Boyce Avenue surprises Manila fans with a jam-packed setlist

Celine Conde

Florida-based pop rock trio, Boyce Avenue, left fans of all ages – and of all relationship statuses 🙈 – swooning during their Manila stop for their pre-Valentine’s tour here in the country. From performing original hits such as “Bad Habits” and “Anchor” to treating us with throwback covers, real-life brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano proved why they are crowd favorites.

The show started off with local front acts whose songs currently occupy the top spots of Spotify Philippines. Nobita, The Juans, and Adie celebrated all kinds of love with their heartwarming hits.

Nobita warmed up the crowd with their wedding fave track, “Unang Sayaw”. By the end of their set, they already had the audience raising their lit-up phones and singing to their most popular track, “Ikaw Lang.”

The Juans also set the stage alight with their colorful stage visuals and vocals. Their playful and witty ments in between songs also resonated with the crowd. Everyone had no choice but to sing their hearts out to their popular hugot anthems, “Ihahatid Kita” and “Hindi Tayo Pwede.”

Adie, a young Filipino singer-songwriter who was recently dubbed by Rolling Stone and Spotify as among the “future of music” took the stage last. Among the tracks he performed was his newly-released single “GKYM.” He also went on to share how Boyce Avenue inspired him as an artist in the acoustic ballad genre. 

With the crowd all hyped up, Boyce Avenue took over the stage and started their set with “Hear Me Now”. Their signature sound was definitely showcased in their highly-anticipated setlist filled with original songs and some classic covers. This included karaoke favorites such as Every Breath You Take (The Police), Torn (Shania Twain), Stand By Me (Ben King), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri), Say You Won’t Let Go (James Arthur), and Perfect (Ed Sheeran).

Filipino fans, being such karaoke experts, didn’t shy away from singing along from start until the encore. Alejandro even made a remark about how he’s always known that we were great singers. When the boys returned for their encore, everyone was already on their feet and ready to rock and roll. They finished strong with an eargasmic acoustic take of The Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris.

With a promise to return soon, the boys finally bid their goodbyes to their Manila fans in preparation for their Cebu (Feb 12, Waterfront Hotel) and Davao (Feb 14, SMX Convention) shows. 

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