Needful Things

Conga
Some days, I just want to bang on the drum all day! It is so great being retired to the Philippines and I can’t think of a better place than the Bacolod area.

Das Burgery
I know several places to find the Cheeseburger in Paradise. I recently posted about Gunny’s All American Burger in Bacolod. Well, Buckaroos, you can add one more excellent burger to your list. Das Burgery. You can check their Facebook to get their schedule, as they are not a restaurant in a building. They are traveling burgers. Das Burgery is at Ayala District Mall one or two weekends each month.

Das Burgery
Hey! That’s me with a 101 Das Burger and an ice cold SMB.

It is impossible to be bored in the Bacolod area. There is something to do for most everyone. Unless you are a hunter. Wildlife is protected in the Philippines and foreigners cannot own firearms.

Conga
It’s time to bang on the drums again. I am excited to play Conga! I have my own Latin Percussion Timbales drums at home. Remember Tito Puente?

Please check out my latest article about Thanksgiving in Bacolod on Retiring to the Philippines.

http://retiringtothephilippines.com/living-in-the-philippines/thanksgiving-bacolod/

Take care! I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

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Drum Competition at the 2012 Panaad sa Negros Festival

Yesterday, April 15, was the last day of this year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival. We did not attend until the late afternoon.

I am by no means a professional drummer but I have my own set of Timbales drums with the cow bell attached and I have played since the early 90s. The highlight for me during the last day of the Panaad Festival was the drum competition. Cities and towns from around Negros Occidental take the drum competition seriously and they practice year ’round until the next Panaad Festival.

Drum Competition

Drums, drums and more drums! Congas, bongos, timbales, steel drums, kettle drums, bass drums, homemade drums and professionally made drums. Music to my ears!

A break from the action

Waiting for their round again in the competition.

Last turn!

Such fast, furious and excited drumming was hard to capture on camera but they were really cooking! I wish the late great Tito Puente, King of the Timbales, was still around to see the local talent. He would be proud.

Encore!!

They certainly had the beat! The drummer blowing the samba whistle during the drumming really made the Panaad Festival a Carnival Event. Cabasa shakers, cheese scrapers and other hand shaken instruments added to the wonderful sound! Percussion at its finest.

Time to start practicing again, as the Drum Competition of the 2013 Panaad sa Negros Festival will be here before we know it. Only about 364 more days left to practice!!