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El Nino has gotten his message across pretty clearly, with a massive heat wave blanketing the metro without remorse. That’s even more reason to go out at night though, so here we are again giving you a list of places to spend your summer nights at. [firstpara]

San Miguel Celebrates FHM X!
We're feeling the love. Since the beginning of March our favorite beer brand has been having this roving party all in the name of FHM X! At selected bars come weekends, lucky bar patrons get FREE buckets of San Mig Light when the clock strikes 10pm.

Tonight March 19, the party is at Kwagos Bar in Madison Central along pioneer street in Mandaluyong. We suggest you head out over there and toast along with us!

Rivermaya Live
No Rico Blanco? No problem! Rivermaya is back with their latest album, Closest Thing to Heaven, and we trust that the ‘Maya boys can still indeed give our ears a blissful experience.

Catch them play their latest tunes at Eastwood Central Plaza on March 19, 8 PM, and again at Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill on March 26, this time an hour earlier at 7 PM.

Gig Guide
If you’re likely to get more excited with indie bands, well here’s our weekly gig guide for you. First up, we have Nacho Berry productions presenting First Heat which features Indios, Chillitees, Roja, Doublecross, Roberto Nicolas and Techy Romantics. This gig happens at Mag:net Katipunan tongiht, March 19.

Farther down Katipunan, Route 196 plays host to Terno Night featuring your favorite Terno Bands on that same night. Meanwhile at Saguijo, we have Kerplunk! providing you with another round of great non-mainstream music.

On March 20, Terno Night moves to Saguijo with Up Dharma Down, Musical O, Sleepwalk Circus, Encouters with a Yeti, The Charmes, Not Another Boy Band and guest Auto Kalesa.

Parties Galore
We like bands, just as much as we like to flat-out party, so here are the hottest clubs to visit this weekend for people with a weekly-recurring case of the party fever. First we have DJ Brian Cua spinning what he calls “reinvented, remixed and retrofitted famous house hits” at Famehouse Fridays at BED bar, Malate on March 19.

Meanwhile, it’s DJ Eric Kupper turning up the dancefloor heat at The Place Formerly Known as Embassy (Encore). Who is Eric Kupper you ask? Well he’s just a a two-time Grammy Award winner, and producer of Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Destiny’s Child, Jamiroquai, Madonna and more. So yeah, he’s pretty good.

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We’re still not done with Friday night however, as Birthday Fridays happens at Tabu bar in Legaspi Village, Makati City. It doesn’t have to be your birthday to get in, but if it is indeed you’re birthday, well, you’re in for a treat as birthday celebrants can avail of the open bar for free from 10:30 p.m. to 12 midnight. Call Tabu at 817-7523 for more information about this promo.

On the following night, March 20, your destination should be Izakaya Sake Bar in Greenbelt 2 where Sake To Me Baby happens. Featuring DJs D’tech and Switchtrik and special guest DJs, we’ll all be turning Japanese and getting our kampai for one happening night!

Crocs Mega Sale at Mega Tent
From March 18 to March 21, you can visit the Mega Tent located along Meralco Ave. in Ortigas where you can snag some Crocs footwear at up to 90% discount. Yep, you heard that right folks.

That’s a pretty big discount, so even if your feet are not itching for some Crocs right now, well, you can buy them here, and sell them to one of your friends who hopefully haven’t heard of this sale. We don’t have to tell you that you’re going to need some money for all your gimiks this summer.

Russian Film Festival 2010
From March 16 to March 20, the Russian Film Festival will be hosted at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on and at Onstage, Ayala Center, Cebu City on March 26-27, 2010 for our brothers down south. The festival will show five classic and modern Mosfilm pictures including Ward No. 6, Vanished Empire, The Star, Mirror, Agony.

The event commemorates the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines on June 2, 2011. Aside from the films, the event’s other highlight is a photo exhibit remembering Soviet Union’s victory in World War II.

All screenings are free on a first-come, first served basis. We advise you to come early because the CCP Dream Theatre only has a limited seating capacity of 100 persons. For more information and screening schedules, kindly call the CCP Media Arts division at 832-1125 local 1704 and 1705.

Volcom and Flip: Thrilla In Manila
Nope, Ali isn’t picking up his boxing gloves again. This one’s all about the skate generation of today, as Aloha Boardsports together with Volcom and Flip Skateboards showcase some really, really, really awesome skaters in the event.

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This week-long party which kicks off on March 20 at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig will also feature the video premiere of Flip Skateboard’s “Extremely Sorry,” and the Philippine’s first national skateboarding tour, “The Sari-sari Skate Tour.”

Juan dela Cruz Band (The Reunion Concert)
The guys who brought you hits like Ang Himig Natin, and Balong Malalim are doing their best Eraserheads impersonation as they give you their very own reunion concert. Fans of old-school Pinoy rock listen up. The event happens on March 21 at Metro Bar, 47 West Avenue, Quezon City.

Pepe Smith, Wally Gonzalez and Mike Hanopol will be ignoring all that back pain to give you one great show, which also features Noli Aurillo, Lolita Carbon, Emee Fortuno, Johnny Alegre AFFINITY, Bembol Rockers, The Jerks, Plug, R.B.E. and Dr. Crowley.

It’s a lesson in rock history, that’s for sure. Tickets are available for P1,030 at TicketWorld. Free seating; first come, first served.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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