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The local music scene is definitely small for the IV of Spades band and their former lead singer Unique Salonga. During the announcement of nominees for this year’s MYX Music Awards, Wednesday, March 13,  it was revealed that they are both competing in the Rock Video of the Year category.

IV of Spades’ nomination is their music video for “In My Prison” (which was the band’s first single after Salonga’s departure) while Salonga’s bet is his “Cha-Ching!” video. What does the band have to say about this?

Parang school lang yan. Yung dati mong classmate napunta sa ibang section, tapos nagko-compete kayo pareho which is nice. Good for music,” IV of Spades members Blaster Silonga and Badjao De Castro told MB Life in a one-on-one interview. Their third member Zild Benitez was not present due to illness.

In mid-2018, Salonga left the group and started working on his solo career. When asked if they have a message for their former bandmate, they have nothing but good wishes for him. “Good for you. Disco, good, good,” they said.

IV of Spades members: Zild Benitez, Badjao De Castro, and Blaster Silonga. (Rock Verdera)

Aside from Rock Video of the Year, the band is also nominated for four more categories namely Music Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Group of the Year.

The group is happy and grateful for all of their nominations saying that these make them feel that they are “enough.” “Yung mga hindi ko naranasan nung bata ako sa mga graduation, ngayon ko na nararanasan. Parang late bloomer kami. Ngayon lang kami nagkaroon ng validation na enough kami,” Silonga shared. 

Then De Castro chimed in, rooting from his experience, “Totoo ako rin! Hindi ako nananalo ng award.”

However, IV of Spades clarified that they are not expecting to bag anything from their numerous nominations. “Lagi naming ini-expect yung least para kung merong mangyaring okay, mas masayang-masaya kami. Low expectations, high effort,” Silonga ended. 

IV of Spades bagged the New Artist of the Year title at the 2018 MYX Music Awards. To vote for your favourite artists, log on to 


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