CIRCA / Blog


Music rebels despite all adversity. The mutual love for this art has drawn 5 individuals into one group goal of making a name they can call their own.

Reycarl Olarte (drummer) and Sam Salantes (guitarist) pulled out from a melodic pop band to fulfill their desire to experiment in emo-core and modern rock. They set off into a new band giving birth to CIRCA (def. certain point intime) with its name magnifying the bandʼs passion to perform as selective periods in their lives wherein they feel most fulfilled.

EM Tolentino (vocalist) stood up and was chosen after she left the band in awe with her voice and character. Sometime later, Dev Dayanghirang (bassist) was invited to take part in their journey and finally Arkho Andalis (guitarist) from another band joined in to fill the other guitar to complete the lineup.

The quintet began to shape their music compromising different ideas from a pool of influences - Paramore, Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Anberlin, Saosin, Last Winter, Bullet for my Valentine, Foo Fighters, Versaemerge, Fireflight, etc. Together they bring into harmony heart and intense feelings trying to put a mark of individuality in creating their own kind of music.

The band aspires to reach its audience through its emotionally driven songs namely Hintay, Inside Scream, Habang Buhay, Huling Pag-ibig and more. These are pieces relative to oneʼs encounter of love, sadness, angst, coping up, faith and being alive. They have walked through a lot of uneven roads and tried their best to balance themselves during their travel. With raw passion burning within them, they soldier on fueled by the love and appreciation shown by their families, friends and new faces they met along the way. Today, they are at the final stages of laying their songs on tracks and eyeing to release their full length album (comprised of 10 original songs) before this year ends.

Vocalist: EM Tolentino Guitarists: Sam Salantes Bassist: Devi Dayanghirang Guitarists: Arkho Andalis Drummer: Reycarl Olarte