So after Rivermaya band’s performance at the SMB Night Kaamulan Festival 2013 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, my friends Jojo, Jacquee, Emil and I, including the San Miguel Beer bosses and folks behind St. Jude Distributors, accompanied them for dinner. Artists usually request for food after concerts and frankly, my friends and I became pretty hungry, too haha! Who wouldn’t be when Rivermaya gave quite an electrifying performance and we all danced and sang our hearts out that night? In fact, all of us were still on a natural high after the show
We all trooped to a local restaurant, thinking that all we’d do is eat, accompany the boys, take photos and say our goodbyes. What actually happened was far more than just that. There was laughter – LOTS of it. There was an impromptu jam. There were super funny antics – LOTS! People had the chance to sing with Rivermaya. And Rivermaya gamely sang several songs! Woo hoo!
It was a night to remember! MISMO NA!
To “preserve” some precious memories that only the people who were present that night have the privilege to share, I won’t post all of the photos I took. Suffice it to say that it was an evening that every Rivermaya fan will cherish. Personally, I saw a different side of the guys that night and I was truly impressed. I’ve worked with so many artists in the past already and I can safely say that the Rivermaya members I met that night were amazing, very talented, amiable and game! I just hope that they remain humble and approachable amid the fame.
Mark Escueta and Norby David
Handsome Mark gamely sings a song
Looks like Mike and Al, who stood a few feet away, had a great time
Mike Elgar gamely hit the guitar. Asked him for a smile. Look at what he gave me
Norby David a.k.a. Mr. Smile. I call him Mabs. I told the other guys about it and they were like, “Puwede! Puwede ding Bents.” If you want to know why, leave a comment below
Mabs belting out “Kisapmata”
Norby showcasing his vocal chops
I told Mabs this photo will help draw in lots of traffic for my websites Do you agree?
The guys having a little meeting What do you think they’re discussing?
Actually, I asked them for a video message for the readers of two of my websites.
MALAYBALAY CITY | BUKIDNON | KAAMULAN FESTIVAL 2013 – As I previously mentioned, this blogger from Mindanao was in Bukidnon for the Kaamulan Festival 2013, the yearly festival that also serves as the gathering of Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes. I made sure I attended this year’s Kaamulan Festival since I missed it last year, having been sent by the U.S. Embassy to take part in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Not only is the festival a chance for me to witness cultural diversity and rich traditions, it is also a chance for me to be with friends and family.
One of the Kaamulan 2013 events I covered was the San Miguel Beer (SMB) Night held at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City last March 10, 2013. This year, the SMB Night was topbilled by no less than popular Filipino band Rivermaya! Three local bands and Manila-based pop funk/alternative band Save Me Hollywood also performed that night.
Thanks to the bigwigs of San Miguel Beer, St. Jude Distributor and my dearest friends Jojo and Jacquee, I, along with mutual friends, enjoyed VIP treatment that night! Backstage passes, seats nearest the stage, access to the moshpit (woo hoo!), unlimited San Miguel Beer (double woo hoo!) and the chance to even hang out with Rivermaya until 3:30 in the morning (yep, you read that right!) More on that later. In the meantime, allow me to share with you some of the photos I took of Rivermaya band. There’s also a special video message for all of you so I hope you watch and share it
Just in case you’re wondering about the new lineup, Rivermaya is now composed of Mark Escueta (who used to be the drummer; he’s now a guitarist and vocalist – can I just say that this guy’s really very nice?), Mike Elgar (guitarist and vocalist – he’s very amiable and accommodating to fans), Ryan Peralta (drummer – Mr. Cool Cat who’s smart and fun to talk to) and Norby David (vocalist and bassist – I call him “Mabs” and he calls me “Minda” – don’t ask) They’re all pretty cool and I’m glad I met them. Although technically, I already “met” them in 2009 during the Kapamilya Karavan. Anyways, more kuwentos in my next post
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And now for their special video message
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One of the festival highlights was the much-awaited San Miguel Beer Night or SMB Night, which was held last March 10, 2013 at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City. My dearest friends Jojo and Jacquee invited me and a bunch of other friends to watch the SMB Night concert, which was headlined by no less than iconic Filipino band Rivermaya and up-and-coming pop funk band Save Me Hollywood VIP treatment – backstage access – seats nearest the stage (although my friends and I chose to be a part of the moshpit instead!) and here’s the coolest part – unlimited San Miguel Beer! Thanks so much SMB, Jojo and Jacquee!
Allow me to share some of the photos I took that night of Save Me Hollywood. This band plays rock, pop punk and alternative music. Fronted by ex MYX VJ Juliann Savard, Save Me Hollywood band is composed of Carlos Calderon (of Chicosci), Melvin Macatiag (of Typecast), Aaron Corvera (of April Morning Skies) and Ariel Lumanlan.