Last night at Clark, Pampanga there was this media girl, who had access to the photo pit with the restricted Red Hot Chili Peppers photo pass alongside all the other approved photographers. To my dismay, she stayed in front of me dancing and taking selfies of herself with the band in the background. She didn’t have a professional camera with her (fine, I won’t judge based on equipment) but what irked me the most is that with the THREE SONG LIMIT she actually ASKED ME to take a photo of her with the stage as her backdrop.
With all the things she covered during that short time, recording a video of the crowd and of the band, she was unfortunately unable to take a decent selfie of herself with the stage. When she gestured to hand me her camera so I can take a photo of her, I smiled and with an evil look said, “NO”. Then she made a paawa face na gusto ko lang tadyakan mukha nya. Sarap lang hanapin kung sino yung proud na nagpopost na nasa photo pit na nagseselfie because she sure is the ONLY ONE.
It made me miss the time I shot RHCP in Hong Kong for the first time and I don’t even remember having so many photographers in the pit, or maybe all of us probably just acted like how we were supposed to be — professionals.
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I know it’s a year late, but I was reminded about how I had these photos when Paolo and Sam started posting their anniversary celebration pictures on instagram. I remember how some friends I kept on taking photographs that night just gave up waiting because I didn’t post their pictures soon enough. Well here they are! One year later! haha classic me!
Anyway I wanted to post this because this wedding played a big part in shaping my life the past year all because of a sweet gesture Pao and Sam did, they didn’t even know how massively it would affect Niño and I so I love them even more for that.
Paolo Valenciano and Sam Godinez Wedding February 7, 2013
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Last February 1, Red Horse celebrated Muziklaban’s 15th year. This 2014 Lunar New Year party introduced The Year of The Horse with a grand set up involving the fusion of legendary rock music with traditional classical instrumentation. A first in the entire existence of Muziklaban, this collaboration makes the whole experience at the grand finals celebration a historical one.
So when I first heard that Manila String Machine was performing with Razorback, Slapshock, A Music Theory and Ely Buendia for the Muziklaban Grand Finals, I recalled the last Nu107 Rock Awards in 2010 where they performed blindfolded amidst pole dancers. This orchestral group has also played with Urbandub for their Alive Out There 10th Anniversary concert and their constant supply of working with big names never ends, adding to the list Session Road, Stonefree and Six Cycle Mind.
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February 1, 2014 — The World Trade Center in Pasay City was packed with loyal rock fans who came from nearby cities just to participate in this huge yearly event. Fanning the flames of rock for fifteen years, the Red Horse Muziklaban has been constantly searching, promoting and supporting amateur bands and have chosen ambassadors who will best represent this cause. This year was an extra special party, as the 15th year couldn’t be more timely as to also celebrate the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Horse.
I’ve listed down some of my highlights from last night’s Red Horse Beer Muziklaban from the show opening with female front women, listening to a 90s throwback setlist plus some crazy scientific mystery in the middle of the concert, not to mention huge slingshots used to throw things at the audience Believe me, it’s CRAZY and I’ve pointed out FIFTEEN of them:
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It’s two days before the Pambansang Muziklaban Grand Finals celebration this Saturday, February 1, 2014 and for the first time, artists Slapshock, Razorback, Ely Buendia, Reg Rubio and last year’s Muziklaban Champions “A Music Theory” are rehearsing rock arrangements of their songs with 30-piece orchestra Manila String Machine.
Ely Buendia and Reg Rubio discuss their collaboration for “Super Proxy”
The orchestral arrangements will make the rock songs louder and grander and will bring audiences an amazing sonic experience they’ve never experienced before. They say that the gauge of good songs is if it still sounds great when played with classical instruments — in this case, the collaboration between the rock bands and the orchestra highlight both the original and the new bringing a fresh sound this time around emphasizing the essence of Muziklaban — to showcase fresh new artists and introduce a new sound every year.
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