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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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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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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Full steam ahead!

This seems to be the battle-cry of everybody working at “The Oriental Hotel – Leyte” – the new hotel taking shape at the former site of the MacArthur Beach Resort at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte – when we visited the site today, December 15 for a first hand view of the project.

Singaporean-backed conglomerate LKY Property Holdings is rushing construction of its P300-million resort hotel; its soft opening has been set before the end of the year.

Developers pushed not just for a renovation but a total reconstruction of a new hotel.

New structures have been erected where the buildings of the old hotel once stood.

An elegant lobby now sits adjacent to the restaurant and spa lounges.

The hotel will also have outdoor pools and fitness facilities.

The new hotel offers new facilities for functions, meetings and conferences all housed in a new building. It boasts of having a 1,000 seating capacity ballroom suited for big conferences and conventions.

This answers the clamor for a large venue which has been a major problem in the region when hosting national conferences.

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