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Philippine Music: Arnel Pineda of Journey Is Back In The Philippines!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Journey' Arnel Pineda (photo taken from Arnel Pineda's MySpace)

Journey's Arnel Pineda (photo taken from Arnel Pineda's MySpace)

Over the weekend, I was at the Alabang Town Center, and then a small commotion took place by the Starbucks entrance of the ATC. It so happened that Arnel Pineda of Journey was there, and while only a few recognized who he was – it soon caught attention, and the fast-traveling whispers soon got going and it wasn’t long before someone was bold enough to bring out their digital camera for a photo opportunity with Arnel Pineda – lead singer of Journey.

I wasn’t able to ask him whether or not he was going to perform with Sam Milby, or whether or not Journey was going to be performing in the Philippines. Maybe I should’ve, but then there was a sizable crowd that I didn’t need to intrude in. And at that time, my priority was groceries.

However, I did hear someone say, “Mas malaki lang pala siya ng konte kay Kitchie Nadal.” In other words, pandak pala si Arnel Pineda. Hey, but that small man is BIG now. And not just BIG, but HUUUUGGE!

IN any case, welcome back, Arnel Pineda. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from you soon. And maybe even hear you sing. May guesting ka na ba sa ASAP?

Team Yap Is One Of The Top Contenders During San Mig Pub Quiz Night

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by South Arts Festival

If you’ve lived in the Alabang area, you know very much that San Mig Pub is an institution, being one of the oldest watering holes in the area. At one point, you must’ve at least been to San Mig for lunch or for a few drinks, or maybe a lot of drinks. Well, at least, you know where it is, and you can’t not see it when you go malling at Alabang Town Center.

Throughout the long history of the very famous San Mig Pub, it’s only now that they’ve had a quiz night. Every Wednesdays, San Mig Pub hosts a quiz night that is very different from all the rest of the other quiz nights/ trivia nights of places like Murphy’s or the old Blarneystone or something like that. While the other places give you a pen and paper to record your answers as an individual contestant, the San Mig Pub Quiz Night allows you to participate in the competition as a team along with your friends. And instead of submitting your answers on a piece of paper, you have to raise up your hands and beat out the rest of the other participating teams in being the first one to get the right question. In case of a tie, then there is the roll of the dice that will be the basis of breaking the tiebreaker.

Team Yap at San Mig Pub Quiz Night

Team Yap at San Mig Pub Quiz Night

San Mig Pub Quiz Night quizmaster Deeg Rodriguez started this just a few months back, and one of its consistent regulars is the group of Team Yap, who has the distinction of being the first ever winner of the San Mig Pub Quiz Night. In their first title defense, however, Team Yap had to settle for second place after quiz master Deeg Rodriguez skipped all questions pertaining to alcoholic beverages. Apparently, Team Yap is also discreetly(?) known as the S.S. Alcoholics, and just had a huge advantage in that category.

Team Yap went on a brief hiatus following the recent passing of the mother of a Team Yap member, but returned to earn another second place finish. In Team Yap‘s last outing, they had to settle for a third place finish.

Nonetheless, Team Yap is still noted among one of the top contenders during the San Mig Pub Quiz Night held every Wednesday nights at the San Mig Pub in Alabang Town Center. Members of Team Yap have included Brian Banta, Carlo Aguinaldo, Marge Camacho, Ysa Laurel, Tals Diaz, Ines Cabarrus, Yesu Cabarrus, Noel Orosa, Paolo Rosero and JJ Duque among other members.

This coming Wednesday night, Team Yap hopes to improve from its last disappointing outing and come away with a second victory – one that is long overdue. Apart from pride and recognition, the San Mig Pub Quiz Night winners get gift certificates from San Mig Pub. Team Yap is very well known for sharing the spoils with the other contestants when they win.

Double nipples for everyone!

Philippine Music: Boys Like Girls In The Philippines

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Boys Like Girls Performs In Manila

Boys Like Girls Performs In Manila

I didn’t know who the hell Boys Like Girls was, but…

My dad is in Manila on business from Australia, and is billed at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati. Today (Saturday), he was able to take a break and I brought over the kids to go see their grandpa, and have a swim at the Hotel Intercon pool. Anyway, when we were about to wrap up our visit, we headed to the lobby and were immediately swarmed by all these young teenage girls with their phone-cams whipped out, flashing away. For a second, I would’ve wished it was me they were taking photos of, but apparently they were more interested in the band members of Boys Like Girls, who were being escorted by their security to the elevators. As we were going out, Boys Like Girls were walking in, and so we brushed shoulders with them and their security detail.

The frenzy continued at the front desk as another band member of Boys Like Girls was still at the front desk, and we had to wait behind him at the front desk to wait for our complimentary parking ticket. I asked one of the many teens there who the band was, and someone said “boys girls” or something like that. My reaction, “huh?” and just let the moment slide.

Of course, not to be left out of the scene, I got home and looked them up, and eventually realized it was Boys Like Girls. I checked out the YouTube videos of Boys Like Girls and was impressed. Oh, and yeah, I know The Great Escapeheard it on the radio a couple of times but never really put a band’s name to the song. Having gone through their videos, I can say that I really like their songs Thunder and Hero/Heroine, which are all part of their self-titled album Boys Like Girls.

Anyway, Boys Like Girls apparently had performances at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Mall Trinoma and Ayala Mall Glorietta over the past week. Boys Like Girls is made up of band members – Martin Johnson (vocals, guitar), Paul DiGiovanni (lead guitarist, vocals), Bryan Donahue (bass guitar, vocals), John Keefe (drums, percussion).

So there. Now I know Boys Like Girls, and I think it was cool that I got to bump into them. Literally.

I wish I was quick enough to whip out my phone cam, but oh well.