A Grand Salute to Teachers

 

Many children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, or engineers. Some who are artistically inclined see themselves as sculptors, pianists or painters.  Still others desire to be beauty queens, racecar drivers or even  poets. The beauty of youth is such that one feels anything and everything can be achieved. But nobody ever became anybody just by wishing it. In order to become adept at any chosen field, one has to learn from good teachers.

Give, Guide, Educate

Gabay Guro, the education flagship program of PLDT SMART foundation under the directive of Manuel V. Pangilinan, has been assisting “would be teachers” and full-pledged educators for the past nine years. “Beyond the numerous scholarships that we have given out, we try to include pillars depending on the teachers’ needs. Over the years, we have included trainings, livelihood programs, provided computer labs and connectivity, built educational facilities and teachers’ housing. In addition, we have furnished tribute cards and held events like the annual Gabay Guro Teacherfest,” said Founder and PLDT SMART CFO Chaye Cabal-Revilla.  “The movement has improved the level of learning in the country. Education is a great equalizer. Educate a man and he has a bigger chance at having a better life,” added Chaye.

Chaye Revilla welcomes the 20,000 teachers who attended the event.

Chaye Revilla welcomes the 20,000 teachers who attended the event.

 

 

In 2016, more significant programs have been implemented to further the foundation’s cause. A digital livelihood partnership with 51Talk (a company listed in the NYSE) was recently launched. The goal of the program is to supplement the teachers’ income by teaching English to Chinese and Korean students online.  The tribute card has also been upgraded. Apart from the holder enjoying discounts at various retail partners, it can now be used as a beep card for LRT/MRT, buses and other public means of transport.

Teachers gather outside the MOA arena just before the start of the Teacherfest 2016.

Teachers gather outside the MOA arena just before the start of the Teacherfest 2016.

Last Sunday, an estimated 20,000 teachers from all over the country gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena to take part in the grandest Gabay Guro Teacherfest to date.  Raffle prizes included a house and lot, a van, four motorcycles,  laptops, cellphones , cash and more. The biggest names in local tinseltown performed to the delight of the audience. The event was hosted by Pops Fernandez, MJ Lastimosa and Andrew Wolff. Singers Vina Morales, Sam Concepcion, Michael Pangilinan and the Divas rendered numbers that were all warmly received. Maine Mendoza and the Eat Bulaga gang brought the house down with their medley of song and dance numbers. Industry giants Martin Nievera (who was still jetlagged and had just come from the airport), Jaya, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Olcasid each gave powerful performances. Gary Valeciano (with his son Gab and the Maneuvers) who was celebrating his birthday that same day shared his personal experience as a student and how his teachers inspired him to take a different direction in his life. At the middle of his number, the lights were turned off and the crowd lit up their smartphones. To cap the day’s festivities, broadway star and The Voice Coach Lea  Salonga read the Teacher’s oath together with reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera each gave soulful preformances.

Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera each gave soulful preformances.

 

Lea Salonga, Teacher Annie Masongsong and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

Lea Salonga, Teacher Annie Masongsong and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

What’s next for Gabay Guro? “The goal is to bring the program to all the regions of the country. Allow me to say that I’m truly proud of the core team and the more than 700 volunteers who tirelessly work to make this vision a reality. Gabay Guro has bonded all of us with our common love and deep appreciation for teachers,” ended Chaye.

The hosts of the show.

The hosts of the show.

 

Congratulations Gabay Guro on another successful event!

To the people who have helped us achieve our dreams and are now guiding our children in attaining theirs – Mabuhay kayo mga guro!

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Her Madjesty, Madonna

 

I remember several years ago when everybody who had anything to say gave their two cents worth about Lady Gaga’s impending concert.  The religious, the hateful and the fans took to social media to get their messages across. I watched that show and was impressed at how immensely talented she was.   I even brought my son with me.  There were some racy and suggestive  numbers which prompted me to send my son back to  the lounge at the private box where we watched.  Last week,  the furor was again repeated with the arrival of no less than the Queen of Pop, Madonna.  Manila was chosen as one of  The Rebel Heart Tour’s 80 stops around the world.  It kicked off September last year in Montreal.

Pinoys waited three decades to watch pop icon Madonna perform.

Pinoys waited three decades to watch pop icon Madonna perform.

 

Undoubtedly the most awaited concert  (Tickets were sold out since last year),  the fans could not contain their excitement as they entered the venue.   From her last concert in Macau,  three Boeing 747 planes carried lights,  sound equipment and props to our city.  The stage is really the  first thing to catch your attention.  An elongated cross with a heart attached to the tip and a rectangle stage with protruding balls at the end,  it was an early forboding  of what the show would be.    That show would start almost three hours late – at 11:42 to be exact.

When Madonna finally came out from a cage suspended in the air, the whole  Mall of Asia Arena exploded in shouts and cheers.   Madge mostly sang songs from her newest album.  I so loved when she did Rebel Heart.  “Why can’t you be like the other girls? I said oh no, that’s not me. And I don’t think that it’ll ever be.”   Flashes of  the music icon rendered pop art style flashed on the giant  screens showing her evolution through the years.  It was a visual feast as well as well as a hefty serving of lyrics to awaken the soul.  “So I took the road less travelled by. And I barely made it out alive.  Through the darkness somehow I survived. Tough love I knew it from the start  deep down in my rebel heart.”

Remember this look way back in the 80's? She will always be our favorite rebel.

Remember this look way back in the 80’s? She will always be our favorite rebel.

 

Of course, she had to sing her old songs from the 80’s!  The people asked for  “Crazy for You” but  she denied that request and sang other favorites instead. Reworked to sound more appealing to millenials, I wished she sang the songs in their original versions.  Still Madonna’s performance of “Burning Up”  while playing the electric guitar,  literally set the stage on fire.  Audience were treated to  La Isla Bonita,  Just Like A Prayer, True Blue, Material Girl and Music.

She sang old tunes like La Isla Bonita.

She sang old tunes like La Isla Bonita.

 

The costumes were fabulous! Japanese warrior , Spanish Senorita, Sparkle-clad 20’s girl and Rocker Goddess—all showed her well-taut physique.  How in the world could this woman be pushing 60?!   She had plenty of Asian dancers, aerialists who wowed the crowd from twenty foot poles and a moving stage that kept everybody at the edge of their seats.  The audience lapped up the profanity and applauded all the perfectly choreographed numbers. She ended the first night singing  “Holiday” while straddling a dancer as he carried her on his shoulders.  And yes, she draped the Philippine flag around her body and waved it to the adoring fans.

Madonna with the Philippine flag

Madonna with the Philippine flag

Holiday! Celebrate!

Holiday! Celebrate!

 

 

The politics and religion I will leave to others to write about.  Was it a show for kids? No it was not .  “ Vogue” had the 12 disciples, Mother  Mary and Jesus both on screen and on stage “posing”.    Some will say that Madonna is  nothing short of crass —  irreverent and unapologetic.   No one , however ,can deny that she is one of the most gifted women performers of our time .   The concert was a brilliant two hour   spectacle — nothing more , nothing less.   Hail to her Madjesty, Madonna!

Love MADGE!

Love MADGE!

 

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Royals – A Blended Valentine Concert

 

Concerts have always been part and parcel of the whole Valentine celebration.  Pinoys are ,by nature, sentimental and undoubtedly love to sing.  So it’s not  a surprise that all kinds of people – couples,  friends, families , even the singles, end up spending the night listening to their favorite artists belt out  love ditties.

At the Mall of Asia Arena,  “Royals”  gathered  two powerful pairs of singers as headliners.  The  blended pairings brought  icons Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez  who shared the stage with the younger breed of performers, rumored-couple Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto.  The quartet gave powerful performances one after another.  They opened the show with songs from  Queen (“Somebody to Love” and “Let Me Go)  and ended the first set with “Shut Up and Dance”.  The second set saw the girls bringing Adele songs “Hello” and “Sorry” to new heights.

Martin, Regine, Angeline and Eric in the Royals' Valentine concert

Martin, Regine, Angeline and Eric in the Royals’ Valentine concert

 

The spiels were funny too. At one point,  Regine motioned to the bleachers and said, “Akala ko ba mayayaman ang audience ko, bakit jan kayo bumili ng ticket???”  Martin Nievera chided Erik Santos for stealing “his song” (referring to This is The Moment) prompting the latter to retort “Bakit? Ikaw kumanta ng original?” “Hindi.”  “Eh bakit mo inaangkin?”  These and many more exchanges drew laughter from the crowd.

There were emotional moments too.  After Angeline and Regine did a series of Whitney Houston songs (which made the hair on my arms stand), the younger singer hugged the latter for a good two minutes.   In tears, Angeline said that she could not believe that  she was performing with her idol.   Regine complimented her by saying “Pwede na ko mag-retire.  You are so good!”

Angeline cries at the concert

Angeline cries at the concert

 

Highlights of the night included songs of Basil Valdez sang by the men and Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole  sang by Martin and Angeline.  The four also rendered a medley from Eraserheads (“Huling El Bimbo”, “Pare Ko and “Magasin”).

A night of love songs

Ogie Alcasid joined in the fun.

 

Regine sang "Usahay".

Regine sang “Usahay”.

The singers also delighted the crowd by dong songs from the 80’s.  At one point Vice Ganda and Ogie Olcasid joined them on stage.  What an enjoyable concert!  Was not aware that three hours had passed by.  I must say though that Angeline Quinto made a fan out of me.

The crowd enjoyed the Eraserheads medley

The crowd enjoyed the Eraserheads medley

 

Up next — MADONNA!!!

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Meeting Adam

“My heart is beating so fast! I’m so excited,” said one of the girls in my group as we were seated in the holding area.  A few minutes ago, we were handed meet-and-greet id’s with  the band’s picture on it.  Why oh why didn’t I pay much attention to my wardrobe today, I quietly chided myself.  Too late.  Our group was called by  “Sean” ,  the road manager for The V Tour.  I’m not even sure if that was his name due to the adrenalin rush  that I felt with each passing minute.

Oh Adam!

Oh Adam!

 

Soon it was time to enter the narrow hallway that led to the meet-and-greet area.  Long-haired, beard-faced “Sean” gathered the  four groups who were scheduled to have  photos taken with MAROON 5.  “Hello,’ he said enthusiastically.  “Everything will go very , very fast.  As explained earlier, we have an official photographer.  That’s why we asked all of you to leave your personal stuff outside.  The guys in the band know that the girls want to get near Adam – so they will make space for you,” he smiles knowingly.  “Please be reminded though that Adam does not like hugging or kissing.  So unless he makes the first move, just take your positions, give your best smile and we will send you the photos.”

I looked around and saw that everyone was unconsciously fixing themselves, practicing their smiles and had expressions much like toddlers on Christmas morning,  A few more moments passed by and then MAROON 5 entered the room … only they were not 5 but 6. Never mind.  It was so surreal!

SUGAR! Yes please!

SUGAR! Yes please!

 

Adam Levine was wearing a red t-shirt (which had   LOS ANGELES  FOX HOLE printed on it) and grey and red New Balance rubber shoes.   Up close, he wasn’t as tall as I imagined.   I took a mental snapshot of the tattoos on his forearms.  On the left, he had wings and a guitar  On the right, he had the words “I love you”  inked inside a heart. He was also wearing his wedding band.

The band stood in a straight line and soon the photo session was on its way.  Two of the girls in my group immediately made their way to  where Adam was standing.  I took my time and said hello and shook the hands of the other band members.  “Hi,” Adam said.  My heartbeat raised to 120 , my pulse rate double that. I gave him the best smile I could muster and mouthed an almost inaudible “hi” in return.  Somewhere in the background I could hear “Sean” saying  “Get ready guys…”  Three clicks from the photographer’s camera and my two minutes with Adam was over.  Happy sigh.

Surreal moment with Maroon 5!

Surreal moment with Maroon 5!

Adam with guitarist

The V-Tour gathered fans of all ages.  Maroon 5 sang 17 songs all in all.  They opened the show with “Animals” which had the raving crowd singing and howling. The band followed this with One More Night, Stereo Hearts, Harder To Breathe, Lucky Strike and Wake Up Call.  Familiar tunes like Payphone, This Love,  She Will Be Loved, Sunday Morning and Daylight elicited more singing from the receptive audience.  Of course, the people refused to leave until Adam sang Moves Like Jagger and the band’s latest anthem Sugar.

Up close and very personal!

Up close and very personal!

 

By the way, my husband was with me all the time this was happening.  He just looked amused as he watched me get all googly-eyed and excited.  It was one of those rare moments we had gone out without the kids.  Meeting Adam Levine was definitely a treat for a girl such as myself!   Having a date with my bestfriend  while we listened to music we both liked, however, turned out to be the best thing about the whole night.

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“IMAGINE DRAGONS” GOES READIOACTIVE IN MANILA!

This article was written by my son M 🙂

       Last August 27, 2015, Imagine Dragons held its first ever concert in the Philippines. Lead singer Dan Reynolds and his band-mates, guitarist Wayne “Wing” Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, brought their Las Vegas rock music all the way to our shores.

Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds

 

I first learned about Imagine Dragons through video games. I was playing an IOS game, Infinity Blade 3, when I heard “Monster”. I really liked it! My curiosity led me to discover that they also sang a lot of my favorite songs such as “It’s Time”, “On Top of the World”, and “Radioactive”. I apparently hadn’t been giving them due credit. They are such a laidback, “unpretty” band with great songs.

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The concert started at around 8:45 PM. They casually entered the stage looking like they had just woken up from a late night’s sleep. However, once the show started, it was clear that they were prepared to jam like crazy. “Shots” was first on their playlist.  Although the Mall Of Asia Arena was only half full, the place was filled with a multitude of voices as the crowd sang, I shot, shot, shot everything that I loved!  The band’s next song “Trouble” was received as warmly.

 

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Dan lost no time making a connection to the fans.  “Mahal ko kayo! (I love you) This morning my bandmate told me “Bobo ka ba? (Are you dumb?) – a phrase he must’ve picked up somewhere.”  As the crowd laughed at his attempts to speak the language, the singer said, “Ikaw ay gundumgundum.” (You are pretty.) Acknowledging that they must sound like crazy Americans, Dan then shared that his two brothers lived in the Philippines and that his best friend is a Filipino.

“It’s Time” was sung next. Dan said he heard that Filipinos were good at karaoke. He put our singing skills to the test as we sang along with him – something that fans would do for the rest of the night. “Forever Young”, “Smoke and Mirrors”, “Polaroid” and “I’m So Sorry” rounded the first half of the concert.

 

Although the concert was called Smoke + Mirrors Tour, there was no trickery involved. Great singing and a fantastic light show made the whole thing spectacular! Everyone happily sung along as the band played their second half playlist-“Gold”, “Amsterdam”, “Demons”, “Hopeless Opus”, “On Top of the World”, “Friction”, and “I Bet My Life”. It got so incredibly loud that I could feel my whole body vibrating.

The second to the last song “Radioactive” sent the people into an excited frenzy! I saw people jumping up and down as they bobbed their hands and waved their hands. The show ended with the band playing “The Fall”. Dan got a Philippine flag from a fan and waved it as he sang.

 

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This concert was definitely one of the best I’ve been to.  Not once did I sit down! Days later, I found myself listening to their songs on YouTube. Their lyrics are relevant, relatable and appealing to the young audience. I think that’s why the band is so popular among the youth. I can’t wait until the next time Imagine Dragons rocks the Philippines again!

 

      

 

 

 

The Honeymoon Tour – Ariana Grande Goes Bang Bang in Manila!

 

MEOW!  All roads led to the Mall of Asia Arena last Sunday  (August 3) to catch Ariana  Grande perform live.   Bad weather notwhitstanding, fans of the 22 year old singer flocked to the concert venue.  The excitement was palpable even before showtime.  People came in their Ari inspired get-ups and donned the singer’s signature headpiece – feline ears!

As I lined up to  go inside the  arena, I noticed local stars Toni and Alex Gonzaga  were right in front of me.  The younger sister had her Ari look down pat—including her curled long hair swept up in a tight ponytail . Their presence sent the people into a frenzy!  Also in attendance were showbiz families like Carmina Villaroel’s brood and Dingdong Avanzado with wife Jessa and their very cute daughter.   Shrieks exploded as drama princesses Kim Chiu and  Kathylyn Bernardo made their way to their seats.

Local stars Enrique Gil and LIza Soberano also came to watch the show.  Photo credit : E. Gil's IG

Local stars Enrique Gil and LIza Soberano also came to watch the show. Photo credit : E. Gil’s IG

 

DJ Tom Taus played his mixes at exactly 8 pm.  Half an hour or so later, Ariana Grande took the stage amidst deafening shouts and screams.  The singer opened the show with her hit “Bang Bang” (a song she recorded with Jessie J and rapper Nicki Minaj) which she followed with a string of hits  like “Hands On Me”,  “Right There” and “Be My Baby”.   “I’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines and now I’m here,”  Ariana said to the adoring Manila  crowd.   To endear herself even more to the fans, the cherub –faced performer shouted,  “I see your messages!  You guys are always on Twitter!”

Lights out, roll video! Ari sends a message to her fans on a giant screen just before her live performance.

Lights out, roll video! Ari sends a message to her fans on a giant screen just before her live performance.

 

Ariana sent the crowd into a frenzy !

Ariana sent the crowd into a frenzy !

 

Non-stop singing and dancing packed in an hour and a half show!

Non-stop singing and dancing packed in an hour and a half show!

 

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Ari and her bunny ears

Ari and her bunny ears

There’s nothing dimunitive about Ariana Grande.   If at all, she’s quite  a dynamite. Proving that she has the vocal power to back her international superstar status,  Ari gave an amazing rendition of Whitney Houstons’s  “I Have Nothing .”   She described the song as “one of her favorite songs of all time.”   Shortly after,  everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing along as she belted   “I’m Every Woman” and Madonna’s  cult  hit “Vogue.”

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The two hour show ended with Ariana singing “Love Me Harder”, “Honeymoon Avenue” and  “Problem”.    With minimal costume changes ( I counted two cat ear headbands and  one lopsided  black mesh bunny ears),  a big screen background, and a handful of backup dancers,  the show really anchored its totality in Ariana’s powerful voice and  performances.   She hit her high notes with ease , danced with 6 inch stilettos on  and on more than one occasion put  a hand in one lobe  to elicit more  adulation from her die-hard Arianators.  Manila certainly wasn’t disappointed!

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We want you back soon Ariana!

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Idina Menzel Enchants in Manila Concert!

 Broadway superstar  and Tony award winner Idina Menzel mounted her first ever Philippine Concert at the Mall Of Asia Arena last June 7.  The crowd was enthralled the minute the now platinum-blonde songstress walked on stage.  Opening  her show with a rendition of “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical “Wicked”,  Idina’s performance all throughout the night can only be described as  sensational!

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The artist captured the hearts of Filipinos with her soulful songs.

  Wearing a deep sea green dress with a black mesh overlay, Idina had a wonderful time interacting with her audience.  At one point, she playfully took out her net skirt and asked , “Did that get you excited?”.   She also asked for help in saying “I love you” in Tagalog.   The songstress likewise attempted to sing her signature song “Let It Go” in Tagalog but had a difficult time pronouncing some of the words.  She repeated her Frozen sequence (this time singing it with more ease) but finally said “Ok guys, I’m sure you all know this song in English too!”

 Proving that the country has an infinite pool of talented singers, three lucky  members of the audience,  who were selected by Idina herself, belted out “Take Me or Leave Me” from RENT.  Ms. Menzel could only say in admiration , “You are such a cultured people – you know your Broadway!”

In one touching number, Idina sang “For Good” in acapella.  A sea of lights (from cellphones) started to glow from all sides of the arena.  An almost teary-eyed Idina extended her microphone to the crowd and we ended the song with her.   Undoubtedly, this was the most memorable moment of the night!

 

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“Because I knew you … I have been changed for good.”

  As the show went on, Idina regaled with more songs from Broadway.  “I was the first Wicked Witch of the West , you know,” she proudly announced.  Ms. Menzel also gave a slow and touching performance of  “Tomorrow” and sang a beautiful ballad that she wrote for her son.   Her splendid show was powered by PLDT HOME Fibr. Idina Menzel collage   See you soon Idina!  Manila will be waiting to hear more of your enchanting music!

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From left : PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Business Group Ariel P. Fermin, my son M and daughter R —( she was so excited to meet Frozen’s Queen Elsa), the Idina Menzel in her casual get-up right after the concert and the Busy Queen P)

 

 

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Backstreet Boys in Manila – In a World Like This Tour

 Before there was 5 Seconds of Summer, before there was  One Direction – there was BACKSTREET BOYS!  Who can forget the days when every teenager in the planet knew the lyrics of “I Want It That Way” ?  Or when all of us watched MTV again and again just so we can see Brian, Aj, Kevin, Nick and Howie in their latest video?  (My favorite was the monster-packed  “Everybody”   where the boys dressed up as Werewolf, Phantom, Mr. Hyde, Mummy and Dracula respectively. (Now sing — Backstreet’s back –ALRIGHT!)

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Celebrating 22 years of boyband glory. 130 Million records sold!

 

The crowd exploded in screams and cheers as soon as the members of the band  appeared on stage.  Nick Carter , who drew the loudest squeals from the girls, quickly set the rules for the night.  “First,  we want you to go crazy. Secondly, we want you to act like you’re 15 years old…. I’m still 15!” 

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Nick Carter set the party mood for the night! Photo credit :Rappler

 
I must say, this group gets better with age!  Everyone looked fit.  Brian sported a six pack to match his still solid vocals.  The choreography was impressive and the singing was superb!   In fact, the Filipino fans impressed the band too!  I think it was Howie who said “I must tell all of you that YOU are the best sounding audience that we have heard in the WHOLE tour!”  They were just so floored that all of us could sing along to their songs.

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The boys are back!

The quintet didn’t disappoint the concertgoers as they sang one popular hit after another.  “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”,  “One Thousand Promises”, “The Shape of My Heart” and “Drowning”.   I’m singing in my head as I’m writing this . Haha. (“Everytime I try to rise above, I’m swept away by love… Baby I cant help it , you keep me drowning in your love”)   Sappy love songs with catchy lovelorn lyrics get me everytime.   Can’t help it.

I have to hand it to the boys—they do know how to work the crowd.  One said Bryan Littrell looks like he could pass for Manny Pacquiao if he grew a mustache. Nick said they are big fans of the boxer and called for a rematch.

The boys also sang song from their latest album and announced that they will be back in the studios soon to record a new one.  “A new album means a new tour!  So we will definitely be back in Manila!

You can tell it’s a good concert when the people leave the venue grinning and humming….. “I want it that way…..”

 

 

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Ed Sheeran’s Manila Concert – The Brit and His Guitars

 The concert venue was teeming with excited fans (mostly screaming girls) hours before the 8:00 performance.  The Mall of Asia Arena was filled to the rafters  and the man of the hour didn’t disappoint. He came out at twenty minutes past curtain call and had everyone rushing to the front of the stage. The screams from the predominantly young crowd echoed all throughout — Ed Sheeran’s Manila Concert was a definite hit!

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Ed Sheeran sang most of his hits from his record breaking album “X” (read as multply) to the delight of his Manila fans.  Of course “Thinking Out Loud” got the loudest cheers.

 

Garbed in jeans and  a checkered polo over a white shirt,  the British singer played his hits to a jampacked Pinoy audience.  There was no band, no back-up singers and no dancers .  It was a solid two and a half hour performance which had the people singing, dancing and screaming.  After the first set, Ed shouted, “ This could be the best reception I’ve ever had! Thank you Manila!”

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This Brit phenom brought the house down when he performed “Sing”. Singer, songwriter and a fantastic guitar player! (photo from Inquirer.net)

 

 

There was no front act, no intermission or memorized spiels, Ed just sang one song after the other.  He was very surprised to hear the Filipino audience singing along with him.  Ed said “ When I wrote my songs, I thought only the people in my country would be able to hear it. I never thought my music would travel all the way here.”

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“Don’t” you stop playing Ed! (photo from Inquirer.net)

 

With gigantic screens serving as his backdrop, the singer sang, rapped and played his guitars (he kept changing guitars after every song) like there was no tomorrow.  The concert was over before ten thirty  and everybody went home high on the music of the ultra-talented , down-to-earth and phenomenal Ed Sheeran!

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Manila is waiting for your return!

 

Until my next post!

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