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19 East reopens with intimate al fresco gig

More ‘senti’ songs followed: ‘Make It with You,’ ‘Your Song,’ a few obscure James Taylor tracks, and many more, including those performed by a few surprise guests: Paolo Santos, Romy Jorolan, Mike Luis.



“Crispy pata,” I told Joy, one of the wait staff.

A minute or two later, Joy came back and said they had run out of the deep-fried pork knuckles due to many orders.

This was one instance I felt glad my order was out of stock at 19 East, which had just reopened its dining outlet, following the government’s relaxing of restrictions for business establishments as Covid-19 cases continued to drop.

To further assure the safety of patrons, 19 East owner Wowee Posadas directed restaurant services out in the spacious garden, and with tables spread far apart in observance of physical distancing.

So, even with a full house attendance that night, each group of customers was more than a few feet away from the rest — in an al fresco setting in cool October weather.

Pido Lalimarmo / Photographs by Pocholo Concepcion for the Daily Tribune

A week prior, Wowee said he thought of “an experiment to find out if acoustic gigs will make a difference in the crowd turnout.”

The test was to post on Facebook that Pido would be performing solo on acoustic guitar while customers dined and watched from a good distance.

At past 9 p.m. the singer-songwriter stepped on the low makeshift stage, sat on a stool and began a set of soft-rock and pop standards.

“Hello, yeah, it’s been a while, not much, how ‘bout you?” The lyrics captured what everybody probably felt like telling each other, especially those on a date: “I’d really love to see you tonight.”

More “senti” songs followed: “Make It with You,” “Your Song,” a few obscure James Taylor tracks, and many more, including those performed by a few surprise guests: Paolo Santos, Romy Jorolan, Mike Luis.

A young lady courageously played her original compositions. “She called and asked if she could audition,” Wowee said.

Wowee’s mother, ballroom dance queen Aida Posadas, was present, quietly having dinner at a far end of the garden.

“I haven’t seen her for a year,” Wowee related. “I purposely avoided visiting her, for fear I might, you know, bring the virus without knowing it.”

Al fresco dining at 19 East.

Two female friends who have become paranoid of catching Covid in public places kept spraying themselves silly with disinfectant mist.

But admittedly they had a great time, like most everyone else.

“We’ll do this again,” Wowee said.



Online dance concert

Heirloom, an online mini dance concert, celebrates the bond between creative dancers and the interconnections of art and dance on Saturday, 6 November, 5 p.m.

Produced by Benilde Experimental Dance Company (BED) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the show hosts numbers from budding dance students Marie Erika Grace Arandez, Daniella Bondoc, Michaella Carreon, Florencio de Guzman IV, Stella Mee Estriber, Eduardson Evangelio, Emmerson Evangelio, Michelle Katherine Miranda and Rochelle Marian Santiano.

Guest artists include accomplished performers who have championed local competitions and have carried the Philippine flag in different contests and production stages here and abroad: Ronelson Yadao, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Professional Dance Support Program grantee, choreographer, and modern dance ballet master; and Denise Parungao-Phillips, Luva Adameit Awardee at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and Ballet Philippines principal dancer.

(from left): Wing Inductivo, the columnist and Wowee Posadas.

Completing the roster are Carlos Serrano III, Team Elite director and Team Package Makers 2020 Choreographer of the Year; Monica Gana, CCP Dance Workshop artist and educator; and Elijah Mendoza, professional performer and creative collaborator.

Tickets are available at P150 each. Register at
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Free screenings of short films in Lucban

A collection of short films and videos from around the world will be screened for free at the MCAD Commons: 2021 Artists’ Film International (AFI) Programme, which aims to foster creative development, exchange of ideas and curatorial discourse to a wider audience.

It premiered on 30 October. The screenings are open to the public, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until 4 December, at Project Space Pilipinas in Lucban, Quezon.

The lineup includes:

4Runners (2021) by Bratislava-based Mihály Stefanovic follows ultra-runners on treadmills who move through different spatial and temporal landscapes;

Sharla, Shabana, Sojourner, Selena (2016) by London-based Rehana Zaman narrates the personal audition roll call experiences of six female leads;

Dear Friend (2019) by Lithuanian Agnė Jokšė speaks of diverse forms of love, affection and care in the modern world;

Breakfast in Bed (2016) by New York-based Kenneth Tam investigates male-to-male intimacy and constructions of masculinity;

Torontoides (2019) by multidisciplinary duo Julia Sbriller and Joaquin Wall studies the body, the space and its mysteries;

Approaching a Ghost (2019) by Swedish filmmaker Victoria Verseau attempts to capture the memory of a friend;

Mag-uuma (Farmer, 2014) by Filipino filmmaker and human rights activist Kiri Dalena features songs of protest by a young female dissenter from Mindanao;

Kassaram (2020) by South African multidisciplinary artist Thania Petersen presents a historical orientalist lens on various communities around the world.

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