2015 Bandastiks participating bands: Ateneo (winner), La Salle and Assumption. (Contributed photos)
De La Salle Alumni Association Metro New York and Ateneo Alumni Association Northeast will present “Bandastiks” at the Philippine Center of the Philippine Consulate in New York on Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Scheduled to perform are bands from the alumni associations of De La Salle, Ateneo De Manila, Xavier University, St. Paul University and Assumption.
The event is open to guests 21 years and older.
Tickets to Bandastiks are $25 per person, which includes Open Bar, and can be purchased thru bandastiks.eventbrite.com.
The Bands competing include Green Beats (La Salle), Snooky’s Bakdor 345 (Xavier), The Reginas (Assumption), The Paulines (St. Paul) and Iskulbluekul (Ateneo).
Bandastiks was formed by La Salle and Ateneo alumni associations in New York with the purpose of fostering camaraderie among alumni in a competitive but fun event through music.
“After a hiatus, the 2016 Bandastiks is the 4th music competition held in the Northeast in recent years,” said Archie Alvarez, La Salle spokesperson. “We are very excited to offer it to the public again this year.”
“Ateneo and La Salle have been known for its competitive rivalry back in the Philippines not just in sports like basketball but in other areas as well. Even after we have graduated from our respective schools, it is really amazing the connection Ateneans and Lasallians have here in New York,” said Alvarez.
“We are so proud to be part of Bandastiks because it shows that both schools, who are bitter rivals, can collaborate together as one in showing their love and pride for their alma mater in a friendly competitive environment.”
Ryan Paayas of Xavier explained, “Snooky” is the favorite artist (i.e., Snooky Serna) of the former Vice Principal of XU High School, thus a “code name” of sorts of the students.
Bakdor is Visayan for “backdoor” a “carinderia” located at the fringes of the school proper.
“345” is a time when students hang out at the “bakdor” at the end of classes and do a lot of nefarious student activities.
Let’s rock and roll!
Turn on the distortion and crank up the volume...Snooky’s Bakdor 345 is here!
“In 2004, a fortuitous event occurred in NYC: graduates of universities in the Philippines, now living in and around New York, were challenged to form alumni-based bands and compete in a ‘battle-of-the-bands’ benefit to raise money for Filipino charities,” said Michael Ruivivar of Ateneo.
Ruivivar pointed out that the five of the original 14 member band of 2004, Iskulbluekul, will be performing in this year’s Bandastiks.
According to Ruivivar, the name “iskulbluekul” is derived from the popular Filipino slang term, “iskul bukul.”
The Pinoy Slang Dictionary, iskul bukul defines: hindi nag-aaral (does not study); pumapasok sa iskul para alamin kung may pasok o wala (goes to school only to find out if there is school); pumapasok sa iskul dahil sa baon (goes to school for the allowance from one’s parents); pumapasok sa iskul para man chicks (goes to school because of the girls); o di kaya talagang hindi pumapasok (does not really go to school); (physically present but mentally absent).
The “blue” in iskulbluekul refers to the Ateneo de Manila University (from which most band members graduated) school color.
Iskulbluekul is also a play on “Iskul Bukul,” a very popular Filipino TV show from the early 80s.
While most of the musical groups of Ateneo, La Salle, Xavier and Assumption are bands comprised of guitars, drums and keyboards, The Paulines of St. Paul Alumnae is an ensemble with piano and percussion.
“It will be great fun to perform in Bandastiks,” said Marilyn Abalos of St. Paul.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate our community of support and friendship not only among our alumni but equally important with other alumni groups in the U.S. At Bandastiks, we can revel and enjoy our love of music, fellowship and alma mater!”
Sponsors for the 2016 Bandastiks include GMA Network and 13 Degrees North.