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Lookin Forward to January 2013

B-Side, Freedom Bar, Music, Travel Factor By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

These are some of the gigs I would be seen at in the next two weeks, feel free to come join. 😉

January 11, 2013
Open by 7:00pm
Gate: p150



The Chongkeys
Top Junk

2nd floor Anonas Commercial Complex
# 3 Anonas Road Project 3, Q.C.

for reservations and inquiries call or text 0917.9037124 / 0919.8144885

It is the first gig for 2013 for these bands and because I have a deep love for The Chongkeys, as we were together for three straight days in January 2012 for their Bicol Express tour, that is enough reason for me to go. I have missed them and I’m looking forward to a fun night!

Wilabaliw played at a bar I owned in July 2011 but I did not really get to meet any of them, except for their roadies Jean Paul and Lemon, at that time. I was up to my ears with work and other concerns at that time to actually hang out with them.

And I am a fan of Top Junk‘s music even before any of them became my friends. (As a side note, hey, I have four Session Road and Top Junk shirts but I have yet to get my Chongkeys shirt! You better have my size now Andrei!)

I am definitely shooting on this night.

But best of all, a friend of mine from grad school whom I have not seen in years is coming too to hang out. She is a big Wilabaliw fan. I hope I do not get too happy puffy (read: drunk) on this night though as the much-awaited….


Travel Factor New Year Party is happening on the next night, with performances from our beloved bands:

Coffeebreak Island
The Discoball
Paranoid City

Travel Factor will be giving away prizes from Victory LinerPara’Kito Philippines,OtterBoxThe HeadWare and of course, awesome trips!.

Tickets are available at the door for P250, comes with 1 free beer and a raffle stub.

The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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And the week after, another much-awaited event is happening at the same venue! It is my good friends Your Imaginary Friends album launch!

in association with Shoplifters United

Your Imaginary Friends
EP launching party

January 19 at B-side.
9pm, 150 bucks with one free beer.

with performances by:
Taken by Cars
Techy Romantics
Ang Bandang Shirley

Facebook event page is here.

As one of the ArtisteConnect pledgers, I am looking forward to getting my CD, t-shirt (second one, yehey!) and sticker. And seeing my name on the insert. 😛

Though drummer Eric Po and I are batchmates at the same city, him in the all-boys school and me in the all-girls one, we never really met until that one night at B-Side, after we finalized the plans of their having a homecoming gig at my bar in December 2011.

Brothers Ahmad and Khalid Tanji are also from Bicol and Ahmad had one of the best bands during its time in Legazpi, called The Pepsi Paloma Experiment, and actually went to Ateneo de Naga University, but we have also never met before sometime mid-2011.

They now have Emerald Aquino on bass, taking over Tanya Singh’s duties, and all is good! I met Tanya Singh though before I met any of YIF’s members, she plays bass for Tetas and the Twat, another band of drummer Che Santos, whom I met through Flush and the Toilets, a band composed of then-housemates John Villareal and Repists Roma Regala and Amrei Dizon. Now, Roma and Amrei, we go way back to 2000, when our lives and Kiko Machine’s, The Discoball’s and Matilda‘s lives were more intertwined. Oh, the past is so sweet. Tetas and the Twat, Flush and the Toilets, The Discoball all played at my bar in 2011, while Kiko Machine and Stonefree played way earlier, back when I was still not a part of the bar.

See you guys!!!


Raise to 1M Drive Fundraising Gigs – Dec. 11 at B-Side, Makati

B-Side, Music By November 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Here’s another reason why we should support Original Pinoy Music (OPM) and our local musicians and artists – because they are always willing to lend a hand and support causes.

My friend Ryan Mostar, whom I have been close friends with since we were thirteen is giving his kidney to his sister Kanji, who has been diagnosed in 2006 with IgA nephropathy, also called Berger’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections settles in the kidneys causing scarring and inflammation and eventually progresses into kidney failure.

For the past six years, Kanji Mostar has been undergoing medication but her kidneys are now only functioning at 12% and a kidney transplant is needed. This November 2012, Kanji will be taking a series of tests, together with her brother, in preparation for the kidney transplant operation. The cost of the transplant operation is far beyond what the family can handle alone and is asking for support in the Raise to 1M Drive. Our involvement, may it be financial, medical, spiritual, will certainly help improve the struggle Kanji is fighting, not just to survive, but live.

I went to my friends and asked them how we could help – and this is how we are trying.

We are organizing a series of fundraising gigs in the hope that it will be able to help in the Raise to 1M Drive. There will be one at Amos Cafe, Anonas QC on Dec 7, as well as on Dec 11 at B-Side, The Collective, Makati. Do support by spreading the word and by coming to the gigs.

Here is the Kidney for Kanji Facebook page for more info: The Official Page of the 1M Drive for Kanji’s Kidney Transplant.

Watch a gig for a cause. Come to B-Side on December 11 and help raise 1M for Kanji’s kidney transplant.

Click here for more info regarding the beneficiary:

With performances by Gaijin, Fuseboxx, Your Imaginary Friends, Paranoid City and Flying Ipis.

Happening on December 11, 2012 at B-Side, The Collective. Tickets are Php 150, inclusive of one drink. Gates open 9pm.

Facebook event page is here. Please share and invite your friends.

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:

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Special thanks to our friends at Fortstream Entertainment,, B-Side Makati, and for organizing and spearheading this event. It would not be possible without your support.



Dhruva Tara, Jireh Lim and Your Imaginary Friends at Route 196 – Oct. 26, 2012

Music, Photography By October 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

This is Part 2, the first part with Wake Up Call, December Avenue and Electric Princess is HERE.



Fredz Mantilla – Vocals / Sampler
Axel Vito Cruz – Synths / Piano / Back up vocals
Julius Dumlao – Guitars
Moki Man – Guitars / Back up vocals
Gi Garcia – Bass / Back up vocals
Brian Lotho – Drums / Percussion

Dhruva Tara at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Dhruva Tara at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Dhruva Tara at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Dhruva Tara at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012


Gigs this Week All Around the Metro – Aug 15-18

Amos Cafe, B-Side, Black King's Bar, Blackbird Makati, Music, Route 196, Saguijo By August 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments


PINOYTUNER LIVE, Rock Ed Philippines, and Dakila present:


A benefit show for flood victims

With performances by:











Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Show starts at 9PM sharp!

SaGuijo Cafe, 7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City

P150 entrance

All proceeds will go to the victims of the recent floods brought about by the monsoon rains. Donations in kind will also be accepted.


THE POP SHOPPE! @ Route 196 Barwith
The Camerawalls
The Gentle Isolation
Your Imaginary FriendsHappening this Wednesday, August 15 (9PM) at ROUTE 196
Entrance is P150 + 1 drink

presents “Rock For Rights”
August 15, 2012 @ AMOS Bar, Kamias, QC.

Jejaview (OFFICIAL)
Electric Princess
Escape to Nevada
The Shocking Details


Hope you can all join ZALORA’s Fashion Fights the Flood Fundraiser this August 15, 2012 at Skye Lounge. KC Concepcion will be selling some of her clothes. ALL proceeds will go to charity. If you can’t make it, No problem! Anyone can support by donating through Zalora’s site from the links – P1000 DonationP250 DonationP500 Donation.

The event will feature local bands such as Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, Out of Body Special, Maude, Sleepwalk Circus and Cara Manglapus and The Executives, all of which who have generously agreed to donate their time and talent in support of the relief effort.

If you will be unable to attend, you can still submit electronic donations on the ZALORA website.

An event page is here:


I Don’t Give A Folk: Guilty Pleasures at Tomato Kick – Aug 10

Music By August 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The UP Underground Music Community presents: 

I Don’t Give a Folk: Guilty Pleasures

With performances by:


New Wave Night 2 at 70s Bistro – Aug 4

Music By August 2, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Catch the following bands perform new wave tunes from the late 70’s to the 80’s!







August 4, 2012
(Anonas Ave., Project 2, Quezon City)
Entrance: P200 + 1 drink

Facebook Event page is here:

Share: 2nd Anniversary at B-Side Makati Photos and Videos

Music, Photography By July 2, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

When you find yourself going to more and more gigs, you find yourself having more and more music lover friends. And so that is how I found myself at B-Side last Saturday night for Gig.Ph’s 2nd anniversary with friends I made at Freedom Bar, the members of Electric Princess and MY neighbor, Sid.

Gig.Ph 2nd Anniversary at B-Side Makati

Gig.Ph 2nd Anniversary at B-Side Makati


GigPh 2nd Anniversary Special at B-Side – June 30, 2012

B-Side, Music By June 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

About GIG.PH

GIG.PH is the best online source for today’s hottest gigs in the Philippines. For inquiries, please e-mail us at and for bands Get listed –> Follow us!

GIG.PH was formed by four individuals who share the same passion for music in July 23, 2010. Realizing the need for one place that would serve as an all-in-one package when it comes to providing all the information on the latest gigs, concerts, bands, local productions and the best bars for hosting events, they conceptualized

The website aims to advertise local productions and their gigs while helping artists promote their music and talent. In line with this, would like to showcase the bars around the metro that are considered the best when looking for a place to host an event, as well as the small-time bars that seem to be a perfect fit for hosting gigs.

Most importantly, GIG.PH aims to build friendship and camaraderie within the industry through one advocacy: Filipino Music.

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