Roots Music and Arts Festival 2013

And the day that makes motel and flower shop owners ten times richer has passed. Last Thursday, the blessed people who proudly display their “in a relationship” status on their FB pages had the perfect excuse to be cheesy as the world celebrates Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t one of them. Unlike the past years though, I didn’t spend my day moping at home, eating fatty foods, crying for an unrequited love, while spewing bitter comments (my favorite: maghihiwalay din kayo!) against people who were busy making babies. This year my Valentine was anything but uneventful, aside from joining the Dating Game program in our office (that’s another story), I spent the entire night in what has to be one of the coolest musical events ever invented, the Roots: Music and Arts Festival at the UP (University of the Philippines) Fair.

My officemate DiwaΒ shared the event on her Facebook wall. When I saw that three of my fave bands, Up Dharma Down, Franco, and Itchyworms, are in the line up on the 14th, I set my sights on attending it. Ticket price is only PHP 100 and though I had to travel far to get to the venue, I didn’t really mind.

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This is the first time I’ve heard of such event, which by the way, is already on its 10th year. The activity, which involves musical performances from local bands, art exhibitions, fair rides, and stores that offer food, accessories, henna tattoo services, etc. ran from the 12th to 16th of February. It was held at the UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

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I went to the event with my cousin, Jackie and my office mate Ian. We reached the place at around 5PM. Young people, mostly students, made the bulk of the crowd. I’m 30 but for some reason I didn’t feel out of place. Maybe it helped that I don’t look and dress my age hehehe… Jackie and I had fun checking out the different booths and taking pictures (in my cousin’s case, camwhoring).

Jackie got herself a pair of slippers from one of the stalls, while I was able to get myself this nice red leather jacket for only PHP 150! Quite a steal! Jackie saw it first but I was a lot faster. When I saw some random woman pushed it back on the rack I immediately made my move. Aside from the uber cool red jacket, I didn’t go home without getting that souvenir shirt. It’s available in two colors, I got the white one, for only PHP 200.

The first bands on the stage were members of the UP Underground Music Community. Among the bands who performed were Kontra Gapi, 3×2, Music Circle, With Fingers Crossed, Urduja, Ulirat, Specterull, Lights in Transit, Joop, Anton and the Salvadors, Extrapolation, Stomachine, Hello World, Mayo’s Anklet, Ivan Theory, and La Passionaria.

At around 8 in the evening, the crowd had grown thicker as the more popular bands graced the stage. The Internet Superstar, Ramon Bautista hosted the event with Bogart the Explorer, a guy in cowboy hat who speaks with an Australian accent.

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First band that we watched is Moonstar 88. Next is the band that Raimund Marasigan (popularly known as the former drummer of Eraserhead) fronts, Sandwich.

Lights in Transit, a member of the UP Underground took the stage next. You can tell that the band is lesser known as the audience grew noticeably quiet during their turn. The band was familiar to me though because I’ve watched them perform at Route 196 bar in Katipunan last month.Β After them is the band that my future hubby leads (hey a girl can dream! Hehehe…), Franco! I’m telling you I couldn’t contain my excitement when I finally saw them onstage. This is one of my favorite Pinoy bands, though I admit, I didn’t discover them until last year. Their self-titled album is one of the best I’ve heard, you may find them on Youtube or grab a copy of their record so you’d know exactly what I mean. Be sure to check out my favorite songs from their album, Castaway, Next Train Out, and Memory Kill. Wow, I sound like a freaking manager hahaha… Anyway, I was able to take a video when they played This Gathering.

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Another favorite band of mine, Itchyworms hit the stage next. I love these guys, they got cool and catchy songs and they were real fun to watch.

The audience went wild when Urbandub hit the stage. I’m not quite familiar with them so I made a mental note to check out their music after this event. People were singing along with their songs, and the jumping jologs (the people in the fair notorious for engaging in body slamming and jumping during concerts) started bouncing like crazy. When a woman who was standing right next to me started jumping and accidentally smacked her body against mine, I had to suppress the urge to hit her in the face. I mean really, what’s up with the jumping? Couldn’t you enjoy the music without needing to violate somebody else’s space?

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Diwa’s favorite band, Giniling Festival, came next. Performance wise, they have got to be the best. They were all about having fun and not taking themselves seriously. They also have the wackiest lyrics there is. Imagine they have a song entitled “Boypren mo pokpok,” which chorus went like this:

Tsong boyfriend mo pokpok
Boyfriend mo nymphomaniac
Boyfriend mo malande
Tsong boyfriend mo horny
Di sya tumitigil kabebembang
Tsong boyfriend mo pokpok

See what I mean?

Just as my legs were about to give in (hey standing for five goddamn hours is no joke!), the band whose performance everyone had been anticipating has finally come up on stage. Finally, I was able to watch Up Dharma Down, live, woohoo!!!

Just like Franco, I didn’t become a fan of this band until I started listening to their songs last year. Better late than never right? I admit that I got a lot of learning to do when it comes to Pinoy music but don’t worry, I’m on it. By the way, I took a video when they performed one of their most popular songs, Indak.

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Finally we reached the bottom of this post, whew! I hope you had fun reading this as much as I did sharing it with you. I’m not sure if you’ve been to the same event, if you did, I’m sure you’d agree that it is quite an experience. And that’s how you do Valentine’s Day for the singles baby!



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Comments (24)

  1. Marge G
    Marge G

    Oo si Franco talaga! Sayang lang di nya alam na magka-date kami that day nyahahaha… So you don't listen to Sandwich anymore? I just like watching them onstage pero I'm not really a fan of their music. Still, they are fun to watch.

    About the jacket, Imma wear it one of these days πŸ™‚

  2. Patti

    Glad you had fun last Valentine's day.:D Si Franco pa talaga ka-date mo.:)) Hehehe.

    I used to listen to Sandwich, and some of Urbandub's songs. I even had a hanky with Raimund's and Myrene's signatures! (Now where did I put that…)

    And I love your red jacket! So nice.:D

  3. Marge G
    Marge G

    Naku when you see the lyrics ng iba pang songs ng Giniling Festival mas maloloka ka, they remind me of Grin Department. Muntik ko talagang saktan yung jumping jologs, nakakapanakit na kasi siya sa pinaggagawa nya eh.

  4. Marge G
    Marge G

    Sige next year sabihan kita at attend tayo dyan. Oo grabe yung leather jacket, maraming may bet dun na girls, ganda daw, yet binabalik naman nila sa rack, ang weird nga eh. Buti na lang din kasi I think it is meant for me!

  5. Marge G
    Marge G

    Hahaha… Sobrang wooh talaga! Pinoy bands are really good, marami-rami na din akong nadidiscover and napapanood na bands (including indie bands) na talagang magaling.

  6. zai

    I love love OPM bands, super na inggit ako sa post na to, but still glad you were able to experience it πŸ™‚ Tawa ako sa lyrics ng boypren mo pokpok! winner! πŸ™‚

    UDD woooh! And your new red leather jacket and your Roots tee! More wooh!!! πŸ™‚

  7. pinkline

    nag-enjoy ka talaga ng bongga nung vday sis it shows in this post and im glad you did..na-miss kong manood ng mga banda..gusto kong maexperience to next year! 150 for that red jacket? wow you're so lucky! hahaha..

  8. joanne del rosario
    joanne del rosario

    Ang mura nun red jacket ah! Galing mo, haha. Magkakasundo kayo ni Zaicy, isa sa fav bands nya ang Up Dharma Down. Natawa ako ng sobra sa pagpipigil mong masaktan yun jumping jologs na katabi mo, haha! Grabe yung lyrics ng Boypren mo pokpok, haha, kakalurkey! Nice to know you enjoyed your Valentine's day..

  9. Marge G
    Marge G

    They were still there, but Ramon Bautista told them off hahaha…

  10. Marge G
    Marge G

    Kung kelan summer tsaka ako bumili ng leather jacket eh no haha…

  11. Marge G
    Marge G

    We did ate Joy πŸ™‚

  12. Marge G
    Marge G

    The jacket is nice indeed!

  13. Marge G
    Marge G

    Hmm… good to hear.

  14. Marge G
    Marge G

    Cool, you stayed long. We had to leave after UDD because I no longer had the strength to keep myself on my feet. 5 hours of standing is really tiring.

  15. embracing life
    embracing life

    After Up Dharma Down, Ang Bandang Shirley, they were nice, a feel good alternative-pop band. Then it was Kamikazee's turn to perform, the crowd went wild, really wild. I loved Kamikazee's performance, as usual, it was fun filled. Me and my partner went home after that, which was around 2 AM.

  16. michymichymoo

    I went home ASAP last Vday, but I watched Paramore with my friends the next day. πŸ™‚

  17. Sherene

    Im not that into bands, but i like the jacket:)

  18. joysnotepad.blogspot.com

    either tumatanda na ako or matagal ng wala sa pinas, ay isa lang masasabi ko. Di ko talaga kilala mga performers. But, Im sure everybody had fun.

  19. nana

    ganda ng jacket. bagay sau =)

  20. Co Primero
    Co Primero

    Gaddemmit. I missed UP Fair this year. I <3 Up Dharma Down, Giniling Festival and Franco, too. And Urbandub's great.

    I'm not sure if there were still what we call Jumping Jologs in attendance. Hmm.

    Anyway, glad it was very worth it. πŸ˜€

  21. theclothesmuse

    Yes, better late then never. Mabuhay ang OPM! πŸ˜€ Damn, I didn't get to buy stuff during the fair. Or eat lots of food. Or ride the flying fiesta. Gusto ko yung red jacket!!!

  22. Marge G
    Marge G

    Some of them went to UP, the others, I'm not so sure.

  23. Phioxee

    πŸ˜‰ good thing you did got out last valentines day at sa ganitong event pa. ako nga kinaya ko five hours nakatayo sa ganitong klaseng concert. i love sandwich, moonstar at ubandub. diko kilala yung Up Dharma Down. UP students sila lahat or alumni nah?


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