This is so far, my favorite Bl@h song, and really, I.do.not.know.why. This song just makes me happy. Maybe it’s all those days I spent chasing after cockroaches in that cockroach-ridden apartment my brother and I shared with an old lady and her grand daughter in Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City back when I was a freshman in college. All those days I spent chasing after cockroaches not because I wanted to kill them all, but because I needed them, alive and kicking mind you, for my Biology 11 laboratory class. The irony of them cockroaches scampering and flying about when I have no need for them and their being all absent when I needed to catch a bottleful for my cockroach dissection activities. So funny. Loved those days.

I have no hate whatsoever for cockroaches. In fact, I find them intelligent and funny. Yes, the cockroaches will inherit the world after doomsday. It had been foretold, or so I was told. 😛

 

Kapag ako’y naghuhugas ng pinggan
Ayokong may ipis
Kapag ako’y nagluluto sa kalan
Ayokong may ipis
Gusto ko ay laging malinis
Ang aking paligid
Ayokong may ipis,
Ayokong may nang-iinis
Na-na-na-Nangangamoy
Oh…ang baho ng amoy,
Ganyang ang ipis
Nakakagigil gusto kung patayin
Ang makulit na ipis
Tsinelas ko’y matitikman
Kapag di ka tumigil
Istorbong ipis
Mukha’y di manipis
Pinupuno mo ako ng hinagpis
Ayokong may ipis (3x)

Bl@h was a Bicolano band that rose to fame in the 90s and I was busy hopping and skipping around in those days so as to notice what was playing in the airwaves and had no recollection whatsoever of this music. But I first heard of the band during Wharf Galley’s move from Elias Angeles St. to Avenue Square, and the band’s name kept coming up during random conversations.

It was not until I finally met Wawoo Brendia, who turned out to be the husband of one of my batchmates and friend from high school and had just come home from working abroad, and he brought up the plan of, finally, getting the band together for a reunion concert.

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

 

Back then, reuniting the band had seemed nearly impossible as the band’s original vocalist, Hammilan Favoreal, has long moved to Manila. Hammilan was to Bl@h as Ely was to Eraserheads. It’s just not the same if it’s not him.

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

Wawoo had given me a copy of the album and I had listened to it every so often. I ended up loving that song, Ipis. It just makes me smile every time I hear it.

So, when the live concert happened, it was truly an amazing experience for me. That band has taken my heart away, as well as this silly, silly song.

I love being silly. I miss being silly. These days I only get to be silly with Lia. Lia and me, we are silly, crazy girls.

I have videos of the gig, videos I don’t know when I’ll be able to post since I will be here in Bicol until the end of the month, where I only have access to the internet through my phone.

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

The Bl@h

Photo credit: Wally Ocampo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/siwallyni/

It was a wonderful gig. Beautiful music. Thank you Bl@h for bringing back the music to your old fans and thank you for making new fans out of people like me. Til next time, whenever that will be.

Links:
Wally Ocampo made a blog on his site about the event. And he has beautiful pictures of it too. Thanks Wally.

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