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Which is heavier; A kilo of feathers or a kilo of metal? Aha, a trick question, you say. Really? But, hey, you obviously have not been listening. Or, you have not had your ears cupped to the coolosphere lately. Both are obviously the same weight, right? Yet, it is also just as right to say that metal is heavier. Unless you’re into poultry or ornithology. Your opinion, of course, has equal weight. But for the rest of us, a growing number of us, metal rules. The heavier the better. Ah, you’re talking music, you say. Dang right. You think were into the table of elements? You think we’re the journal of the L’Association Internationale des Weights et Measures? Yes, Johnny, heavy metal is here once again to assault your ears, your whole body, your very sense of proportions or appropriateness. And, if you’re no longer hung-over on boy bands, then you will even like it, like you’re into SM. Not ShoeMart, no? Read our feature on the local metal scene and give it a try. What? It’s too loud? Listen: IF IT IS TOO LOUD THEN YOU’RE TOO OLD! What? You want it repeated? Again? Shut up and read on.

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Cebu Metal Quest for Glory

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Unsophisticated, horrible and dangerous. These are the common words parents, local communities and religious groups use to describe Metal Music. Some say it is the Devil’s Music and people who listen to it are drug addicts, antiChrist and violent people. In the mid-80’s, metal music became one of the most popular styles of music, a deadly virus that spreads, infecting young minds. For some, it IS a religion—the only dimension where they can express their feelings and creativity. For them, it is the voice of freedom.

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“Cebu Metal Scene is always there, just dormant in the past but right now it is alive and kicking, it will soar high.” -- Jecar of Natal Cleft It’s hard to be a part of an underground organization in a God-fearing country, especially when everyone looks at you differently and judges you as a threat to their beliefs. But those obstacles are not hindrances for a cancer to grow in this city. In February 2007 I formed a band with my three other friends. It was on March 2007 at Hellfest 3 when we played our very first gig, and from there on we play twice, three times or more in a month. C.E.M.P., C.C.H.I.M. and Stormblast Productions produced and organized different gigs for metal and hardcore bands almost every week. November that year, C.E.M.P. released a compilation album titled “The Reckoning Vol. 1” that showcased the songs of 18 different bands from the Visayas. Since then, bands from different parts of the archipelago started to gather and play gigs here in Cebu. 2007 was a glorious year for the Cebu Metal Scene. 2008 wasn’t a good year for Metal Bands. Metal shows started to slow and some bands broke up for

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various reasons. During Sinulog 2009 CEMP and Cebu Mayhem Productions created two different metal shows in two days which sparked up the Metal Scene in Cebu. Cebu Metal Bands now are slowly conquering different cities nationwide and metal shows have started to rise everywhere. As one of the organizers of metal shows in Cebu, I’ve noticed that lately, new bands are getting younger while they are getting better. Metal maniacs are getting stronger—everyone helps promote their favorite Metal bands outside of Cebu and the country. I wish I could slow things down for this year but it seems that Metal music is now dominating our youth, and almost all new bands that I’ve met call themselves metal. My hope for this year and the years to come is for the Cebu Metal Scene to be more glorious and unfathomable. “Every day is a step by step process to all the metalheads and bands; they are getting stronger and stronger... Hope this will not just be a fad to all the youngsters this days.” -- Pringhouls of Silhouette

The Bands: Some say that Cebu produces better musicians compared to other cities in the country, and that Cebuanos are very hard to please and entertain. I think that’s the reason why Cebuano bands strive and work harder to create a name in their precious city. But for bands like Astarus, Orom, Abyss and Signos—the pioneers of Cebu Metal, their decade-long struggle to keep the metal scene alive here in Cebu hasn’t been an easy task. Critics are everywhere and shows were limited in the earlier days, unlike now, bands can find gigs with different independent productions. There are hundreds of Metal bands in Cebu, and some of them are worth checking out and will catch your attention—their on-stage performance puts them on that level. Some of these outstanding crowd shakers are Stallions of the Burning Church, Comatose, Demise, Silhouette, Natal Cleft, 40 Diaz, Kasakit, Campbell, Kremate, Chaos Era, Astarus, Streets of May and Stabwounds. There are a lot of talented Metal bands in Cebu that I haven’t heard yet, and who knows, one of these days a Cebuano Metal Band might conquer the industry and make a significant mark on music history.

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Cebu Metal Scene: It was the year 2005 when the Underground Metal Community in Cebu was formally organized by C.E.M.P. (Cebu Extreme Music Production). Although metal bands already existed in the early 90’s, it wasn’t able to scratch the surface of the local music scene due to the lack of support and exposure.


Text by Paul Dean

The Thinking Person’s Music?

It is generally accepted that Metal evolved from Rock and Blues, but maybe there is a missing link that existed even further back? Shock! Horror! Yes folks, it’s Classical Music - the likes of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Hindemith, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Frederic Chopin............. Have a listen and you will hear some incredible riffs buried in there as well as runs and techniques that inspired guitarists such as Uli Jon Roth, Randy Rhoads and Ritchie Blackmore, to mention but a few. As musicians, I am sure Paganini and Chopin’s virtuoso abilities would have been welcomed in any major Metal band. Did you know that many of Metal’s top guitarists have also studied Classical music at some point? There have also been some successful attempts to join the two genres together e.g. Metallica’s S & M, Deep Purple In Concert (yes they did play early metal sometimes).

source of inspiration and a catalyst in their quest for answers to the majority of ‘life’ questions that they feel have never been adequately answered by anyone else. Yes, they probably are the thinkers and have never been frightened by the unknown, because they seek answers.

It’s not just the musicians who have something in common! To quote Professor Adrian North who led the study at HeriotWatt University in Edinburgh, into the personalities of more than 36,000 music fans from all over the world. ‘Put a heavy metal fan together with a classical music buff and you might expect the result to be far from harmonious, but while their appearance could be vastly different, lovers of the two musical genres actually have much in common’.

We live in an age where many political and belief systems are geared towards stopping people from thinking too much. Much of our lifestyle is about the quick fix. Most popular music is about a quick 5-10 minute skate across our mental and physical emotions, soon to be forgotten. Whereas, the classical and metal fix is all about questioning, provoking, pushing and prodding our senses and complacency. Maybe metal is one of the modern thorns that pricks societies’ bubbles and reminds us that all is not right and much is wrong. It is also quite remarkable how many of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the World over the last 300 years were or are, followers of classical or/and metal music. Do some research, it even surprised me.

Psychologists have found that classical aficionados share virtually identical personality traits with ‘metalheads’ - fans of bands such as Slipknot, Megadeth and Bullet For My Valentine. ‘Apart from the age differences, they were virtually identical, both types tend to be creative, at ease with themselves and introverted.’ Like classical lovers, metal fans verge on the obsessive about their music. They have divided the genre into ever smaller sub-groups such as death metal, thrash metal, glam metal and neo-classical metal etc. ‘There’s also a sense of theatre which is common with both groups,’ The study - based on online interviews as far afield as China and Chile - reveals that many of the stereotypes about other musical tastes hold true. Jazz fans, for instance are creative, outgoing and chilled out. Country and Western fans are hard-working, reggae fans are laidback, punk fans are aggressive and creative, while fans of indie bands lack self-esteem. If one looks at the lives and lifestyles of many of the Classical composers and musicians, they actually were the Ozzies of yesteryear. Eccentrics, philanthropists, womanisers, humanitarians, alcoholics, revolutionaries, junkies, Good Samaritans, spendthrifts, benefactors, some of these guys were also truly wild in an introverted kind of way. Real angels and demons. Recognise the picture? Even though many of their followers would be considered high-end, they did also command a great deal of support amongst the unwashed down trodden masses and some of their music was always used to bolster passion, pride and loyalty in conflict situations between nations, revolutions and crusades. One of man’s biggest failings has always been his fear and inability to understand death or finality. He has always had two choices, continue to question everything or accept someone else’s idea and stop worrying about it. Here we have another connection between Classical and Metal. Many of the composers, musicians and followers of both genres have always been totally open to exploring all avenues of life, the universe and the mysteries therein. To question is to live - mythology, death, good and evil, the extraterrestrial, legends and superstitions are a

As my band Jerusalem is now recognized as one of the UK originators of what later became known as Metal, I have found Metal’s evolution over the last 30 years a highly interesting journey and hope it will continue to push back the boundaries of apathy and acceptance. Never judge a book by its cover, just because someone looks, thinks, speaks, and sounds different, doesn’t mean they’re bad or stupid! Anyway, to quote Jim Hirsch, maybe Wagner was a precursor to Metallica. ZOOMIN

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It was the night that Twinkle Dudu – one of the primary punk acts in Cebu’s underground scene of yesteryear – got back together for old time’s sake. The gig was held at a relatively obscure bar in Labangon called F&B and put together by Harakirimosh – a name now well-known in the local music circle. The aura surrounding this production has always been an encouraging one, and though it’s been on and off for them, the Twinkle Dudu reunion, aptly entitled “Yesterday Once More”, was proof that regardless of the when’s, where’s, and how’s, Harakirimosh is alive and kicking and still setting the foundation for unheard bands to put up store and rock the town. Intrigued by this longevity, I caught a few words with Harakirimosh leading lady Shanette Mancao, better known to many as “Shak”, and here’s what she had to say about the present and future states of the scene. BITE: Harakirimosh has been through a lot of changes in recent years (particularly venue changes), but somehow, the production has managed to keep up to its name through it all. What drives you to keep Harakirimosh going strong?

Shak: There are quite a number of things that made us continue what we’ve started but the main reason why we’re still doing this is the demand for shows. We still have regular mails coming from bands asking for a chance to play, especially the new ones. I guess we just don’t have the heart to turn them down because really, that’s what we’re here for. B: Three or four years ago, emo/hardcore/punk dominated the Cebu alternative/underground scene. As true believers of this scene, how would you describe it today compared to that particular era? S: I definitely couldn’t say it’s better or worse or entirely different. Three to four years is not really a long time. Most of the bands that’ve played with us before are still playing with us and are still around and active in the scene today. Although I’ve observed some of the ‘emo’ bands have adopted different styles as well as hardcore and punk. But we’re enjoying that growth. B: In the last half-decade, there were evidently a lot of lineup changes in the scenester crowd. In your opinion, how has the audience changed in terms of how they react to the music?

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S: I think it’s pretty cool that the audience is now a lot more receptive to original songs by the bands. A decade ago, to be loved for your compositions wouldn’t even be conceivable. There are a few exceptions to the rule but in general, bands are always revered for how well they render cover songs, but now, the opposite is happening. Local bands even have their own hits being played on air, people buying their independently released albums and merchandise. It’s a good thing. B: How about the bands - music-wise and attitude-wise? S: The music evolves, like what I said, the bands experience that growth and I feel that most of these kids have matured into well-rounded artists. Maybe the experience in the scene and the friends they made has taught them some things. The dos and the don’ts – that sort of thing.

B: You probably don’t want to play favorites, but let’s be honest here who is your favorite act in today’s underground scene? S: Biases? Haha.. Let’s see, there are a lot actually, and my “playlist” is quite diverse but maybe I’ll just narrow it down to the newer ones. I like Short 56 for their songwriting skills. I really find their live performances electric and fun and smart-alecky. I like BomboPlutoOva and I couldn’t really explain it through words but if it’s possible for you to stay inside my head for a few days, you’d know exactly why I enjoy them. Haha. And yeah! Tiger Pussy, the only local riotgrrl-art-punk-indie band I really know of. Pretty kickass! As for heavier bands, I enjoy Beef Jerky Suplex’s sound. Pretty wicked with the synths, yeah I’m partial to that kind of sound. The bands above are friends of mine. Shoutouts! Haha! B: Aside from that, could you name a few acts we should be looking out for and why you think they’re worth it? S: I’d say watch our Sloppy First events because it’s a goldmine of talented up-and-comers. Sloppy First is like a fun, rite-of-passage sort of show that we created as the bands’ chance to impress everyone. Most of the really good bands who’ve played with us started out playing in our Sloppy. B: How do you see the underground scene developing in the next few years? What direction will the music and the crowd take? S: I honestly love the idea that a lot of bands right now are working extra hard to produce their own albums. Some even tweak their own recordings. DIY is very much alive and I can see it will continue for many years to come. I also acknowledge the existence of new productions as a sign of progress in the scene. There is just so much talent to be recognized and shared and the artists need the outlet. We need to help each other out to keep the scene alive. It’s never a one-way street. If that happens, no one will survive long in here. Productions like us won’t be here without the bands and scene kids. The future really depends a lot on these two.

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UDD

Taunting Waves and Playing with Ch Text by bakunawa_on_the_loose Photo by Apiong

In Cebu, it’s a sign that a band has die-hard fans if the said fans watched said band first for free at a mall, and then paid to get in elsewhere to see them play again. And trust me when I say that in Cebu, this does not happen often (or as often as we want it to, at least). Up Dharma Down was here last July 31. They came to Cebu for a mall show as part of their promotional tour for their second album, BIPOLAR, and I was able to sit with them for a few moments before they performed at Handuraw Bakunawa_on_the_loose: As compared to other artists, your music is kind of new for Filipinos. If I were to go to a record store, in what section should I look for Up Dharma Down? Should I go to rock? Electronica? UDD: OPM and Rock. But it actually depends on the one who sorts the records. BL: I read a Time magazine article about you guys. How did you end up in Time? UDD: We never expected that we would be featured in Time. It’s a big thing. Somehow our manager was able to arrange it. BL: How did you guys feel about that? UDD: We feel like it actually set the people’s expectations higher. BL: You write and sing in English and Tagalog. Have you considered writing and singing in another Filipino language?

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UDD: It’s usually just nonverbal behavior. BL: So are you voting this 2010? UDD: Yes.

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BL: Are you supporting any candidates, party-lists or advocacies? This is actually a time when some bands get vocal about some issues in politics. UDD: Well, one thing which we would really want is for our government to support art and artists of all kinds. We were able to participate in some international performances and saw how other governments supported their artists. We wish that we could have that here in the Philippines. I came away from the conversation with the feeling that Up Dharma Down is

more fortunate than most bands here in the Philippines. Afterwards, as I listened to them play, their music was playful but still emotional and tinged with sadness, with just the right sliver of rock-music darkness. UDD is neither for parties nor funerals. UDD music is something you could make slow, angry love to, or for slow, golden Sunday afternoons when you’re feeling melancholy. But they’re not awe-inspiring yet. Although gushing, adolescent fans crowded into Handuraw, I believe Up Dharma Down has not reached its peak yet. They are willing to experiment with gadgets but I think they could be braver about it. And that’s one great thing I’m looking forward to.

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UDD: We have thought about that but our mastery of other languages is something we need to consider. But we incorporate a few words from other languages here and there. BL: How did you choose the songs included in BIPOLAR? How did you know that these songs need to be in the album? UDD: We argue about it. We all have different things we want to do and different ideas we want to put into the album since we have different influences. It’s just natural for a band to argue. But we all need to agree before putting anything in. Sometimes we hold grudges for weeks and don’t talk to each other. BL: How do you guys make up then? Do you talk about it like, “Ok, ikaw na ang nanalo”? ONTOUR

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Perf

All Strings Attached Text by Mona Polo Photo by Apiong

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As with other ‘maya members who have flown the coop (pun intended— all puns are intendedl!), guitar virtuoso Perf enjoys a career reincarnation, this time as an LA-based 10-string classical guitarist. In from his current base for a 10-day solo tour with Cebu as his last stop, he sat down with us for a pre-performance Q&A. You shifted back to classical music after the Pinoy rock boom. Had the scene not died down, where would you have ended up? I was producing records already for Sony, for BMG and all that so I probably would have gone in that direction. Put up a better studio, developed talents. Pero at one point I tried doing everything. I was gigging on the side, I was producing 2 or 3 records in my studio and then I was doing the classical thing. There were so many hats to wear and on top of that I had to market myself coz I didn’t have a manager, so I just found classical guitar simple.

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Mornings and Airports [PolyEast Records 2009] PH Well, they’ve still got it - that’s the least I can say. After a long break (to my recollection, it’s been more than a couple of years since they came out with “Tala Arawan”), I’d nearly assumed they’d disbanded or died or something, but here they are back with that same old familiar Sugarfree sound. Which is a disappointment as I’d been expecting an evolution of some sort to happen in the time they were gone. But then again, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, and right now, I’m just glad to hear Sugarfree making music again. Let me take back a little of what I said though – it’s not all a repeat of “Dramachine” or “Tala Arawan”. Like they did in their debut (“Sa Wakas”), the band dabbles into slightly unexpected tones – for example, the use of horns and the inclusion of a warm jazzy interlude in “Wala” and strings backing in “Pagkatapos ng Lahat”. And so the question – does it work? At first listen, it all sounds a little bizarre coming from this typically OPM band. But, hey, if we’d rejected everything that sounded bizarre in the first place, we’d still be listening to elevator music right now. So wherever this dabbling takes Sugarfree from here on, I’ll be all ears.

The marketing aspect, did you find that hard, or did you find the support you needed? Actually I’ve always been hands on as far as the business aspect goes….I took cues from Sony, I took cues from the marketing thing. And then when I moved to the States I also took a couple of marketing workshops, like career management and promotions. It’s still hard. I can’t write about myself. Its one of the hardest things I have to do. What can you say when people say “mahirap pagkakitaan ang music?” Mahirap kumita in any field. But the thing is, music is a huge business. There’s a lot of aspects to it. It’s not just performing. You can write songs and earn from

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that. Or make money from making ring tones. That’s huge. And then there’s the background music thing. There’s music instruction. There’s composing for commercials. It’s a huge industry. It’s not true that there’s no money in it. Unfortunately, the Filipino psyche thinks that music is just playing guitar. But it’s hard work. A music course in college, it’s just as many years as a medical degree. It takes you 8 years, and you never stop. That’s something they don’t understand. They just think, you’re playing guitar, rock star, big deal. What would you say then to somebody who wants to be involved in the music business? Learn about the business. It’s similar to other businesses. Figure out the inflow. Figure out the outflow. Figure out how much to charge for services. Figure out how to market yourself. And most importantly, scan the demand and see where you fit in there. Once you find your own niche then everything else follows. Ask a lot of questions. It’s not just show up, do the gig, and then go home. …music is not just music. It’s a product and you’ve got to make it appealing. If you decide to make music your career, you should give it your hundred percent as well. You can’t not do a gig just because you have to go to work the next day. You have to juggle your priorities. If you want to be a musician, BE a musician. And you can do stuff on the side to sustain your living, but when music calls, you have to be there. Be all in for it. You can’t do it half-assed. Its very common for artists here in Cebu to play for free. We actually think it’s detrimental. As listeners, we feel it is important to respect someone who has spent time and effort to put together an art or craft or such. What sayest thou? Yes it’s detrimental. I forget that ball player who says, “People pay me to practice. I throw in the games for free.” It’s the same thing. When I was younger I just wanted to play. But then when I started thinking about it, I’m like, wait a minute, I’m getting the raw end of the deal here, busting my chops. How did you cope from playing for free

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to getting paid? It’s just that if there’s a need for you, if there’s a need for your music, somebody will pay for your music. At first it’s a little disheartening because you’re not playing that much, but then you think it’s like, at least I’m not shelling out to play for free. It’s the same all over. Even in LA, I get calls—can you play here, but we don’t have any money. Sorry. Sometimes I would barter, I would say, well, what can you do for me? Maybe we can exchange services, I’d be up for that. If it’s like a charity event, can you give me waivers or a tax write-off so I can claim it. Something like that. I try not to—I don’t play for free. I play for free if I think its going to lead to bigger things. Like if I play for this organization, one or two pieces for free, maybe I can go back for a paying gig afterwards. That’s marketing. There should always be something. What would you say is your most strange or interesting encounter with a fan? The first Rivermaya gig in SM North EDSA. That was my first real experience of being mobbed Beatles-style. So we go into the mall, we play our set. After the set, the fans pushed the barricade down and started rushing us. We had guards, they guided us to the innards of the building to a record bar for some autograph signing. So we went to the bar, and there was nobody outside the bar, so we were like, aw, they all left. But as soon as we got inside, there were all the people inside and it was like—AHHHHHHH! They rushed us into the booth, and we didn’t even sign anything. It was just, whatever we could write.


Scribbles. And it just got so bad that they pulled us out and we had to run to the car. It was wild. What has your audience been like in this tour? This tour I played in all SMs, it’s like an SM tour, or a tour of SMs. So its not the haughty elite classical snob thing, so it’s a little refreshing and reminded me of my rock band days when we played mall shows. And at the same time the music is well-received as well. You’d think that they’d get bored because it’s just a guitar, but I try to present it so the music becomes more personal. That way they get to know it more and they get to enjoy it more. Why ten strings? My teacher Jose Valdez played one. That was my first exposure to the instrument. And prior to that I was playing 7-string electric guitar, so I knew the possibilities that it has. So when I first met him and he pulled one out I was like, my god, what is that? And later on I got to play on it and I was, I like this, I can do something with this. Eventually he had one for sale so I bought it. And it just took off from there. And I find it’s also a good conversation starter. If anything, the visual aspect makes you take a second look and makes you ask questions. It makes the audience look a little longer and make the interest stay, capture their attention. So it’s part marketing too. Shock them first and then reel them in.

Simian Mobile Disco Temporary Pleasure Review [Wichita Recordings 2009] UK What we missed, being in this archipelago instead of Carnaby Street in London, is the installation (called the interactive augmented reality experience) that was set up to celebrate this album’s release and reflecting the concepts of the album— brief, fun and, well, brief and fun. A quick check on their mySpace page yields tracks from their preceding album, allowing the comparison that Temporary Pleasure Review features highprofile vocalists that enhance the texture of the duo’s sound. Except if you are a part time ignoranamus like me, only the name of Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals will register on the horizon and all other names are lost in the wonky, disco-textured sea of sound. Not for everyone’s 40-minute listening pleasure, especially if metallic or organic are your preferred aural dimensions. Your run of the mill ug-tugs it could be, but it is not. Best played very loud in a dark room, interrupted by a pre-programmed light show and flailing arms and bums.

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WEDNDESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

SONGWRITERS NIGHT @ THE OUTPOST

MIDWEEK SESSIONS : UNISEX

With Lui Castillo featuring Jude Gitamondoc and Cattski. Venue: The Outpost, 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929

SHADES OF BLUE

NU107 UNPLUGGED SESSIONS

Featuring Happy Days, Zafra, Aggressive Audio, and on this months mint performance… Sefyla. Free Admission! Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 Relax with an ice cold beer and the best Sisig in town. Party at Kalye 80s as we pay tribute to all of our working heroes!!! Come in group of 5 and get discounts and freebies! Venue: Kalye 80s Phone:- 255 4505 4

FRIDAY

SANTING SKALAWAGS @ HANDURAW Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

HIT & RUN 3

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Cebuhour unleash in the city with our local bands Campbell, Docudrama, Twinkle Dudu, August Skyline, False Graveyard, and more… Venue: Kitchebogz Restobar, Mango Ave., CC Phone: 0916 3792473

HIT & RUN 5

80’s to 90’s rock musik. Venue: 14Zero bar, Raintree Mall Phone: 0905 5267322

NEW WAVE MUSIC

Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

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POHAKU & PITCH MELBA Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401 9

WEDNESDAY

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS W/ SOULSTRING A night of acoustic music at the Northwing. Venue: The Northwing, SM City Cebu / 6pm Phone: 0917 9189953 10

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Tribute concert with our Cebuhour local bands Undercover Grasshoppers, Docudrama, Monoline, August Skyline, False Graveyard, and Stallions of the Burning Church Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

HIT & RUN 4

Rock Fusion, Neo Tribal @ Tribal Metal… Featuring Sugbuwanon, Streets of May, & more… Venue: 14Zero bar, Raintree Mall Phone: 0905 5267322 SATURDAY

WHEN SOUTHERN BELLES TOLL The other half of the sound of the south now takes the spotlight...women in rock, represent!!! Featuring Sefyla, Outer Lid Break Out, Undercover Grasshoppers and more! Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929

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A gathering of the best musicians, composers, and bands that are Cebuanos or Visayan by blood; and a trade fair that showcases suppliers in relation to music and arts and Cebu’s signature products. Venue: Parkmall / SEPTEMBER 18-20 Phone: 420 2799 19 SATURDAY Missing Filemon, The Line Divides, Juress, Soulstring, and Shiela and the Insects. Free Admission! Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929

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ARTIST KO PRESENTS…

NU107 UNPLUGGED SESSIONS Featuring Pandora Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929 11

FRIDAY

STRIP AHEAD

Girls can shout! Featuring Rhoda, OLBO, Mathet, Last Step to Hatred, Lei, Lost, November & Midday. Venue: 14Zero bar, Raintree Mall Phone: 0905 5267322 Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929

THURSDAY

A night of acoustic music at the Northwing. Venue: The Northwing, SM City Cebu / 6pm Phone: 0917 9189953

PANDORA @ HANDURAW

Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

SUMMONING THE LEGIONS Black Label Productions and 13th Star Production presents Mortal Fear, Brutal Punishment, brimstone of Fire, mass Defect from Manila and Silhouette, natal Cleft, Demise, Stallions of the Burning Chursh, Mindfool, Campbell, Sodom & Gomorrah, 40 Diaz, Chained. Entrance Fee Php 70. Venue: Kukuk’s Nest / 6:00pm Phone: 231-5180 24

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THURSDAY

Featuring Cattski. No distortions, no double pedals, take away the feedbacks, put your angst in check. Time to take it simple and raw, unplugged and powered down... Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929


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Mix rock musik to loud to noisy sound musik… Venue: 14Zero bar, Raintree Mall Phone: 0905 5267322

BLUES NIGHT

Your monthly dose of the blues only @ The Outpost Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929 26

SATURDAY

SKA! SKA! SKA! Here we go skanking again! With the returning Island Joe, God Save Me, and more... Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929

MONDAYS

FOLK NIGHTS With Alex Canete. Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

M SESSIONS (FREEFLOW) House/Tech/Underground DJs get together Venue: Zcrets Resto bar / 9pm Phone: 2539942

MONDAY CLASS @ FORMO Dj Hans, Jude and Marlon, teach a thing or two about house music. Venue: Formo / 6pm Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 TUESDAYS

VUDUEOKE TUESDAYS ALL WEEK

LIVE BANDS ALL WEEK LONG @ JAZZ ‘N BLUZ Venue: Jazz ‘n Bluz Phone: 232 2698

HAPPY HOUR @ THE OUTPOST

20% off on ALL beers, cocktails, and your favorite Outpost Pizzas. Everyday from 5PM to 9PM (except Mondays, closed) Venue: The Outpost / 5pm – 9pm Phone: 417 2929

VUDU HAPPY HOUR Local beer starts at 45php. No door fee. Venue: VUDU / 5:30 – 8pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700 Happy hour from 6pm to 10pm choose fromP45 net on your fave mojito, San Mig Light and other cocktails Smirnoff Twist flavored vodka tonic, 7 or screwdriver at P65 net. Venue: Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 SUNDAYS

LAID-BACK SUNDAYS W/ WORLD MUSIC Looking to have a relaxing dinner with your family and loved ones after a weekend of partying? Sundays @ The Outpost are just what the doctor ordered...not too crowded, intimate, coupled with great food and perfect ambiance, with world music in the background, you are assured of a dining experience that you won't soon forget. Venue: The Outpost / 8pm Phone: 417 2929

SUNDAY CHILL & REFILL Take a break, prep for the week ahead with chill out music, good vibes and great cocktails. with happy hour all the way, only on Sundays. Venue: Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 With unlimited Iced Tea. Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

TUESDAY CLUB CLASSIC Great times are best with the right kind of dance anthems from Djs Jude Flores and Marlon Orellano--dance-floor history at its finest, every Tuesday night Venue: Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700

VINYL NIGHTS

FORMO HAPPY HOUR

SUNDAY LUNCH & DINNER BUFFET

The freedom to sing like no one's listening; sing your heart out without a care in the world usually with a bottle of ice cold beer or GPS on one hand for some liquid courage. Tuesdays only. A definite, absolute, must-do. Doors open 6 p.m. for early (song) birds. Venue: VUDU / 6pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

Vinyl Record Nights…or as what the regulars have called the "plaka nights". Old and new classics played as it was played old school style...on a turntable using the "plaka". Venue: The Outpost / 9pm Phone: 417 2929

BABY BOOMERS NIGHT With the Bark Band. Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

OPEN MIC ROCKY-EOKE @ IAMIK’S Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457 WEDNESDAYS

WILD WAHINE WEDNESDAYS With DJ Errol & guest bands Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 232 6401

FEMME WEDNESDAY

Sexy vocal house mixes by Vudu spin doctors, Maxie Perez and Marlon Orellano. Venue: VUDU / 6pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

WEDNESDAY RHYTHMS Baileys for the ladies and your fave Y101 Djs. The rhythm crew plays your requests live every week. Brought to you by Baileys, simply irresistible. Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 BOOKMARK

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OPEN MIC ROCKY-EOKE @ IAMIK’S

SATURDAYS

Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457

JAMMING SATURDAYS @ IAMIK’S Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457

POWERED – DOWN WEDNESDAY @ THE OUTPOST

ACOUSTIC NIGHT @ ALEJANDRO’S

Everyone deserves a break on a Wednesday. Ice cold beer in hand, friends around you, great ambiance, and acoustic music in the background...just perfect for a midweek break from your hectic work schedule. Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 THURSDAYS

ALL ACOUSTIC @ ALEJANDRO’S Open Mic with Anton Mansueto Venue: Alejandro’s Filipino Resto Phone: 253 7921

DE JA VUDU THURSDAY Bring back memories from your well loved 80s/90s hits. Back to Basics, beloved Old school Vudu-style. Venue: VUDU / 5:30pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

LEARN NIGHTS With Zarah Smith & guest bands. Venue: Handuraw Pizza, Lahug Phone: 0918 6040775 / 232 6401

THURSDAY SOUL With 60s, 70s, rhythm and blues with DJ Bob Sellner and Cuarenta Open bar on selected beers and Mangojitos from 6pm till 10 p.m. Venue Formo / 9pm - No cover charge. Just good vibes. Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700

HOUSE – TECH W/ DJ MARVIN EVANGELISTA Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285 FRIDAYS

RNB NITE W/ DJ MARVIN LEO & NISH Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285

ACOUSTIC FRIDAYS Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457

VUDULICIOUS FRIDAYS Hip Hop and RnB Beats serve fresh and hot with Deejay Krizz Bones and Marlon Orellano Venue: VUDU Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

With Natural Episode Venue: Alejandro’s Filipino Resto Phone: 253 7921

CENTERFOLD & THE PURPLE NOTES BAND Venue: Jazz ‘n Bluz Phone: 232 2698

THE HOUSE OF VUDU Vudu brings you The Return of House Music to the Main room featuring powerhouse Djs Marlon Orellano and Maxie Perez with vocal, prog tech house VUDU Resident RnB DJ Kutlyfe at Prive Lounge with sexy RnB Venue: VUDU Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

CLASS OF 2009, 80s REUNION W/ DISCO DELUXE With Gap Mobile's Gilbert Go & Lady Dj, Johanna del Rosario and Smirnoff Twist with all 4 new flavors Lychee, Mango, Orange, Apple plus original mojitos and selected beers. Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700

SPONJIE REGGAE Reggae music party. Venue: 14Zero bar, Raintree Mall Phone: 0905 5267322 15

PANUDLAK “WELCOMING THE DAWN” BBP International presents the film Panudlak in Cebu with the purpose of creating volunteerism awareness among the youth. Panudlak is a documentary on Filipino volunteerism in Cambodia through the experiences of Manuel Reyes, an organization and project management adviser, and Debbie Satentes, an education adviser. Volunteerism in this documentary was associated to the process of planting, with the use of dramatic metaphor in the practice of “panudlak”, a Hiligaynon term for beliefs and rituals in anticipation of a good harvest. Tickets at 100php for general patronage / 500 for donors Venue: Ayala Cinema 1 / 4:30pm / 6:30pm Phone: 0919 2497557 / 0917 6207372

FRIDAY NIGHT RAPTURE W/ triumvirate DJ’s Hans, Marlon & Jude. Open bar on Orange-jitos, Johnnie Walker & selected beers. Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 FRIDAYS - SUNDAYS

THE LOFT WEEKENDS

Enjoy your weekends with family and friends while listening and dancing to the beat of The Loft’s resident DJs. Venue: The Loft Phone: 231 3284

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ABSTRAC[SIO]N II

Latest abstract art exhibit in large scale by Dennis "Sio' Montera Exhibition hours: 10am-6pm weekdays/ 10am-8pm weekends For non – resort guests, please contact Mr. Ruben Licera at 492 1808 / 232 5411. Venue: Bluewater Gallery, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


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GABBY ABELLANA Gabby Abellana is a professor of the College of Fine Arts at the University of San Carlos. He was a gold medalist during the Annual Joya AwardAbstract Category in the University of the Philippines Cebu and won first prize in the “Cebu in Modern Art” contest held at Montebello Villa Hotel. Gabby fulfills his artworks by using oil on canvas for his landscape and modern art. Venue: Gallery Q Phone: 345 6919 5

BEYOND ART’S SAKE A photo exhibit of professional and amateur photographers, and postcards of these photos for sale for only 35php...with performances from our powerhouse Cebuano bands. Proceeds will go to the Tsinelas Association, Inc., a non-government, non-stock, non-profit organization that gives educational assistance to poor students in mountain barangays and depressed areas in Cebu. This is a fundraiser initiated by Beyond Art's Sake (http://beyondartssake.blogspot.com/). Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 16 - 30

FE MADRID PEPITO Fe Madrid Pepito is a full-time artist and a member of Kolor Sugbu Art Association and Cebu Arts Association. She uses oil on canvas and acrylic on board to accomplish her landscape and seascape type of art. Venue: Gallery Q Phone: 345 6919 5

BALLET MASTERPIECE: LISA MACUJA Lisa-Macuja-Elizalde, the Philippines' very own prima ballerina,celebrates 25 years of a long and fruitful career in the arts at the SM Malls.Witness the timeless grace, intesity, passion, and dedication that has brought her to the pinnacle of her field in performances bound to take your breath away. Lisa's Ballet Masterpiece-a once-in-a-lifetime event that you should never miss. Visit www.artscouncilcebu.org for more info. Venue: The Northwing, SM City Cebu Phone: 233 0452 9 -18

KARANSA FESTIVAL Dubbed Karansa Festival, the celebrations date back to Spanish colonial times when after a days work, pot workers would unwind by way of drinking and community dances. The Karansa Festival will be the highlight of the fiesta itself with street dances and presentations express in the city’s devotion to Sto. Tomas. The festival will be celebrated on September 18, but celebrations will start on September 9 with a torch parade, of which Venue: Danao, Cebu

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CAPOEIRA

Capoeira Cebu Academy offers classes with award winning Capoeira instructor Jensen Go Chow. Venue: Luan Bldg./ Regency Crest / Ballet Centre – Ayala Phone: 412 4076 / www.capoeira.ph 6, 13 & 20

DANCESPORTS COMPETITION @ EMALL

Elizabeth Mall invites all to the Dancesports Showdance Season 3. Semi-final rounds will be on Sept. 6 & 13, Grand finals will be on Sept 20, 3pm at the stage, 4th level. Exciting prizes await the lucky winners! So join now! For more information, you may contact Emall marketing and events at 417 7735 (to 38). Venue: Elizabeth Mall (Emall) 19

1st CEBU COASTAL ADVENTURE CHALLENGE Saving Philippine reefs from trash... An urban and coastal adventure race brought to you by the wonderful people at The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation Inc., (CCEF) Open to all novice & experienced adventure racers. For more information, check out www.coastalrace.com Venue: Around Mactan, Cebu, Cordova and Lapu-lapu, Cebu Philippines. Phone: 233 5758 / 233 6909

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MIX ECLECTIC FASHION SHOW Featuring the designs of young aspiring fashion designers. Venue: VUDU Phone: 09232706583 26 - 28

BIJOUX CEBU “Asia’s Destination for Design Jewelry” Spring-Summer 2010 Collection. An international trace exhibition of fashion jewelry and accessories showcasing exclusively Philippine-made products in and event designed to be both a commercial and social experience. Venue: Shangri-la Mactan Resort & Spa Contact: 255 0851 or 255 0861 www.bijouxcebu.com 29

DESIGN SHARE: EYE CANDY The deconstruction of Bridge Jewelry, with speaker Anne Chen. Venue: 856 G Gallery, AS Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City Phone: 255 2341

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The Old Man & Mr. E

Movie House Art

Text by bakunawa_on_the_loose Photography by Apiong

Pedi with his first movie house display E.T. he made the early 80’s

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With an old man’s tendency to ramble, Prudencio “Pedy” Gimarino graciously shared his experiences with us as we were just itching to goof around in his workshop (put on deer antlers, try the gorilla mask, make fun of the ‘burlesque’ poster glued to one wall, put my arms around ET and give it a kiss, etc). For those of us who grew up in the airconditioned confines of malls and with our portable digital entertainment gadgets, all we know about the old business district of Cebu are the dirt cheap Chinese goods and sleazy movie theatres. We never notice the significance of the Colon area (it’s actually the oldest street in the country) unless it’s pointed out to us.

Pedy Gimarino played a small but significant part in the development of our city’s visual history. Before the advent of tarpaulin posters and streamers and syndicated 3D promotional materials for movies, he painted the likeness of leading actors and sculpted figures to draw movie goers into once-fashionable theaters like Vision, Oriente and Cinerama.

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Pedi working on the banner ofr the movie “District 9”, 2009

TO VIEW HIS WORKS, TAKE A STROLL IN COLON OR CALL HIM 259-8455

What drew us to talk to him? For starters, he won the top prize in the Higante competition in the first ever Sinulog. And he won it again the next year. Every time he joined the contest, he won consistently until he was asked not to join by the committee, to give way to other contestants. Another thing is, your parents might have some old pictures of hanging out in Colon with Pedy’s works in the background. Look for models of E.T., Star Wars, Clash of the Titans, Dragon Wars, and other popular figures of the 1980s. Lastly, he’s old enough to actually remember when Freedom Park in the Carbon Market was an actual park, and that there were several creeks in the downtown area. He’s got stories to tell.

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With no formal training, he started dabbling in the arts at an early age. In a period when teachers were allowed to subject their pupils to corporal punishment, Pedy had chalk thrown at him for always drawing in class. He was encouraged to think that he could make a living from doing what he loved when he was asked to make billboards in the University of the Visayas and started winning art competitions. He was able to make a living out of art, he said. And by his definition, being an artist is a profession as long as you create consistently and not just when you feel like it. Some people may feel that Pedy’s definition of art is too common and simple, but who are we to judge? And although he may not have termed it ‘professionalism’, he told us that he kept his clients coming back for his services by giving them what they want and being committed to quality and deadlines. The money that came in was, for certain periods, not bad either, especially when he was freelancing for the


different theaters in Colon. His first ever project was to make a model of E.T. worth Php 10,000.00 (remember, or maybe you weren’t born yet, E.T premiered in 1982). He was, at one time, contracted to make a whole Little Mermaid set-up to be used at the Waterfront Hotel.

Character Replica “Return of the Jedi”, c.a 1980

Now, admittedly, business is a bit slow but he still gets projects to make posters, decorations for weddings and floats. Pedy claims technology is a tough rival and Colon is no longer the way it was. But he’s had, and is still having, a great time doing what he loves.

Movie House Display “Clash of the Titans”, c.a 1980

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Designer Books? Text by Russ Raniel Ligtas

Suite 304 Rivergate Commercial Complex, General Maxilom Avenue, between Iglesia ni Kristo and USC Boys High. That’s where it is. The Chiye Mori Design library is the first of its kind in Cebu along with a number of firsts we’ve been recently having. A library however, doesn’t sound too exciting compared to a first “skyride” on the rooftop of the tallest building in Cebu, or the first 3D theatre, but for us who have suffered the glare of the computer monitor doing research in the internet of perpetual help, a decent library is such a breath of fresh air, more so because it specializes on our inclinations.

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fect time. The high demand for design has given rise to a generous supply of design products, but unfortunately, of debatable quality. The library is one of the ways of which the Foundation deems to correct this, by providing efficient information and perhaps even inspiration to design students and individuals. The library focuses on four major design disciplines: furniture and interior design, architecture, fashion, and multi-media. It is important to note and good to hear that most of the titles have been published in this era, and I don’t mean the 20th century. The library is also used to hold other initiatives of the foundation, such as Design Speak, a lecture series that happens every month. Slated every last Thursday of the month, the Design Speak lecture series allows students and other designinformation-and-inspirationhungry types a chance to listen to various designers who have succeeded, in one way or another, in their respective fields. This writer was fortunate to have been to all of the lectures (there have been 3 so far) and has found it to be very interesting to say the least and yes, the lectures usually come with free munchies.

Where before one has to rely on the off-chance of reading impossible-to-acquire books in bookstores and facing eventual and sometimes inevitable disappointment with the unavailability of browsing copies (aka the dreaded plastic wrapping and a sticker that says: Please Don’t Tear The Plastic), one can now enjoy updated and choice design books in total reading frenzy without having to pay a hefty price. The Chiye Mori Design library is the brainchild of the Cebu Design Education Foundation or CDEF, a group of design professionals and educators with a mission: to help Cebu become a vibrant and dynamic design destination by supporting sustainable development through design education- says so in their press kit. It’s quite a mouthful, but hey, it’s good to dream—especially in hard times. Although the abundance of design-related jobs in the city as it grows bigger and bigger—or at least more congested—has become quite apparent, the foundation and its library could not have come at a more per-

The library is also open to hosting events by other organizations with similar intentions. For one to have access to the library, one has to be at least registered with the Foundation as a member or be connected to a member institution. If you’re a design student, it’s likely your university is already in the list, if not, when there’s a will, there’s a way, right? *The Design Speak Lecture Series for September features Interior Architectural Design. For inquiries, contact 255 2341, email info@cdef.org.ph or cebu. design@yahoo.com or check out www.cdef.org.ph

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Nine Inch Nails

Text by Dexter Sy Photography by Rosanna Noel

What exactly qualified the Nine Inch Nails show in Manila as a “historic event”? Two reasons – (a) it was the first time they played here and (b) it was the last time they’ll ever play here. The second may be arguable, but let’s face it, what are the odds of Trent Reznor and his band ever coming back here again? For one thing, this wasn’t called the “Wave Goodbye” tour for nothing. This was, as announced by Trent himself, the last time they’ll be touring before they go into hiatus. Will they ever get back together? With the ridiculous number of bands getting back together after years of bitterness (remember the Eagles got back after 20 long years), I wouldn’t count the possibility out. Then again, it took them 20 good years of touring to finally land on our soil, so I don’t exactly see a repeat of the Manila gig in the distant future. I wasn’t a fan of the band until a couple of years ago (being born in the late 80s meant not getting to be a part of the early 90’s generation X, at least not in its own time). Even as talks of the Manila show started going around, I wasn’t a big fan of their music aside from the Downward Spiral album and the more recent hits. But knowing how influential this band-slash-artist has been in shaping the soundscape we know today, I didn’t want the opportunity to pass me by. So with a friend I bought a mid-range ticket to the show and booked the cheapest flight to Manila. Never

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mind the hotel, the airport would be a sufficient refuge for the night. And despite the sleeplessness I had to face, it was all worth it. As expected of the Nine Inch Nails, the show was nothing I’d ever seen before – a perfect audiovisual symphony of flashing strobe lights and industrial metal blaring from the speakers at the Araneta Coliseum. After an hour of psyching up the crowd with tease lighting and sound checks, the coliseum lights finally turned off to the sound of thousands of screaming fans. In the middle of the stage, a spotlight highlighted Trent Reznor, singing the opening lines to “Somewhat Damaged” - the perfect show-opener, if I do say so myself.


In impressive detail, the band went through tracks from The Downward Spiral, the album that arguably earned them the name they have in the music industry. This was not an easy feat considering the layers and layers of sound put into that album, but the band managed to seamlessly add an organic element using (mostly) conventional instruments to make sure the fans got the show they deserved – and sure as hell, they did not disappoint. “Heresy”, “Closer”, and “March of the Pigs” - sounds that are borderline-taboo in our conservative airwaves, all played live to the intoxicating delight of thousands of fans. Trent Reznor was as energetic as ever, his passion for making music evident throughout the set. After all, this was the dude who not only thought outside the box—he ripped that box apart, spawning not only the Nine Inch Nails but a lot of other big names in music past and present, the long list including Marilyn Manson and A Perfect Circle. Robin Finck, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and Ilan Rubin, despite not being original members of the Nine Inch Nails, played like they owned the music, and for at least one night, they did. Bringing out toy after toy to play with and venting their fervor on each one, it was hard to imagine a better lineup to back Reznor.

existence. Familiar tunes like “The Fragile” and “The Hand That Feeds” got the crowd into wild frenzies, singing along loudly, while the occasional instrumental tracks like “La Mer” and “The Downward Spiral” kept the music-hungry audience satisfied without having to bust a larynx. They even threw in a couple of cover songs – one of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” and one of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” - undoubtedly adding their own magic to it and making it all sound like yet another one of Trent Reznor’s musical meanderings. After all the micstand-tossing, frenzy-inducing, blasphemous mayhem, Trent Reznor and his crew ended up on a solemn note with a single encore, playing “Hurt” to a tired but still wanting crowd. Then the lights came on and the realization dawned on the audience that the night was done. People slowly made their way out of the coliseum, the smell of awe still in the air you could hear, if for a brief moment, the sound of true satisfaction. From my seat up in the stands, it all seemed a little surreal, but I knew I could go home proud to have witnessed it all (on a side note, it was the first time I’d seen a show of that proportion). A couple more encores wouldn’t have hurt (pun unintended) but there was really nothing more I could ask for. For now, I’ll wave goodbye to the Nine Inch Nails and say thank you for changing the world in the way you’d always done everything – your own.

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The two-hour set went on in almost chronological order – sort of a recap of all the great music the band has put forth in its 20-year

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CEBU CITY Abaseria (Filipino Deli & Cafe) 32 Pres. Quirino Street Villa Aurora, Mabolo Tel: 234 4160 Abuhan Uno (Filipino) F. Ramos Street Tel: 253-1881 After Hours Tapas Lounge (International) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 231 6550 AK&7 Bar & Discoteque The Gallery, Mabolo Tel: 233 3328 / 232 4285

Cafe Georg (International) Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 234 0887

Grand Majestic (Chinese) Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 232-1103 / 231 6982

La Tegola Cucina Italiana (Italian) Busay Hills Tel: 419-2220

Cafe Laguna (Filipino) Ayala Terraces Tel: 233-8600 Ayala Center Tel: 231-0922

Gustavian Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad Tel: 344 7653 Ayala Terraces Tel: 417 1281

Lai Garden (Chinese) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 234 1580

Casa Verde (Filipino) V. Ranudo Extension Tel: 253 8234 The Walk, I.T. Park Tel: 412 3336 Chateau de Busay (Italian) Busay Hills Tel: 231 2000 / 231 2039

Alberto Biano Homade Pizza 74. F. Llamas St. Darras & Bowler Punta Princesa Labangon (Continental) Tel: 267 7440 / 09234421650 Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 345-0945 Alejandro’s Filipino Restaurant Da Vinci’s Pizza 81 Don Jose Avila Street Asia Town I.T. Park Capitol Site Tel: 415 8881 Tel: 253 7921 Anzani Panorama Heights Nivel Hills, Lahug Tel: 236 0097 Aziza (International) Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 234 1685 / 234 1681 Banri Noodle House Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 234 0788 Bigby’s Cafe & Restaurant 3rd floor Ayala Terraces Tel: 234 2395 Bo’s Coffee Club Ayala Terraces Tel: 234 2492 SM City Fiesta Strip Tel: 412 9233 Capitol Site Tel: 255 4969 Banilad Town Center Tel: 345 2342 Raintree Mall Tel: 236 0116 Banilad Town Center Tel: 345 2342 Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 0267 Synergies I.T. Center Tel: 238 8168 Brown Cup St. Patrick’s Square Tel: 4126353 Skyrise Bldg., I.T. Park Tel: 4158482

David’s Steak & Seafood (International) F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 231 0157 10 Dove Street (International) Sto. Nino Village, Banilad Tel: 346 0618 East Ocean (Chinese) Old Banilad Road Tel: 231-3898 Formo Restaurant & Lounge Banilad Town Center Tel: 416 2170 / 416 1990 Gerry’s Grill (Filipino) Ayala Center Tel: 415 8284 / 232 4159 Ginza (Japanese) Old Banilad Road Tel: 232 5406 Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast (Italian) Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad Tel: 343-9901 Golden Cowrie (Filipino) Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 233-4243

Handuraw (Pizza) Gorordo Avenue 232 6401 One Mango Avenue 416 3200 Iamik’s Chicken & Beer (Filipino) 77 Tres Borces Street Mabolo Tel: 09228426457 Ila Puti (Asian Fusion) Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 415 8800 Jazz n Blues F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 232 2698 K1 Family KTV Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 412 1111 / 412 2222 Kalye 80’s Restaurant Rahman Street, Mango Ave. Tel: 255 4505 Kanyoen Yakiniku Restaurant (Japanese) F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 232-2989 KK Restaurant (Malaysian) Parkmall Tel: 421 1828 Krua Thai Banilad Town Centre Tel: 344 2800 SM City Fiesta Strip Tel: 231 8338 Kukuks Nest Gorordo Avenue, Lahug Tel: 231 5180 La Buona Forchetta Da Paolo (Italian) Advent Compound Acacia Street, Lahug Tel: 231-3398 La Marea (Pastries & Coffee) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 416-2919 Paseo Arcenas Banawa Tel: 412 2577 The Walk, Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 6484

Lemongrass (Thai/Vietnamese) Ayala Terraces Tel: 233 8601 Lighthouse Restaurant Gaisano Country Mall Tel: 231 2478 / 231 2878 Manuel’s Parklane Hotel Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 411 7000 Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Nivel Hills, Lahug Blu Bar & Grill Cafe Marco El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar Tel: 253 1111 Marriott Hotel Cebu City Cebu Business Park Garden Cafe Palm Lounge Pool Bar Tel: 415 6100 / 415 6101 Maya Taqueria + Tequila Lounge (authentic Mexican cuisine) Crossroads Banilad Tel: 238 9552 / 238 9618 Mooon Cafe (International) 4242 E. Osmena St., Guadalupe Tel: 253-3635 The Walk, Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 8795 Ayala Terraces Tel: 417 1701 Off Roads Coffee F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 231 8881 Olio Bar & Restaurant (Continental) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 232-3589 Persian Palate (Indian & Persian) Ayala Center Tel: 232 5898 Mango Square Tel: 253 6745 Pino Restaurant (Filipino) Malvar Street, Lahug Tel: 232 3637

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Pump Grand Convention Center Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 232 3637

Wine Shop (Spanish) Gorordo Avenue, Lahug Tel: 233 3744

R & R Store 1298-A V. Rama Avenue Tel: 253 0758

Yumeya Kihei (Japanese) G/F Pacific Star Bldg F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 234-2388

Spice Fusion (Asian) Banilad Town Center Tel: 344 2923 SM City Tel: 238 9591 Starbucks Ayala Garden Row Tel: 231 8456 SM Fiesta Strip Tel: 231 6455 Sunflower City Disco Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 231 8413 The Ching Palace Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 417 2988 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 1388 SM City North Wing Tel: 412 5118 Ayala Terraces Tel: 417 1399 The Loft Restobar Asiatown I.T. Park, Lahug Tel: 231 3284 The Outpost Bar & Restaurant Cebu Veterans Drive, Lahug Tel: 417 2929 The Tinder Box (International) Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Banilad Tel: 234-1681 Turtle’s Nest Book Cafe Gorordo Avenue, Lahug Tel: 236-1982 Vudu Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 234 0836 / 232 1457 Waterfront Cebu City Hotel Salinas Drive, Lahug Cafe Fortuna Cafe Uno La Gondola (Italian) Madeleine Mizu (Japanese) Port Seafood Restaurant Sally’s Piano Bar Tin Gow (Chinese) Treff Bar Tel: 232 6888 / 232 6880

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Z Bar Archbishop Reyes Avenue Banilad Tel: 416 1300

MANDAUE CITY City Garden Coffee M.L. Quezon Street Cabancalan Tel: 348 5362 Ichiriki Chaya (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 345 1300 Kagura (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 346 0088 / 346 7776 Kaona (Filipino) A.S. Fortuna corner H. Cortez Streets , Banilad Tel: 343 9994 Nonki (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 422 3159 Pier One Parkmall, North Reclamation Tel: 422-8686

MACTAN Abaca Boutique Resort & Restaurant Punta Engano Road Tel: 495 3461 / 236 0311 Gustavian Marina Mall, MEPZ Tel: 341 3093 / 415 1979 Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa Punta Engano Road Manny O’s Wines & Tapas Sanctuary Bar Sapphire Pool Bar Seas Restaurant Pink Lobby Bar Vanilla Beach Cafe Tel: 492 7777 / 492 7704

Krua Thai Marina Mall, MEPZ Tel. 495-4818 La Tegola Cucina Italiana (Italian) Marina Mall, MEPZ Tel. 340-9070 Magellan’s Landing (International) Marina Mall, MEPZ Tel: 341-0918 Manna Sutukil (Filipino) Mactan Shrine Punta Engano Road Tel: 340 6448 Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort Allegro Restaurant Oyster Bar at The Cove Molto Joli Tel: 492 0100 / 232 5411 MB’s Tavern, Restaurant & European Deli Basak, Lapu-Lapu City Tel: 341 3610 Plantation Bay Resort & Spa Marigondon Kilamanjaro Kafe Fiji Restaurant Mogambo Springs Spa Savannah Grill Palermo Tel: 340-5900 / 340 5988 Shangri-La Resort & Spa Punta Engano Road Acqua Beach Bar Buko Bar & Grill Chi Spa Chill Out Bar Cowrie Cove Tea of Spring Tel: 231-0288 The Marlin Bar & Restaurant Cebu Yacht Club Lapu- Lapu City, Mactan Tel. 341-4754

SPAS Cebu Holiday Spa Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue Banilad Tel. 234 4791

Meddah Spa Crossroads Arcade Archbishop Reyes Avenue Banilad Tel. 234-2080 Sawadee Spa MLD Building Archbishop Reyes Avenue Banilad Tel. 234 4171 The Spa at Cebu 1 Paseo Saturnino Maria Luisa Road Banilad Tel. 412-0888 / 416-3888 Yoga Thai Massage Sanciangco 416-8366 Gorordo 232-7510 A.C. Cortez Mandaue 343-3563

FITNESS Baseline Recreation Center Juana Osmena Street Tel. 253-1457 Cebu Holiday & Fitness Center Molave Street Camputhaw Tel. 231-0408 Citi Gym Waterfront Cebu City Hotel 232 6888 / 2326880 Fight Club Banilad Town Centre Fitness First 4F Ayala Center Cebu 234 2222

QUICK FIX McDonalds 348 6236 / 348 MCDO Jollibee Lahug 232 3800 Mango 254 2268 Mactan 340 2015 Taxis Holiday 345 1622 /23 Safeway 345 0861 Spider 259 1579 / 253 4602 Police Patrol 166

Holiday Gym & Spa M. Cuenco Avenue Tel. 234 4791 Noah’s Stone & Spa Resort Abuno, Pajac Lapu-lapu City Tel. 342-8379

ERUF Ambulance 161


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September Bite Magazine Vol 3 No9  

Bite Magazine is a pocket sized magazine based in Cebu the Philippines, its content documenting music, arts, and culture and the sub-culture...