9-ELEVEN Resto Bar, which serves a variety of food and drink, has opened a new branch on Beach Road in Garapan, near former Tony Roma’s/Capricciosa restaurants.
Bar manager Edwin Maratas said one of their bands, Groove Theory, will perform nightly at Garapan while another band, Kwerdas, will provide nightly entertainment at 9-Eleven Resto Bar in San Jose.
Groove Theory singer Jasmine Nabelgas noted that the tourist district of Garapan has become almost like a “ghost town” due to Covid-19 restrictions.
But she said their group considers it an honor to be part of an ongoing effort to revive Garapan’s lively nightlife atmosphere.
She said they are also ready to entertain Garapan’s more diverse audience. “We know a lot of songs. I’m like a walking jukebox,” she jokingly added.
Anthony Reyes, who is also a vocalist for Groove Theory, said they were excited to perform at 9-Eleven’s new branch.
For his part, Groove Theory lead guitarist Neil Capacio said he decided to take a break from music, but it kept “reminding” him.
“Maybe I really missed doing live band,” he said.
At 9-Eleven Resto Bar in San Jose, Mirabel Alapcio, first runner-up in last month’s karaoke singing contest, will join the Kwerdas Band as one of its singers.
“We’ve played on stage together before, and it’s been great — we have a good harmony,” she said.
Singer Gemma Raymundo, one of the pioneers of the Kwerdas Band, said their band had grown from an acoustic band to a full band.
Other members of the Kwerdas Band are drummer Tony Liguyan, bassist Alan David, vocalist Rolly Capayas and lead guitarist Jonathan Ibajan.