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UP Fair 2013 – Schedule, Line-up and Ticket Price

Music By January 31, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Every February, we all look forward to the biggest musical event happening at the Sunken Garden of the University of the Philippines Diliman – the UP Fair. More than just a musical event, there are food booths and little stores selling all kinds of interesting stuff and offering services like henna tattoos, palm reading, and the likes. There are also fair rides like the ferris wheel and the octopus, among others (but of course I have to say ferris wheel because it is absolutely my favorite ride of all time), and all kinds of booths offering freebies, from condoms to photos, depending on participating sponsors. You get my drift. In effect, we can say that aside from the Lantern Parade, with the corresponding Oblation Run, and our graduations with the sunflowers, it IS the biggest event of the campus every year. One whole week of all these things! How much fun can it get?!

I can say much about the UP Fair, but I will reserve that for the next week when I might be blogging about every single night I am there, or maybe just one or two, depending on my very hectic schedule. Let me say this for sure though, UP Fair 2013, we are so ready for you! Are you ready for us though?

Here are the most updated schedule, line-up, and other relevant information regarding the UP Fair 2013.

Do come back here for updates in the coming days.

One important thing is: the ticket prices are now standardized, as opposed to previous years when ticket prices varied  depending on the host organization or the line-up, but this year, every night, the ticket price is Php100. Such an awesome deal that “affordable” could not possibly be more than an understatement.

So, UP Fair 2013, we are really so ready for you! And we know that you never disappoint.

(You may click on the links for further info regarding the organization, the band, a company or any partner.)

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UP Fair 2013 Detailed Information:

February 12: Bulkantahan
Unang Pagsabog Para Sa Pagbabago
(Iuvenis Orbis Geological Fraternity)

brings you:UP Fair 2013’s Opening Night
BULKANTAHAN
February 12 (Tuesday)
Sunken Garden
Starts at 5:30pm
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Lookin Forward to January 2013

B-Side, Freedom Bar, Music, Travel Factor By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

These are some of the gigs I would be seen at in the next two weeks, feel free to come join. 😉

January 11, 2013
Friday
Open by 7:00pm
Gate: p150

FREEDOMANIA

featuring:

Wilabaliw
The Chongkeys
Top Junk

FREEDOM BAR
2nd floor Anonas Commercial Complex
# 3 Anonas Road Project 3, Q.C.

for reservations and inquiries call or text 0917.9037124 / 0919.8144885

It is the first gig for 2013 for these bands and because I have a deep love for The Chongkeys, as we were together for three straight days in January 2012 for their Bicol Express tour, that is enough reason for me to go. I have missed them and I’m looking forward to a fun night!

Wilabaliw played at a bar I owned in July 2011 but I did not really get to meet any of them, except for their roadies Jean Paul and Lemon, at that time. I was up to my ears with work and other concerns at that time to actually hang out with them.

And I am a fan of Top Junk‘s music even before any of them became my friends. (As a side note, hey, I have four Session Road and Top Junk shirts but I have yet to get my Chongkeys shirt! You better have my size now Andrei!)

I am definitely shooting on this night.

But best of all, a friend of mine from grad school whom I have not seen in years is coming too to hang out. She is a big Wilabaliw fan. I hope I do not get too happy puffy (read: drunk) on this night though as the much-awaited….

 

Travel Factor New Year Party is happening on the next night, with performances from our beloved bands:

Stickfiggas
Coffeebreak Island
The Discoball
Goodleaf
Romcom
Paranoid City
Maude

Travel Factor will be giving away prizes from Victory LinerPara’Kito Philippines,OtterBoxThe HeadWare and of course, awesome trips!.

Tickets are available at the door for P250, comes with 1 free beer and a raffle stub.

B-Side
The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:


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And the week after, another much-awaited event is happening at the same venue! It is my good friends Your Imaginary Friends album launch!

GIG.PH
in association with Shoplifters United
presents:

Your Imaginary Friends
SILENCE IS A VILLAIN
EP launching party

January 19 at B-side.
9pm, 150 bucks with one free beer.

with performances by:
Taken by Cars
Techy Romantics
Ang Bandang Shirley
Chicosci

Facebook event page is here.

As one of the ArtisteConnect pledgers, I am looking forward to getting my CD, t-shirt (second one, yehey!) and sticker. And seeing my name on the insert. 😛

Though drummer Eric Po and I are batchmates at the same city, him in the all-boys school and me in the all-girls one, we never really met until that one night at B-Side, after we finalized the plans of their having a homecoming gig at my bar in December 2011.

Brothers Ahmad and Khalid Tanji are also from Bicol and Ahmad had one of the best bands during its time in Legazpi, called The Pepsi Paloma Experiment, and actually went to Ateneo de Naga University, but we have also never met before sometime mid-2011.

They now have Emerald Aquino on bass, taking over Tanya Singh’s duties, and all is good! I met Tanya Singh though before I met any of YIF’s members, she plays bass for Tetas and the Twat, another band of drummer Che Santos, whom I met through Flush and the Toilets, a band composed of then-housemates John Villareal and Repists Roma Regala and Amrei Dizon. Now, Roma and Amrei, we go way back to 2000, when our lives and Kiko Machine’s, The Discoball’s and Matilda‘s lives were more intertwined. Oh, the past is so sweet. Tetas and the Twat, Flush and the Toilets, The Discoball all played at my bar in 2011, while Kiko Machine and Stonefree played way earlier, back when I was still not a part of the bar.

See you guys!!!

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Lia and her Mama at Stonehouse Gardens

Camarines Sur, Family, MOMents, Photography By January 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Having finally decided that Lia and I will never come back to live in Bicol, we embarked on a road trip to haul all of our stuff back to Manila. We used to travel together every two weeks when Lia and I were both based in Bicol in 2011 but this was Lia’s first return trip to Bicol after leaving nearly ten months before. We allotted two out of the three-day long weekend for just driving the 900+ kilometers back and forth, and only one day to stay and roam around the area. This mainly meant having coffee at Starbucks Magsaysay, dropping by Bigg’s Diner and Red Platter, having kinalas and puto bucayo. Of course we could have done more but with the limited time, we had to prioritize the ones I missed the most.

I have always wanted to go up and visit Stonehouse Gardens, and because we had no plans of ever coming back, it was imperative that we go this time.

Finally.

We arrived a few minutes before four in the afternoon on the first Saturday of December. The sun was nearly at the horizon and behind the clump of trees by the fence. After refreshing ourselves with glasses of juice served by the resort and take-out food from Bigg’s Diner, we went on a walk around the place and took photos. The setting sun gave just the right light for what would become some of my favorite photos for the year 2012.

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

At Stonehouse Gardens Resort

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