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Imago is a Filipino pop rock band composed of Aia De Leon (vocals/guitars), Myrene "Maps" Academia (bass), Tim Cacho (guitars) and Zach Lucero (drums) known for hit songs such as Akap, Anino, Ewan and Taralets.


Imago was formed in 1999 With Aia de Leon on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tim Cacho on lead guitar, Arvin Gatmaitan on bass and back up vocals, Zach Lucero on drums and Michelle Pritchard on violin. After their tribal-sounding track titled "Rainsong" spent considerable time being played on NU107's In The Raw, a program for independent bands in the country, it eventually graduated into the station's mainstream playlist. They were then signed a recording contract with Viva Records and was able to record their debut album titled Probably Not But Most Definitely under the helm of producer/musician Bob Aves. The album was released in 2001 and included 19 tracks which included their pre-album songs like "Rainsong" and "Alay" as well as an electronica remix of "Rainsong" by friend and musician Raymund Marasigan under the Squid 9 nom de musique. The album was highly regarded by the alternative industry for their courage to take a more Celtic/World Music feel in their music rather than the rap-growl (lovingly called "Hupaw" by most music critics) scene that was growing at the time, as well as the poetic approach to their lyrics.

The band has picked up a handful of Awit, Katha and NU107 Rock Awards (Best Female Award for Aia De Leon and Best Music Video for "Akap") from the first cd. [1] All this while maintaining a consistent public presence around the Metro, playing in various venues with other bands in the lineup as well as part of various production events such as Admit One and Sunday Grabe Sunday. During this time, Aia also joined the all-girl alt-pop band Fatal Posporos, as a bassist, replacing their original member Annette Ortiz who has since left for the States and now a member of the newly reformed Filipino band Prettier than Pink.

During this time period, both Arvin and Michelle had to part ways with the band for personal reasons. Arvin now plays with metal band Eternal Now while pursuing his business career; Michelle pursued her passion for racecar driving and became a regular competitor in the Filipino motorsports scene. She also hosted the NBC TV show, Auto Review, and was an associate editor for C! Magazine. She is now living happily in Orange County, U.S. and is once again single after being married to Wolfgang's drummer, Wolf Gemora, for 3 years. It was then announced that Myrene Academia, former NU107 DJ and Sandwich bassist had been invited to join the crew, while Michelle's duties remain empty and now seem unnecessary since Imago apparently has taken a new direction in their music.

Imago’s second album was released four years after, though they had been playing most of their new materials during gigs. Recorded in 2003, the cd’s release was delayed by unexpected record label setbacks and was thus aptly titled Take 2 which was clearly a reflection of the band's second attempt to release the album and their triumph at having finally gotten it out. Now backed by a new record label, EMI Music-Philippines, the album composed of eleven new cuts (plus four remixes by some of Manila’s premiere electronica acts), the material is relatively heavier compared to the first album, trading in the ethereal cum New Age sensebilities with a modern pop flavor, even incorporating rap along with the staccato-type of singing they had been known for. Released independently, Take 2 featured hit songs such as Akap and Anino [2]. While the album was a disappointment to some of their earlier fans, it was still well accepted and the new sound gave the band a wider audience, having been played in some mainstream CHR (Current Hit Radio) format stations. "Taning" was also included in the soundtrack to the Peque Gallaga comeback experimental film, Pinoy Blonde.

The year 2005 saw the release of UltraelectromagneticJAM, a compilation album of the Eraserheads' hit singles as interpreted by todays newer bands. In that compilation, Imago did a rendition of the Eraserhead's classic "Spoliarium" which they added a feminine touch with Aia's sensual vocal work and a more dramatic approach. A year later Imago recorded a revival of "Ewan" which was included in the Kami nAPO Muna compilation album which also included the Itchyworms, Parokya ni Edgar, Sugarfree (band) and 6cyclemind, among others.

That same year, the band's third disc titled Blush was released much to the excitement of most fans, but left some others skeptical as to what the new album sounds like, arguing that the band member's friendships with other different-sounding bands may have had an influence in the group's musical direction. However, like before, Blush was received well and even gave the band more accessibility with listeners as more radio stations have begun playing their music. The album's first single, "Taralets" carried a more happy abnd energetic side of the band, as opposed to the morose and despondent tone of their earlier songs. Second single was titled "Sundo" was perhaps a comeback of the early Imago sound and was mostly played during dramatic scenes in some television programs. Blush is composed of 12 tracks and features the band in a lighter, livelier form.

Last March 2008, the band was invited to be one of the many other artists from all over the world to perform in the annual Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore. Lead vocalist Aia de Leon, also shared vocal duties with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew during his band's opening number at the same event.

In 2010, Imago released its fourth album entitled "Effect Desired None" with "Huling Yakap Ng Mundo" as the lead single.[1]


Probably Not But Most Definitely

  1. Pretty me
  2. Pauna
  3. Rainsong
  4. Bathala
  5. The Box
  6. Tugon
  7. Hiwaga
  8. On Shadows & Tendencies
  9. Do
  10. Alay
  11. Salitoo
  12. Otherwise
  13. Idlip
  14. Salitree
  15. Unwed
  16. Wishlist
  17. Laya
  18. 18
  19. (Bonus Track) Rainsong Remix

Take 2

  1. Freefall
  2. Phoenix
  3. Akap
  4. Bihag
  5. Taning
  6. Anino
  7. Reset
  8. Gratitude
  9. One Way
  10. Soft Return
  11. Rush
  12. Roasted Anino Mix (Bonus track)
  13. Preset/Reset (Bonus track)
  14. Taning/Mahal kong Kalaguyo (Bonus track)
  15. Taning/Ipagpatuloy ang Kasalanan (Bonus track)


  1. Zelo
  2. Lula
  3. Sundo
  4. Under Repair
  5. Highway
  6. Lights Out
  7. Last Dance
  8. Closer
  9. Taralets
  10. Walang Mysteryo
  11. So Be It
  12. S.R.O

Effect Desired None

  1. Bawal
  2. Huling Yakap Ng Mundo
  3. Sutil
  4. Sa Ngalan Mo
  5. Yahoo
  6. Effects Desired None
  7. Premonition
  8. Can I
  9. Sagad
  10. Spare Change Glitter


  1. Spolarium - Ultraelectromagneticjam (Volume 1)
  2. Ewan - Kami nAPO muna
  3. Let It Snow - Close Up Season of Smiles
  4. Umagang Kay Ganda - Theme Song for ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda" morning program
  5. Love is in my hair (OST for the CineMalaya Film entry PISAY)
  6. Show Me Your Smile - Kami nAPO muna ulit

Collaborations of Imago


NU 107 Rock Awards

  • 2001: Vocalist of the year- Aia de Leon
  • 2001: Drummer of the year- Zach Lucero
  • 2005: Rock Female Icon of the Year - Aia De Leon
  • 2005: Music Video of the Year - "Akap"
  • 2006: Bassist of the Year - Myrene Academia


  1. Mata, Justin John, "Imago's Effect Desired None!",, retrieved October 6, 2010