Makati After Dark was supposed to be a night of fun and enjoyment for all of its participants. It looks like it turned to be another of those "good looks, no results" events when most of the participants were ripped off by the organizers not delivering to their promises. Local media stations managed to spoon feed the public with their own version of the story by saying it was a success. In reality, everyone got their own smirks when it turned to be A BIG FLOP.
At first it was not really of my concern to speak up to this issue but having to know the people and organizations who got ripped off I decided to speak up and share my thoughts about the situation. The first part of this was the morning events in which got delayed due lack of preparations. The afternoon proceeded as planned thanks to the undying prevalence of the staff of GTMACCON Interactive. It was an event on its own and never needed to act as a "filler" for the main event.
But guess what happened? Bands starting to back out the last minute and the organizers for the main event where nearly nowhere to be found. Did they intentionally hid themselves from all the shame and humiliation that they are going to face or it's part of a scam to find and a scapegoat after they stole most of the people's money away? I can't event answer it myself but this was not the first time that this happened in a long while.
Remembering the original "Outbreak Manila", there were instances that the volunteers were not given the proper treatment. Many of us just stayed because we have our own personal stakes to accomplish. At least I give them a pat in the back for personally saying their failures to us. That's makes it even for all who were involved. For the organizers of this event however, I do not understand why do they need to create such if they don't have the confidence to put their goals into fruition as if they were just "expendables".
The worst part? Everyone want to blame the sideliners for the faults of the main event themselves. I do understand that they do have the right to defend themselves. I do respect them for taking up the risk and volunteer themselves but with that risk is that sense of responsibility. You can't fight negative feedback with ignorance. It would be happy for myself and the others if you said "we don't have an idea" rather than just saying "we enjoyed it even though it didn't go as planned".
So who it is to blame? The organizers who flopped the main event? The sideliners who volunteer their services to be bashed unconditionally because they were doing their parts? Maybe the real problem here is not everyone opening up their thoughts about what happened. I can name a dozen events in the past that acted like this but we must think and analyze it carefully so nobody will never have to get ROBBED and BURNED at the same time.
"It's a USED-OR-BE-USED ECONOMY out there". A businessman/events organizer told to me once. Maybe it's true but at least were fixing it slowly and not hiding from the reality of the situation.