Muziklaban Cheers!

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Ian Tayao of WilaBaliW picks up a bottle of Red Horse Beer, and I strategically stand in a spot where I thought I’d get a good shot of him toasting to the event. While waiting for him to say “Cheers”, he suddenly swings his arm around as he held the bottle.

He wasn’t going to give a toast, he was going to splash the crowd!

Since I was the closest to the projectile angle, I think half of that bottle probably ended up on my face. Fortunately for the intended target, which was the thirsty gang behind me, there wasn’t much beer left.

The funny thing about it is nothing has ever happened to me at B-Side. Nothing that I can consciously recall at least.

I had these close calls. But I only notice them whenever I’d leave the photo pit: A crowdsurfer gets thrown into the pit landing on the photographers… Bottles, shoes, arms hit heads. Or worse when a huge bag of flour gets thrown in and explodes and everyone’s suddenly as white as a mummy. I think my only mistake was that whenever that happened, I actually questioned why I was so lucky.

I guess I got an answer.

All the easy breezy moments I had in B-Side in all the days I shot there were just waiting for this moment to come. Me, all alone in the pit. All the karma was waiting for this very moment and delivered by a messenger who just said, “The universe is watching youuuuaaaaa wawaawaaaaahhhh….” 

Next thing I know I’m all drenched in Red Horse Beer, like a signal that the party is at its peak as Nobela had just performed and Slapshock, Razorback, Kjwan, Mayonnaise, Pepe Smith we’re up next.

Since it’s a Muziklaban event I figured that what happened seemed to be in order as I tried to distinguish the beer beads on my face from my own sweat.

To have all these bands in one venue that night was something that didn’t happen as often as it did the past few years. This isn’t to be taken as a bad thing, quite the contrary, the scene is, as predicted simply getting bigger and bigger. I remember that one night in September, 3 years ago when all of the Red Horse bands agreed to hold an event at the same venue: There was no stage, no barricade, there was just the amps and the platform for the drums that set the bands apart. This was a strong show of force that resulted in many collaborations after that resulting in shaking the scene from the underground.

It’s a good reminder for all the finalists that there is strength in unity. Winners are no longer distinguished from the veteran bands, everyone gets their equal light all on the same stage.

This was also a great event to get everyone together right before Christmas. Kevin Roy also did back up vocals for Mayonnaise (which was the second time I’ve seen happen) singing “Bakit Part 2”, a glorious break from the evening’s rock and roll.

Now we have a reason to celebrate as we finally have all the FIVE NATIONAL FINALISTS who will be battling it as the next grand champion at the 17th Pambansang Muziklaban Finals!

ODDS AND EVENS – Mindanao Finalist

ORB OF BLOOD – South Luzon Finalist

INSEKTO PARES – North Luzon Finalist

STELLARSKIN – Visayas Finalist

MAY – GMA Finalist

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