CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Hours before midnight of December 25, some guests at a high-end local hotel dropped by the bar to mark the holiday.
For most, the night out was a long-awaited respite from the circumstances that faced them that week in this typhoon-hit city.
A combo of two was there singing a repertoire of Standard tunes, mostly English and the occasional Latin.
On the keyboard was a lanky man wearing a luau polo. A virtual all-in-one band, he alternated piano and trumpet leads to the customized beats from his synthesizer.
Dodong, the pianist, alternated and harmonized tunes with his partner Rose, who was in a party dress.
The guests were impressed and called for encores. One of them approached the duo and said he wanted to sing.
Dodong said yes. “But first, I need a volunteer to play these.” And he pointed to the unused bongo drums nearby.
The clock struck 12 as the guest belted out another song.
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