Indie Manila is a non-profit website that bridges the gap between music makers and music fans online.
The website gives music fans a glimpse of the local gig scene. It features photos + videos + bootleg recordings of gigs and music festivals happening in small bars and select music venues in Manila.
Bel Certeza, the Founder and Editor of the website, has been a constant presence in the local music circuit since 2010. She first tried her hand at shooting gigs, covering independent music label Terno Recordings’ 10th anniversary show featuring French indie pop band Tahiti 80. After which, her interest not only in recording gigs and music events, but also in band documentaries.
One of her biggest projects was being one of the producers and videographers for ’A Week In Metro Mania: Up Dharma Down’ documentary. The film was an official entry at the 2011 Chicago Filipino-American Film Festival and was screened back-to-back with Quark Henares’ independent film, ‘Rakenrol’.
Her DIY approach and steadfast support for independent artists and the local music community in general is by helping spread the music to a wider audience through online reach via various social media platforms.
She’s been affiliated with the now-defunct local music site, pindiemusic.com, where she worked as an editor and videographer.
At present, she’s the Operations Manager and Events Head at HOMONYM, the first Music Agency in the Philippines. She is also the former Road Manager and Official Photographer for The Itchyworms.