tune that could not only instantly top the charts but is truly captivating as well.

“Para sa mga gustong maligaw pagkasama nila yung gusto nilang tao. Yung tipong pagkasama niya yung ibang tao gusto nyang mawala. Pero di naman sila,” the band shares.

The album also features some exciting collaborations, Moonstar88 jammed with Chito Miranda of Parokya ni edgar, Jomal and Allan of Kamikazee, Eric Perlas of Tower of Doom.

THIS YEAR contains 8 tracks, including a special track featuring Parokya Ni Edgar’s Chito Miranda and an acoustic version of Migraine.


  • Gilid
  • Ligaw
  • Bastusan
  • Boom Ka
  • Erase Me Heart
  • Taxi
  • Migraine (Acoustic)
  • Ligaw (feat. Chito Miranda)

Easy and light listening, THIS YEAR is a breath of fresh air for Moonstar88 and their Pinoy listeners.  Grab a copy THIS YEAR .. not next year!

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