Oktoberfest kicks off with rock concert



PEOPLE from all walks of life trooped to the SM Megamall parking area Wednesday, October 4, for their annual dose of overflowing beer and heart-thumping music. Typhoon Milenyo’s arrival in the country last September 28 postponed the event, which was supposed to take place last Friday.

Patterned after Germany’s world-famous celebration, this year’s Oktoberfest was hosted by Dominic Ochoa, RX 93.1 DJ Gelli Victor and former NU 107.5 DJ Dylan.

Members of the basketball team of San Miguel Beer (the sponsor of the event) were there to formally open the month-long celebration, by way of toasting each other on stage. Current SMB basketball players Olsen Racela, L.A. Tenorio, Wesley Gonzales, Dorian Peña, 1999 Rookie Of the Year Danny Seigle, National Team member Dondon Hontiveros were joined by former SMB Beermen Cris Bolado, Joey Sta. Maria, and 1992 Most Valuable Player Ato Agustin.

Bands and special numbers kept the crowd entertained all night amidst intermittent rains. Rock Steddy thrilled the beer-guzzling fans with their songs “Deadma” and their rendition of Apo Hiking Society’s “Blue Jeans.”

Heating up the cold night air was a sizzling dance number from sexy stars Gwen Garci, Anna Leah Javier and Andrea Del Rosario. The three performed a dance showdown to the tune of the Oktoberfest Jingle Dance Remix.

Building up on the momentum of the lively dance number, the band 6 Cycle Mind fired up the crowd with their songs “I”, “Sige”, “Sandalan” plus the Eraserheads original “Alapaap.”

“The party is still there even if it rained. Tuloy-tuloy pa rin tayo. Andami pa ring tao, nakakatuwa. Tuloy pa rin ang party hanggang mamaya. I’m very lucky and am blessed na kasama tayo dito sa kick off ng Oktoberfest 2006,” said host Dominic Ochoa.

Master Rapper and Philippine Idol judge Francis Magalona rendered his songs “Kaleidoscope World” and “Superproxy 2K5” to the great delight of the jam-packed crowd. His number was immediately followed by the performance of Sugarfree, with its lead vocalist Ebe Dancel cracking jokes once in a while. They kicked off their performance with “Prom,” followed by “Burnout,” “Tulog na,” and “Dear Kuya.” Their last song for the night was “Hari ng Sablay,” which had a spin-off movie with the same title starring Bearwin Meily last year.

Filling the crowd with their rock music was the band Sandwich. “Rock and roll, man!” exclaimed frontman Raymond Marasigan a few minutes before his performance. He whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their original hits “Walang Kadala-dala”, “Sugod Mga Kapatid,” “Walang Masilungan,” among others. The throng went wild when he sang the song “Laklak,” originally performed by rival band Teeth. Then it was Raymond’s turn to go wild when he drenched himself in beer.

Other bands that performed that night include Rivermaya, Brownman Revival, and Parokya Ni Edgar.

This much-awaited event is just the beginning of SMB’s Kasiyahang Walang Katulad.

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