Hungry Young Poets

Barbie's Cradle's Barbie Almalbis, Wendell Gar...

Barbie’s Cradle’s Barbie Almalbis, Wendell Garcia, and Kakoi Legaspi after their performance at the 2005 UPLB Febfair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hungry Young Poets (aka HYP) was a band founded in the Philippines in 1997. They were originally formed as a duo by Barbie Almalbis (guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter) and Willa McFadden (bassist). After releasing their first and only self-titled album, George McFadden (drummer) officially completed the lineup as a trio.

In 1998, Gurango left the band to lead the cover band Little Green Men, before forming Mojofly. With Gurango’s assertion of rights to the band’s name, Almalbis and Benitez would later rename the group to Barbie’s Cradle.

Barbie’s Cradle later became a popular band, with Barbie Almalbis as lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, and Franklin Benitez as drummer. Rommel dela Cruz then joined the group as bassist, and by 1999, drummer Wendell Garcia joined replacing Benitez.

In 2005, the group disbanded and Almalbis went on to pursue a solo career, while Rommel dela Cruz soon became the bassist of Freestyle (the original bassist migrated to Australia).

2001 Katha Awards
Best Electronica Composition, “Up and at ‘Em” (Power Puff Girls CD)
Best Folk Song, “Dear Paul”
Best Folk Vocal Performance, “Dear Paul” (single) by Barbie Almalbis
2001 NU107 Rock Awards
Best Music Video, “Money For Food” (video) by Monty Parungao
2000 Katha Awards
Best Alternative Song, “Goodnyt” (single)
Best Album Packaging, Barbie’s Cradle (self-titled) by Barbie         Almalbis/Yvette Co
PARI 13th Awit Awards 2000
Best Album Packaging, Barbie’s Cradle (self-titled)
1999 New Artist Awards Festival, 99.5RT
Best New Pop-Alternative Artist, Barbie’s Cradle

The Philippines (Listeni/ˈfɪlɨpiːnz/; FI-lə-peenz; Filipino: Pilipínas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Repúblika ng Pilipinás), is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it a megadiverse country. Covering almost three hundred thousand square kilometres (over 115,000 sq mi) makes it the 73rd largest independent nation and an archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.