Concerts & Gigs

Hotdog: The Reunion

Pinoy pop-rock legends the Hotdog band will reunite for a one-night-only show at the Dusit Thani Manila's grand ballroom.

The rare event, billed as "Hotdog: The Reunion," will bring together the original members of the iconic band that pioneered the celebrated Manila Sound of the 1970s, aided by renowned session players of that era.

Band leaders Rene Garcia (lead guitarist/vocals) and Dennis Garcia (bass) will be joined by Jess Garcia on drums, and Gina Montes, Maso Diez, Joy Reyes and Rita Saguin Trinidad, all former lead vocalists of Hotdog at various times.

They will be backed up by guest performer Joey Abando from The Boyfriends, and session musicians Benjie Santos, Carlo Gaa, Roy Marinduque and Roy Sadicon.

Hotdog is the band behind such Pinoy light rock classics as Pers Lab, Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko, Bongga Ka 'Day, Annie Batungbakal, Beh Buti Nga, Bitin Sa Iyo, Langit Na Naman, O, Lumapit Ka and that ode to the capital city that has become an anthem for Filipinos everywhere pining for home, Manila.

These songs, all written by Dennis and Rene Garcia, topped the local charts in quick succession from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. They remain among the most recognized and revered tunes in popular Filipino music.

In all, Hotdog released over three dozen hit singles that went on to achieve gold and platinum status.

Their first album, Hotdog: Unang Kagat, released in 1974 by Villar Records, became such a monster hit that it spawned a movie of the same title the following year. It starred the band alongside some of the biggest names in local cinema - Fernando Poe, Jr., Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos and Boots Anson Roa - in cameo roles.

Hotdog was formed by the Garcia brothers in 1974, when the contemporary music scene in the Philippines was lorded over by foreign acts spewing trite disco and funk tunes. Local bands, though bursting with talent, fell back on playing covers and mimicry of foreign hits to stay relevant.

Hotdog crashed the scene toting a unique sound - vibrant, catchy songs infused with Tagalog and Taglish lyrics that spoke directly to Filipinos' everyday sentiments. The genre became known as the Manila Sound and, in one fell swoop, overhauled the stilted musical landscape in stunning fashion.

Influential music critic Baby A. Gil, in her Philippine Star column of April 23, 2008, wrote: "The term now seems so passé but it is a fact that colonial mentality was what kept our 60s bands from becoming pop icons. They were merely copies and no originals. It was (Hotdog) who killed colonial mentality in pop music with (their) phenomenal Pers Lab in 1974. Suddenly it was cool to talk Taglish and listen to a Pinoy band."

By establishing an identity for mainstream Filipino music, Hotdog revolutionized the industry and paved the way for Original Pilipino Music or OPM to take root and flourish in the late 1980s and beyond.

Hotdog: The Reunion is a project of Diva! Incorporated.

In keeping with the theme, the band encourages groups such as alumni associations, social organizations and even simply barkadas to come together and hold their reunions at the show. Special group rates are offered.
Dusit Thani Manila
Edsa cor. Pasay Rd., Ayala Center, , Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines


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