View More PhotosPhotography: JAKE VERZOSA
Interview: ALLAN HERNANDEZ, ALEX PAITA, CHARMAINE CHANCO, B.A. BORLEO and JANELLE GUCE
Styling: Wellington Lao;
MAKEUP: Tatin Yang and Maris Delos Reyes of LANCOME;
HAIR: bea misa of kiehl’s and paulo lopez
Vocalist, guitarist SANCTUS
What got you involved in heavy metal in the first place?
I was 18 when I started listening to metal bands especially Nightwish [female-led Finnish band fusing metal and symphonic elements]. I felt an overwhelming experience and challenge listening to it. I decided to explore more of it and so I started my own metal band.
So one day you decided to do heavy metal and suddenly you could shred guitars?
No, I learned my guitar playing techniques from Chad Robles, who plays for Eternal Now. I used to hang out in one music store and watch him and other guitarists play. Then I took formal lessons on the basics of guitar scales at the RJ School of Music, after which I self-taught through watching guitar and bass instructional DVDs.