For the third time, ALAB has staged another successful Open Mic held at Black Kings Bar in West Avenue, Quezon City last August 20, 2015. I co-hosted the event whose proceeds would be donated to The Storytelling Project, a non-governmental organization that goes to remote places to tell stories and teach reading to kids.
|Me and my co-host, Faye de Leon|
A well-attended event, ALAB’s Open Mic titled “Katha” was graced by guest performers such as Dia and Simone Sales of “Mga Apo ni Lola Basyang”, Palanca Award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator May Tobias-Papa, Spoken Word poet and playwright Juan Miguel Severo, and musicians Reese Lansangan and Ebe Dancel.
|Ms. Dia and Simone Sales, interpreting "Araw sa Palengke", written by Ms. May Tobias-Papa|
|Award-winning children's book writer and illustrator, May Tobias-Papa|
|Kuya Rey Bufi, founder of The Storytelling Project|
|Musician Reese Lansangan|
|Spokeword poet and playwright, Juan Miguel Severo|
|THE Ebe Dancel!|
The audience were wowed as well by those who volunteered to perform their original poems or played their own song composition. The stage of Black Kings Bar became the venue of a promising career for the first timers!
|JC Deato, a first-timer who delivered his poem|
In between the performances, ALAB also raffled off prizes courtesy of Poetry Magnets and St. Hale Cookies.
|PoetryMagnets, one of our sponsors|
It was an emotional night for everyone. The storm did not hinder the enthusiastic audience from coming to the venue. And they got their monies’ worth.
|Black Kings Bar, West Ave., Quezon City, the venue of the event|
We, the organizers of ALAB, would like to thank our sponsors who made the event possible: Black Kings Bar, RadioRepublic, St. Hale Cookies, PurpleBug, and Micara Land, Inc. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our volunteer photographers Ervin and Eric Avena, Arlo Lorenzo, and Ricky Adeva.
|The organizers and the photographers|
The next ALAB Open Mic would be held on October 3, 2015 in the 1st Katipunan Art Festival.
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