Remember the Ozone Disco?
To those who may have forgotten what was dubbed as "the worst nightclub fire in the country" and one of "the top ten worst nightclub fires in the world," it killed 162 people last March 17, 1996.
More than 20 years later, a branch of GoodAh!!!, a food chain co-owned by Boy Abunda, now sits at the disco's former site in Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
During its soft opening, the host of Tonight with Boy Abunda told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "It was the place to be."
And during the planning stage with Boy's business partners, he admitted, “Pero I raised that point.”
He continued, "Bilib ako kay Tim Yang, our president, dahil yung pananaw niya iba, brave.
"Sabi niya, number one, wala naman kaming kinalaman dun sa Ozone una yun.
"Pangalawa, basta magpasantabi tayo sa mga spirits kasi ako I believe that we’re not alone in this world.
"I am in the belief that kailangan magpasintabi, na kami naman ay nagtayo ng Goodah para sa ekonomiya. M
"Maraming nabibigyan ng trabaho, at saka tabi-tabi.”
Boy revealed that he himself did the pasintabi to the spirits.
"I don’t know but I have this feeling...pumunta ako dito nang wala tao para lang tingnan yung lugar.
“Quietly, I spoke to the spirits, sabay dasal na rin sa Panginoon Diyos.
“Sinabi ko, 'Bukas magbubukas po kami, sa October 5, e, soft opening na.'
“Sabi ko, 'Tabi-tabi, patawad, at sana’y basbasan ninyo kami. Sana maunawaan niyo na kami ay naghahanapbuhay lamang nang malinis at masarap ang pagkain, nakakapagbigay kami ng trabaho.'
"Pinoy na Pinoy, but I have to do it.
"Sasabihin mo na wala akong takot, mayroon ng umpisa.
"Pero I appreciate Timmy Yang, our president, for his clearer decision.
"Parang bakit natin ipagkakait e wala naman tayong kinalaman dun, at saka maiintindihan iyan.”
EAT AND HELP. Meanwhile, Boy said the food chain has been a big help to his Make Your Nanay Proud foundation.
"Parati kong sinasabi kasi kapag um-order kayo ng Boy’s Bistek, three pesos of that go to Make Your Nanay Proud.
"Laking tulong talaga nito, ang daming mga nanay na natutulungan."
Founded in 2012 by Boy, its Facebook fan page states that it is "a civic organizati
The host/talent manager/businessman added, "We’re doing now the Best Nanay awards, we’re doing Cine Nanay with schools, tuluy-tuloy ang aming pagdalaw sa mga nanay na deprived of liberty with the BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology], and many others.
"We continue to do our research on mothers, secondary research ang aming ginagawa.
"Many other projects, now slowly expanding our allies, may mga tinatawag kaming nanay allies."