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Dragonfly Collector Launches Philippine Promo Tour

August 3, 2015


Lilystars Records is proud to bring Dragonfly Collector to a city nearest you!

Eight months after the digital release of his critically acclaimed debut album, The World is Your Oyster, Dragonfly Collector embarks on “The World is Your Oyster Philippine Tour 2015”, introducing a completely different approach to concert touring and musical promotion.

DRAGONFLY COLLECTOR The World Is Your Oyster Philippine Tour 2015

The official tour poster. Artwork and design by Ige Trinidad.

The tour is an independently produced backpack nationwide journey, which will be covered mostly by land and sea. This grand national odyssey kicks off in Meycauayan, Bulacan on August 11, 2015 and will run until early December. The 44 performance stops will cover key areas of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and will wind down in Southern Luzon. In between stops, Dragonfly Collector will also help promote domestic tourism through side trips to various national parks, beaches, caves, heritage sites, and other destinations of interest.

11 Aug Meycauayan City, BUL Session Bar & Bistro
12 Aug Baliwag, BUL Café Avelina
14 Aug Angeles City, PAM Alta Pampanga Resto Bar & Café
15 Aug San Marcelino, ZMB Black Plate Restaurant
18 Aug Tarlac City, TAR Chimichanga Mexican Bar & Grill
21 Aug Baguio City, BEN 18 BC
22 & 23 Aug San Juan, LUN Surf Shack
28 Aug Bantay, ILS One Vittoria Hotel
29 Aug Laoag City, ILN Kalye Lagasca
30 Aug Pagudpod, ILN Terra Rika Beach & Dive Resort
04 Sep Tuguegarao City, CAG Leonor Bar & Grill
05 Sep Cauayan City, ISA 21st Amendment
12 Sep Baler, AUR Cautibar & Grill
14 Sep Cabanatuan City, NUE Rainforest Bar & Restaurant
15 Sep Makati City, NCR Boiler Room (CD/Vinyl Launch)
17 Sep Los Banos, LAG Duplex Tavern
24 Sep Lucena City, QUE Eduvigis Coffee Bar & Restaurant
26 Sep Boac City, MAD A & A Beach Resort
30 Sep Naga City, CAS Chili Peppers
3 Oct Legaspi City, ALB 21st Amendment Legaspi
05 Oct Catarman, NSA Tsiban
07 Oct Calbayog City, WSA Carlos & Carmelos
10 Oct Tacloban City, LEY Na Ning Mobile Bar
12 Oct Surigao City, SUN Kody’s Bar
15 Oct Butuan City, AGN Café Caliente
17 Oct Davao City, DAV Sales Bar Tekanplor
23 Oct Digos City, DAS Fire & Ice Superclub
24 Oct General Santos City, DAS Family Country Hotel
27 Oct Koronadal City, SCO EMR Center
30 Oct Cagayan De Oro City, MSR Karumata
31 Oct Iligan City, LAN Bar Around The Corner (BATC)
03 Nov Zamboanga City, ZAS Bigdawgs Bistro
04 Nov Dipolog City, ZAN D’Hotel and Suites
06 Nov Dumaguete City, NER Hayahay Treehouse Bar
12 Nov Tagbilaran City, BOH Dong Juan
13 Nov Cebu City, CEB The Monastery
15 Nov San Carlos City, NEC Sir Chief’s Corner
18 Nov Bacolod City, NEC Crate Bar & Kitchen
21 Nov Iloilo City, ILI Mango Tree Restaurant
25 Nov Roxas City, CAP Soul Superclub
27 & 28 Nov Boracay, AKL Charlie’s
04 & 05 Dec Puerto Galera, MDR Coco Aroma
07 Dec Batangas City, BTG Euphoria Bar & Restaurant
12 Dec Puerto Princesa City, PLW Katabom

Dragonfly Collector: The World Is Your Oyster Philippine Tour 2015 will primarily feature acoustic performances, but will be backed by Nitoy Adriano on guitars, Vengee Gatmaitan on bass, and Pat Sarabia on drums on select tour legs. Upcoming indie-folk singer, Ian Penn, will be opening all shows.

Dragonfly Collector is the solo debut of Clem Castro (aka Clementine), award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and frontman of the bands The Camerawalls and the now defunct Orange and Lemons.

For more information on tour dates, venues, and ticket prices, please visit or subscribe to the Facebook event section of Dragonfly Collector and his official site at

Dragonfly Collector: The World Is Your Oyster Philippine Tour 2015 is brought to you by Lilystars Records and is sponsored in part by, Jam 88.3, Pinoytuner, Radio Republic, Panay News, and 57 Studios Manila.

The Evolution of Dragonfly Collector

December 7, 2013

Christine Mazur

“You’ve gotta listen to this intro!” Clementine typed his message to me excitedly. I could tell he was on his fourth cup of coffee and it was not yet 10 a.m. in Manila. “Kakoy is crazy!”

Together, yet more than seven thousand miles apart, we clicked ‘play’ almost simultaneously and our ears filled with an incredible futuristic unravelling razor blade sound – like a speeding bullet passing by: guitarist Kakoy Legaspi detuning a string while running his pick along it, captured for eternity.

Then an aggressive roaming bass line pounded after the guitar noise, the imaginations of Vengee Gatmaitan, one of Clem’s earliest collaborators from his youth growing up in Bulacan.

An unusual drumming pattern kicked in, courtesy of Jojo Gatmaitan, another highschool bandmate-turned professional, bringing the three wild things together in a mad waltz rhythm. As the dust settled, a solid acoustic guitar arose, backing Clementine’s trademark gentle tones “I can’t find the right notes for you/ to curl my back with/ Crawl into amorphous space and back.”

And I was drawn into a memory from a year ago…Clem and I exploring the strange rock formations and caves on a hiking trail at Joshua Tree National Park in California. My fearless friend squeezing himself into every little cave he could find, scrambling up and down beckoning slopes that begged to be climbed.

The pounding rhythms returned, building under the intensifying voice now demanding to be heard: “ ‘Cause there are no wrong turnings / Being betrothed to the unknown.”

Last year as we wandered in the Mojave desert, Clem was facing a big unknown future. The Camerawalls, his band at the time, had run its course. A professional recording artist for nearly a decade, Clementine needed to reinvent himself. Orange and Lemons had been wildly successful but other people held the puppet strings. The Camerawalls allowed the artist known as Clementine to have more artistic control. But it was as if he was still holding back, hiding behind the guise of a band, not yet willing to step into the spotlight as a solo artist and be recognized for his award-winning work as himself.

“I see a vision of stellar proportions / A revolution of stars and constellations.” A Paul McCartney-esque keyboard riff (a la Wings) chorded crisply from the fingertips of Wowee Posadas. “Wandering around with a rucksack / Climbing steep mountains to pray / How I smile as I follow a trail.”

I smiled at this. I had wanted to climb something so badly at Joshua Tree but we didn’t have a lot of time. In a guidebook I found a 6,000 foot bump of a mountain approached by the Lost Horse Mine trail. It was the first mountain Clem had ever climbed, and it was definitely not the last. It wasn’t much, but the view was incredible: barren, empty, Mojave. At the summit, Clem wrote on a small rock his new mantra: “Expand your horizons.” I took a photo of him, arms outspread, embracing the world. Later, he made arrangements with a friend to climb Angel’s Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park. He’d got himself a proper backpack this time and was excited to break it in on this incredible, exposed ridge. I was so pleased: caught by this new bug, he was now unstoppable.

With Clementine atop one of the mountains in Joshua Tree National Park overlooking the Mojave desert. 11/12/12

With Clementine atop one of the mountains in Joshua Tree National Park overlooking the Mojave desert. 11/12/12

“When the ascent lights up a soul / There is no remaining in place.” A still, quiet voice, rose steadily from the empty desert left by muted instruments, but for a lone cello, Ascending and overtaking the voice to burst into the guitar solo, whipping up the drum and bass again.

“Give up these things that weigh me down, I fly.”

Fly is exactly what Clementine has been doing since his return from the United States last January. He has emerged from his cocoon where he took the opportunity to do some serious soul-searching and realized that now is the time to step into that spotlight by himself. He has worked hard for many years, honing his craft as a songwriter and musician, and none could be more deserving of that recognition. He knows instinctively that, like the existence of a Dragonfly, life is short and therefore one must live in the moment and live life to its fullest. Now is the moment of his maturation as a songwriter. There is no Remaining in Place is only the beginning of Clementine’s next phase of life.

The Dragonfly Collector has arrived. Let the next adventure begin.

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“There Is No Remaining In Place” by Dragonfly Collector is now available for digital downloads on iTunes and Lilystars music store. You can also get it for FREE by signing up to Dragonfly Collector’s official mailing list at