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Kinaiya at 57th Bar and Grill

A year ago, I received a shocking news — an accident that killed two of my acquaintances. They were more than just an acquaintance, they were good friends of my brother and sister in-law. I never thought that this event, which happened last May 2013, was the last time I struck a long conversation with them. This piece was posted on my Facebook page right after Kinaiya’s gig. And so I am reposting this in memory of David Sicam and Gerard Baja: may you rest in peace, my friends. Meeting and knowing you was something worth remembering.


I have not seen RT in our house for months now. So I was surprised to see RT again last night at 57th Bar and Grill in West Triangle, Quezon City. The place may not be a regular venue for gigs, yet the venue prides itself with good food at a reasonable price. If I am not mistaken, this was the first time the restaurant featured a live band show and hosted Isang Gabi ng Handumanan (A Night of Remembrance) with Kinaiya.

God must have showered Kinaiya with blessings this year that as early as May, this band has a lot to thank for — regular and invitational gigs, friends, and loyal supporters.

With David Sicam on vocals and guitar, Burn Belacho on guitar and harmonica, Darryl Andrade on drums, and Tristan Bacsa on bass, they combined their talents to come up with an acoustic music with an ethnic touch that relays their passion and advocacies. You could feel their brand of music with their opening number Bagong Buwan.

Their second number, Handumanan, was what the event all about: a night of remembrance for almost half a year of good vibes. The band performed their original songs for a venue filled with regular customers who witnessed Kinaiya for the first time.

The audience, and even the staff, was impressed with the quality of music the band has to offer despite some technical problems encountered at the start of the second set.

One could feel their ethnic beat, hear their harmony, and fear that the guitar strings might break anytime because of their intense performance.

Unlike with their previous gigs, no strings were broken that night. With eleven original songs, including their self-titled song, the band should come up with an album soon.

To use the lyrics of their closing number, Pilipino Sa Ibayo, here is a toast to Kinaiya: “Mabuhay ka (Mabuhay ka), mabuhay ka (mabuhay ka)…” (Believe me, it also became my last song syndrome.)

By the way, who is RT? Actually, it is not who, it is what. RT is my brother in-law’s fretless (jazz) bass guitar. — 20 May 2013

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