Last Thursday was THE gig where I was handed my first media pass, at RockEd’s Malinis Please: A gathering of Rock Ed artists for clean and honest elections. Muchos gracias to Beng and Aggie for giving me the opportunity, and I was glad to shoot somewhere else than my comfy Eastwood City location (where I work).
I’ve never been to the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, which was more familiar, and notorious as well, as that place where some rock rag holds their annual bandfests. So I wasn’t surprised to see the kind of crowd loitering outside the venue: it was a free gig anyway, and they’d only require a valid ID to enter. Also, it was supposed to be white t-shirt night, but then I haven’t had a white shirt to wear outside the confines of my home, so yes, I wore the color that all the kids wore.
I’ve shot most of the bands before, so I was looking forward for the quieter artists to perform: Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander, and Noel Cabangon. Joey and Cynthia weren’t supposed to perform together, but they did, and Noel was slated as the latest performer for the concert, but I decided to end the shoot around 1am, since I still had work at 5am later that day.
The sudden rain around Kjwan’s set made the photographic conditions more interesting, but: I didn’t have a jacket or anything to cover my DSLR camera, and my Yashica RF didn’t fare well with the humid and rainy temperature, deeming all my film shots crap. So I was a reluctant basang sisiw with my companion for the night Kookie under the stage. Realizing that I had a media pass, I decided to go up the stage when Giniling Festival were up.
Overall, it was a good, interesting gig, rain and lack of ideal concert gear (I need a fast tele lens, dammit) notwithstanding.
View the entire photoset here. Feedback is encouraged and welcome 🙂
And on a related note, voting at my town in Guiguinto (Bulacan) was as easy as taking a quick leak at a public restroom.