The rift was between OCAI & Barangay San Antonio. BANCHETTO, a project of OCAI, as we heard it from one of their Kagawad, became the "collateral damage," a result of the differences between the two.
We tried to look for a temporary hub so that our regular patrons & new visitors will still have a chance to experience BANCHETTO even in a different location. Robinson's Forum gladly obliged to our request and gave us three (3) Fridays, May14, 21, & 28, to extend our BANCHETTO-FORUM, not only on regular Wednesday & Thursday Nights but also on a Friday Night for 3 consecutive weeks. Some of our vendors in BANCHETTO-EMERALD became our guest vendors in BANCHETTO-FORUM during those 3 Fridays we were temporarily adopted by Robinsons.
But we can only be there for 3 Fridays.
There was no definite response from OCAI as to our position. The Barangay San Antonio is waiting for the Captain to arrive from USA after 4 weeks. Yes folks, we are floating in the air, because nothing is definite whatsoever up to this moment.
We have to do something. The vendors' energy to fight for it is dwindling. The energy is getting lower each week. There is also a possibility, that our patrons may not wait anymore & look for an alternative place to go to.
We have to make a decision from our end. We believe in the principle of "momentum of continuity," kapag pinatagal pa ang paghihintay, BANCHETTO may be gone with the wind!
Finally we looked for a place very near Emerald Avenue, very near Ortigas Center. A place we can call our own, and cannot be interfered anymore by the so called "authorities,"(I wish they could help us instead because we are not a nuisance to the city, in fact we are helping the city itself! The vendors are small entrepreneurs trying to have a decent living, trying to stand on their own feet without asking any monetary help from the government. These vendors have fed many mouth by employing a lot of crew members, most of whom are poor people, to help them out in their business) whose interest is not really for the common good of everyone but for their own hidden agenda. Sorry about that segway, I just want to blurt it out off my skin.
Yes we have decided to relocate BANCHETTO-EMERALD.
We will begin
this Friday, June 10, 2011.
For the remaining 3 weeks of the month of June(10th, 17th & 24th), we will be there every Friday Night only from 9pm OVERNIGHT till 7am Saturday. But beginning in July, BANCHETTO-MEGATENT will be every Friday & Saturday Nights from 9pm OVERNIGHT till 7am the next day. BANCHETTO-MEGATENT is located at the open parking area of MEGATENT, along Meralco Avenue between the Renaissance Towers & Department of Education Building, Pasig city.
At this point, we are asking again for your understanding, for your support, for your love, on this geat move we made. All our vendors in BANCHETTO-EMERALD are joining BANCHETTO-MEGATENT. With your help, I know we can make BANCHETTO-MEGATENT another tourist destination, "a feat done to BANCHETTO-EMERALD by all of those who love BANCHETTO!"
I believe, that whatever their next move will be for emerald, BANCHETTO-EMERALD has already left "a mark, a trail, a footprint" in it and can never be erased by anyone anymore! BANCHETTO-EMERALD is part of the history of Ortigas Center, of Pasig City, of the Philippines!
WE hope to see you all there in BANCHETTO-MEGATENT on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9pm OVERNIGHT till 7am Saturday. Please shout it & tell everyone about this new development!
Thanks so much for all your love, for all your continuous support!