Daily Archives: February 4, 2011

STEP UP!

EVERYONE’S INVITED to S.T.E.P. U.P.*: A FEBRUARY afFAIR,
February 19, 2011, Saturday 9am to 5pm, at the Bahay ng Alumni,
U.P. Diliman Campus, Diliman QC.

A FEBRUARY afFAIR is a Bazaar + Latagan event, and features 200 + sellers offering brand new as well as vintage, used, and secondhand items. You’ll find books, clothes, collectibles, gift items, school & office supplies, décor, appliances, baked goods, and so much more!

Free entrance for everybody, and parking is not a problem.

Pets are welcome, too!

The organizers would like to acknowledge The READING ROOM, Cubao X & WHENINMANILA.COM for their participation in the event.

See you at S.T.E.P. U.P.: A FEBRUARY afFAIR!

BOOKS + MAGAZINES + CLOTHES + SCHOOL & OFFICE SUPPLIES +
SHOES + DECOR + ACCESSORIES + ARTS + CRAFTS + SO MUCH MORE!

Brand New / Old Stock / 2ndHand / Vintage!

SELLERS ARE WELCOME!
We have spaces for as low as P375.00 only! For those who wish to join the event as a seller, simply email benjaminsbeltran@gmail.com
or text or call 0922.835.5974 and ask for the guidelines.

*S.T.E.P. U.P.: A SHOWCASE for THE ENTERPRISING PINOY, U.P.

Add them on Facebook too!
http://facebook.com/ourstepup

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Another RockEd-related post. I think this is what our local artists need. Please come and support our local artists!

ReloadED

We dream of schools where truth is given the highest value and equality is lived, of schools that nurture those who seek learning to ensure dignity of life. (One La Salle official website)

“The One La Salle Scholarship Fund campaign is the Philippine Lasallian Family’s commitment to continue the same mission.
Our goal is to raise One Billion Pesos by the year 2011 to support and send about 18,000 scholars to our 17 Lasallian schools all over the country. This may seem like an ambitious target but, by working together, we can fulfill this great mission.”

“This is an invitation for you to share and support the One La Salle Scholarship Fund campaign. Just as St. La Salle worked for the realization of this dream together with those who believed in the cause, we pray that we could be partners in this worthwhile endeavor.”

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I found this in the Volunteer section of RockEd.ph and thought I might contribute something. It’s in De La Salle Canlubang (DLSC), one of the many schools under the De La Salle System. As you may have read above, this is part of the La Salle’s centennial anniversary project to send 18,000 scholars to their schools. DLSC will be having their advocacy concert on March 18 and I invite all of you (this is the part where I volunteer, lol) to go. It’s in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, so if you’re near to the area, please do come. Different bands will be performing with special guests from other La Sallian schools around Luzon.

It’s the day after my birthday, so I’m thinking of coming, too! Let’s go for education’s sake! Be ReloadED!

Meiday Saturday!

I planned on going to the poster exhibit today, but due to extreme slothfulness, I decided to stay indoors instead. You can still go, if you want, it starts at 8pm.

This is where I’ll be tomorrow though! I can’t wait! Here’s a briefer (below) to start with and a survival guide to this awesome party. Note: The party is for free for all!

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Meiday to last
SENSES WORKING OVERTIME By Luis Katigbak The Philippine Star Updated February 04, 2011 12:00 AM

All you really need to know about Meiday is that it’s a hell of a gig, which features a slew of bands — usually 20 or more — that range from acclaimed and popular (Itchyworms, Sugarfree) to lesser-known but worthy (The Discoball, Twin Lobster). And it is always free. And it is happening again tomorrow night, Feb. 5, Saturday, at Cubao Expo (a.k.a. Cubao X), from 5 p.m. onwards.

Okay, you may want to know more than that. You could look up the very useful “Survival Guide for Meiday Virgins,” which was written by Jansen Musico and came out in the Philippine Star last October (sample tip: “Learn the art of slip and squeeze”). You could also read on, because we talked to the founder and guiding force of this recurring party, the amazing Mei Bastes herself:

What do you do, when you’re not doing Meiday?

I manage my restaurant in Cubao called Kebab X. (Note: This author can attest first-hand to the excellence of their keema, which he has a tendency to consume in ridiculous amounts.) I also freelance-style for music videos and production design for indie films. I also own an eclectic fashion and music store called the Junkie Shop.

When/ Why/ How did you start Meiday?

I started Meiday February of 2008 in Purple Haze Bar, the only Meiday with a door charge. I started it because I wanted to get my mind off a failed relationship at that time. I also had so many band friends and there weren’t decent productions that would stage good gigs. The next ones were more of free parties for friends, then it became bigger when I moved it to Cubao X — featuring the much bigger bands.

We are triangle: The pop-up shop returns, for two days only

What are Meiday’s guiding principles?

Well, it’s basically giving the finger to the pay-to-play productions who force bands to sell tickets. I see to it that the bands’ music is interesting and will appeal to most of my following. Most of all, all of the bands that play on Meiday are (or should be) my friends.

You’ve kept Meiday free in the face of criticisms (from other event organizers and even some artists). Why is it so important that it’s free?

There is nothing like it in Manila, in the Philippines even. Meiday is like a communal effort — the bands play pro-bono, graphic designer friends help out with posters, friends manning the bars, and volunteers who help out in the actual prod. I have kept it free to make it more accessible to everyone who likes music, and for the up-and-coming bands to get the well-deserved exposure.

What are the worst things you’ve had to deal with?

The worst thing is always the after-party damage because I’m always the one responsible, meaning I pay for whatever damage that has been done to the venue.

What, for you, are the best things — or moments — that have resulted because of Meiday?

The bands that I idolized before when I was younger are requesting me to let them play on Meiday! (Laughs). It has become so unbelievably big that I was considered one of the prominent people of the music scene by a local magazine. It’s very flattering.

What makes the Feb. 5 edition so special?

Mei and friends: The amazing Mei Bastes, founder of Meiday, and her bodyguards Photos by Mei Bastes

It’s the third anniversary party, marking three long years of hard work to promote local music. Also, the day after Meiday, I’m flying to Berlin for the Berlin International Film Festival, so it’s also a send-off party.

How long will you keep these parties going?

I still have no idea. I just throw Meiday when I feel like it.

Don’t miss the Third Anniversary Party of Meiday this Saturday, 5 p.m. onwards, at Cubao X! Among the 25-plus bands playing are Taken By Cars, Pedicab, Itchyworms, Sugarfree, Outerhope, Corporate Lo-Fi, Ang Bandang Shirley, Ciudad and many more.

Also, in the same venue but on the night before (that’s tonight, people), there will be a Meiday-inspired poster exhibit featuring the work of some of the most interesting (read: slightly damaged in the head) young artists and design teams around: Apol Sta. Maria, JP Cuison, Tof Zapanta, Team Manila, Everywhere We Shoot, Nelz Yumul, and more.

Also also: tonight marks the return of the pop-up shop We Are Triangle (still in Cubao X — I’m just glad I live near there), with a new collection of unique and knee-weakeningly attractive wares such as furniture, pillows, art and art prints, notebooks and books, clothes, bicycles, and et cetera. It will run from February 4 to 5 (4 p.m. onwards on both days), and feature DJ sets by Diego Mapa, Katwo Puertollano, and Mei Bastes herself, among others.

That’s like a hundred-plus reasons to be in Cubao X this weekend. So see you there!

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WHO’S GOING TO MEIDAY?! See you!

Early Chinese New Year Dinner @ Zong

After We Are Aimless I went to the Fort for late dinner with Jen. It was Chinese New Year in barely two weeks, and we were craving for something Asian. So we went to Zong.

It was quite late and there’s a sparse crowd occupying the place. It was true-to-zen peaceful there, something I needed actually. It was not necessarily Chinese, but has some good Chinese staples in the menu.

Cute chubby boy photo is right beside our table, ain’t he cute? Anyway. I am very particular with Chinese food. IMO, it’s one of the cuisines so hard to replicate with delicate ingredients and age-old methods of cooking. Here in the Philippines, if you like honest Chinese cuisine, you’ll hover at Chinatown in Binondo. While Chowking’s ads says it’s desperate Chinese food, others are just fair, some menu items are in the brink of making it, and some are just trying so hard.

In an empty stomach I’ll devour each and every food in the table. My taste buds don’t lie though. The roast platter was a combo of perfectly roasted assorted meat. While I approve of trying out exotic meats, the jelly fish was perfect in texture, but the sauce is too sweet-and-sour for me. I don’t eat anything sweet and sour. As for my friend, Jen, she dislikes anything exotic, including menu items she can’t even pronounce. The seafood rice was a little bland and lacking in flavor (particularly sodium.) Jen and I have a running list of fried rice disappointments and this one may have made the list, if we weren’t just hungry… LOL.

The highlight of this dinner, I think, are the Hakaw and Shrimp and Peach roll. I cannot say anything for the hakaw, but only that it is well executed and particularly sumptuous. The shrimp and peach roll though was an extravaganza of flavor. I never tried anything like it; the peach was a palate cleanser and I believe there is always room for more shrimp.

I almost forgot to mention: they don’t have house tea! And that the only tea available is Jasmine. I want green tea with my dimsum! :|

Jen just got herself bangs. She has a modeling stint with some designers, and she’ll be walking the ramp on the 17th in A-venue, and 24th in DLSU. Let’s support this fabulous gal! Love you gel!

I know it’s 18 hours late, but hey, KUNG HEI FAT CHOI everyone!

UST@400

Last January 28, UST celebrated their quadricentennial anniversary, celebrating 400 years of giving probably the best education (this country probably has ever seen) to the Filipino people. I was lucky to have a sister studying in the oldest standing university in the country, not to mention the a very historical one too.

Waiting for the concert at the carpark

My sister, the camwhore!

Syempre, the Kuya is always the first date to everything… When I have work already, I won’t be able to do this with her na

The big crowd.

Unveiling of the quattromondial monument. Pardon the quality, that was just taken from a satellite screen in Plaza Mayor.

There was a motocross show and people ziplining with fireworks on their hands. Spectacular show!

The stage from our vantage point. We’re too tamad to go to the mosh pit area.

SCREENCAPS! LOL! Mr. Fu hosting the show. (If you followed my twitverage of the concert, he interviewed the oldest living alumna of the university – Mrs. Amadea Medina, who graduated magna cum laude from the College of Education. I haven’t taken a picture though.)

This guy kept on blocking our sight. Bah-hum-bug!

Happy Quadricentennial UST, continue to produce the best students for this country! Go USTe!