past forward

17 09 2008

Yesterday, i stumbled upon a bag full of old pictures,papers,fliers from back in the day. It’s amazing how time flies and how we’ve changed, improved or failed throughout the years. There were lots of good times and equally bad experiences but all in all, essential in what we may be doing today. It’s good to look back every now and then,in order to move to the future.

One day you’re selling records then you’re on radio, the next time you part own a bar and when you wake up you’re married with kids, managing bands and running a small label. Along the way you meet different people, some of which are still around and some are gone, much like places and things. Here’s a few examples of miscellaneous goings-on that had something to do with my yesterday, in correlation to today and possibly,even tomorrow.

flier for the opening of the “way ahead of its time” bar for the local lounge lizards circa 1998
the original Groove Nation partners. Arnel F.,Alde A. and myself.

the original Groove Nation partners. Arnel F.,Alde A. and myself.

The Verve Room where Mario was the resident dj and yours truly guested every now and then.

The Verve Room where Mario was the resident dj and yours truly guested every now and then.

my co-host Myrene(Sandwich/Imago) at the old NU107 station for Groove Nation Sessions 94-96

my co-host Myrene(Sandwich/Imago) at the old NU107 station for Groove Nation Sessions 94-96

with Boo Kyler during the RT years for Groove Nation's After Hours

with Boo Kyler during the RT years for Groove Nation's After Hours

my Vespa taken by Neil Oshima

my Vespa taken by Neil Oshima

the actual mag ad featuring the Vespa

the actual mag ad featuring the Vespa

with Jason Bentley of Metropolis on KCRW/Quango Records and then girlfriend Veronica.

with Jason Bentley of Metropolis on KCRW/Quango Records and then girlfriend Veronica.

Some of the coolest Jap friends of mine and the GN crew. Shigeru and Koro. Not in picture is Hiro. Our excellent visual graphic jocks and former partners in Lava Lounge.

Some of the coolest Jap friends of mine and the GN crew. Shigeru and Koro. Not in picture is Hiro. Our excellent visual graphic jocks and former partners in Lava Lounge.

Alde and Arvin.A couple of my really really good friends. Here in fookin Manchester vibe circa 1990

Alde and Arvin.A couple of my really really good friends. Here in fookin' Manchester vibe circa 1990

Regulars at the store then. Bob Y,Felisa and my cousin AJ G.

old friends from highschool/mobile days in the 80's. Maly and Boom of Violent Playground and one time ex singer of VP, news anchor, actor Manoy

old friends from highschool/mobile days in the 80s. Maly and Boom of Violent Playground and also at one point,singer of VP,actor and news anchor Manoy

Jonny, Pepi at 1 1/2, myself and Kim of DSOUND

Jonny, Pepi at 1 1/2, myself and Kim of DSOUND

our beloved top dogs Margot and Georgie who just recently passed away after 14 years of making us happy.

our beloved top dogs Margot and Georgie who just recently passed away after 14 years of making us happy.

those of you who went to Groove Nation should know Carlo O. and Joel G.(my best friend) who were behind the counter pre-dating High Fidelity shenanigans. Right here in their glorious 80s new wave pose. Carlo is currently with Ben Sherman/Paul Smith and Joel resides in the US.

those of you who went to Groove Nation should know Carlo O. and Joel G.(my best friend) who were behind the counter pre-dating High Fidelity shenanigans. Right here in their glorious 80s new wave pose. Carlo is currently with Ben Sherman/Paul Smith and Joel resides in the US.

Noel de Brackinghe, now of Sweetspot and engineer for Up Dharma Down's recordings with Doy Santos and Cocoy Puyat inside 99.5RT for SNL.

Noel dB, now of Sweetspot and engineer for Up Dharma Down with the other GN guys Doy and Cocoy at the old 99.5RT studio for SNL with Boo Kyler

Gienel! Koro and Hiro- the best visual graphics guys and way before the term video jock came about. Great friends as well. Also in the picture is Paolo , another good friend and supporter

Gienel! Koro and Hiro- the best visual graphics guys and way before the term video jock came about. Great friends as well. Also in the picture is Paolo , another good friend and supporter

Benedictine Abbey School school mates, the Jocson brothers in the US. Young, Pinoy and in the snow

Benedictine Abbey School school mates of mine, Jocson brothers and Joel in the US. Young, Pinoy and in the snow. New Wave chong!

Peter Coyle of The Lotus Eaters with good friend Karlo Samson at the dinner hosted by my cousin Cherish Garcia.

Peter Coyle of The Lotus Eaters with good friend and Groove Nationale Karlo at the dinner hosted by my cousin Cherish.

Cocoy, Myself, Jon Hardy,Chez Damier(standing), Derrick Carter and Paolo t. in 98

Cocoy, Myself, Jon Hardy,Chez Damier(standing), Derrick Carter and Paolo t. in 98

take your pick...The Fat Boys? Ant & Dec? I have no idea how they were able to convince us to pose like this in Boracay but here it is. You may stop laughing now.

take your pick...The Fat Boys? Ant & Dec? I have no idea how they were able to convince us to pose like this in Boracay but here it is. You may stop laughing now.

Laurent Garnier and i at the best Consortium ever in 97'

Laurent Garnier and i at the best Consortium ever in 97

After store hours we'd usually hangout a bit. Felisa, Patrick,myself,my cousin Louie and John "B-Boy" Deakins.

After store hours we usually hangout a bit. Felisa,Patrick,myself,my cousin Louie and John "B-Boy" Deakins

no, it ain't Bagets nor The Gwapings, It's Positive Noise L.A. chapter. Edwin & Robert Maclife,Dwight A., Dan S. Lots of good times with these bunch!

no, it ain't Bagets nor The Gwapings, It's Positive Noise L.A. chapter. Edwin & Robert Maclife,Dwight A., Dan S. Lots of good times with these bunch and yes ,we were hamming it up for the cam!

For the Halloween party around 97 at Ramon Magsaysay Center in Malate, Mario S dressed as uhm, of course, Mario of Mario Brothers and Ces G. as some housefwife in curlers.

For the Halloween party around 97 at Ramon Magsaysay Center in Malate, Mario S dressed as uhm, of course, Mario of Mario Brothers and Ces G. as some housefwife in curlers.

A Youth and a couple of Muhlachs

A Youth and a couple of Muhlachs

more Muhlachs

more Muhlachs

One of my early bookings and small billing alongside L.A.underground staples of the day and the great Doc Martin himself. check out the Toti D. spelling. I suppose you can guess why. If not, say my name with an American twang.

One of my early bookings and with an itsy bitsy billing alongside L.A.underground staples of the day and the great Doc Martin himself. check out the Toti D. spelling. I suppose you can guess why. If not, say my name with an American twang.

Aphrodite, Christian Smith and Misstress Barbara and the press at Lava Lounge

Aphrodite, Christian Smith and Misstress Barbara and the press at Lava Lounge

9 Fanzine

9 Fanzine

Mutual Admiration Society

Mutual Admiration Society

Tracey Thorn and fanboy with the "pinch me i must be dreaming"look.

Tracey Thorn and fanboy with the"pinch me i must be dreaming "look.

Vividly remember this tour and dancing to Greame Park at the Mayan dropping really low BPM tracks like Inner City's "Watcha Gonna Do with My Lovin" and Saint Etienne's version of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

Vividly remember this tour and dancing to Greame Park at the Mayan dropping really low BPM tracks like Inner City's "Watcha Gonna Do with My Lovin" and Saint Etienne's version of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

one of Seal's best known songs "killer" is originally an Adamski 12"single featuring a then unknown Seal.

one of Seal's best known songs "killer" is originally an Adamski 12"single featuring a then unknown Seal .Here, he gamely holds a placard promoting Positive Noise. No Groove Nation, Terno Recordings yet in the offing.

3 of the still,very active and loyal Groove Nation people around. Mario and Gina S., Cyril Y.

3 of the still,very active and loyal Groove Nation people around. Mario and Gina S., Cyril Y.

3 of the cast of Melrose Place Bgy Groove Nation. Felisa,Benjie L.and Belle currently with NU107

3 of the cast of Melrose Place Bgy Groove Nation. Felisa,Benjie L.and Belle currently with NU107

my former partners in Quiapo vintage watch expeditions Agu P(now editor of Men's health and also the guy responsible for the Groove Nation logo) and Karlo S.( husband and writer at large)

my former partners in Quiapo vintage watch expeditions Agu P(now editor of Men's Health mag and the guy responsible for the striking Groove Nation logo) and Karlo, full time husband and writer at large.

This a shocker i know but this was Oakenfold pre-prog and trance crap-ola, when he was still putting out good stuff like Movement 98 and produced the Happy Mondays' Pills,Thrills & Bellyache. What i find more shocking is my Tom Hingley inspired bowl cut. It made me look more like Efren Reyes Jr.!

This a shocker i know but this was Oakenfold pre-prog and trance crap-ola, when he was still putting out good stuff like Movement 98 and produced the Happy Mondays' Pills,Thrills & Bellyache. What i find more shocking is my Tom Hingley inspired bowl cut. It made me look more like Efren Reyes Jr.!

a little recent but connected. Pepi was just 3yrs.old here,with friend Noelle

a little recent but connected. Pepi was just 3yrs.old here,with friend Noelle

my bosses

my bosses

pepi at Terno Au Go Go with Carlos. Heavy Duty...Rock & Roll.

pepi age 3 then at Terno Au Go Go with Carlos. Heavy Duty...Rock & Roll.

rajo,yes the designer at Consortium.

rajo,yes the designer at Consortium.

Cecile Zamora's Grocery at Consortium

Cecile Zamora's Grocery at Consortium

The actual test print of the Groove Nation(store)logo done by an Angeleno.

The actual test print of the Groove Nation(store)logo done by an Angeleno.

the Groove Nation paper cd bag

the Groove Nation paper cd bag

sample fan mail of Groove Nation Sessions

sample fan mail of Groove Nation Sessions

first episode of Groove Nation Sessions

first episode of Groove Nation Sessions

is this old skool or what?

is this old skool or what?

again with the name (towdi dee)

again with the name (towdi dee)

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17 responses

17 09 2008
skipscada

looking at those old gn pictures made me remember the smell! – dino

17 09 2008
totid

haha. will be posting more incriminating evidence.

18 09 2008
skipscada

shet i can see myself in one of them raves 100 lbs lighter!

18 09 2008
totid

ha. with a bird in tow at that. link your blog to mine.

18 09 2008
popleibel

Wow you were a Bedan too!

18 09 2008
rkevvy

1.1 gigawatts

18 09 2008
totid

Yes, i was in High School. So, you’re from Bene or main?

19 09 2008
popleibel

Bene. Grade School.

20 09 2008
isabetlog

Homaylord, the memories! Now I’m inspired. Will post old GN photos up too 😀

20 09 2008
drowning in my nostalgia « The simple yet complex world of The Collector

[…] in my nostalgia 20 09 2008 continuation and part 2 of Past Foward entry. Will post stuff when i get back from Terno Inferno at […]

22 09 2008
Jaime Tayag

Was Lava Lounge beside Abigees? I think I went there a couple of times.

22 09 2008
totid

Yes it was. Below the main building of that compound.

1 09 2009
DrStirringRhod

Hi Sir TOTI!! Nice trip down memory lane!! I used to buy records on your Groove Nation shop at the rooftop of VERNIDA BUILDING back on those days and even ordered some CDs. I was also a fan of GROOVE NATION SESSIONS at NU107. Btw, I would love to feature you on my little blog @ http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/ if It’s ok with you sir. THANKS!! MORE POWER!!

DR. STIRRING RHOD

3 09 2009
totid

hi there. nice to hear froman old customer and listener. Yes,sure you may. thanks for your support;)
toti

5 10 2009
DrStirringRhod

THANKS Toti!! 🙂 Btw, do you have an email where I could get in touch with you regarding my GROOVE NATION Blogpost feature? And also maybe you wanna share the POSITIVE NOISE Mobile story too to be added here:

http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/search/label/Manila%27s%20NEW%20WAVE%20Mobiles

THANKS AGAIN!! MORE POWER!!
DR. STIRRING RHOD

5 10 2009
totid

hi nice blog btw.it’s good you’re able to document all those groups. email’s info@ternorecordings.com or ternorecordings2@gmail.com in case it’s bouncing. prefer to discuss in person though.tnx

8 10 2009
DrStirringRhod

THANKS Toti!! I emailed you yesterday. I hope you recieved it. To follow nalang yung details. 🙂 Salamat!!

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