Sunday, June 27, 2010


This coming July 10,Saturday at 8PM The Rude Maynila Sessions is bringing you full on ska music and a little bit of Oi! thrown in for good measure.

We will be featuring a long time fixture of Club Ska/Ska Max events - the Steady Movin' Beat as our main act. They are in the process of finishing up their EP hopefully we will get a sneak preview that day so please support this 2 tone ska band along with them are some of the promising ska acts you will ever hear hailing from Bulacan, Pampanga, Tagaytay and Batangas and most specially Manila.

Monday, June 21, 2010


On our way. Lots slow traffic though. - Keb Darge

'Twas 7 in the evening, June 11th and heavy rain pounded the streets of Manila resulting in flash floods and chaotic traffic. I was worried Keb might not make it that night because he might get fucking pissed with Manila's traffic and worst the flood. I don't know why but come school time, every June the fucking government is fixing roads instead of doing it way before the month of June.

Anyway I arrived late and wet at Ten 02 Bar and nervously and anxiously awaits for the man with the master plan. Its been almost over a year since I saw him played rare 45's at the now bastardized Cubao X Thankfully Jon and Teng of the Soundblasters arrived earlier to get things going. And the bands that played warmed up the crowd for the main event.

And then came Keb along with his lovely Filipina wife Little Edith.....and the rest is history....That evening was indescribable the only thing I can remember was Keb talking to the crowd and saying "DON'T JUST STAND...DANCE" and that was it like a snap of a finger the room starts to rumble tune after tune everyone was singing and dancing and it was brilliantly magfuckingnificent!...

Top to bottom: Rare 45's, the man himself, Selecting, Keb teaching Skarlet the Jump and Jive, Juan Pablo Dream, Neighbors, Steady Movin' Beat, Dance!, Keb's lovely wife, Little Edith with a big beat! this waray packs a mean punch!, Dancing.....,And more dancing!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Keb Darge is finally here in Manila! After a canceled event last April due to the volcanic ash fall that came from Iceland, the long wait is over! He will be arriving 10th of June along with his Filipina wife, Edith.

On June 11, Friday, We will be hosting an event for the Scottish man who happen to be a Tae Kwon Do world champion and a man of impeccable taste for the rare and sought after northern soul, deep funk and rockabilly 45's.

This legendary man will be saving us from the evil plague of modern music that most radio stations and music televisions are shoving down the throats of mindless people who thinks that good looks fancy clothes and limited edition sneakers matter most rather than real talent. Do beg, borrow or steal to catch and hear him play some of the timeless classic and lovely lovely killer floorshakers at Ten 02 Bar and Resto. Trainspotters and crate diggers this is your chance to drool over his tasty collections prepare to get your guts kicked out!

And on Saturday, June 12, Independence Day we will be hosting a every second Saturday of every month mayhem at Sazi's Bar (formerly Mayrics) entitled The Rude Maynila Sessions, The Bing Austria Show will take a back burner for an indefinite period of time due to the busy schedule of the groove merchants of soul Juan Pablo Dream.

This month expect to hear a lot of Ska and a little bit of punk rock and some music that we think is much better than the gay emo most kids are listening to nowadays. We got lots of eargasmic goodies in store for you folks in this edition of The Rude Maynila Sessions including the reformed ska punkers PinkCow. For only 60 bucks you'll get to hear a dozen bands and get an ice cold beer to boot! See y'all this month!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


The Three Stooges - Moe, Larry and Curly

A DAY before the Freedom of Information Act was supposed to be taken up at the House of Representatives, Speaker Prospero Nograles told media that text messages were being sent and phone calls were being made to ensure that House members would attend Friday’s session for the ratification of the FOI bill.

“We are doing text brigades, we are calling them, we are reminding them to attend the last session all because we want the Freedom of Information to pass,” Nograles told reporters.

The night before, however, a different text message was received by journalists and FOI advocates. Reportedly forwarded by a lawmaker “sympathetic” to the FOI bill, it urged House members not to attend the session.

The message read in part: “In view of the possible adverse impact of the pending Freedom of Information bill on the performance of the basic tasks of the government and the reported big rally of leftist groups at the House of Rep. to coerce congressmen to support said controversial bill, you may wish to join the many congressmen of various political parties who have decided not to attend the last session of the House…”

By that day’s end, the bill was dead – an event foreseen by several lawmakers.

“Gagawin nilang lahat ng puwedeng gawin (They will do everything they can),” Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list Rep. Joel Villanueva told 12 other lawmakers who attended a June 2 caucus at a Quezon City restaurant to strategize on how to get the bill ratified.

According to Villanueva, it was possible that the House leadership would even “sacrifice” other measures that were already included in the Congress’s last-day agenda just so it could block the bill.

“Walang ipapasa kahit ano (No measure will be passed),” Villanueva told his colleagues.

His prediction came true A copy of the June 4 House agenda obtained by the PCIJ shows that eight other measures died alongside the FOI bill last Friday because of a supposed lack of quorum.

Among these were counterpart bills from the Senate awaiting adoption from the House: (1) S.B. 3206 or the Philippine Tax Academy authored by Sen. Panfilo Lacson; (2) S.B. 2020 or the Special Education Act of 2008 introduced by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago; and (3) S.B. 3571 or the Anti-Racial and Religious Discrimination Act filed by senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Manuel Villar, Ma. Ana Consuelo ‘Jamby’ Madrigal, and Pilar Juliana ‘Pia’ Cayetano.

Another three bills needed concurrence from the House after these were amended by the Senate: (1) H.B. 7046 which proposes the conversion of the Quirino State College into a state university filed by Reps. Junie Cua, Cynthia Villar, Exequiel Javier, Jesus Crispin Remulla, Mariano Piamonte, and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales; (2) H.B. 4361 or the proposed creation of the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology filed by Reps. Luis Villafuerte, Liza Maza, Luzviminda Ilagan, Ana Theresia Hontiveros, Danilo Ramon Fernandez, Florencio Garay, Guillermo Romarate Jr, Glenda Ecleo, Satur Ocampo, and Arnulfo Go and (3) House Bill 3675 which proposes the creation of the Balanga City National Technical Vocational High School filed by Reps. Cua, Albert Garcia, and Del de Guzman.

Two more measures, which like the FOI bill had bicameral conference committee reports, needed ratification from the House. These were the proposed act on prohibiting and penalizing the pilferage and theft and unauthorized use, interconnection or reception of any signal or service offered over a cable TV or cable Internet system under H.B. 1409 and S.B. 3530; and the proposed Philippine Immigration Act of 2009 under H.B. 6568 and S.B. 3404.

It was Camiguin Rep. Pedro Romualdo of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party — who had once defended the First Couple in their August 2009 lavish $20,000-dinner at Le Cirque restraurant in New York — who questioned the quorum and raised the issue on retroactivity before Nograles banged the gavel and declared the session adjourned.

Based on the House secretariat’s count, only 128 lawmakers attended the June 4 session. But at least an hour before the attendance was checked, Villanueva said lawmakers at the plenary had already reached 137, which was more than enough to muster a quorum of 135.

At the June 2 lawmakers’ caucus, those in attendance had pointed to the matter of having a quorum as a vulnerable point. Observed Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino party: “The quorum is a parliamentary tool. It can be used to pass the bill or kill it.”

“I think that the leadership is already talking about this,” said Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante, chairman of the House Committee on Public Information and one of the lead authors of the FOI bill. “I feel that they will question the quorum.”

Abante, regional director of the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD, also said during the caucus that he felt that he was being left clueless by Nograles. This was strange, he added, because the Speaker, who is his party-mate, had never done so before.

“In the past kasi Nogi (Nograles) and Art (Majority Leader Arthur Defensor) would call me everytime there was a problem,” said Abante. “But I was kept blind on this (the FOI bill issue) now.”

Annie Ruth Sabangan
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

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