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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 27, 2015

Top Rapper Gloc 9 Has A Star-Studded Guest List For His Four-Night Concert In October At Music Museum

TODAY’S TOP rapper, Gloc 9, says his career really improved when he became one of the talents of PPL (for Perry L. Lansigan). Now, PPL Entertainment helps him mount his very first concert series at Music Museum this October, “Ang Kuwento ng Makata: Gloc 9 Live”, on four Saturdays, October 10, 17, 24 and 31, with an impressive lineup of guests. His regular guests are Maya, MIgz Haleco, Reese and Rochelle Pangilinan.

But for October 10 his special guests are Aiza Seguerra, Jennylyn Mercado, Bamboo, Jay Durias, Kylie Padilla and Marc Abaya. October 17 - Chito Miranda, Janno Gibbs, Ebe Dancel, Jonalyn Viray and Rico Blanco. October 24- Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Jolina Magdangal, Yeng Constantino and Ebe Dancel again. October 31 - Julie Anne San Jose, KZ Tandingan, Jay Durias and Ebe Dancel again.

The concert series will serve as his special birthday presentation as he was born on October 18, 1977. Gloc 9’s real name is Aristotle Pollisco. He was named after the magnate Onassis and not after the philosopher. He originally wanted to be a balladeer but he fell in love with rap music when he was 12 because of the late Francis Magalona. One of the best praises he got is from the Master Rapper, who said that he is "a blacksmith of words and letters, and a true Filipino poet.”

He was discovered when he joined a show by Andrew E and became part of the rap group, Death Threat. He was told to have a rap screen name. At first, he considered Magnum 45 and Kalibre 28, but both were rejected. He chose Glock 9 instead, named after a pistol, and he later removed the letter K to make it Gloc 9. Death Threat released several albums under Viva Records.

He then partnered with another rapper, Hi Jakkk, with albums like “Domination” and “Revelation”, before going on a solo career when he joined Star Music. He made songs for their youth films like “Trip” and “Jologs”. He released his solo debut album, “G9”, in 2003. It was a hit, so he was given another solo album in 2005, “Ako Si…” But he’s now with Universal Records where he has released albums like “Mga Kuwento ng Makata” and “Liham at Lihim”. Among his hit songs are “Sirena”, “Magdalena” and “Hari ng Tundo”.

A nursing graduate, he’s married to Thea Gomez and they have twin kids, a boy and a girl, both of whom can sing. He doesn’t smoke or drink or do drugs. By 9 PM, when he doesn’t have a show, he’s usually already asleep. Proceeds from his concert will go to Yes Pinoy Foundation. For tickets, call ticketworld at 891-9999 and Music Museum, 721-0635, 721-6726.