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The Eraserheads Reunion Concert

Posted in Politics and Culture by juned on the August 31st, 2008

I was included with a couple of bloggers who were able to watch the Eraserheads concert at the Fort yesterday - August 31, 2008. Friends from Red Horse Beer, treated a number of people - among them bloggers to the concert. The mechanics of getting the tickets was a bit long winded - measures that ensured those who get the ticket actually get it. This was of course the reunion concert of the Eraserheads.

The first time I heard the Eraserheads was when I was taking up graduate studies and driving a beetle volkswagen with a sun roof.

Anyway organizing around thirty blogs is quite an experience. The phone lines were blazing that day. Coordinating meeting places and waiting waiting waiting for people was … interesting :)

This sort of reminded me of those old school fieldtrips

People stuck in traffic
People coming in from work
People coming in from school or the house
People from the different parts of the Metro

It was interesting … but good memories are made of such things.

The Fort was literally filled up with people. Bonifacio High Street was busy that day would be an understatement. Nearly all of the restaurants was busy. There were no seats left and people were lining up to buy dinner before the concert.

And of course the mother of all queues was the one leading into the concert grounds. They were several queues or lines. Like a river of people flowing into the concert grounds.

And then there were the rules no cameras, no umbrellas and no big bags. Most of us had to be content with bringing in only their camphones. Still there were those who decided to bring in their poin-and-shoot cameras and were successful. Someone even had a camcorder. Go figure.

As you enter the concert grounds and see the whole sea of people viewing the concert one realizes the importance of the rules. People were basically shoulder to shoulder and side to side: It was nearly like riding the MRT but without the aircon.

Coy, Markku, Hana, Poyt, Phoebe & jayvee
A camphone is best upclose: Coy, Markku, Hana, Poyt, Phoebe & Jayvee

When the concert started the crowd became electrified. Swaying to the rhythm of the songs as they played. One could judge the favorite song because the crowd began singing along at one point muffling the sound of the band. It did not matter it was fun. I am sure everyone had a favorite. Mine was Toyang.

After the first set . I went out to get some air and probably a cool drink. Both of which were extinct species at concert ground. Outside the shops and restuarants were also full. Luckily enough I was able to get a glass of cold ice tea - venti sized with an extra mug of ice.

Nine, Ria, Eric and Shari
Nina, Ria, Eric and Shari

By the time I was finished I expected to walk back to ground zero and join my friends. What greeted me as I stepped out into Bonifacio High Street was a horde. The whole of BHS was full of people.

The concert had ended …

It turned out Ely Buendia had suffered a relapse and had to be taken to the hospital. The twenty minute break/intermission transformed into the end of the concert. Ely’s sister and the other members of the Eraserheads informed the crowd.

Earlier during the last part of the first set, Ely seemed to have slumped over and those who saw thought he was overwhelmed.

After a prayer, the mass of people who had gathered to watch the concert quiety filed out of the concert ground and went home.

Fortunately, Ely Buendia seems to have recovered. Fortunately also nothing untoward happened afterward. No riots: No violent display of protest. The fans and those who watched the showed something rarely seen today in Tagalog and Spanish they call it Urbanidad. I think it means breeding or to be properly mannered.

And this for me speaks well of the Eraserheads; their fans; and the organizers/authors of this event.

San Miguel Oktoberfest Siento Bente: Walang Katulad

Posted in Food & Drinks by juned on the August 29th, 2008

The first beer I ever drank was San Miguel Pale Pilsen. And for me it is one of the best beers in the world. It is also one of the more icons of the Philippines from the the close circle of drinking among friends to the different fiestas like Dinagyan in Iloilo where it the amount of beer can reach building like proportions.

San Miguel Beer has been a constant companion so to speak so please forgive me if I was nostalgic about this.

Anyway …

San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s Oktoberfest will start a month early on September 5, Friday and will extend for 120 days - making it the longest Oktoberfest celebration in the world. Dubbbed as San Miguel Oktoberfest Siento Bente will be celebrated at the Ortigas Center and simultaneously in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu; Iloilo, Davao, Olongapo and Santa Rosa City.


Three major things to remember about this Oktoberfest:




San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s Oktoberfest Celebration will last for 120 days : The Fiesta, which is recgnized by the Philippine Tourism Authority, will run for four months,

Four stages will be set along San Miguel Avenue and will be showcasing different music genres. Around forty bands will be playing including:

Third Eye Blind, Rivermaya, The Dawn, After Image, Nyoy Volante, Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc, Nina, Rico Blanco, Reggae Mistress, Gurana and over forty bands.

Tickets for the Third Eye Blind concert will be sold for only One Hundred twenty pesos.

The Fiesta will also be chance to meet and play with well-loved sports personalities (Efren Bata Reyes & PBA HArdcourt stars).

It is also going to be held at Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, and Santa Rosa City.

With Brownman Revival, Itchy Worms, Kanmikazee, Parokya ni Edgar and Sugar Free leading the Fiesta at thhe Mactan Economic Zone 1, Lapu Lapu city; Capitol Grounds Iznart Street (Iloilo); Victoria Plaza Parking Lot, JP Laurel, Bajada,Davao; R. Magsaysay Drive, East Tapinac, Olongapo; and Paseo de Santa Rosa Activity Center, Laguna.



During this Oktoberfest it is the attempt of the Philippines to break the Guinness World Records by having (i) the highest number people toasting at one time and (ii) having the longest bar.



This Oktoberfest will also be the unveiling of a limited edition of San Miguel Oktoberfest Beer. This limited edition will be a pale lager with malty notes, balanced with floral and citrussy hops.

The beer is made of One hundred percent malt. It is full flavored yet lite bodied - sweetish in taste and smooth to the finish.

This once in a life time brew will makes it debut on September 5, during the grand kickoff of the Oktoberfest at a special venue at Coyuito parking lot along San Miguel avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluying City.

The Nokia Kaleidoscope of Connections & PBA 08

Posted in Blogging & Technology by juned on the August 27th, 2008

Here is one of Sponsor Award for the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards:

Aside from the Awards that will be featured this year. There are a number of awards graciously sponsored by this 2008’s co-presentors. And one of them is Nokia’s Kaleidoscope of Connections.

nokia logo - Share on Ovi

Here are the details:

Challenge: Produce a video of how you connect with others using mobile technology

Your post will be judged on concept, style, and its popularity.


1st place - Nokia N95 8GB
2nd place - Nokia 6220 Classic
3rd place - Nokia N78

How to join:

1. Videos must run for 1 minute and maximum of 5 minutes and be uploaded in the given (Kaleidoscope) Share on Ovi site.

2. The video must also be uploaded in their personal blogs with a link back to the Ovi site.

3. The Blog where the video was posted and the specific link to the video post must be submitted here.

* Entries should be posted on or before September 15, 2008
* Announcement of winners will be on September 21, 2008 during the 2008 Blog Awards
* Videos submitted should not have been used in any other contest
* Videos should be General Patronage - No R-18!
* Videos submitted will be property of Nokia Philippines, Inc.

3. The video can be shot using any camera or cameraphone.