There were only three bands left on the line up: The Chongkeys, Brownman Revival, and Franco. I was on my second glass of mai tai by this time. Since I was already standing near the stage, I took the first photos while I was there and ended back on the mezzanine. And this blog is Part 2 of 3.
I arrived while Reggae Mistress was onstage and immediately went to find my friends, The Chongkeys.
Someone took this photo, of the guy sitting on the step on the right, and I just got included.
The Chongkeys and I all went in together but I went to the bar first to get a drink and then on to the mezzanine to take photos and videos. My first reaction when I went in was, “WOW, this place is HUUUUUGE!” See, I’ve never been to Metro Bar before. Jeck Pilpil & Peacepipe went onstage first. And this blog is part 1 of 3.
This is Part 2, the first part with Wake Up Call, December Avenue and Electric Princess is HERE.
Fredz Mantilla – Vocals / Sampler
Axel Vito Cruz – Synths / Piano / Back up vocals
Julius Dumlao – Guitars
Moki Man – Guitars / Back up vocals
Gi Garcia – Bass / Back up vocals
Brian Lotho – Drums / Percussion
Sid and I arrived early at Route 196 – sometime at nine in the evening and the place was already full! A pleasant surprise since it was a Friday night of a long weekend and we expected people to be either out of town, vacationing, or over at the SM Mall of Asia grounds for the epic Tanduay Rhum Rock Fest.
It was nice to see Route 196 filled with a crowd of new, fresh, and yes, quite young, faces.
First up for the night was “Wake Up Call” – a newly-formed band from UST. Since they were new, they mostly did covers. And the night was off to a great start!
Aureaus and his team were shooting this film when I was in El Nido. Because El Nido is a small community, I know a lot of people who worked in this film. The production team themselves stayed at Makulay Lodge and Villas, some actors and mentors (like my friend Rej of Kontra Gapi who helped choreograph and teach the dance) were from Potter’s Place School, and so many more. I saw them around a lot. The crew was on Hama Street when I took the photo walk so I could not take photos of Asylum Bar and Marina Garden. We were also hanging out with them on this day, when they were still doing the ocular.
Hibiscus Garden Inn is ranked #1 out of 29 hotels in Puerto Princesa on Trip Advisor and #1 out of 32 hotels in Puerto Princesa in popularity on Virtual Tourist. I went through the various reviews, blogs and photos and saw how Hibiscus Garden Inn looked like when it was new and had just opened. It’s looking a bit different now because the trees, the grass, the plants have all grown lush and the garden is looking so much more beautiful.
I wanted to stay there primarily because it is owned by the Blasselle family, three of which were my students from six years ago, and I wanted to visit them. On the day I was to leave El Nido bound for Puerto Princesa though, I could not get in touch with the kids and I ended up staying at the newly-opened Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn, as recommended by my friend Andy who had stayed there a few weeks before. You may want to read the blog here. As it turns out, the two inns are a few meters away from each other on the same road – Manalo Extension. It was gloomy and rainy the entire time we were at Puerto Princesa and I never did see the sun even for a bit but even in the gloomy weather, Hibiscus Garden Inn looked beautiful.
Hibiscus Garden Inn opened to guests in the last quarter of 2008 in Manalo Extension, a few minutes away from the airport and accessible to restaurants, shopping and commercial centers and/or government offices in Puerto Princesa, either by tricycle (minimum fare of Php8) or by foot, depending on your inclinations.
The single-storey 14-room Mediterranean-inspired building sits in a spacious garden accented by local furniture, native arts and handicrafts. The tropical, relaxing and laid-back ambiance as well as clean, quiet, cozy and modern accommodations make the stay and the price of the rooms well worth it.
The front building with its reception, lobby and souvenir shop:
I have just finished going over the photos from my quick visit to Hibiscus Garden Inn and was about to write a blog on it when I realized that Hibiscus Garden was just like Casa Rosa.
I always told myself I was going to go over all of my old photos when I had the time, just to review the colors, because there was a time when I was crazy over contrast and saturation, added to the fact that my monitor was uncalibrated, so I would sometimes go through some of my old photos and I feel like hitting my head against the wall. Thankfully, I was in my right mind when I was processing the photos taken in Taytay from six years ago. I nevertheless replaced my old watermark that had my full nickname and my hyphenated name with one that just bears my website – this website, because I have had so many in the past years.
Back then I had a Pentax Optio WP point-and-shoot camera and I had it on default at a setting that the camera called “Shade” but was in effect a warming filter that made all of my shots look more orangey than they really were in reality.
If you are here on my site reading this blog hoping to find something recent about Casa Rosa, no, this is not what you are looking for. All the photos here were taken six years ago, and I’m just on a reminiscent mood because I will be posting about the Hibiscus Garden Inn shortly after this.
I was on my way back to Manila from El Nido via Puerto Princesa in April 2006 and I decided dropping by Taytay was a good idea. Casa Rosa was owned by the Blasselle family back then, three of which were my students at the school. Taytay is also a very small town and it wasn’t too difficult to find Casa Rosa.
Casa Rosa is located up a hill that provided a good view of the town, the port as well as the old fort.
The cottages are spaced widely apart in a well-maintained garden. Some of the cottages are even higher up the hill.
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Of all the places in El Nido, the beachfront has the most noticeable changes. There are so many more establishments as more homes were converted to businesses – either a restobar or lodge/pension.
The photos on this blog were taken on many different days over a period of two and a half months. The photos at the end of Rizal Street were taken one beautiful, sunny August afternoon; the photos of Pukka Bar and El Nido Corner were taken as early as July, as well as some photos of Sea Slugs were taken in August; and the rest of the photos were taken one windy September morning when the sun played hide-and-seek with me.
I took a walk starting off from where Rizal Street ends, with Aplaya Bar and Casa Buenavista on either sides, and ending in the small, narrow alley right after Tandikan Beach Cottages that emerges where Lonesome Carabao Lounge is.
And as more buildings and businesses were established, the more the sand turned brown. I used to swim on the beach nearly everyday, I would not want to do that now.
The beach still looks beautiful on sunny days like this…
…but nothing compared to how it used to be.
Next to Casa Buenavista is Marber’s Restaurant.
Back when Marber’s Restaurant was on the ground floor of the building where Og’s Pension is, this was Blue Karrot Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Blue Karrot has a long history, being originally owned by Rudy and Rose, and then sold off to a friend of theirs. Rose’s family now owns Makulay Lodge and Villas in Caalan, and Blue Karrot does not exist anymore, neither in this spot nor any other spot in town.
Casa El Nido has been there ever since I can remember too. It used to have a little garden on the side where there were trees, and loungers under the shade.
CASA EL NIDO