Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Its been 2 years since the first Rude Maynila event happened. It started out as my own way of showing to the world that Manila has some of the tuffest and ruffest ska bands around. Inspired but what i had seen in Singapore back in 2008, there at Lion City the music scene is vibrant with lots of bands ranging from Ska, (3rd wave), to Indie to Hardcore. I was quite please and proud when some of the locals told me that Philippines was (and still is!) the birth place of punk rock in Asia. They look up to our punk rock bands as inspiration. And luckily for them they were blessed with Bulacan's premiere hardcore band T.S.A. to rock the socks off the Singa Pura punks pinoy stylee!

Invigorated by what i had experienced there I thought of putting up RUDE MAYNILA and lined up some of the promising Ska acts this side of the globe. Hence Rude Maynila was born. And now I am bringing it up again as my own ska and punk fix. I miss skanking silly again because i was based for a month a week or so at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (which by the way is a fucking awesome country! I was impressed with their rapid growth and not to mention the food) while I was there i asked the locals if there is any punk scene and lo and behold i was flabbergasted to know that there wasn't any. To me punk rock is my religion and i was saddened that my religion was not present in Vietnam. But its a good thing that a pinoy friend of Mark Zero had established base there peddling his brand of hip hop, real hip hop that is! and other kick ass music! Things are looking good for Vietnam.

To remedy this I resorted to the heroic nerdly ways of the music bloggers (thanks to those damn pirates!) to compensate my longing for punk and ska and other music that fits my taste but as weeks progressed I searched and searched for my religion and ended up with a Filipino show band thats been playing the ubiquitous Bob Marley tune - No Woman No Cry, (its a good thing Green Day's One Twenty One Gun's song was not yet that popular there!)

So i said to myself first thing in my to do list when i get back home to my ugly and beautiful at the same time country is to make love to my wife, have fun with my two beautiful daughters, do a barbecue for my buddies , get really really drunk, and do the second round of RUDE MAYNILA in one of the historical places for underground bands non other than Mayric's now called Sazi's Bar. (the most infamous of course is KATRINA'S).

This coming Saturday if you happen to be near Espana, Manila do drop by and experience Philippines brand of ska, dub, oi! and punk. See y'all there!