*Photos by Daniela Regis and Sam Rivera
After hours of fixing transportation issues, changing outfits, and being completely idle while braving the horrible Manila traffic, we finally arrived at Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Makati to experience the Philippines' very first inter-university music festival. From the University of the Philippines' Junior Marketing Association and the De La Salle University Business Management Society comes APOLLO: Live the Dream, a music festival that aims to celebrate local song-writers and college-based performers. Complete with some of today's greatest bands and DJs, delectable food from the food stalls, and free-flowing drinks from 10:30PM-onwards, Apollo was definitely one for the books.
Transportation shouldn't have been a problem if only I had remembered sooner that Apollo was partnering up with Uber and giving out a P500 fare for those who sign up with the promo code UberLovesApollo. For those who don't know, Uber is a technology company that allow users to hire a private car and driver. It's safe, comfortable, and hassle-free! Probably the only inconvenience would be the terrible traffic EVERYWHERE - be it C5, EDSA, Katipunan, etc. Thanks to that, we arrived at the event a little late and missed The Cohens' set.
On the opposite end of the venue, right across the stage, food stalls are all lined up, making it quite hard to settle down and choose what to eat since there wasn't anything happening just yet. Familiar stalls such as the ever so famous Hunger Buster, Build Your Own Burrito, Gong Cha, and Ribs Express were present and were satisfying the hunger of the festival-goers.
A little while later, The Ransom Collective takes the stage and leaves the audience in awe with their combined harmonies and rhythm, with a melodic accompaniment of a violin. From small gigs, to winning a spot in WanderBand, to even bigger gigs, The Ransom Collective is one of the bands to look out for! Check out their soundcloud. After their set, I couldn't contain my excitement for the next band. Finally, She's Only Sixteen started setting up and the excitement was building up in me I couldn't wait to hear them live once again. King started beating the drums and they started playing Walrus and I started singing along. It was a really good and chill set. They never fail to amuse. Last, but not the least among the bands was Spongecola. By now, almost everyone gathers by the barricade near the stage. Everyone's ready to rock it out with Spongecola and their hits. Everyone's energy was up and the crowd sang every word. Lead Singer, Yael, made the crowd do a scripted beg for encore. Although, seriously, Yael, you don't need to tell the crowd because we will be shouting for more even after your last song!
As the night came and the free-flowing drinks began to go around, the atmosphere of the whole place had turned the music festival into a must-go-to party. With the enthralling sets of Metro Manila’s hottest DJs in the background and enthusiastic MCing of MC Ron Thug, the crowd was completely captivated by their beats and energy. Everyone was so hooked on by the music that they had let themselves go and began to dance and sing to the music without any care. This was due to the talented DJing of Ace Ramos, Lucio Pua, and Marc Marasigan who all had one similar trait: the ability to capture and immerse the crowd into another place, away from reality. MC Ron Thug also had a huge part because he was the one who had brought the crowd into an even higher energy as he cheered them on and told them to raise their hands while the music was playing with his enthusiastic and dynamic voice.
Another highlight of the night would be the free-flowing drinks which were from the well-known brands Tanduay and Cuervo. What made this event different was that Tanduay wasn’t just giving away plain rum and coke but a selection of mixes like strawberry, lemon, orange, ice tea, and etc. and they were all insanely delicious. Cuervo had also given their all by serving up shots of their classic Tequila, with the servers up and ready to serve as many shots as possible. All in all, the night was something that shouldn’t have been missed and it left the crowd wanting for more dancing, singing, and extreme fun.
- Anna Marcelo and Daniela Regis (◡‿◡✿)
*Photos by Daniela Regis and Sam Rivera