Finally my blog is live and fully functioning on its new host which means yes, I switched hosts again, I’ll blog about it later on but right now I’ll share my side of how The Man-Blog’s 1st Banana Gangbang Rock Fest like how I described it in this post’s title.
Good beer and sweet place
The BGRF took place at Bela Bar in Greenhills which we could’ve easily found if we didn’t take too much time talking to ladies stationed at every toll booth we passed along the way from Alabang down south. Actually we almost became lost because instead of taking the EDSA lane towards Cubao, we mysteriously took the one heading to Makati which was in the opposite direction of where we’re supposed to go. I remember the things I said to my self when I realized we were going in the wrong direction:
Wait a minute. If we’re going to Cubao/Greenhills, how come the buildings are steadily being replaced by trees? And where the hell is the MRT track that’s supposed to be on our left-hand side?! Of fuck we’re going the wrong way!
So a quick course correction and after arguing with Doms (bassist for Mannequin, and the one who told Bryan, their drummer and driver at that time, the wrong directions) we managed to get on the other side of EDSA and made our way to Bela Bar.
Early birds, I mean band
I thought we were already late thanks to our little rendezvous with the SLEX toll booth ladies, but we were actually the first band and guests to arrive at Bela Bar! Call time was 7:30 and we were there a few minutes after. Ade was there to greet us and I quickly introduced him to the members of Mannequin, the band I brought along to play in the BGRF, the band I so-called “manage” but I prefer to think of it as the band I fully-support-and-help-out-in-any-way-i-can because they are my good friends.
Acquaintances asides, we checked out the whole place and it was great. It’s not that big but it was a great place to have some good beer and hear music in the Metro. It’s really not hard to find for it is close to many familiar landmarks like Zirco bar and it’s a few blocks from Cardinal Santos Hospital.
First to really perform was Zoo (Mannequin was the first one on stage but all they did was a soundcheck. Ade knows the whole story :P) This is Lauren Dado‘s band and I was dying to see and hear them perform.
They were great. Who ever said punk rock is dead? Zoo’s punk-influenced music is solid proof that it’s not. All of their four original songs were a healthy dose of good rock music that rightfully warmed up the audience and driving the anticipation for the other bands up high.
At first Ade thought I was part of the band, but I said “Nah, I just manage them, so to speak.” Mannequin is made up of 5 engineering students from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas and they are already quite well-known in campus. So I figured being able to perform in an event in Manila would be the next logical step. It would also do them good as they could learn a lot from the experience.
What better way to have their debut performance-in-the-metro than to have them play alongside the awesome TMB bands. At first the boys were nervous, that’s why they were reluctant and actually did something just so they wouldn’t be the first to perform that night. They wanted to get a feel of the audience first. So after a quick soundcheck they immediately handed over the stage to Zoo who had just arrived. Ade and I were surprised by this little change in the line-up but it cannot be helped. Boys will be boys.
When they did finally performed on stage, I was glad the audience cheered and applauded. Their hardcore rock covers of classic Freddie Aguilar hits like Anak never fails to reap awe and applause from the audience. Though there is still plenty of room for improvement, I’m proud that the boys made a good impression on Karla Redor, Bela bar’s manager, and Noisy, noisy man himself Ade. They also learned a few things, I guess the most important of all is to come up with more original compositions. And the boys are more motivated now than ever. So hopefully, in case they do get invited to the next BGRF or other events, they’d deliver and deliver good.
Marco Palinar of Sanity Kit
When I heard that Marco Palinar of Sanity Kit was the only one who’s going to perform I was a bit sad because I was looking forward to hear every TMB band play that night. However, things really turned around as Marco played a guitar solo. But it was 7 minutes of guitar awesomeness! Everyone at Bela Bar never took their eyes of him and listened to every note he played. I agree with Ade, you could never over use the word “awesome” to describe Marco’s performance. Now, I am more eager to see and hear him perform with the whole Sanity Kit band.
Next up was Mike Villar’s band, Tempestous. Though Mike turned down our requests for him to show us his titties, he made up for it by playing fucking good ROCK music. With “flu and all” according to him. No wonder he was just sitting there at their table when I saw him. Nonetheless, just like any true Man-blogger, he didn’t let pills, red horse, iced tea and a heap of cigarettes to get in his way of delivering fucking good ROCK music. Wait, I said that already. Anyways, their cover of Metallica’s Seek and Destroy proves that Mike Villar is not just a Rising Internet Star, but a Rising Internet Star who rocks.
Lose Your Beer Belly
Who else would’ve been the best choice to cap off the night? That’s right, it’s none other than Lose Your Beer Belly. If Ade was blown away by Mannequin, Mannequin and the rest of the audience were driven to a massive orgy thanks to their awesome blues rock music! Proof of this is that I was seen bobbin’ my head, drumming the table, screaming for more and emptying 6 bottles of Red Horse beer (on top of the 5 San Mig Light I already had earlier) during their performance. And you don’t see geeks like me do that every night. Like I said, good beer, cool crowd, awesome music. Three days after that damn good night, the boys of Mannequin are still talking about awesome that night was. And I share with them the wish for a BGRF 2.
There were a lot of bloggers who attended but I was stuck keeping an eye on my guests and the band I only had the chance to talk with Karla Redor that night. I even had this realization which I shared to her on that night and to Ade the day after via Gtalk:
it was, to my memory, the first event by bloggers that had nothing to do with blogging, seo, monetization, SERPs, google and all that [geeky, money-making] stuff lol
Big props to the following:
Poyt, Kring, Ria, Ale, Jen, Nick (thanks for the pictures, dude!), Tal, Randy, Perry, Sasha, Rico M, Rico S, Noemi Dado, Butch Dado, and Karla Redor.
On behalf of Mannequin, we thank Bela Bar and Joyce Ramos, for making the entire thing possible. It was a huge success, thanks to you guys, thank you Ade for having Mannequin play, thanks Karla for the photos, and to everyone else, we look forward to seeing you all in the next Banana Gangbang Rock fest!
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