This band, my 3-year old daughter will always remember simply as “The guys!”

Four members of Dai I Chi, with the exception of Pierre whom I have not met yet, are also members of the band The Chongkeys that went on a 3-day Bicol tour in January 2012. They spent three whole days with me and my daughter Lia. On the first day, Lia was calling them “guys”…

Mark, Ness, Jid, Chester

While walking towards the Cagsawa ruins, “Wait for me guys!! Guys, waiiiiit!”
On the first night of performance at Paayahayan Bar in Legazpi, “Mama, let’s go to the guys!!” taking my hand and leading me towards the front, right below the stage where the band was performing.
At Mariolis Bar in Iriga, “Mama, where are the guys?”
At Wharf Galley in Naga, “Mama, can I see the guys? I wanna see! I wanna see!”

To this day, Lia would see their photos and say, “Mama, its the guys!” That’s how sweet they were to my little one – which says a lot about who they are. I love men who can get along well with toddlers because they’re kinda rare. Of course it helped that Mark also has a little girl of his own, and Jid always stands as baby sitter to the kids of other members of the band. Still, I loved them for it.

Band name: Dai I Chi
Jid Pascual-vox
Mark Marquez -battle axe
Chester Gonzalez-skins
Ness Deloviar -baritone axe
Pierre Alejandro -joystick

The band gets their name from a Japanese name that means “number one”. In their bio, the band interprets it as “the urge to be creative, independent and original. It gives the bearer of this name a very individual, reserved, serious nature.” DAI+I+CHI+album+launch by mastodon2000

Dai I Chi will be having their album launch on June 1st at 9 Mile Bar in Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman.

Happy Go Lucky Production
in cooperation with
Mi Familia

Presents: The Adventures of Dai I Chi and Friends


.Kid Corporate
.Except Zero
.Ionic Existence
.Makuri Makuru
.Republika de Lata
.Machine Gun Joe

…and… DAI I CHI

June 1, 2012
9Mile Bar
100php with beer

Hosted by: The Andrei 3k and Who wants to be Emileonnaire

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True enough, as I was looking through videos of the band’s performances, Lia went up to look at what I was doing and saw the videos and said, “Mama, you’re looking at the guys?” And then when I went back to typing this blog entry, she said, “Mama, I want to see the guys!” and she bobbed her head up and down along with the drum beats playing in the background. Before this, I didn’t even know Lia could like this kind of music. She is three years old after all. But well, she likes the guys!

Mark, Chester and Jid lunching at Bigg's Diner, Pili, Camarines Sur. Photo taken from Ness.

Angku, Lia, Margaux and Benjie lunching at Bigg's Diner, Pili, Camarines Sur. Photo taken from Ness.

Come check them out on May 31st at B-Side, Makati and June 1st at 9 Mile Bar, Kalayaan Ave, Q.C.. If a three-year old can like them, you might too! We would love to see you there!