still no. 1 @ 15


07:43 PM November 5th, 2012

By: Totel V. de Jesus, November 5th, 2012 07:43 PM

INQUIRER.NET management and staff led by its president, Paolo Prieto (standing, center, in checkered shirt), pose for a souvenir snapshot.

YOUNG band RunManila plays one of its original songs.

FLASH floods and traffic jams caused by Tropical Storm “Ofel” failed to dampen the 15th anniversary celebration of, on Oct. 25 at the LAB Gastropub Oceana at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.

GLOC-9 opens the show

The country’s hottest rapper, Gloc-9, jumpstarted the party with his originals “Martilyo,” “Balita,” “Sirena,” and a cover of FrancisM’s “Kaleidoscope World.”

Two top-rate rock bands, Callalily and 6cyclemind, made a surprise appearance and played a couple of songs.

JAY DURIAS sings his own hits.

Lady reporters and editors went up the stage to kiss Callalily lead singer Kean Cipriano. The bussing and hugging continued as singer-songwriters Noel Cabangon and Jay Durias took turns in performing. Shrieks greeted Noel’s mixed set of originals (“Kanlungan” and  “Tatsulok”) and covers (“Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko”); and the audience sang along to Jay’s own compositions  “Kahit Kailan,” “Love of My Life,” “Rainbow” and “Ikaw Nga.”

TALENTED singers Thor and Suy team up for some upbeat numbers.

A veteran club act composed of youthful members—keyboardist Ian Fajarito, brothers JP and Jang Descalsota on drums and bass, respectively, and vocalist Suy Galvez—got the crowd on its feet with delightful versions of Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” and Jessie J’s “Price Tag.”

NOEL Cabangon gets a warm welcome.

R&B singer Thor added heat to the mood when he joined the band and sang a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.” Then, slowing down with his version of Eric Benet’s “The Last Time,” Thor closed the set on a high note with Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

Just when the party people seemed exhausted from all the dancing and shouting, two young bands—She’s Only Sixteen and RunManila—gave a glimpse of their bright future by performing a couple of their original songs.

Earlier, president Paolo Prieto announced: “This year we are reaping the rewards of success and we are able to declare that we are No. 1.”

ANOTHER surprise guest band, 6cyclemind, works up the crowd.

CALLALILY makes a surprise appearance and plays a couple of tunes. board chair Marixi R. Prieto pointed out the value of teamwork: “Being No. 1 is important because now we match our print (Philippine Daily Inquirer), which is No. 1 [in the country].”

Aside from carrying the print version of news stories from Philippine Daily Inquirer and having its own set of multimedia reporters, has been sourcing news from sister companies INQUIRER Bandera, INQUIRER Libre and Radyo INQUIRER 990 AM.

ANOTHER young band, She’s Only Sixteen, performs its own set of originals.

Radyo INQUIRER’s Bobby Ante hosted the program.

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