FLASH floods and traffic jams caused by Tropical Storm “Ofel” failed to dampen the 15th anniversary celebration of INQUIRER.net, on Oct. 25 at the LAB Gastropub Oceana at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.
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.
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.”
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.”
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, INQUIRER.net president Paolo Prieto announced: “This year we are reaping the rewards of success and we are able to declare that we are No. 1.”
INQUIRER.net 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, INQUIRER.net has been sourcing news from sister companies INQUIRER Bandera, INQUIRER Libre and Radyo INQUIRER 990 AM.
Radyo INQUIRER’s Bobby Ante hosted the program.