After laying off our music pastime of band jamming, we succumbed unto the creative passion of photography, and our once-a-year gig for our nostalgia band stretched to over 5 years of non-playing.

This was until a few weeks ago, when our band, the Past Forward, was invited to play at the Guli-at Kankabato’s Guitar Festival 2012 in Tacloban City.

Past Forward was formed sometime in 1993 in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa by former band members of various Tacloban ‘combos’ popular in the 60′s -” Time & Changes”, “Aftermath”, “Question Mark” and “Index”.

Organized for the annual Nostalgia Rock Concerts held during fiesta time in Tacloban City by Nestor Dolina (drums/Time & Changes) & Gerry Ruiz (keyboards/Aftermath) – the original group included Steve de la Cruz, Elmer Dolina, Mario Sicoy, Andy Repulda, Dico Palacio and Don (guitarist from Naga City), Ludette Ruiz and Eugene Sabarre.

Over the years, the band has evolved – both in its musicality and membership – from playing 60′s stuff to more current rock-jazz-alternative music. Among its alumni members include Sam Climaco, Noli Aurillo, Tata Montejo, Bimbo Caña, Butchit Torino, Dico Palacio, Norberto “Boy” Romualdez, Joseph Say and Phillip Pagaduan.

The current crop – the 9th “edition” – is composed of Gerry Ruiz (keybords), Nestor Dolina (bass), Mario Sicoy (drums), Coco Kalingag (guitar), Marti Ruiz (guitar), Rex Makabenta (guitar/bass), Dickie Diaz (keyboards), Rowell Roldan (vocals), Ludette Ruiz (vocals), Gae Samson (vocals) and Eugene Sabarre (vocals).

Past Forward’s rebirth happened with a gig during the Guitar Festival held March 15, 2012 at the Balyuan Amphitheater, Tacloban City.

The band’s playlist that night:

  1. Nuno Bettencourt – “Midnight Express”
  2. Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
  3. John Mayer – “I Don’t Need No Doctor”
  4. Doobie Brothers – “Dangerous”
  5. Jimi Hendrix – “Fire”

Wow! It was great getting back into the groove!

With photos by Ludette, Mike Ruiz and Ronny Bubble.

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Over the years since it opened to the public, the Caluwayan Palm Island Resort has steadily improved its facilities.

Located at Brgy Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar – about an hour’s drive from Tacloban via the San Juanico Bridge – the resort added a beautiful swimming pool and refurbished their cottages and villas.

Last Sunday, March 11, 2012, the resort had the blessing and inauguration of their main hotel wing – a three-storey, beautifully designed building with 15 rooms and a function room at the top floor.

Here’s the official tariff of Caluwayan Palm Island Resort:

Rooms Rates
Open Cottage PhP1,600
Single Superior PhP2,300
Single Deluxe PhP2,500
Superior PhP2,900
Deluxe PhP3,200
Deluxe Suite PhP3,500
Family Room PhP4,500
Beach Villa PhP5,200 (high season); PhP4,200 (off season)
Beach Villa Suite PhP5,900 (high season); PhP4,800 (off season)

Extra person PhP600

High season: Jan 1-12; March 15 – May 31; Oct 1 – Nov 9; Dec 15-31
Breakfast for 2 pax inclusive
All Hotel Rooms are good for 2 pax

For details, contact Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours: (053) 523.7966; 321.7966
email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

It’s a great option for vacationers and local residents out for a quick getaway from the city…

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The newest Rotary Club in Tacloban City is here!

The Rotary Club of Kankabato joins 4 other Rotary Clubs in Tacloban City, namely: RC Tacloban, RC San Juanico, RC Kandaya and RC Leyte Gulf.

The baby club was presented its charter during Charter Day & Induction Ceremenonies last February 19, 2012.

On hand to lead the affair was District Governor Leoncio “Nonoy” Villa-Abrille, RI District 3860 who presented the charter and inducted the charter club officers led by President Jean Marechaux.

District Governor Leoncio “Nonoy” Villa-Abrille

RC Kankabato officer & members led by President Jean Marechaux take their oath

 

 

 

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