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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It was our first night out for the year with the wifey.

And the LSR Band together with their friends – among them our son playing the 2nd lead on guitar. ;)

Nothing like a good dose of good rock music to perk up the cold, rainy nights in Tacloban City.

Here was the scene at Cerebro at 6500…

The LostSemenReunion: (from left) Dandi Grafil (1st lead guitar), Marti Ruiz (2nd lead), Riza Makabenta (vocals), Carleux  Solite (bass) and Howard Cabelin (drums).

Aimee Delgado, Riza Makabenta and Jean Paul Verona

Marti Ruiz

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It’s definitely MORE fun in the Philippines!

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. has been quoted as saying, ”What differentiates the Philippines from every other place in the world… is the Filipino. It’s his special gift for transforming what is already a beautiful place into an unforgettable special place.”

“You take two identical islands, put FILIPINOS in one, and it’s going to be more fun in there where they are!”

High five to that.

Well, here are my initial takes to the new DOT tourism slogan which has triggered an avalanche of memes in the internet…

Communing with nature at Hagimit Falls, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), Davao del Norte

Taking care of Lola at the airport, Tacloban City, Leyte

Fishing at the rock formations, Biri Islands, Northern Samar

Power napping at San Pedro Island, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte

Tacloban Port Area, Tacloban City, Leyte

Tacloban City, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Birdwatching at Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), Paranas, Samar

Zip Southern Leyte – the longest (1km) zipline ride over the tallest bridge in the country today, Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte

Stargazing at Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

Calle Mena Crisologo in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – dubbed as the Heritage Lane

Tubing at Ulot Rapids Torpedo Boat Adventure, Ulot River, Paranas, Samar

Bitukang Manok, Atimonan Natural Forest Park, Atimonan, Quezon

The music scene at 6500, Tacloban City

Calayucay, Sto. Domingo, Albay

 

 

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