NEWSFLASH! RAYMUND MARASIGAN’S THANK YOU MESSAGE AND PROMISE

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Here’s a message from Raymund Marasigan thanking the fans who came last night and a PROMISE! ( from the Cambio Mailing list)

dear everybody

before anything. i just spoke to day cabuhat. and she informed me that
ely’s condition is now stable. and they’re very thankful for all your
concern.

thank you very much for coming t the show. we really felt the cheering
and the singing and the love you all gave.

thank you for understanding that the show had to be cut short.

ely was in no condition (emotionally, physically) to play but he did.
and he gave it his all which is more than we could ask from him. given
the circumstances he was in.

we all wish him well. we are all confident that he will recover soon.

i promise to give you another eraserheads show as soon as possible.

again thank you very much

raym<s>

Eraserheads Reunion Concert 083008 was cut short due to Ely’s poor health

<<UPDATED>> AFTER THE GIG, THERE WAS AN INFORMAL PARTY IN SAGUIJO CAFE ( IN GUIJO ST, MAKATI). FIRST WHO ARRIVED WAS RAYMUND THEN BUDDY AND MARCUS CAME IN LAST. SOME OF THEIR BAND FRIENDS WERE WITH THEM. THEY PERFORMED MINSAN, MAGASIN, SPOLIARIUM, PARE KO AND ANG HULING EL BIMBO ( SONGS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE 2ND SET)

For the people who know me, you all know that the Eraserheads has been an important part of my life and I will never ever let this pass. You all know how I profess my love for this band. And now here is a blow by blow account of my experience there and also some juicy news πŸ™‚

I prepared all the gig paraphernalia I need for an open air concert: a malong ( to serve as our mat while waiting for the show to start), alcohol ( you know, for hygenic purposes), tissue, towel and caps. About 3:00 pm we’re already at the MRT Ayala station going to the Fort bus, fans were already lining up to take the bus. Karla and I arrived the Fort area at 3:30 pm. There are already signs around the area giving directions to where the show will be held.


( Eraserhead? typo error that was not even corrected grr! Eraserhead was David Lynch’s movie) Continue reading “Eraserheads Reunion Concert 083008 was cut short due to Ely’s poor health”

Third Eye Blind at the Opening of San Miguel Oktoberfest


Yes, it’s true. Third Eye Blind will be performing with other 40 other local bands in the opening of San Miguel Oktoberfest on Sept 5, 2008. Last night, we were invited to the press launch of San Miguel Oktoberfest held at San Miguel compounds of course. They revealed 2 other things aside from Third Eye Blind’s performance. They will also attempt to beat the Guinness World Records for Longest Beer Bar and Most Number of People Toasting. Continue reading “Third Eye Blind at the Opening of San Miguel Oktoberfest”

Jollibee’s Launching of Hotdogs with a Twist at City Kart Racing

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Last August 27, we were invited to the official launch for the new Jolly Hotdogs by Jollibee at the City Kart Racing in ParaΓ±aque. And the best part of it all ( above the bottomless hotdogs we can have) is that I was able to experience Kart Racing! WEEEE! I don’t know how to drive but this one is easy, it’s like driving a bump car ( except that bumping other cars are not allowed hehe).

Condolences to Ely Buendia and the rest of the Buendia Family

A sad event happened to the Buendia Family this morning. Lisette Buendia, Ely Buendia’s mom, passed away this morning due to cardiac arrest after surgery. News broke out as Jim Ayson received a message from Sancho ( one of the Eheads’ closest friends) and was disseminated through the Eheads ML.

Amidst the hype about the Eheads reunion gig, let’s try to be mindful of what we say because Ely Buendia is also undergoing some personal battles that we are not aware of. But even though this happened, the show will still push through as scheduled.

My condolences to Ely, Elyra ( who was my classmate when I was in freshman year in UPD) and the rest of the Buendia Family. Our prayers are with you.

Eraserheads Ticket Details

<<UPDATED: TICKET PRICES and PROMOTERS>>

<<UPDATED: CONCERT VENUE… PIX FROM MARCUS ADORO >>

Because of my thirst to get firsthand news about the Eraserheads concert details ( and of course blog about it) over the internet, I immediately went to Netopia Farmers because my freakin computer has a spyware on it. Everybody is curious as to how to avail the tickets and how much will it be. To those who don’t know yet, the concert is not free anymore because of the dementors being against it. Phillip Morris pulled out as the organizer of the concert now it has been confirmed that Radiohead and Sony BMG Philippines are the sponsors and promoters of the event. As for the ticket prices, it will be sold through Ticketworld and the prices are as follows: Php 800 and Php 1300 ( this was as of this evening, August 27). Prices were lowered from Php 1300 and Php 2060. There will be a division at the Open Grounds at the Fort to differentiate the ticketholders. When news broke out that Ticketworld will be the ticket distributor, its website went down temporarily and was advised to buy the tickets through their outlets in SM and National Bookstore. Unfortunately, reservations are not allowed. Tickets are now available through Ticketworld outlets.

Marcus’ VIP list will still be honored according to him, and the official list will be released this afternoon. Shux, this is really scary! hehe. He’s just concerned about identity theft so IDs will still be presented.

UPDATE: I JUST GOT A CONFIRMATION EMAIL ABOUT MY VIP TICKET, IT’S REALLY, REALLY HERE! WOOHOO!

Yes, you are in Marcus’ VIP list for the concert. Yehey!

By the way, Marcus Adoro posted some pictures on his multiply site. Pix were grabbed from www.markushighway.multiply.com πŸ™‚

ERASERHEADS CONCERT WILL PUSH THROUGH WITH A DIFFERENT SPONSOR

This is definitely the most stressful joyride I’ve ever been with this band. Wahhh! It’s been a month of debating and arguing on the legitimacy of this event it will push through but with a different sponsor. Phillip Morris have already backed out and they will have a different sponsor ( or organizer) so the Red List will be voided. This was disseminated by drummer Raymund Marasigan to the Sandwich Mailing List:

From: raymund marasigan
date: Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 8:37 PM
subject: [subsandwich] eraserheads aug 30 08 confirmed

dear everybody

after much ado. the eraserheads concert is most definitely pushing through.

philip morris and its brands have pulled out from the concert. but another company is taking over the production. the turn over started
yesterday and they have already started work on the site in the fort. so you can check.

there are good news and bad news.

unfortunately it’s no longer free. all the long winded registration procedures in the red nation site is now void.

the good news is that the age limit is now 12 years old (for safety reasons) and tickets will be sold so you don’t have to wait for confirmation and what not.

the official announcement and ticketing details will come out in major newspapers and on the radio on tuesday.

these are the only details i know for now so no need to email me. i’m just the drummer.

btw. i just got home from the last rehearsal. the band is cooking. we will see you all on the 30th.

raym<s>

Now we can all sleep well since this will be really pushing through. Same date, same time, same venue although this time this will not be free anymore.

VENUE: THE FORT OPEN GROUNDS

DATE: AUGUST 30, 2008

TIME: 8 PM ONWARDS

TICKETS: TBA ( TO BE ANNOUNCED THROUGH MEDIA)

I’m excited weeee!!!!!
I’m so ready to wear my Eheads reunion shirt courtesy of Noytee.

Though I have to have some dough.

The best thing of all is that, my VIP Pass still is honored. WEEE!!!! Thank you! You know who you are πŸ™‚

See ya all there Eheads fans!

Also read these blog posts:

http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/183/1/

http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2008/08/eraserheads-reunion-concert-2008-still.html

Relax and Chill Out

( pic grabbed from markushighway.multiply.com)

News broke out yesterday in the blogosphere that the Eraserheads Reunion Gig was already cancelled. Got this link from the Circus Mailing list and it mentioned that it was already official. Hmm. I wonder about the intentions of the author of that blog. Well anyway, it said that DOH ( Department of Health) refused to issue the permit. In the first place, why do the organizers need to have a permit from DOH? I didn’t know that whenever there are events I need to get a permit from the DOH. Or probably it’s for the doctors that will be in the event for emergency reasons? I don’t know what the permit is for. WELL ANYWAY, Marcus Adoro was able to read that message and was stunned by it as well. According to his blog, he immediately contacted his contact persons ( isn’t that redundant? hehe) to confirm about it and Marcus gave the statement: “the decision will be relayed to us on the next rehearsal date which was not today and will not be tomorrow ( referring to August 23rd and 24th) kaya relax muna kayo“. His blog post entitled ‘Relax’ assured fans that they will be informed on what will happen. Marcus reacted on Raymund Marasigan’s message to the mailing lists regarding the possible postponement. Well, I would understand postponement but cancellation is different. Postpone means that the date will just be moved however cancellation means it will never happen. Be careful of your words dear!

Ey by the way, Karla and I got our Reunion shirts. Whether or not this pushes through we still have the shirts! πŸ™‚ Thanks Noytee! πŸ™‚

Expecto Patronum: to the Dementors who want to stop the Magical Mystery Tour

Raymund Marasigan just emailed the Cambio Mailing List this message:

dear wizards and witches

there is some disturbing news at the ministry of magic. the dementors
are doing everything they can to stop the show.

be safe

aldus dumbledore

Dare not to stop the show. It’s the law that has a flaw, Phillip Morris was able to seep into the loophole.

Now the question would be: Would you say that the fans who want this show to push through are “unintelligent” just because they don’t f*cking care whoever sponsors or ‘organizes’ the show?

I remember when I was in college, my thesis was about fandom. I wanted to do a different kind of study and portray fans as ‘intelligent’ beings in this world as opposed to the common notion of fans being the “commoners”, ” unproductive” ( meaning all they do is stalk with their idols) and justify that their idols actions are always correct.

The Frankfurt School theorists ( rooted from the believers of Karl Marx’s theories) would insist that fans are products of mass culture. As for them, mass culture is bad, monstrous and only makes people fantasize about the impossible and ‘alienates’ people from the reality of life. Mass Culture as for them operates with different apparatuses that would control the recipients of mass culture ( i.e. the fans). In this sense, we are led to have the common notion of the fan to be just mere passive audiences. If you will try to analyze it, it is somewhat a one-way relationship when fans just get pleasure from their idols and nothing can be no intellectual or cultural production can be produced from their idols. ( Try thinking about your biology in high school, it’s a symbiotic relationship called commensalism wherein only one benefits while the other doesn’t benefit at all). This kind of notion is pathological since they are the kinds of fans that media shows us.

I beg to disagree that I am like that. I am not that kind of fan. I want the show to happen.

Fans have the power to resist within their domain. Whoever the sponsor of the event is, fans will still support the show. Fans have the capability to resist whatever the motive of the sponsor is. If Phillip Morris is indeed the real sponsor ( which was by the way already confirmed), fans can still attend the event and not accept whatever Phillip Morris advocates. It’s just simple logic, it’s non-sequitur! It does not follow that if a person attends this event then people will advocate smoking. Wow, isn’t that illogical?! By the way, people have individual brains and can decide for themselves. The problem is, we are always concerned about the structural and always neglect agency ( or the individual). People are focused only on the economic structure being the big bad wolf when in fact there are other structures where we can work on. Focus on the ‘is’, capitalism or consumerism IS already here ever since and what we can do right now is to work WITHIN capitalism. Now, don’t mistake me as an elitist, I am just being pragmatic.

I understand other people’s orientation that personal is political. I accept that. But that is not always the case.

I am a fan, a logical fan.

Sugarfree Live! now available

This is great news for Sugarfree fans out there. This is a 2 disc album the first cd contains 19 tracks featuring the Sugarfree major concert together with The Manila Symphony Orchestra last Sept 29, 2007 at the Music Museum. For those fans who weren’t able to catch that concert ( like me, boohoo) you will have the opportunity to listen to it. Also, it contains a limited edition “Pugad Dencio” cd ( offer good while supplies last). For those who do not know, Sugarfree is now the endorser of Dencio’s as what you can observe on all of the Dencio’s restaurants they have their posters there ( together with the Pugad Baboy characters πŸ™‚ ) You can check Dencio’s website here.