From Max's Katipunan I went to Freedom together with my six friends all of whom were wearing casual attire. I raised the question to my friend if there was a dress code or something that would ruin our night, and she immediately retorted, "Kung may dress code, bawal pumasok ang Giniling dun." It made perfect sense. We arrived at 10 pm, and the place was already packed to the point that we're unable to enter the bar. And yes, setting our feet inside was indeed impossible because everyone's occupied every inch of Freedom. You see, in social gatherings like this one must be equipped with some sense of empathy and sensitivity or else you're doomed. When you go to Freedom, don't expect tranquility, an environment conducive to contemplating - they're close to impossible to happen.
Round 10.16 pm I noticed someone uber-familiar. He was wearing red eyeglasses, Adidas jacket over a red shirt, and a pair of khaki shorts and sneakers. My mental alarm went on - Paul of Up dharma Down! Then I turned around and saw Los, and a little later on they huddled together, gave each other a pat on the back then Ean entered the scene. I don't know what to say. Around 10.30 pm or so, Armi arrived. She was wearing a preppy kind of vest over a white polo, Adidas jeans, and white sneakers (I assume they're from Adidas). She is so cute and chubby I wanted to squeeze her cheeks but I'm worried about the security personnel dragging me out of the pub. Armi constantly feels her neck as if she was checking her temperature, then she confirmed to everyone that she was feverish. Awww. Get well soon, Armi.
Up dharma Down sang three songs from their album: Hiwaga, Oo, and Pag-agos. Then Radioactive Sago Project went out with cool music that reminds me of bands during fiestas and circus events. Great, great, great. Then Puny Earthlings. I thought they were someone else making an impression to the crowd but then I found out that their guitarist and the lead vocalist are an item. And the guitarist is the front act of Giniling Festival. Hmmm.
Giniling Festival opened their set with Tsong (Boypren mo Pokpok), then off with another one which title I forgot because I was screaming with the crowd. I remember McJolly, something Angelina, Psycho, a tribute to Linkin Park, and their carrier single Siling Giniling. By the way, part 2 of their album launch would be on the 21st of February at Saguijo in Makati. I'll try to go there.
This was the closest that I could get to Armi. Sorry for the grainy image.