Pido at a sports bar, Pink Sweats at New Frontier, and a 2-day free online health consult

The streets have come back to life at night, with gigs happening simultaneously. Choosing where to go can be confusing, especially on a weekend.

But on 26 August, I suggest you check out a new place called Activ8 (pronounced “activate”), a sports bar at Victoria Sports Club in Quezon City.

Victoria Sports Club is said to be “the first condominium in the country with a sports complex.” Its facilities include a basketball court, tennis court, badminton court, bowling alley, billiards and darts hall, squash court, shooting range, dance studio, wellness center, swimming pool, spa and clinics, plus a mini theater.

Pink Sweats performs 27 September at New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center, Quezon City. | photograph courtesy of fb/pink swears

On the eighth floor is Activ8, whose name was coined by Sonny Orallo, the club’s GM, himself a fitness authority. He knows what the body needs to be physically and mentally fit, but he’s also aware of the need to sit back and unwind.

Music happens to be his passion, too, having been a club DJ in the past. He belongs to the generation of Filipinos who listened hard to the music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

That’s why he thought of formally opening Activ8 with a special performance featuring singer-songwriter Pido Lalimarmo on 26 August.

Pido performs 26 August at Activ8 Sports Bar, Victoria Sports Tower, 799 Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Diliman, Quezon City. | photograph courtesy of fb/activ8

Pido performing solo on acoustic guitar is just the right act in a cozy place like Activ8, which seats about 50.

Sonny says he’s expecting the “cool dudes” crowd who can appreciate Pido’s classic pop-rock-jazz sound, with originals in between.

Book table reservations at 0927 559 7630 or 0927 559 7631. There’s no cover charge, just go straight to the eighth floor and look for the sports bar. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Pink Sweats
A second suggestion is the Pink Sweats concert on 27 September at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City.

National mWellness Day 2022, sponsored by health app mWell, will conduct free online consultations on 27 and 28 August. | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Born David Bowden in Philadelphia, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter was dubbed Pink Sweats because he was always in pink sweatpants.

As a kid he listened to 50 Cent and Kanye West. After high school he suffered from Achalasia, a stomach ailment, for three years.

Upon recovery he pursued music, working as a demo vocalist at age 19 and soon discovering he could write songs.

In 2018 he debuted with the single “Honesty,” a sparely arranged tune that went to no. 10 on Spotify’ US Viral Chart.

Listening to it on Spotify while writing this column, I’m glad to realize over 280 million people have likewise heard it.

Another track, “At My Worst” (also with a sparse sound, think Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and “Sorry”), has more than 450 million streams.

I wonder if the kids who will watch Pink Sweats will drag along their parents, coz this is one instance when the so-called generation gap will blur.

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National mWellness Day
Heads up, people with health issues. There’s an event called National mWellness Day 2022, sponsored by health app mWell, which will conduct free online consultations on 27 and 28 August.

Doctors from Makati Medical Center Foundation and Makati Medical Center Wellness Center have volunteered to participate, as well as mental health experts from MindNation.

National mWellness Day 2022 is supported by diverse partnerships in one fully integrated platform. Among the companies backing it are Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Foundation, PhilCare, Generali, Unilab, MedExpress, 24 Alkaline-C and PiCur antioxidant.

Download the mWell PH app, register, click the National mWellness Day banner, and use the Health Pass code: FREECONSULT.

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