Ever since Scout Magazine’s launch, I look forward to their annual parties. If you’re a music lover like me, then it’s the kind of party you’d love: an ace line-up of local music gems packed in one night, a fun theme with matching activities. Of course, for those who love their booze, there’s free beer as well!

As my friend and I ascended into the 5th floor of SM Aura, we saw the line to get into the Samsung Hall almost spilling over to the outside rooftop deck. And it wasn’t even 7pm yet! I’d expected a big crowd as since the last two Scout parties were full house, but this year was the first time they were charging a door fee. It just goes to show how Scout readers are loyal to the publication they support.

Scout Magazine is a Philippine publication that focuses on the youth. The youth run the magazine, so they capture our whims, dreams, challenges and understand our perspectives.

As we entered the Samsung Hall, one of the first things we saw was the big white banner with the words “Scout Summer Camp” on it. The sign itself was very camp-like with its base being wooden sticks.

Just before entering the room with the main stage, we spotted the colorful paper mache stuffed bear right by the doors.

What struck me upon entering the room was that everyone was seated. The atmosphere was so chill, almost as if we were at the park having a picnic whilst admiring the bands on stage. But by the time Tom’s Story came on, everyone stood up.

There were picnic tables on the right side of the room where people could sit as they ate their dinner (there were food concessionaires near the stage) or if they were feeling more attuned to the theme, they could claim their spot at the teepee at the back or at the makeshift bonfire near the archery booth and rope crawl center.

There were more than enough avenues for Scout readers to immerse themselves in the camping culture, but it was obvious that they were for the music.

Host Sarah Carlos



Host Sarah Carlos approached the audience every time a band would finish their set. She would ask if there were fans of the next band. And every time, there were cheers for the next band setting up.

During one of Sarah’s interviews with an audience member, the latter said that before she loved these local indie bands, she adored foreign bands. Eventually, she found discovered the local indie music scene and was hooked. As I listened to her gush about her love for these bands, I couldn’t help but agree. It resonated with me. We had a similar musical journey in that sense.

Every time I find a Filipino musician or band that I love, it just fills me with so much hope. I am in awe of the talent that we Filipinos have. We have no shortage of world-class creative talent, that’s for sure.

Tom’s Story

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DJ Stage

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Oh, Flamingo

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Tandems 91

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Ang Bandang Shirley

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The Ransom Collective

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Izzy launched Days in Wonderland as an avenue for avid music fans and travel bugs to find inspiration. Days in Wonderland features concert photos and write-ups, song suggestions, interviews and travel guides.

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