Open Mic – Zamboanga’s hottest art event expression PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

There is a something new happening at Kape Zambo every Monday evening. Launched last week, the “Open Mic Mondays” ( is inviting again everyone who loves to sing, read poetry, and perform as an artist tomorrow. The fun begins at 7:30pm.

Organized by local artists and writers who dubbed themselves as Toko Productions, and in cooperation with the management of Kape Zambo, “Open Mic Mondays” was first launched on May 19 to a standing-room-only crowd of poetry-readers and poetry lovers, musicians and storytellers, plus performers and comedians. Who knew that there were so many Zamboangueños who are not just content to watch performances, but to BE the performers themselves and share poems and songs!

Toko Productions – composed of AdZU theater maestro Kiko Miranda, painter Amihan Jumalon, Bendix Fernandez, Jason Kris Kanindot, and Karl Jingco – envisioned the event to provide a venue for local performers with a ready stage and an appreciative audience…and they succeeded! It was truly an amazing and eye-opening affair with audience member after audience member going up to the microphone to be heard. Indeed, it brings to mind that the phrase Levanta Zamboanga should not only mean to rebuild structures, but to restore our voices and show our love for the arts.

In addition, the “Open Mic Monday” event featured a local improv team who shared a form of live comedy theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a scene were made up on the spot from the audience’s suggestions themselves. Everyone had a hilarious night as the performers showcased a brand of comedy that was not hurtful or insulting, but simply spun scenes from whatever the audience threw at them: from a reggae song about water rationing(!) to a three-headed oracle answering questions about your career and love life.
Ready to come up onstage? Want to participate in improv comedy? Hungry to meet other artistic individuals, widen your community, and share in the rush of local creativity and culture? Then let’s grab some coffee and catch up on the 2nd “Open Mic Monday” tomorrow at  Kape Zambo in Canelar Street.

By Dante Corteza

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”