Tuesday, May 29, 2012

manila's very own popfest!!!


Dope MNL and Dr. Marten's Ph joined forces to create the first ever Manila Popfest! Miss Meiday herself, Mei Bastes and her new baby Dope MNL will launch Popfest on June 2 at the Fort Strip Open Plaza, from 3pm onwards. The line-up consists of all independent acts such as Nyko Maca and Gafiera, Ciudad, Pedicab, Ang Bandang Shirley, Twin Lobster, and my favorite, Misyonaryo. Plus, DJ sets from Fluxxe originals Kiko Escora and Gian Romano.

Last Thursday, we were invited for the press meeting at Keg. Dr. Martens Ph co-founders Borgy Manotoc and Andrew Garcia together with Mei Bastes gave us an overview of the collaboration and the festivity on Saturday.

(photo from Maine Manalansan)

Bonnapart, Ren Aguila of GMA, and Mariah Reodica

(photo from Maine Manalansan)

(photo from Maine Manalansan)

Check out Dr. Martens Ph co-founder Borgy Manotoc as he invites you to the Popfest this Saturday.

Admission is free! See you there!
(And don't forget to drop by Dr. Marten's and check out their newest S/S collection while you're at it!)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

a festival to call our own

Ladies and Germs, I give you the first ever Manila Music Festival! It was held last May 1st at Aseana Avenue, Alphaland Bay City Grounds in Paranaque. Thanks to my friend Marita (check out her take on Manila Music Festival for When In Manila here) for hooking us up! I didn't spend even one dime. You know I'm the biggest cheapskate ever, always game for anything free! Hah

I'm a sucker for music festivals. I will attend anything and everything I can, even going out of my way and flying to another country! (read on that crazy adventure here)
Although festivals like Coachella, Bamboozle, Glastonbury, SXSW, etc are way out of the picture for me (well at least for now), I'm glad we have something to satisfy our rowdy festival cravings. 

Blogger Patricia Prieto with her very dangerous weapon.

Veggie taco from the GuacTruck! An all organic Filipino-Mexican deli on wheels! Such a genius idea.

(Top from Giordano Ladies, Mustard skirt from Forever 21, Necklace from Love Diva, Wide brim fedora from Bangkok, Vintage belt and oversized plaid vest from Dad's closet)

(Photo from Status Magazine)

There were two stages, the Main Stage and the Red Bull Stage.
On the Main Stage, The Nameless Heroes, June MarieezyLady ISinoSikatKjwanWilabaliw, and Razorback completed the list of local acts.

(Photo by Will Wilkins of Blue Nite Photo)
June Marieezy. SDA pride!

SinoSikat kat kat kat...
I'm glad I saw them finally them live! "Magic" and "So Blue" are all-time favorites.

The boys of Kjwan. Flawless as always! So bummed Boogie was absent though...

(Photo by Will Wilkins of Blue Nite Photo)
And my favorite local performers of the night, Wilabaliw!
"Illuminate I" was even better live! And Ian Tayao was intense! Had too much Red Bull I think.

The legendary, Razorback!

 (Photo by Will Wilkins of Blue Nite Photo)

International acts include Afrika BambaataaAli Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), and Shinichi Osawa.

The lovely host of the night Ms. Sarah Meier giving us a little info on Ali Shaheed.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad killed it! Wish I knew half the songs he played though! But I'm glad I had new music to bring back home.

What everyone's been waiting for! Afrika Bambaataa! With special appearance of The Philippine All-Stars!

I didn't get to see Shinichi Osawa play his set but I could hear him from where I was lying. And it sounded pretty rad! Need to educate myself on more of his songs!

I only got to hear Miss Badkiss, Noodles, and Nix Damp P play their sets! Would love to check out each and everyone on the Red Bull stage since it's a genre I barely know (but lately been open to it) if only I had the luxury to do so that night. It was music overload!

Marita with blogger Raleene Cabrera and artist Rizza Cabrera.

The festival was a success! Props to everyone who made this happen! 'Till next year!

Some photos are taken from Red Bull After Party
All photos taken by Beverly Kho and Marita Galvez unless otherwise stated.