On Carna Manila 2010

I ditched a Mishka Adams gig last Saturday for this, and that gig was in Eastwood City, hence it was the easy option. However, I was in the mood at that time to party. Wait, correction: to witness and cover a party.

Escola de Samba de Manila Dancers
Cynthia Royo, from Escola de Samba de Manila, in what’s probably my favorite photo of that night.

Carna Manila 2010 started with me trying to warm up to the event: set at the Rockwell Tent, with more than a hundred people, the type who’d spend weekends out (read: not the crowd I belong to), were there. To fit in, and maybe because I was at the event with RF dude Wam, I had a plastic cup of red wine in one hand, and my camera on the other.

Oh yes that is news: my perpetual NO answer to a shot of this, a bottle of that, will now be on a conditional basis. Wine is fine, but don’t expect me to gobble it up like water.

The tent’s lighting was generally awful for a decent coverage, but it can offer interesting scenes:

I started shooting when the dancers from Escola de Samba de Manila did their thing. I almost ignored the other bands/performers and decided to settle covering their performances throughout the night:

Escola de Samba de Manila Dancers

The exceptions being Nyko Maca + Playground, a fusion ensemble I first heard that night, but have always wanted to see:

Nyko Maca + Playground

And of course, the expected superstars of the night, Brigada:


Like most events I cover, I single out favorites though, and that night, it was Farida Laura:

Farida Laura

I didn’t know who she was, but you can’t miss her. Her group were awesome dancers, and she’s almost always front-and-center. When they didn’t perform, you’d still see her dancing backstage. I even saw her sing backup for one of the bands. Blame it on my cosplay-shooting proficiency, but it can’t be too hard to ask for a photo of hers, right?

And, along with Cynthia (first photo on this post), after a few shots of them, I was offered email addresses, which were duly noted. That’s when I did some quick online research, and, I wasn’t at all surprised to see videos, and write-ups on her samba dance work.

Here I was thinking taking pictures of dancing can’t be my thing at all. Oh alright, looking that amazing helps, too.

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