25 Very Billie Facts to Ring in #BillieTurns25

25 Very Billie Facts to Ring in #BillieTurns25

Oh, Flamingo! and Imelda bassist Billie dela Paz is set to celebrate her 25th birthday this weekend, with a bunch of her favorite musicians. Before #BillieTurns25, here are a few things you may or may not already know about Billie:



(secret) Dela Paz






January 21, 1992


Zodiac Sign

Aquarius? Capricorn? Both? 



NCR for lyf


Best friend

My partner in life: Enzo

LISTEN: Bandwagon Mixtape of the Month #2: Just the Two of Us by Billie and Enzo

First crush

Rico Yan

First pet

I had several pet goldfish when I was 4 or 5, but they all died in less than a week

Favorite bands/artists

Esperanza Spalding, Jaco Pastorius, The Black Eyed Peas (1998-2000, without Fergie pls), Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors... This is a very difficult question! This list will never end!


Favorite artistas

Donnalyn Bartolome!!! OMG. She's such a cutie pie.


Secret talent

I can stop my hiccups by swallowing it.


What you wanted to be growing up

I wanted to be a lot of things because my parents told me I can be whatever I want to be. At one point, I wanted to be a professional figure skater, so I took figure skating lessons and competed. I also wanted to become an animator for Pixar. That never happened. I've always wanted to play in a band so I worked hard to make that happen! That stuck. 


Food combo you like that everyone else hates

Pineapples on pizza! Pineapples on savory food in general. Yummy!!!


Best song to listen to in the shower

Jessa Zaragoza's Bakit Pa? to maximize the CR reverb for birit singing


Best song to listen to during the daily commute

Criminals of the Dream by Deerhoof! 

It's so empowering to hear Satomi Matsuzaki sing "Dream, you can dream, you can dream, you can dream. I know you can dream." I feel like I can conquer anything.


First song you learned to play the bass parts to

Same Ground by Kitchie Nadal



Last book I read

The Vignelli Canon

Current LSS

Beat Energy Gap by James Reid (yes, still, ugh)


Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

Female bassist


Motto in life

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"


Draw a self-portrait



If you weren't a bassist, what instrument would you like to play instead?

I really wanted to be a violinist! I have an untouched violin at home, and I never learned how to use it.


Dream festival line-up

Esperanza Spalding, Jaco Pastorius/Weather Report, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Cardigans, Carpenters, Fleetwood Mac, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, Oh, Flamingo!, Foals, Phoenix, Minus the Bear, Last Dinosaurs, Real Estate, Ourselves the Elves, Conscious and the Goodness, Wot Gorilla, Look Mexico, Tubelord... How many bands am I allowed to have in this festival? Hahaha!


What would your dream festival be called? Draw the festival poster.



Share with us your most recent selfie

#BillieTurns25 is happening on January 21 at Mow's.