Contributed by Sandy Cagurangan

In the early 2000s, the country’s longest running noontime program Eat Bulaga featured a rap battle competition called “RapPublic of the Philippines.” Promising Filipino rap musicians participated in this competition, mentored by the late Master Rapper Francis Magalona. Some notable candidates included Lordivino Ignacio (Basilyo), Muriel Anne Jamito (Sisa), and Jeffrey Pilien (Crispin). Another group, Triangulo, from Marikina, became the hit-making hip-hop group known as “Crazy as Pinoy.” They took their individual screen names from characters in Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere.” With guidance from Francis Magalona, “Crazy as Pinoy” had their songs featured in two volumes of the “RapPublic of the Philippines” albums. Their top singles on these albums include “Panaginip,” “Huwad,” and “Crazy Dance.”

Crazy as Pinoy is under Blvck Entertainment of Engrs. Grace and Louie Cristobal

During the mid-2000s, the members of “Crazy as Pinoy” continued writing music while pursuing independent careers in the music business. Basilyo, with his hit song “Lord Patawad,” achieved success and transitioned into acting, appearing in TV shows like “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” and “Batang Quiapo.” Basilyo also wrote songs for TV and movies, including “Vendetha,” “Cardo Dalisay,” “3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon,” and “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles.”

Sisa, known for her powerful voice in the hit song “Panaginip,” became a talented songwriter for well-known musicians and a composer of commercial jingles. She wrote “Ngumiti Ka Lang” for Lyka Gairanod, “Di Ka Man Lang Nagpaalam” for Juan Karlos Labajo, and “Di Ba Halata” for Toni Gonzaga. Her song “Di Ka Nag-lisa,” performed by Ms. Regine Velasquez and featured in “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” won her the Awit Award for Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage.

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Crispin, the third member of “Crazy as Pinoy,” continued to collaborate with other Hip-hop artists, producing viral hits like “Misyon” with Barakojuan and Marikina All-Star, and “Minahal Kita Agad” with Bullet, Duff Uno, and Jeremiah Toribio. He also represents “Crazy as Pinoy” in the hip-hop scene, ensuring the group’s recognition and supporting up-and-coming rap artists.

In 2023, “Crazy as Pinoy” decided to regroup and share new music with the Gen Z generation. Their well-known song “Panaginip” was requested for a performance at their reunion, which was granted by Wish 107.5. Since February, their performance on the Wish bus has garnered 14 million views on YouTube.

The success of “Panaginip’s” comeback on the radio signaled a favorable return for “Crazy as Pinoy” and solidified their decision to reunite. With the support of their new management, BLVCK Entertainment, they anticipate an exciting year with new songs and projects. Their first release through BLVCK Music is the 2023 version of “Panaginip,” accompanied by an official music video directed by renowned director Titus Cee. “Panaginip 2023” by “Crazy as Pinoy” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Medianet, Boomplay, and YouTube Music as part of their brand-new digital album.

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