OCTOBER last year, we saw the biggest number of people, some 20,000-strong, that gathered at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena for a non-sports event.
Dubbed “Grand Gathering 2014 Throwback Party,” the event was mounted for PLDT Gabay Guro—the teacher advocacy group of the PLDT Smart Foundation (PSF) and PLDT Managers’ Club Inc. It featured Noel Cabangon and Side A, among other performers.
This year’s event is called “Teacherfest,” to be held today, Sept. 27, also at MOA Arena.
It’s part of Gabay Guro’s “I Inspire” campaign, a renewal of its commitment to support the teaching profession through training, scholarships, livelihood and life-enhancing programs.
Again, some 20,000 teachers representing private and public schools nationwide are expected to show up and party for a night of music and a raffle of prizes.
The lineup of performers include Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Basil Valdez, Kuh Ledesma, Pops Fernandez, El Gamma Penumbra, Leo Valdez, Ima Castro, James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
Admission is free. Visit gabayguro.com; www.facebook. com/gabayguro; follow @PLDTGabayGuro on Twitter and Instagram.
Recently we told you about Smoking Joint, a new ribs and beer place on Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes Parañaque, which formally opened with a live gig featuring a guest band fronted by Mon Espia (of the ’70s-era Labuyo and Gary V’s Powerplay) with guitarist Janno Queyquep (South Border), keyboardist Wowee Posadas (Manila Blues Experience), bassist Bobby Taylo, drummer and Smoking Joint co-owner Tony Fernando.
While the gig was only for opening night, we asked Tony if there will be another one soon.
The good news is that there will be two special performances on Oct. 15 and 29, featuring an acoustic trio: Mon Espia on vocals and guitar; Dave Delfin of Franco, bass; and Tony on percussion.
It would be nice to have some of that chunky, tender spare ribs “cooked low and slow” over wood fire, ice-cold beer, and fine classic rock music.