Location: Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
Built on a solid clubbing foundation from its mother club (J.Ave Super Club, which has been in the nightlife business for more than 10 years), OQTAGON BY J.AVE, now known only as OQTAGON, opened its doors in 2017. Since then, the club has grown to become an institution in the nightlife of Cebu. As the club’s PR Anthony suggests: “Though the nightlife scene has been very challenging in 2019, with customers becoming more demanding in terms of music and service, we made it to the point that their experience the moment they step inside is at par with any other clubs in the world, with a touch of Cebuano hospitality. The new Lounge Room on the second floor is now in full operation for chilling before the party.”
Key nights are Fridays and Saturdays with the theme, Local And Proud, highlighting Cebuano/Philippino DJs, including residents Juan Pablo (head DJ), Boyet Ilustrisimo, Cyrel Fernandez, Gimbert Manlawe, and MC Jed Ignacio. In 2019, international DJs such as Gregori Klosman, Kevu, Plastik Funk, South Korea’s Hyo and DJ Koo have also massively boosted the club’s image and growth.
Location: Cebu, Philippines
While 2017 was a banner year for Cebu’s crowning club jewel, OQTAGON, as it went on to place in the DJ Mag Top 100 for the first time, 2018 showed that staying true to its local roots with an eye towards the world remains a recipe for success. “Being ranked number 75 in 2018, OQTAGON marked itself as clubbing destination, not just in Cebu and the Philippines, but in Asia and the world,” says Marketing Manager Rey Dacalos. “With its campaign to promote Cebu to the world, OQTAGON highlighted its resident DJs, alongside local artists, with Local and Proud,” the club says about one of its flagship nights. Those residents include jocks like Juan Pablo and Boyet Ilustrisimo, with local names like Maxie Perez and Rich Rubillar on regular rotation.
2018 also saw the club book one of Asia’s biggest names, Seung Ri (Big Bang), in celebration of its eleventh anniversary, as well continuing to bring the best in international talent, and South Korean K-pop acts with the highly successful +82 party series. “True to the phrase Experience the Rage, it has become a byword in the nightlife industry, especially among the Asian tourists visiting the island on business and/or leisure,” the club says.
Location: Cebu, Philippines
The Oqtagon, in Cebu City — a day's journey from the capital Manila — has been going from strength to strength for more than a decade now, championing the region's own homegrown talent (one of its key parties is called Local and Proud). A solid team of 10 residents, led by head jock Juan Pablo, keep things steady, while Korean DJs like DJ Koo and Justin Oh head over for the +82 parties, a celebration of K-Pop. “Being in the business for more than 10 years, 2017 was a banner year for us,” they reckon. 'We were able to strengthen Cebu's image as a nightlife destination, not just in the Philippines, but in the world.” Long may it prosper.