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Switchfoot: Let’s make this a tradition

The Grammy-award winning alternative rock band, Switchfoot, kicked off their 2017 World Tour in Manila last April 16.

Following the success of their third show in Manila last year, Switchfoot made its promise to their Filipino fans to return the following year. Frontman, Jon Foreman said, “Every place we go has a certain feeling, the Pinoy culture feels warm and welcoming.”

Manila holds a special place in the band’s roots as Jerome Fontamillas (keys) was born in the Philippines. When asked what made them decide to come back in Manila, Foreman jested “Jerome told us he’d quit the band if we didn’t come. I want him still in the band so now we’re here. 20% of Switchfoot was born here in Manila.”

The concert was the grand finale of the week-long Walkway exhibit that was conducted by Church Simplified. The concert was also set to promote the band’s 10th album, Where the Light Shines Through. “In many ways, our trip to Manila [last year] inspired the entire album”, said Foreman.

Despite the rain on the day of the concert, people started to line up as early as 2pm to secure a good spot in front, and to watch the band do their sound check.

Switchfoot opened the concert with their carrying single “Float”, a song of which the music video was born in streets of Tondo, followed by their hits from the past, “Meant to Live” and “Stars”.

Jon, with his brother Tim Foreman (bass) rocking the stage in Bonifacio High Street.

Jon Foreman jammed with his Filipino fans during the band’s rock anthem, “We are One Tonight”.

“Manila!! Thank you for such an awesome show and for supporting us like you do... I can't believe how loud you all sang along on "I won't let you go". “, Drew Shirley (guitars) captioned in his instagram account.

The band rocked Bonifacio High Street with their energetic performance of the song “If the House Burns down Tonight”. And of course, the band cannot leave Manila without singing “Only Hope”, and their arguably greatest song of all time, “Dare You to Move”. 

Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome and Drew rocked Manila with 17 songs.
During their encore, the band performed “Where I belong” as the finale wherein the fans handed Foreman a banner – a tradition done by Switchfoot fans all over the world whenever this song is played live.

The day after the concert, Switchfoot headed straight to Davao to visit the Cure hospital where they spent time with the kids and the doctors and nurses.

“Cure is an organization that helps kids that are born with physical disabilities and offers them surgeries that can change their lives, like giving them the ability to walk again. We’re honored to be involved.” said drummer Chad Butler.

Foreman went on, “If you’re going to sing songs about hope, you’d have to do more than just sing. For us, it’s a chance to actually see hope in the flesh. It’s an attempt to see these songs come to life.”

Switchfoot capped off their trip to the Philippines with their show in Ayala Mall Cebu.

Thanks to Bebo Bharwani, Nikki Bharwani, Bebeth Timbol and the people behind Church Simplified for making this possible.

“Hope deserves an anthem.” – Jon Foreman

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Fifth Harmony performs for their loudest crowd ever — Manila!

Ally, Dinah Jane, Normani and Lauren of Fifth Harmony brought the 7/27 World Tour in Manila last April 5.

The said world tour is to promote their sophomore album "7/27", their last record with ex-member Camila Cabello. Shortly after the departure of the singer, the Asian tour dates were announced and fortunately, MMI Live and Smart brought the girls in the country.

The show was supported by Filipino acapella group The Filharmonic. The acapella group opened the show and performed a few songs including their latest single "Dance Wit Me".

Fifth Harmony opened their show with "That's My Girl" wearing their Pilipinas jerseys and the crowd welcomed the girls with loud cheers and fists up while screaming "That's My Girl!" along with Ally, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren. The girls played a few songs off their debut album "Reflection"; "Miss Movin' On", "Sledgehammer", "Reflection" and "This Is How We Roll".

Harmonizers roared when Fifth Harmony performed their songs off their latest album. During breaks, the girls took the stage one-by-one to express their love and gratitude to their Filipino fans. "It all started with 5 girls and a dream", said Normani and the fans all said "Awwww" but Normani thanked the Filipino fans for their continued love and support.

Some of the songs Fifth Harmony performed are "Scared Of Happy", "Write On Me", "I Lied", "Bo$$" and "Not That Kind Of Girl" etc.

The girls divided the arena into two groups: Team Normani & Dinah and team Ally & Lauren. They proved which side is the loudest and the fans expressed that Manila is indeed the loudest crowd over all.

The show ended with the songs "All In My Head (Flex)", "Brave Honest Beautiful", "Gonna Get Better" and the hits "Worth It" and "Work From Home". The girls said that Manila is one of the loudest crowds ever and they couldn't believe a lot of people know them overseas. It was a night to remember for Filipino Harmonizers because finally after 5 years they got to see their girls.

Thank you MMI Live, Smart and PLDT for the opportunity!

Photo credit: Gelo de Vera

YouTube FanFest is back in Manila on May 12

YouTube is delighted to announce the return of YouTube FanFest to Manila on May 12 at the World Trade Center. Now in its third year in town, YouTube FanFest, co-presented by Globe Telecoms, is an exclusive live show showcasing the biggest YouTube stars from the Philippines and around the world, and a festival connecting them with fans #IRL.

This year’s stellar line up features a mix of talented international creators: Lilly Singh aka IISuperwomanII, Alex Wassabi, LaurDIY, Jayden Rodrigues, JuNCurryAhn, Megan Nicole, Matt Steffanina, and local sensations Janina Vela, Kristel Fulgar, Lloyd Cadena, Mikey Bustos, Ranz Kyle and Niana Guerrero, Wil Dasovich, and Alienette Coldfire. These creators are set to take the stage at World Trade Center, Pasay City, for a night filled with music, dance, and lots of fun.

As part of this year’s FanFest, fans will also get to explore the YouTube Creator Fair which will help fans get up close and personal with their internet heros, and also let them try their own hand at shooting and uploading YouTube videos in themed booths and studios.

The Filipino YouTube community is one of the world’s most vibrant and fastest-growing: in the past year alone, YouTube’s watchtime on mobile grew by 65%, while hours of uploaded content grew by over 145% in the Philippines. Today, over 70 channels in the Philippines have been awarded a Silver Play Button (100k+ subscribers), and 8 channels have been awarded a Gold Play Button (1 million+ subscribers), including many creators who bagged the award within the past year — watch out for them at FanFest and the Creator Fair!

“We’re delighted to host YouTube FanFest again in the Philippines for the third time to celebrate this new generation of YouTube stars, and welcome some of our most popular global YouTube creators back to the Philippines. They love coming here because of Filipino fans’ energy and enthusiasm--we can’t wait to come back!” said David Powell, Director of Online Partnerships and Development, YouTube Asia Pacific.

Tickets are available via TicketWorld Manila. YouTube creators will also be giving away their own tickets to the show and meet & greet sessions via their social media channels. For more details, visit

Check out new OPM releases from MCA Music

MCA Music, the number one music company in the Philippines, keeps on championing local acts as it presents its new releases.

Fresh from the airing of her international TV debut at US show Little Big Shots, Elha Nympha comes out with a single she performed in the show, “Chandelier”. The track is the second single from her debut album “Elha” after her rendition of Beyonce’s “Love On Top”. Her version of “Chandelier” stunned host Steve Harvey and even garnered a tweet from the original singer herself Sia calling the performance “Incredible”.  Nympha is also a part of the ABS-CBN show “Your Face Sounds Familiar”.

Alternative band MilesExperience has 3 amazing singles “Anggulo”, “Silakbo” and “Love Supreme” playing on radio, online and on major playlists of streaming platforms. “Anggulo” is currently the theme of GMA morning series “Wolfblood”. They will also be part of the “Get Music Indie-Go” Concert happening on May 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena with the best upcoming bands in the country.

The Total Performer Darren Espanto is definitely proud of his new single “Home” having been one of his compositions from his sophomore album “Be With Me”. It speaks about missing home and going back to where it all started. Espanto is still on demand with countless shows here and abroad. He also appears at ABS-CBN show ASAP every Sunday.

Now 16, former The Voice Kids Season 1 semi-finalist Edray blossoms as she releases her third single “Wala Lang” from her upcoming self-titled debut album coming out this April. The song which is about being in love with someone but can’t really express it will definitely be the new LSS song of the youngsters. It is something they can dedicate to their crushes.

Get ready for a new dance craze, as Mitoy Yonting brings his latest single “Juan Leg Chacha” from his “Hanggang Wakas: Deluxe Edition” coming out on April. Expect this to be another radio hit like his single “Pinaikot-ikot” with catchy hooks and danceable beats. Watch out for the steps on how to do the “Juan Leg Chacha”.

After winning the third season of The Voice Kids, Joshua Oliveros finally releases his self-titled debut album this month featuring the carrier single “Nobela”. His version of the Join The Club hit will leave you humming and singing its lyrics.

Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina comes out with two new covers: Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” and “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay. Relax to her chill sound with her own acoustic take of the two hits.

These are now available on digital streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Spinnr and digital downloads via iTunes and Spinnr. CDs are available at Astroplus and Astrovision outets nationwide.

For booking inquiries, please contact Kerwin Rosete of MCA Music Artist Management at 916-2504 local 107, 0920-9682991 or email [email protected].

5 things you should know before watching #GlobeColdplay

3 days to go before the much-awaited Coldplay's A Head Full of Dream tour in Manila that will be held on April 4 at the Mall of Asia Grounds.

Here are 5 things you should know before watching #GlobeColdplay!

Since Coldplay is just a few days away, sing your heart out with a dedicated playlist on Spotify. Here’s the link:

You’re welcome!

Set your clocks for #GlobeColdplay Hour! Every day until April 2, at 6:00 PM, Globe Telecom will give out “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” concert tickets to lucky Coldplay dreamers through @enjoyGLOBE on Twitter.

This England-born 22-year- old singer/songwriter/guitarist is ready to warm up the stage for #GlobeColdplay. From her Album My Name Is Jess Kent, and with her breakout hit “Get Down,” Kent brings her melodic tunes to Manila as an opening act.

Globe Platinum VIP ticket holders will have their own lounge during the concert with refreshments and comfortable couches where Globe Platinum VIP ticket holders can enjoy the concert.

Sing your heart out with 30,000 people to songs from “A Head Full of Dreams”. Can you imagine singing “Fix You” in unison? If this doesn’t excite you, then we don’t know what will!

For more #GlobeColdplay updates, follow Globe Telecom on Facebook and @enjoyGLOBE on Instagram and Twitter.