May 18, 2021


News and Information Portal


Gingoog’s pride Lapis is the first ever alternative rock band from this side of the country to have inked a deal with a major record label as Viva Records.

They had recently released “Bukas Makalawa,” the third installment from their EP, while their first releases “Panaginip” and “Maling Tadhana” are accumulating streams at an unprecedented rate as it frequently gets playlisted on Spotify.

Formed in 2018 when band leader Bass Aperocho received a gig invitation from a friend, the name Lapis came about as inspired by the humble pencil—when bad decisions arise, how beautiful it is to have a chance to erase it.

Perhaps one of their most memorable gigs is the tour they did in 2019 in Cebu, Pangasinan, and Quezon City when the audience sang along to their original songs.

The band is currently working on their 2021 releases. As their music continues to evolve, expect more maturity in the lyrics and sound harmonies that tickle the ears. Having been featured in the column Audio Junkie of Manila Bulletin on March 20, Lapis is aptly christened by Punch Liwanag as “the south’s own hugot band.”

Lapis is Bass Aperocho on lead vocals and guitars (he’s also the chief songwriter), Kasser Tion on lead guitar, Christopher Aperocho on bass and backing vocals, and John Joshua Abogatal on drums.

When not making music together, Bass serves as the branch banking head of Enterprise Bank, Kasser as an engineering trainee and Christopher as a warehouse personnel in Axelum Resources, while John is into public service in the city mayor’s office.

Check out Lapis’s songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and other major digital platforms. Search @lapistako on Facebook and Lapis Philippines on YouTube to connect with them.