Janie, We Need Your Gun

Well, of course Aerosmith‘s upcoming Manila concert had to be a hoax.

There were no teasers, no announcement plugs, no posters, no official statements. Even the supposed organizers couldn’t decide whether the show was to be held on March 19 or on April 2.

Read the full statement by Dan Weiner, the band’s exclusive agent here.

Also,  let’s not forget that the band’s vocalist Steven Tyler is currently busy judging a certain shark-jumping singing competition. (I still don’t know why I care so much about that show).

Then again, all is fine in the local concert scene. Because we will still be expecting the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, The Script, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Mr. Big to land on our shores in the coming months.

But for now, here’s what we, the disillusioned Filipino fans of the legendary rockers, have to say:

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The Tugs Tugs Experience

Yesterday, my longtime friend Ivan wrapped up on his short film Tugs Tugs. And we can’t get even more elated.

Notwithstanding the fact that it takes place in a club called “Asylum”, the set didn’t feel like one at all. Yes, there were occasional slip-ups and snafus – that’s inevitable in any production – but the shoot still was generally smooth. Almost everything was done right on the first take and we wrapped up an hour earlier than the expected time.

Needless to say, I am proud of my friend. Having known him since we were 5 (I’m not kidding), I’ve come to see him as a very focused, driven and passionate person who knows precisely what he wants and will stop at nothing to get things right. I witnessed how he cultivated his passion in video production through our high school productions of Macbeth and Noli Me Tangere and how he eventually found his true calling to become a filmmaker.

And yesterday was truly a testament to that.

Plus, I think it also helped that majority of our barkada was there; common friends whom we both accumulated in the two decades that we’ve known each other contributing their time and talents to achieve a common goal. It was indeed a euphoric experience for everyone involved.

Now, I can’t wait to start shooting my own finals.

…But first, remind me never to use an iPad slate again. Hahaha!