Friday, October 19, 2007

Stand Up at Hangar Market

We had a swell time at the Hangar Market noontime last October 17. But prior to that it was a nightmare as I was the only one talking to six different people at different levels of market bureaucracy. All were not receptive of the idea and two were violently against holding a concert at Hangar. They cited traffic and crowd control. Snatching and consumer complaints etc. The secret of diplomacy is to win one of them and use him or her to persuade the others. So at the last minute, we were able to hack it. March Fianza was there early to check the music and at 11 am was already ready to rumble. We can only pay one band, the Binhi. But one band tagged along. This was the Shakilan which is a sort of the Third World Music band. Binhi has been alive for 17 years and they have songs about the poor. Choy was feeling "da pressure" and was raring to go as well. City Hall was bargaining for a 1 pm start. We started at 12. There were so many people. The jeepneys which are used to carry vegetables became the balconies. Tourists actually forgot to buy veggies and stayed throughout the concert. The komboys were so cooperative. We rented their carts for the stage. The Vocas artists brought the wire installations they made in two days. The bands were comfortable with the crowd and the crowd was very cooperative and appreciative. The Binhi boys were still good and the Shakilan was a revelation with their Igorot music set to a slightly Andalusian feel because their percussionist is a Bolivian. People came and went and those who stayed forgot their hunger. This was the first time that a free concert was held there. The komboys were our friends from a previous event as they carried our Giant Condom last December 1 World AIDS Day along Session Road.
Well, that was fun. And of course everything would not be possible without the Philippine NGO Council for Population, Health and Welfare who provided everything except the patatas and for Chi Vallido, Pngoc deputy director who supervised everything except the washing of the patatas. Photo by Richard Balonglong

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Blogger The Nashman said...

aw, missed it....

2:13 PM  
Blogger marionne said...


You are now officially Baguio City's very own tim Yap. Ah-uhm!

More adi! And where's the gin ngay in the picture?

3:09 PM  

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