Meet-up was at The Podium’s open parking lot at twelve midnight, so we were all hanging out at Starbucks as early as eleven o’clock. I haven’t been on a trip with my Travel Factor friends in quite a while, the last time we were together was the Tambaron Island trip in Bulalacao, Mindoro last May. (Click here for the blog on that.)

We left the parking lot a little after one in the morning and arrived at Sebay Surf Resort close to nine in the morning. It was a really long trip, especially since I’ve had experience with my surfer friends PJ and Gerard when we’d take Manila-San Juan in three hours, yes, 3 hours, because that’s how fast Gerard (de Sagun) drives! We didn’t mind though because our room was going to be available at noon and we spent the entire morning just hanging out, checking out the beach, the girls, the surf, the breeze, all from the comforts of the restaurant of Sebay.

photo by H from a Samsung Note phone

The last time I was in Urbiztondo for surfing was January 2011, and the last time I went on a decent surfing trip was in Baler, March 2011. I went a number of times to Bagasbas in Camarines Norte while I was based in Naga but I never did get to do any surfing there. I haven’t really surfed in almost two years – so, even though I tried to get ready for surfing a few days before this trip, I took it easy on Day 1. About an hour of riding some white water, and no paddling even. Soo…. lazy.

We spent more time hanging out with friends at San Juan Surf Resort, drinking Pinacoladas from Sunset Buckets (a cousin of the Boracay Bucket). The above photos are from my friend Ayie’s camera. Thanks Ayie!

I spent so much time hanging out with friends that I wasn’t dressed yet by the time Up Dharma Down came onstage. Never mind the bath, we quickly changed into shirts and shorts and headed to the concert area. We weren’t gonna miss Up Dharma Down!

UP DHARMA DOWN

Ean Mayor [drums and loops] 
Carlos Tanada [lead guitars] 
Armi Millare [keyboards, vocals] 
Paul Yap [bass]

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Up Dharma Down was the first band to come onstage after DJ David Ardiente‘s set and the crowd was just starting to trickle in.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

We were also having “tech problems” because none of my batteries seemed to work and my new flash wouldn’t work. I survived on a battery that had 8% power while I charged another battery.

And then it was Imago‘s set.

IMAGO

Aia De Leon [vocals and rhythm guitar]
Myrene Academia [bass]
Tim Cacho [lead guitar]
Zach Lucero [drums]

Imago - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Imago - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Imago - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Imago - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Imago - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

I went back to our room at Sebay to get a new battery and when I came back, it was Radioactive Sago‘s set.

RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT

Lourd Ernest De Veyra – vocals
Francis De Veyra – bass
Jay Gapasin – drums
Junji Lerma – guitars
Wowie Ansano – trumpet
Pards Tupas – trombone
Rastem Eugenio – saxophone
Roxy Modesto – saxophone
Arwin Nava – percussions

Radioactive Sago Project - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Radioactive Sago Project - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Radioactive Sago Project - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Radioactive Sago Project - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Radioactive Sago Project - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And these are my friends – Team TF!

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And the audience!

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

As well as one of the winners of the costume contest – the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And then before we knew it, it was Coffeebreak Island‘s set.

Other than being my friends, I really love this band. I had loved them before I met them, and we became friends. My friends love them too. That being said, there is nothing as frustrating and unfair as being lined up on the wrong night. After three nights, we think the organizers should have switched CBI onto second night which was reggae night, Taken by Cars from second night to first night, and Kalayo from third night to second night. Anyway, me and the rest of my friends had an awesome time. Even if they cut CBI’s set from 45 minutes to 15 minutes and we didn’t get to hear them play Monkey Man.

COFFEEBREAK ISLAND

Paul Puti-an – Guitar & Vocals
Jun Nogoy – Drums & Backing Bocals
Raffie Miranda – Keyboard & Backing Vocals
Ronn Sana – Bass & Vocals

Coffeebreak Island - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Coffeebreak Island - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Coffeebreak Island - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

It was at this time when this clip of us was taken by the Interaksyon team. CBI was playing and we are at 0:12. 😛

The Brown Sugar dancers also did a 5-song number. The dancers are actually local surfers of La Union.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And then it was Pedicab!

PEDICAB

Diego Mapa – vocals
Jason Caballa – guitars
Raymund Marasigan – bass synth
Mike Dizon – drums
RA Rivera – kAosspad3+kaossilator+SFX

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Pedicab - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

I was hungry and thirsty and tired from dancing too much at this time that we decided to take a walk by the booths and get some food and drinks. It was then that we saw Ramon Bautista, and I teased about having a photo taken, but he was already so busy having photos taken with so many other “fans” and he looked a bit tired so we let him go.

But I saw Raffie and Ronn of CBI, and of course, we just had to have a photo taken.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And then we spotted our friends, champion surfer couple Daisy Valdez and Jefferson de la Torre, so we came over for a chat.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

During this time, Hijo was playing.

By the time we were done having some barbecued chicken, hotdogs, a bottle of water and two plastic tumblers of Tanduay Ice, it was 6cyclemind onstage.

6CYCLEMIND

TUTTI Caringal – vocals
RYE Sarmiento – guitars
HERBERT Hernandez – guitars
BOB Canamo – bass
VIC Aquino – drums

6CycleMind - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

6CycleMind - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

6CycleMind - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

6CycleMind - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

After a really long set wherein 6Cyclemind really worked up the crowd, we were down to the last band for the night – Sandwich!

SANDWICH

Raymund Marasigan – Vocals
Diego Castillo – Guitars
Miguel Alcaraz – Guitars
Myrene Academia – Bass
Mike Dizon – Drums

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

It finally dawned on me, at this time, that Diego Castillo does look like Randall Dagooc of MangoRed.

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

And because I was crushing on Mong Alcaraz… there you go.

Since this was the first night and a Thursday night too, this was the night with the smallest crowd.

Sandwich - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

It was so easy to go from one side of the stage to the other, and even squeeze in the middle.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

But this was the night we enjoyed best!

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

All the bands were awesome, and we had so much fun dancing to the DJ’s sets afterwards. Our friend from Singapore also arrived on the bus that night and we ended the night with a round of drinks at San Juan Surf Resort before calling it a (wonderful) day.

Click HERE to see the Surf and Music Festival Day 1 set on Flickr.
Click HERE to see the Surf and Music Festival Day 2 set on Flickr.
Click HERE to see the Surf All Day – Surf and Music Festival Day 3 set on Flickr.

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Notes:
I use a Nikon D90 with a 50mm lens defaulted to auto ISO and f/1.8
For the wide angle shots, a 18-135mm lens is used defaulted to f/3.5 (because the blades are missing) and set to 1/80, and sometimes I put on a .5x Vitacon wide angle converter for that funky vignette. Hahaha!

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