There's always a reason why Quezon City was called The City of The Stars, and we don't talk celebrities and their home networks situated within this area. The place has a lot of entertainment districts to offer – with some of them making lights by the dimmed hours of the night. QC has been the home to some of best gig venues in the metro such as Route 196, Sessions, and the iconic '70s Bistro.
However, one of the fast-rising (and evolving) music and hangout places in the metro is also situated at Quezon City – just nearby the popular Maginhawa eat strip. In fact, it's on the basement floor of the classic Kowloon House restaurant.
Imagine mo na lang ang isang dalampasigan sa tabi ng Maynila na napakalinis at maaliwalas. As in yung makakapag-swimming ka, maliban pa sa pagtanaw sa bayside pag oras na ng sunset. Ibang-iba sa (malamang) na prespektibo mo tungkol sa Manila Bay.
I first heard this song on a live nearly three years ago. It certainly wooed everyone inside the famous B-Side just before it hit the first chorus. Imagine that BennyBunnyBand was the first spark of the night as we were then waiting for MilesExperience during the launching of its debut album Again & Against.
And at the end of their set, it dawned to a lot that ForHidden Song No. 1: Say Lang Titi... is, no question, a hit waiting to be fully unfolded on the Internet and hopefully, on the radio (Yup, they can get away with it).
Wrestling has been one of the most phenomenal things happened in both sports and entertainment worlds; converging the two for a total-package show. Meanwhile, gaming has taken to a sort of mobility ever since the proliferation of smartphones. Hell, who would forget the emergence of the likes of Candy Crush and Bejeweled as these have taken users into a ride of their own.
That said, WWE has been one of the subjects for a series of sports-themed computer games for decades, and one of its recent additions is the WWE Champions app.
The year 2018 saw one young man emerged from the shadows of his old band and transformed himself into a heck of a new person. It was a series of shocking events leading to his evolution as a musician, I must say.
After breaking away from IV of Spades, Unique Salonga exposed his talents elsewhere under Kean Cipriano and OC Records; making him the top-tier of the singer-songwriters at his age. Truly, that made him living to his namesake. Hype then followed the shadows of this wonder kid, leading to his own solo album and his solo concert that raised eyebrows of many, including yours truly.
A staple rock band during the 90s, Teeth waged a comeback of sorts last year in a series of bar tours in the country, specifically, Angeles, Cabanatuan, Dumaguete, and on the majority of the bars in Metro Manila.
2019 na. May mga bagay na hindi na dapat pa nauuso mula last year. At ito, ang isa sa mga halimbawa ng mga trend na dapat namatay na noong a-31 ng Disyembre, taong 2018: Ang mga dapat diumanong pakinggan na mga OPM band.
One of the surprising plot twists that took place in the past year was pulling off (FINALLY!!!) a birthday gig. Yes, it took place after being stuck on the shelf for three years.
I initially made thoughts about organizing a birthday party in my own way in 2015 but to no avail. A year later, I was this close to booking bands and venue – until I realized that I don't have the budget to execute everything, I withdrew everything. The same thing occurred in 2017.
On a random night in August 2018, I was approached by one of the newest young peeps in the prod scene. Karen, who manages At The Back MNL, offered a deal that I almost refused – to organize the much-wanted birthday party of my life.
It was a first Saturday of the month of June 2018, and the stage was set at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City as the Pepe Smith Rock Fest finally pushed through after months of long delay. It is first known that this tribute concert was then moved to a later date when this guitarist of Juan Dela Cruz band suffered a stroke in late 2017.
It was the final Saturday of 2018, and we have seen a lot of breakups and demises for the said year. Hell, we even noticed bands like Rob and The Hitmen, Run Dorothy, and Kamara retire from making music – be it permanently or just temporary.
It is undeniable that some of the biggest places this Christmas season are theme parks showcasing magnificent icons and displays; attracting the general public to lurk around and serving as an alternative to the usual malls and other hangout spots around the metropolitan.