The Punk Connection

The Punk Connection
Wendy Villanueva and Renmin Nadela of The Punk Connection. Photo by Jason Pineda


Wendy Villanueva has been an active member of the local punk movement since the mid-80s, forming different bands that included Dogtown in 1987, Emptycups in 1989, Isla de Lata in 2004, and Republika de Lata in 2006. In 2012, she co-founded the punk ska band The Republicats with the show’s producer Renmin Nadela. She has been a Vegetarian for more than 20 years now, and is a Taekwondo Blackbelt.

Photo by Jason Pineda


Renmin Nadela is a songwriter, record producer and drummer. He co-founded Yano and founded Agaw Agimat back in the early 90s. He also plays drums for the punk ska band The Republicats. He is the owner of record labels Guerrilla Music and 40cm Records.