James Lang, Jon Castillo and Paul Diaz ruled the Urban Extreme Sports Challenge held during the Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban grand finals recently in Pasay City.

Plant officials of beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB) proudly show the awards they won in the recently held Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards (DEAEEA) 2012.

When rock meets classical: 30-piece orchestra jams with Pinoy rock's biggest stars in Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban on Saturday

San Miguel Brewery Inc. kicks off the year of the horse with a grand rock event via Red Horse Beer's Pambansang Muziklaban rock extravaganza at the World Trade Center in Pasay on February 1.

Now on its 15th year of rock n' rolling, the Muziklaban event is the culmination of the annual amateur band competition that gathers Pinoy rock fans all over the country to bring an event with an extra strong kick only Red Horse Beer can provide.

This year's Muziklaban will also set a milestone as it puts together a once in a lifetime rock music set composed of Pinoys' favorite rock numbers rearranged and performed by national rock icons along with a 16-piece orchestra, spearheaded by the Manila String Machine. The orchestra, composed of artists from top music institutions promises a cutting edge, and unique musical experience. This affirms Red Horse's role, being at the forefront of continuously making ways to enliven the music scene and make it more accessible to a broader audience. By way of weaving in the classic symphonies of an orchestra to the punk metal tones of a rock band, Red Horse merges the old and the new, the classic and the funk, proving that music is truly universal language.

Live viewing parties will also be mounted in key cities nationwide. North Luzon rakistas will have their live viewing at Zapro Bistro in McArthur Highway, Balagtas, Bulacan. South Luzon will have theirs at the Al Fresco Bar in Batangas Days Hotel, Pastor Village, Pallocan, Batangas City. The AGQ Gymnasium in Brgy. 1, Siaton, Negros Oriental and the Matina Town Square Pavilion, McArthur Highway, Matina Highway, Davao City will be Muziklaban's home for the Visayas and Mindanao, respectively. Muziklaban followers all around the world will not miss the fun in the country's biggest, loudest, and meanest rock event as it can also be seen through live streaming via www.redhorsebeer.com.

Unlike previous Muziklaban finals where bands from all over the country compete and share the stage with national band icons and past winners, this year's rock event will only feature the 2013 Grand Champion.

Metro Manila's Manila Under Fire (Las Pinas City); South Luzon's Rigmarole (Batangas City); North Luzon's We Band (Cabanatuan City); Visayas' Stellarskin (Cebu City); and Mindanao's Hubito's Tribe (Cagayan de Oro City) will rock it off in an undisclosed place prior to the February 1 Muziklaban rock event and replicate the fate of 2012's winner A Music Theory of Metro Manila. The grand champion will receive a cash prize of P500,000.00, tax free, a Band Start-up Support worth P300,000.00, a music video or album production through MCA, and an RHB endorsement contract with guaranteed gigs worth P200,000.00. Area champions will receive P15,000.00 each.

Performing bands for the rock concert include Gracenote, Tanya Markova, Franco, the Oktaves, Razorback, Pepe Smith, Slapshock, and Greyhoundz (Metro Manila); Greyhoundz and Even (North Luzon); Mayonnaise and Hatankaru (South Luzon); Kjwan (Visayas); and, Wilabaliw and David vs Goliath (Mindanao).

For the World Trade Center event, General Admission Outdoor tickets are sold at P50.00 each. Price is inclusive of 2 cups of Red Horse Beer 330 mL with limited access to the Outdoor Open Area. General Admission Indoor Tickets are sold at P100.00 each. Price is inclusive of 2 cups of Red Horse Beer 500 mL with limited access to Indoor General Admission Area. VIP tickets are sold at P400.00 each. Price is inclusive of one (1) limited edition Dickies T-shirt and 2 cups of Red Horse Beer 500 mL and access to the VIP section which is nearest the main stage. Red Horse, the No.1 Extra Stong Beer collaborates with Dickies, MCA Music, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog, and San Mig Coffee to usher in 2014 with a kick!

For more details of the Red Horse 2013 Pambansang Muziklaban Finals, log on to www.redhorsebeer.com.