"I think I was just amused that people still called Chino Roces, 'Pasong Tamo,' more than 10 years after its name had changed. So, it was a joke, of sorts. And then when my other partner [Anna Sobrepeña] wrote something about it, it suddenly became this nostalgic thing."
Quark Henares is referring to the infamous and decadent club, rave, and lounge scene that blossomed on the edge of Makati and Pasay two decades back, when places like ABG's and Lava Lounge held court to the hipsters of the time. Today Henares is part owner and DJ at 20:20 and XX XX, both located alongside each other in a secluded area along Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati.
XX XX gives off a more avantgarde vibe, reminiscent of Rave parties. This is where a lot of the electronic music is played and some very interesting and artsy functions are held, like a BDSM ball called Elephant. 20:20 is more casual, it's more of a chillout lounge similar to the clubs that ruled the strip in the late '90s.
"What we're trying to do here is bring back that '90s scene, where different music tastes took over, it’s more free-spirited, and more open minded. A banker can mix with somebody who's a creative graphic artist and nobody cares because you’re just here to have a good time and connect with the music and the art," says Mikail Schemm, part owner and resident DJ.
"20:20 is rejuvenating this area, and there are only a few places that stand out for people who appreciate music at it’s very core," says DJ Coox Moreno. "What this place is providing is a form of identity that stands out from the mainstream."
Get in before everybody else starts riding the trend.
This story was originally published in the August 2017 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits were made by the FHM.com.ph editors.