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the Eraserheads Reunion Concert was really not meant to be

from the very start, it seemed that the universe has deemed that the reunion of Ely, Marcus, Buddy and Raimund was not really meant to be.

from the very start, the Eraserheads Reunion Concert was already hounded with controversy.

first off, there was even the issue that each of the Eraserheads had received a huge paycheck for signing in the concert. then, the concert’s promoter, a tobacco company, received much flak from anti-tobacco groups who were lobbying against the promotion of the concert. read it here. the whole hoolabaloo even prompted the Department of Health to join the fray. there was also the promotional campaign that fans who wanted to go to the ‘then-free-invites-only concert’ had to sign-in at the tobacco company’s website so that they could get invites. and because the reunion concert was sponsored by a tobacco company, the audience had to be automatically ‘over 18 years.’ there was even word that the sponsor could not get a permit.

here is most of the gist of the most of the issues.

but still the concert had to push through. the anticipation of the event was a rollercoaster. the concert was said to be cancelled, then it would push through but people still have to wait for the procedures. it was a thriller, the whole experience of it.

and the concert did push through. despite all the glitches.

i don’t know if it was because of the profitability of the whole event or because of the countless prayers of the millions of Eraserheads fans did for heaven to hear. i guess, it was too much for heaven to bear.

the tobacco company sponsor had to back out. see the details here. even though they had already paid the Eraserheads members.

then the new sponsor made ‘a few changes’ with the event. see it here and here. when the change of hands happened, the lobbyists were happy.

i believe that the Eraserheads concert was supposed to be the ‘concert’ of the year because of the band’s interstellar influence to the Filipino. but if one had been much aware of the media, there was not much marketing and advertising. there were no posters, there were no television ads. i don’t know if there were even radio ads. the issues that were covered by the local news did not even sell the event. viral word-of-mouth marketing was the means by which the news spread among the fans. this was true for my case.

the internet also had its share in breaking the news. i got my share of the E-heads gossip through a friend who is a music industry insider. she posted updates on her multiply account. word was passed straight from the band members through their official mailing lists. this proves true here. the website quoted Raimund Marasigan’s, the band’s drummer, statements through the mailing lists. read his anticipation here.

when all were settled, the people had to get ready. everybody was real excited. because the new sponsor had the reunion concert changed from being a ‘free-for-all,’ fans had to have tickets. read the clamor for tickets here. i experienced this first hand. i waited two long hours because the ticket distributor’s website bogged down.

friday, i had the tickets. i was real excited, i plurked out my feelings to the world.

then came, saturday, i had to do something so i almost came late to the event. but a friend and i managed to get there on time. we settled ourselves amongst the people cluttered on the open fields of The Fort. we did not have seats, food and drink. i did not mind the hunger (for i still did not have dinner then) and the stress for that day (i was running errands the whole day) for the Eraseheads were going to sing for me and all the fans, who have gone through hell for these rock legends.

when the 20-minute countdown flashed on all the field screens, all the fuss, the stress, the disappointment faded away. euphoria filled my systems as the first few notes of Alapaap rang the open air. for the next hour, i was singing my heart out. i was ecstatic. i was in rock and roll heaven. it was nirvana.

i have been to many gigs and concerts and all i could say is that i am thankful that this reunion gig happened. it will be forever etched as the best concert that i have been to.

i could not recall all the songs that band played. it was a blur. the whole concert was surreal. at least they played With a smile. it was all there was to it. there was Ligaya, Hey Jay, Kaliwete, Sembreak, Fruitcake, Shake Yer Head and all the other songs that made the first set. i was awash with nostalgia and this warm, happy feeling inside made me feel that everything was okay and that THIS experience was the best, EVER.

i was thankful. and very much happy that i was part of the whole shindig. it was history.

and after the first set. it was really history.

the band called for a 20-minute break because they have almost played for more than an hour. i saw on the screens that Ely slumped down after the end of the set. his drawn face was on the screens.

i had my dinner during the break. but the break continued on to almost an hour. then Buddy was on stage with a girl with hardcore bangs. he introduced her as Lally, Ely’s sister. they broke the news that Ely was brought to the hospital because Ely gave in to emotional and physical stress. to this, i could not argue because i knew that Ely’s physical condition was frail after last year’s heart attack and because word also got out that his mother died a few days back. the organizers called on everybody for a short prayer for Ely’s health and apologized that the concert had to be cut short.

this is the latest about Ely’s condition. they also had this.

i was not disappointed that the concert had to abruptly end. i believe that the pay was all worth it. though i joked to my friend Paul that the organizers had to refund everybody, especially those who paid huge bucks just to be there.

but i was really thankful. thankful that this concert happened in my lifetime. thankful that, somehow, the Eraserheads were able to play their hits for thousands of fans who were there.

i was also sad. gloom came to me after realizing that all the hardwork and dedication and prayers that made the concert true was put to an end by inevitable reasons that the universe only understood. from the very start, there were many obstacles that hampered the concert’s success. there were too many issues, there were too many controversies and there were too many problems.

then it dawned to me that this Eraserheads Reunion Concert was really not meant to be.

this made me really sad.

but it also made me hopeful that despite all the misgivings and the failure that have been borne out of this failed concert, there will be another Reunion Concert. one that is better. one that will be more organized. one that will be good for all the fans and all the people in the Filipino music industry.

it was fun reading this. it was fun to remember.

while doing this post, i ran through Eric Caruncho’s book, Punks, Poets, Poseurs: A reportage on Pinoy Rock & Roll. the book was printed in the mid-90s. Caruncho had an article there about the E-heads and their early beginnings. he said that the Eraserheads were the future of the Pinoy Rock music scene, then. Caruncho was a prophet for the Eraserheads are now icons of Pinoy Rock & Roll.

i quote Caruncho in his aricle that “God save the Eraserheds.” i also pray that “The Kids [will be] Alright*.”

*this was the title of Eric Caruncho’s feature on the Eraserheads, The Kids are Alright.” he called the Eraserheads ‘kids,’ then. When the Eraserheads played Toyang, Ely belted that ‘they tried to tell us we’re too OLD.’ how time passes. now, the Eraserheads consider themselves to be old.


Bayani is dead-on for the presidency

i was dying to post this even before the weekend came but laziness won the best of me.

i believe that most of us are aware of GMA-7’s revived reality TV show, Celebrity Duets. the show’s first season proved to be quite successful for it was awarded with a new season. the contest basically showcases the singing prowess of celebrity contestants. the new season, Celebrity Duets: ‘Let’s Duet Again,’ has for its new line-up of contestants, the one and only MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando.

here is a Manila Standard Today article of the new season of the show.

aside from nailing the new singing contest, Fernando also sealed the deal on running for president for the 2010 Presidential Elections by declaring his intentions openly. reported that our determined presidentiable does not care even if his party does not carry him on the party banner. here’s another take on the issue by Manila Times.

This Inquirer article revealed a lot for Fernando’s intentions for joining the singing contest. Aside from the huge media exposure, he is banking on using his would-be winnings to finance his candidacy.

despite the queerness of it all, Manila Standard Today columnist Bong Austero has this to say about politicians as entertainers.

aside from my previous post on Jojo Robles’ tirade on Fernando’s breaking into the presidential race, the Inquirer also lambasted Fernando for being ‘the earliest bird’ to run. Read the article here.

but despite all the pizzazz and the political squabble that Fernando is shaking up these days, he revived an old scheme of his – putting shirts on topless barakos roaming the streets. and this time, he gives them shirts. read it here.

Bayani goes for the airwaves

aside from the tarpaulins on EDSA and the “Bayani” stickers, our determined presidentiable MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando was reportedly applying for a radio franchise to:

a.) boost his political campaign for the 2010 Philippine elections or

b.) boost the MMDA’s advocacy of public safety and metropolitan harmony through radio programs and traffic advisories.

here’s the Daily Tribune article. it was on the paper this morning. Manila Standard Today also had this article.

either way, both options mentioned would further his media mileage.

good job, Mr. Chairman! [insert sarcasm here]

Bayani Fernando scored, again

this point does not favor MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando. rather, it goes up his arse.

and in this case, he was, again, skewered by an editorial.

Jojo Robles of Manila Standard Today has another bomb for the 2010 presidentiable. read his column today here.

also, here is a site that offers where Bayani Fernando has been for the past months for his so-called election campaign.
happy reading.

words of wisdom

two weeks ago, i joined some of my banahaw family for a Subic road trip.

i have been longing for a road trip for a while and this shopping trip was very much welcome.

that Subic-Clark-Tarlac Express Highway is a Filipino success. it is that good.

for lunch, we went to this place called Seafood by the Sea, along Bayfront Road. it was a nice enough restaurant with classy food that comes with a fairly-priced tag.

what really caught my eye were these “words of wisdom booboos” that were posted inside the men’s toilet.

do try to spot the grammatical errors.

nice, ain’t it?

now for the parting shot, the men’s toilet has this to offer.


last week, i was, again, struck down by the flu.

now, i really need this.

saw cat napping in an Ortigas parking lot

saw cat napping in an Ortigas parking lot

some good SHUT EYE.

more on Bayani Stickers

the Manila Standard Today ran today an article on Bayani Fernando denying allegations that he had something to do with the proliferation of “Bayani” stickers that have graced the numerous windshields of local transport vehicles.

read it here.

on the other hand, the Malaya ran a story quoting the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority that Bayani Fernando himself paid for the “Bayani” stickers.

i could not find an online version of the article so here it is. it was printed today, August 20, on page 2.

BF paid for ‘Bayani’ stickers, says MMDA.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it is not responsible for the printing and proliferation of “Bayani” stickers now being displayed on the windshields of passenger buses plying Metro Manila and according to some reports, even in the provinces.

The stickers have reportedly earned the ire of the Land Tansportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. The LTFRB said it has not cleared the use of the sticker on public vehicles.

MMDA general manager Robert Nacianceno stressed that MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando himself paid for the printing of the stickers which carry the word “Bayani” and a Philippine flag.

He said Fernando also took care of the distirbution of the stickers and MMDA had no role in it, belying earlier reports that it was the MMDA which distributed the stickers to public vehicles.

Nacianceno said the MMDA would never allow the use of its personnel and resources for such a project.

“We are not authorizing them to do that posting of stickers on the buses,” he said, clarifying that only those posters and tarpaulins which carry the words “Government Property” or “Printed by the MMDA” are funded by the agency.

Fernando, who chairs the administration Lakas party in the National Capital Redion, has not been coy about his desire to run for president in 2010. This early, his posters espousing discipline have been seen along national highways as far as Northern and Central Luzon, apparently aid name recall when he does join the presidential derby.

with such conflicting statements, it is very clear that our good chairman Bayani Fernando is not running a tight PR ship. he sure needs to fix this up before the world learns of his dark secrets

hitting two birds with one stone

this adage proves true with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando’s “Bayani” sticker campaign.

these stickers were supposedly a tribute to Independence Day. however, these stickers are still on the streets, two months past the national holiday.

the stickers now are said to be used as political material for Fernando, whose first name is Bayani.

see television report here. (repost from Mrs. Bambit)

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delving into the “Bayani” sticker phenomenon

Mrs. Bambit is on a roll with her exposes on MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando.

here’s her post on Integrated Metropolitan Bus Operators Association president Claire de la Fuente’s change of heart on the Fernando. and here’s her latest installment on “Bayani” stickers.

great job, Mrs. Bambit!

the true bayani

last year, i wrote this piece raving about Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando and his genius but atrocious means to “discipline” the denizens of Metro Manila.

i thought then that all his brutality and single-minded Machiavellian methods were not just creative but pure genius. talk about brandishing a wet “basahan” to put pedestrians in line, branding the helmets of motorcyclists with their rides’ plate numbers and the unruly and chaotic clearing of “bangketas” to put away all metropolitan peddlers and sidewalk vendors for good.

this month, Fernando instituted another grand scheme to straighten out all buses. this campaign is called the Oplan Agaw Manibela. read article here.

this new idea seems to be promising. after the massive crackdown on colorum Metro Manila passenger buses a few months back, EDSA has been a little bit clearer and was no longer a parking lot during rush hour. i know, for i am one heck of a EDSA bus commuter.

but to take away the steering wheel of buses that are taking too long to load or unload passengers is quite, i believe, too much.

the Commission on Human Rights has released its say on the matter and it was not good. the media has caught up with the buzz, click here and here.

i agree with CHR Chair Leila de Lima that this new campaign is a bit too much for bus commuters. imagine giving only 30 seconds for people to get off a bus and let other commuters ride on the bus. it would look like the MRT at rush hour. it would be pure chaos. it would possibly give the bus conductor a lot of hell.

but most importantly, it would be hard for women, children, the elderly and the disabled. the other day, i while i was riding my way on a bus to work, a mother and her blind teenaged daughter really took their time to alight from the bus. the bus conductor was courteous enough to lend them a hand. the mother and the blind kid took their time because it was hard for them to navigate through the bus aisle, with so many people standing there.

here, i quote

“We salute them for being creative but they should also take into consideration the rights of the vulnerable groups – the women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities – who depend on public transportation daily,” De Lima said during a press conference.

She added that giving passengers only 30 seconds to ride or alight from a bus was tantamount to depriving them of their right to safety, public and social services and the right against nondiscrimination.

The new scheme could also be a violation of the rights of bus owners and operators, she pointed out.

“The scheme is tantamount to a deprivation of property without due process that may not pass the test of lawfulness,” De Lima said.

here is what Jojo Robles, columnist and publisher of Manila Standard Today has to say on Agaw Manibela and Fernando’s prospects for the 2010 elections. Robles followed the column with this today.

delving on Fernando’s political aspirations, the MMDA head honcho had clearly made it known that he was vying for Malacanang way, way back. see his proclamation here. way to go, man. but, as early as he had said his presidentiable proclamation, anti-Fernando bullets blasted and lambasted his MetroGwapo posters saying these were premature means to forward his campaign. read article here. see this blog entry for a sample of Fernando’s savvy on EDSA.

there was even an anti-Bayani Fernando WordPress blog put up. haha. here is an interesting take on Fernando by Prof. Roland Tolentino on

for the past few weeks, i have been observing some “BAYANI” stickers on some provincial buses and even MMDA service trucks. Mrs. Bambit posted a sample of the sticker here and some interesting notes on the “alleged” purpose of the sticker.

Mrs. Bambit wrote:

“Apparently buses who sport the sticker on their windshields are ignored by the MMDA. They are not flagged down for any traffic infractions.”

very, very interesting. if this is really so, then, i’ll be damned.

my take on this “BAYANI” sticker campaign is that it is a good marketing strategy that could reach even the provinces. i dub it prominence. and Fernando has been doing this for quite some time now with all his Metro Gwapo posters. with all those provincial buses running from Manila and to their destinations, a lot of people would see those stickers. aside from EDSA, Fernando has now even ventured to other parts of the country.

he was even spotted in Nueva Ecija. read it here.

i still stand on my say that Bayani Fernando is a genius. but by the way he maneuvers himself to get a crack at Malacanang, it is just plain scary. i hope he does not end up like another Marcos. i was still too young then to know how Marcos ran the country during Martial Law but i have read quite enough to believe that he was really scary.

basing on the way things are going, i firmly hope that Bayani Fernando does not win as president on 2010.