List of concerts in Manila 2016

It's a brand new year! As we welcome the year 2016, there's a lot of concerts awaits for those concert junkies like us.

15 years of great music with Kamikazee #KamikazeeHulingSayaw

Last Thursday night, Kamikazee's last concert, Huling Sayaw was held at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Super Junior, Girls Generation at Best of Best in the Philippines 2015 #LetsTakeOverSummer

Hallyu wave blasted off Philippine Arena last April 12 as fans watched the much-awaited Best of Best of the Philippines 2015 featuring the hottest KPop groups such as Red Velvet, BToB, Girls Generation, and Super Junior.

Nostalgic, rockin night with Incubus in Manila 2015

Four years after their third concert in the country, rock band Incubus returned in Manila for their Trust Fall tour as they performed their greatest hits and from their upcoming album, "Trust Fall (Side A)" which will released on May 21.

Grateful to be recognized as one of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015

Ian's idea, Ayan's initiative.Handling a concert and music blog is no joke! We juggled our time in watching concerts, despite of our busy schedule at work

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Britney Spears set to perform in Manila on June 15 at MOA Arena

Are you ready to watch Britney Spears perform on stage?

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is coming to Manila on June 15, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena for her first-ever and much-awaited concert in the Philippines.

Iconic pop sensation Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 150 million records worldwide. In the U.S. alone, she has sold more than 70 million albums, singles and songs, according to Nielsen Music. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears became a household name as a teenager when she released her first single “…Baby One More Time,” a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash and international hit that broke sales records with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide and is currently 14x Platinum in the U.S.

Her musical career boasts countless awards and accolades, including six Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Millennium Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry as well as an American Music Award and the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award. So far, Spears has earned a total of six No.1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 22 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — four of which went to No. 1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.

Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” and “Best Bachelorette Show in Las Vegas.” Spears has also been creating fragrances for over ten years, and currently has 21 fragrances available in over 85 countries around the world.

Tickets to Britney Spears – Live in Manila will be on-sale beginning April 5 at 10AM. Book online at or call 470-2222. Presented by Bench and Wilbros Live.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shawn Mendes mesmerized his Filipino fans

The most awaited concert of the Canadian pop singer-songwriter, Shawn Mendes was held last March 18, 2017 at Mall of Asia Arena.

As early as 10AM, fans already line up and waiting outside the Arena hoping to get a glimpse of Shawn Mendes before show started.

Exactly 8PM when the entire Arena came to uneasy silence – the lights were turned down and the fans became crazier and wilder. The moment Shawn stepped out on stage with his guitar slung nonchalantly across his back, the fans went wild and the show began with a bang with one of his popular songs “Something Big”.

The fans was immediately singing along and deliriously screaming when Shawn performed his smash hit single “Treat You Better”. As the show continued to unfold, Shawn serenaded his fans with his mash-up songs” I Don’t Even Know Your Name”, “Aftertaste” and “Kid In Love”.

We were beyond stoked after hearing these words from Shawn, “I’ve never been to the Philippines and it is a world away from me. But to hear you sing to my every song is just amazing. I’m so happy that my songs have connected with so many people on many different ways”.

Everyone screamed and sang along with Shawn when he performed “Ruin”. To be honest, I‘ve never heard a crowd as loud as this one. I can also say that he was overwhelmed by the crowd’s reaction as he said “You guys are an absolutely wonderful crowd”.

Other notable tracks performed were “Three Empty Words””Patience””Don’t Be A Fool” and he also performed his latest single “Mercy” it was great and a little bit emotional hearing his golden voice singing my favorite song of him.

Shawn was all smiles throughout the entire concert. And impressed his fans with his piano skills while playing “Life Of The Party” and closing the night with one of his popular songs “Stitches” that been performed with a piano followed by a guitar. As the song ended, Shawn waved his hand before exiting the stage saying “Thank you! I’ll come back soon”.

Lights were dimmed but the crowd unanimously chanted for “We want more, we want more”.

Unfortunately, the show has no encore. But surely, each and every person in the crowd was delighted, content and went home with a smile on their faces.

Shawn Mendes’ concert can be regarded as one of those “a night to remember” show that I attended.
Kudos to all the people involved behind the show most especially to PLDT Home for this great opportunity.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Christian Bautista renewed his contract with Universal Records

Christian Bautista signed the contract with Universal Records executives on March 14, 2017. Present during the contract signing were Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Operations Manager Peter Chan and Christian's manager Carlo Orosa. Christian signed with Universal Records in 2009 and the partnership has produced bestsellers like the Diamond Record "A Wonderful Christmas" and 4x Platinum certified "Romance Revisited: The Love Songs of Jose Mari Chan"

Christian is currently working on new materials for his upcoming album which will be released very soon. The Kapuso star was last seen on GMA's Superstar Duets and will also be part of Jennilyn Mercado-starrer My Love From The Star. Christian was also handpicked to sing the 50th Anniversary ASEAN theme.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sybil, Kalapana, El DeBarge for Throwback Thursday on April 27 at Araneta Coliseum

An interesting mix of soft rock and R&B classics shall take music fans on a nostalgic trip back to the ‘80s as three noted foreign acts get together in a retro concert in April that will showcase some of the era’s best in popular music.

For the first time ever, singer-songwriter El DeBarge, disco diva and vocalist Sybil and band Kalapana from Hawaii will appear on  the same stage on April 27 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City to perform their greatest hits that have endeared to millions of Filipinos.

Ovation Productions is presenting the three foreign artists together in what is dubbed “Throwback Thursday” as it’s summer offering. Also featured is popular Pinoy band Passage.

Known for his signature falsetto, El DeBarge was the focal point and lead singer of the American family group DeBarge from the early to mid-‘80s.  The group’s hits include “Time Will Reveal, “Stay With Me,” “All This Love”, “Rhythm of the Night”, “Starlight Express”, and “Who’s Holding Donna Now”, among others.

After leaving the group in 1985, he launched his solo career the following year with a self-titled debut album that contained the Number Three hit, “Who’s Johnny?,” which was featured in the film, “Short Circuit.”

Sybil Anita Lynch, known simply to music fans as Sybil, on the other hand, attained success as an R&B pop singer and songwriter during the mid-80s until the mid-90s.  

Recognized as an excellent vocalist and one of the finest among disco divas, the American artist from New Jersey began recording in 1986 with the release of her debut single, “Falling in Love,” which reached the Top 30 on the R&B and Dance charts, and which opened the door to her successful career through the release of her debut album, “Let Yourself Go.” a year later.

She scored huge crossover hits in the Philippines with her song “Make It Easy On Me” and her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over” in 1989 and “Walk On By” in 1990.

She attained her most successful hit in the United Kingdom with a cover of |The Love I Lost,” which peaked at No.3, while its follow up, “When I’m Good and Ready,” peaked at No. 5.

In 1997, Sybil released her greatest hits album, followed later that year by her last album to-date, “Still A Friend.”

The contemporary Hawaiian group, Kalapana, which is now on its 44th year in the music and entertainment industry,  gained fame for its pop and soft rock music that have made its songs, such as “Night Bird”, “Naturally” and “The Hurt,” enduring island classics.

Kalapana  made a successful breakthrough in the international touring circuit when it performed with the LA-based fusion band Hiroshima, played at the grand opening of Hard Rock CafĂ© in Honolulu and performed in two-sold out shows in the Philippines with an attendance of 10,000 each night.

It also did extensive tours in Japan, US West Coast, Tahiti, Samoa, Guam, Saipan and other Pacific islands.

Its successful tour in Japan with Michael Paulo of Al Jarreau’s band and Tris Imboden (drummer for Chicago)  boosted Kalapana’s popularity in that country, where it has one of its largest fan bases since the 1970s,  and landed it a five-album deal with Pony Canyon Records.

In 2011, Kalapana received the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Achievement Award.  \The recipients were Malani Bilyyeu, Mackey Feary (posthumously, John (DJ) Pratt, Kirk Thompson, Alvin Fejarang, Michael Paulo, Randy Aloya, Gaylord Holomalia and Kenji Sano.

Kalapana was last seen in the Philippines in 2012 when it had a three-night, three-city concert tour with folk rock band America produced by Ovation Productions. -- #

(“Throwback \Thursday’ on April 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum” is presented by Ovation Productions. Tickets prices are P4500, 4000, 3500, 2500, 1500, 1500, 750 are available online at or call (02)9115555. The show will also be staged at the SMX Convention Center in Davao the next day April 28 as “Flashback Friday”.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Exhilarating song numbers at Sister Act The Musical in Manila

Music enthusiasts will be thrilled and dazzled by the exhilarating song numbers and hilarious scenes from a much-acclaimed Broadway musical comedy when “Sister Act” premieres on June 27, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire, Entertainment City, Pasay City.

The show opens the two-week Philippine run of the hit Broadway musical that is part of the Asian leg of the American production’s Asian tour for 2017. The musical will run for only two weeks with no extension.

Touted as America’s new musical comedy classic, “Sister Act” brings to the musical theater scene a stage re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy of the same title, but with an all-original score and script and spectacular production design.

The play will leave the audience breathless as it they follow for two-and-a-half delightful hours the funny adventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent.

Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly re-discovers her own.

The musical features original music and score with a big Broadway sound written by the most acclaimed composer of our time, 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “”The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), with lyrics by Glenn Slater.  The story was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas. Carter Beane.   

 It had its world premiere at  the Pasadena Playhouse in the Fall of 2006,  followed by a production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on the Winter of 2007.  The West End production began previews at the Palladium Theatre in London on May 7, 2009, while the Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.2

Seen by over 6 million theater-goers across the globe, “Sister Act” has been performed worldwide in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.  It has also been played in Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Spain.

The musical received five Tony Awards nominations in 2011: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken-music/Glenn Slater-lyrics), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patricia Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark)  

It was also nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.

The musical has drawn widespread critical acclaim for being a “fun, funny and feel good” act, with The New York Post describing it as “ridiculously fun” and The Huffington Post lauding it for providing  fans “an unbridled joy.”

Sister Act is Ovation Productions’ second Broadway musical presentation; with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 2 years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as it’s first.

Media partners are Fox, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and BusinessWorld. Produced by Ovation Productions in cooperation with Broadway Entertainment Group, and Troika. Tickets at P6500, 5500, 4500, 3500, 1500  available online at or call (02) 981-9999. Avail of 10% Early Bird Discount from February 12 -28, 2017.