San Miguel Brews Live Music in Marikina
by Famela Dahonog
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The Local Government of Marikina in partnership with the Blue Company and San Miguel Beer Corp. set off a night of live band performances, food and drinks that left the audience wanting for more.
Hundreds of event goers partied the Thursday night away on November 29 on Gil Fernando St., a booming food and drinks avenue where a number of new restaurants, bars and coffee shops have opened up recently.
“Ito yung gusto ko sa Marikina, yung masaya lang. Walang nag-aaway-away. Chill lang. At gusto ko na magkakakilala tayo kasi mas may accountability at responsibility sa bawat isa. On that point, tingin ko naging successful tayo,” said Mayor Marcy Teodoro in an interview while he was roaming around the event venue.
The Marikina Music and Beer Fest was held to promote the area of Gil Fernando as a food hub of Marikina, as well as to build a sense of togetherness within the community.
The event was made possible through the collaboration of the restaurant owners along the street and San Miguel Beer Corp. who were planning to stage the same event regularly.
“Nakausap ko ang mga restaurant owners and iyong executives ng San Miguel Beer Corp., they are suggesting that we do it on a yearly basis,” said Mayor Marcy.
Aside from drinking cold beers, there were a lot of food as well from participating restaurants along the food strip. Those who dined at the other side of the venue, away from the stage where the live musical performances were held, enjoyed mixes from DJ Jon Tupaz.
The event kicked off with a number from the all-male Better Days band followed by the Puzzle band, each doing five songs for their respective sets. These local indie bands performed mix genres of music from pop rock to slow rock, Pinoy hits, and reggae. Dance performances from the ACLC dancers and a presentation of this year's Miss Marikina candidates followed.
The night was still young and the loud music carried on and pumped up the audience as the most awaited main OPM act the Gracenote performed on stage. Gracenote led by Eunice Jorge said it was the band's first time performing in Marikina.
Gracenote is a synco-pop-punk-electro-rock band with four band members including Jazz Jorge (bass), EJ Pichay (drums), Tatsi Jamnague (guitars) and Eunice on lead vocals. They played their famous hits "Yun Tayo" and "Bakit Ganyan Ka"? They also sang their very own rendition of the 1994 hit single "When I Dream About You."
A group of young people was thrilled to watch Gracenote perform.
“Sobrang saya namin. First time namin umattend ng beer fest. Inaabangan talaga namin tumugtog yung Gracenote,” said Camille Jualen, a 19-year-old from Brgy. Parang, Marikina.
As the midnight struck, Parokyano band continued to rock Marikina grounds with their cover of famous OPM songs. The parody band led by Carlito Cadag Jr. on vocals and his members Li Veluz (guitar), Jape Bongat (guitar/back up vocals), Warren Oates (bass), and Jabs Abillar (drums) got their style of music from the mainstream and wildly popular Pinoy rock band Parokya ni Edgar.
The Marikina Music and Beer Fest was a hit and had everyone wishing another one would be mounted next year.
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