Friday, February 17, 2012

An Estrogen Valentine

My valentines didn't turned out to be mushy, romantic, surprising or endearing like what the season expects to be..(It’s not a bitter post anyway) let’s just say it turned out quite awesome and intimately personal. :p
A night spent with my sister and her boyfriend after a long day of work until 3am is heartwarming and beyond what expected knowing that they are not really into this kind of environment. We went to THE Collective, B-side Makati, came to watch the Estrogen Valentine concert. Estrogen is for female and it’s a female hormone. The event name (estrogen) was explained to me further by my lovely nurse sister. The stage jam-packed performers includes my favorite female artists;

Kitchie Nadal
I was a fan since high school.May sudden kilig padin ang song na Wag na Wag mong Sasabihin. Hindi ako mahilig mag videoke pero napakanta ako dahil sa song na yan nung highschool.  She sang it genuinely effortless. “Salamat sa Panginoon” that’s what she said after her set. She really knows how to give back the glory, that’s why God blesses her more.

Turbo Goth is composed of real life couple Sarah Gaugler (vocalist) and Paolo Peralta( guitarist/synth). We arrived very timely before their set.  They gave justice to electronic rock with their original music and crazy dreamy syths.  Aanhin pa ang stage? Paolo’s crazy syncopated dance move rocks the crowd all over the place so insane while Sarah sings melancholically with steady model poses.

Aia de Leon of Imago

Who would not love Imago’s endearing alternative rock music? Their songs struck every heart deeper as time gets old. That night when Aia started the rhythmic intro lead of the song Akap easily drags me to the mood of sincere reminiscing. The crowd sings with the band almost the whole set. Followed by the song Sundo (our favorite song, mom,sis and I) with an acapela intro is ethereally amusing.
Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down

“Iniipon ang mga pagkakataon at sa isang sulok ay pinagdurugtong dugtong. Lito..kapit, kabig..palit. Huli na and lahat para bawiin ang hindi nararapat” –Taya 
“Makikinig nga ba sa isipan na alam ang wasto o iindak na lang sa tibok ng puso?”
– Indak
“Anong lunod o lalim bat di na lang lumutang”
– Sana

Updharmadown's authentic electronic rock music stands out the indie scene not only with their imaginative melodical mixes but with the lyrics that tells true heartbreaks and a mending heart. Armi’s whimsical genuine voice is eminent beyond comparison. Watching them is always gratifying.

The event encourages people to patronize Filipino artists and music. Kudos to M productions for such a wonderful set of artists, hosts, eargasmic sound system and mood setter lights that completes the night to be a blast.

more photos to come on my Flickr.


  1. hi mawhi. i knew you had a blast during valentines day. sorry wala ako. but definitely we'll be at the popshoppe events in the future. see you and i miss you =)

    1. i'll see you soon ria! miss you too. :)


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