16 Filipino bands to go head-to-head in Mobile Legends Tournament – Callalily, Tanya Markova, Lions and Acrobats, and more

16 Filipino bands to go head-to-head in Mobile Legends Tournament – Callalily, Tanya Markova, Lions and Acrobats, and more

The ultimate battle of the bands is coming this weekend, but it isn't exactly the kind of battle you'd expect.

Final Round Promotions announced that they will be hosting the first ever Mobile Legends: Battle of the Bands via Facebook Live this March 28-29. 16 bands, including Callalily, I Belong to the Zoo, Tanya Markova, AOUI, Karacruz, and Lions and Acrobats, will be competing on the multiplayer online battle arena for a chance to win cash, diamonds from Razer Gold, and sets of Talinghaga.

With the lockdown that's been implemented over Luzon to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Final Round founder Liezl Young took to social media to ask her friends, "ML tournament rakerz edition. G?" Little did she know then that friends from the music industry would flood her post with comments to join what would be the ML Tournament (COVID-19 Season).

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"We played every night for a week," Young tells Bandwagon. "I was serious about putting up this tournament, thinking that I should shoulder the prizes just to make a small tournament within our community possible." She reached out to Kimi Buendia of Project 4 Productions, who previously worked with streaming companies and asked for help to reach out to sponsors, hoping to get five free skins as the prize. Instead they offered cash prizes.

Young, who also works as road manager for Unique Salonga and Giniling Festival, then spent a day consolidating 16 teams, initially holding back any announcements that there would be prizes. "They didn't know there would be a prize," she says, "They were bored just like me, so they were willing to compete."

Support and raise funds for the roadies who make sure your favorite bands play their best shows

Their vision for MLBB is to boost morale and give hope through this fun tournament while promoting social distancing during the quarantine period.  They hope to keep artists and their supporters engaged and support local acts, producers, managers, road managers, and band technicians during the financial crisis. 

Stream the tournament this weekend here.

Check out the poster below for details.