We celebrated Jaime’s birthday this year with a bang – by watching Spandau Ballet, live in Manila. Well if, like us and our tito tita standards, you define ‘bang’ as watching an 80s band perform their greatest hits and some new songs they have churned out over the years. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert, as did the hundreds of other titos and titas in the audience.

Spandau Ballet sang old favorites like Gold, Through the Barricades, Lifeline, Round and Round, and of course, True. We were thrilled that Fra Lippo Lippi was the opening act, too. Or at least one member of the band was. Yihee prom songs. The kids in the audience had absolutely no idea what was going on.

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Grisly little trivia: Spandau Ballet actually refers to the “dance” that Jewish prisoners made while they were being gassed or hanged at Nazi concentration camps. No wonder the band landed in the list of “World’s Worst Band Names,” a list that includes Dogs Die in Hot Cars and Crazy Penis.

It will be a couple more years before Jaime actually turns golden. Hopefully we’ll still have enough energy to watch concerts then.


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