Trip to Cebu Part 1

Today, I’m going to share my experiences of visiting Cebu City. I know it’s a bit late, since I went there July 22nd through the 24th; it has been almost 2 weeks now.

My flight was very early in the morning at 4:20am on the 22nd at (MNL) NAIA Terminal 3. Everything is unplanned, I haven’t been there before, and I don’t have relatives there either. When Cebu Pacific Air had their Promo last February, I asked my friend if we can go there. She agreed, and since our schedules were different during that time, we thought work wouldn’t be affected. Things changed, and the days went by so fast that we didn’t even notice it is already July. The last day I was to travel to Manila from where I am staying, I remembered that one of my friends from our Philippines X-Men Cosplay Group lives in Cebu and she sometimes travels to Manila to attend conventions. I talked to her on the 21st of July before I met my friend at the SM Mall of Asia. I was so thankful that she agreed to pick us up at the Cebu Airport and lead us to where we can stay safely.

My friend and I decided to sleep in the Airport until our flight, since it’s very hard to travel late at night. I arrived at the SM Mall of Asia around 9:30pm and my friend arrived around 11:00pm. We ate at McDonalds and then headed to NAIA Terminal 3. We kept laughing because we didn’t have any plans, not even places we should visit.

I learned that day that many people who have an early flight sleep in the Terminal. Choose your spot! Most travelers are sleeping in the chairs and many utilize the nearby outlets to charge their gadgets.

Naia Terminal 3

We used the web check-in so we didn’t need to fall in line, then they told us to talk to one of the personnel to get our gate number. Here’s how the waiting area looked like.

Waiting area in Naia 3

Here is our gate number.

Here is our gate number.

We patiently waited until they called our Flight number when it was ready to board. We fell in line and then they verified each passenger.

We hopped on the Cebu Pacific Bus that shuttled us to our plane. I love the music on the bus, even the people from Europe were chilling out.

Inside the Cebu Pacific Bus

The Plane was not that far and here’s a short video clip of the bus ride.

It’s raining during that time; I wish I was able to take a clip of how they assisted each passenger to avoid getting wet. We went out one by one and they protected us with a huge yellow umbrella.

Here is how the plane looked inside, it’s small but neato!

I’m beside the window, and the view was pretty awesome… I do love the clouds so much, minus the sound wave that is killing my ears. I was so tired; I didn’t realize that we took off as I fell asleep. When I finally opened my eyes, it’s already morning! Here is how the clouds looked:

And then we are ready to land in Cebu. The video is 6 minutes long. The weather in the south isn’t bad compared to the weather in Manila at that time.

 We arrived in Mactan Airport safely and here is how it looked:

Mactan Airport

Here is a nice but simple welcome from our friend in Cebu

This is the place where we stayed:

We rested for a bit and when we woke up… Our journey began…


Tanduay Rhum Rockfest IV – The EPIC of BOUNCER’s VIOLENCE

I’m so excited to go to the event last night; in fact I don’t even know what to wear. First of all, I was shocked because all tickets are sold out in all 7/11 branches. Until I found one from Vito Cruz branch, they said they are still selling tickets for Tanduay Rhum IV. I went there even if it’s very late last Oct. 14, 2010.

When I’m there, they told me, “ Ma’am wala na po pala kaming stock ng tanduay or Cossack ( Ma’am we don’t have stock of Tanduay and Cossack)” I was like: WTF? !@#$%…. I told them, “Tumawag ako ng 2 beses para maka sigurado na makakabili ako ng ticket (I called you guys twice to make sure that I can purchase the ticket)”, I even told that I came all the way from a far place. Then I argued with them until they let me buy the 4 pcs of Gen. Admission Tickets without the Tanduay and Cossack blue. It cost me more than 300php to purchase the tickets without the drinks. Well I don’t really drink Tanduay, so it’s fine with me.

I went to the event with my 2 siblings, we have 4 tickets for General Admission, and then when we are there, there’s a very HUGE line…. HUGE like Pulp Summer Slam or Muziklaban.

That’s how people appreciate the event and expect too much. The line is different with female and male, and I started to line up with my other sister while my brother is on the other line.

When we are at the front of the line, the girl told me “VIP po dito miss, dun dapat kayo sa kabila (VIP here miss, you should be on the other side)” I didn’t notice, I really thought it was the Gen Ad because I saw another entrance which is VIP. I’m so pissed off, and then they told me to cross over but not to line up again, just to give the ticket to ticket collector on the other side.

The funny thing is, IM ALREADY INSIDE! When I want to went outside and talk to my brother, the other girl from VIP stamp me on my left arm.. So I had a stamp saying “VIP” so is my other sister.

When we are inside, I saw the faces and the eagerness of the people inside the GA. I was like, I should be on that crowd. The VIP divider to GA was very huge, like people in GA can’t enjoy the event anymore cause they are too far from the band who’s performing. Normally, it’s great to have a moshpit when you are near the band rather than far away and cant see anything but the TV screen.

So far, everything is going good. I take some photos from people in the GA.

Later on, they got irritated, and started the Gatecrash. Gatecrash is usually the term where people from the event start to crash the gate to go through. The funny thing is, it usually happens whenever they are outside and don’t have any tickets. On Tanduay Rhum, they started to crash the small gate divider between VIP and GA.

The first gatecrash was unsuccessful. It happened when they decided to pull over the females to go inside the VIP. Some people got caught by the ridiculous bouncers and they started to hit them. The second is a failure too, but that time there are so many people from GA already in the VIP section and it started to become crowded. After few minutes, I’m trying to record some video from people in GA side.

The third gatecrash one is one of the worst I’ve seen after so many years. The last time I saw the violence was the bouncer hit one of my friends in UP Fair back last 2005. Now, I saw how they violate the House Rules.

According to Tanduay Rhum Rock Fest IV House Rules:
• Excessively rowdy behavior will not be tolerated.
• The organizer reserves the right to accost audience members whose behavior is deemed a threat to the safety of the general public.
• Violators of the abovementioned house rules shall be immediately ejected from the venue.

Bouncers are meant to stop people who lead misbehavior. They receive the right to accost the audience. Meaning, to stop them but not to hurt them physically, kick them and give them a commanding punch. Bouncers are meant to approach the audience and automatically eject them.

The audience from GA do the gatecrash to enjoy the event. Although they violate the house rules, they don’t deserve to hurt by bouncers and treat them like a punching bag.

The Event is not well organized. And according to the voice of audience, it is really poorly organized and the host is truly bored. I admit that, only a few people follow their directions! Example, they asked the whole crowd to make a toast in the air. Out of 100% people less than 50% followed! There are so many people on my side who didn’t follow them.

Another thing, as mentioned above, I said all tickets are sold out. The funny thing is they make more than the people can enter the venue. Let’s say around 30-40k people are only the people can get through. They over SOLD the maximum amount of tickets than they should have.

Tons and tons of people are complaining that after the huge line, bouncers or organizer will tell them that they can’t go inside because the event venue is FULL!

What an epic fail right? Do Tanduay Rhum RockFest IV care to give satisfaction to audience? Or they care for their own benefits?

Only few people enjoy the event. And if I’ll rate this compare to the entire Event I went,
7/10 for the chosen bands
2/10 for the event organizers
4/10 for the Tanduay Rhum who’s selling their drink inside
3/10 for Foods inside.

Total of 4 out of 10…