Then & Now Massive Music Festival: Confessions of A Musicaholic

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Below is a blog post from my sister, Cheryl. This was her first concert EVER and I just can’t describe that event any better than her. So here are her thoughts from that…


Then & Now Massive Music Festival: Confessions of A Musicaholic
by: Cheryl Golangco
V-FACTORY! TQ! PM DAWN! DIANA KING! FRANKIE J.! BABY BASH! JOJO! ALL 4 ONE! SWV!……all in one massive concert!!!

Whooooooooo!!!! No words can describe how I feel after this concert!!! Super awesome!! :) OK.. calm down cheryl. time to blog!

After a night of partying with Ed and the rest of the gang…I was only able to get a few hours of rest. Fil, Philippe, Oninz and I had silver tickets to the “Then and Now” concert and were all super excited!! When I woke up however, I checked my phone to find a text from my brother Vince. Apparantly, he was given so many tickets for the concert that he no longer had enough time to give them away through his contests. He raffled out some… but there was still too many left!  So……. he decided to give me 4 VIP TICKETS!!!! woooooaaaahhh!!

VIP?!?! my FIRST concert EVER and I get to be in the VIP stands!!! I kept screaming and dancing out of excitement!!

Philippe and Ileft for the Mall of Asia (MOA) Concert Grounds at around 3pm because we had to meet up with Mommy Gene and Daddy Tope before the concert. Fil and Oninz soon followed. We had our early dinner at Yoshinoya while Mommy Gene and Daddy Tope explained to them the benefits of life insurance.  Time quickly passed and soon we had to go to the concert! We hurried off to the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds! This being my first concert, I was really excited and wanted to get there early.

The concert was supposed to start at 7:30. However… it started 2 hours after! Damn! There were lots of people… and a lot of famous celebrities such as Raymond Guttierez, Francine Prieto, Andrew E. at the VIP stands. There was still some space up front but I didn’t want to stay too close to the stage so that I could really see the performances properly. We did however stay close to the rails were the artists were to pass! :)

A few minutes before the concert, my brother texted me once again saying that he still had gold tickets, unclaimed from some the winners of his contests. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anyone who lived near the area who could come on such short notice. I did however grab the extra VIP and let Philippe’s brother, Paul and cousin Bimboy transfer from the Silver row to the VIP stands!

The concert started with this Filipino singer whose name I forgot. I’m not a fan and his face was kinda annoying… but his voice was really good. He was able to hit the high notes of Southborder’s Kahit Kailan! imagine that! galing! But I guess he sang too many songs… and the audience started getting bored. When he announced his last song, the audience suddenly started to cheer. Poor guy. Ouch! Bad audience! Tsk tsk!

The concert finally began! 9 different international artist…1 concert!! THIS IS GOING TO BE HISTORIC!!!!

First act: V-factory
V-factory is a new boyband whose famous for their song Love Struck. One of them was in the movie fame, while another in High School Musical 1 & 2 and another still in Glee. The Gleek was unable to join tonight’s concert because they had to tape for the next episode. The audio was messed up during their first performance. Their voices were way louder than the music and there was too much feedback. It got better though. They sang a slow song which I and Philippe really liked… but sadly, I forgot the title. I thought 2 of the guys were cute too! hahaha oh… and one of them spotted me taking his pic and waved to the camera! hahaha YAY!

Second Act: TQ
Woot Woot! After boyband madness, it was time to go hiphop! haha I don’t really know most of TQ’s songs… just one. Westside. But I still enjoyed his performance! He was really funny and really hype! It got my energy rising! Moreover, he was hot! He took of his shirt after a song or two and the girls (including myself) starting screaming like crazy! ahha Before ending his segment. He sang his famous song, Westside!!! whooooo!!! He went to the audience area while singing it and I got to touch him! hahaha Really good!! Loved how he sang it!!!! Hangover to the max!!

Third Act: PM Dawn
Ok.. I gotta be honest… I don’t really know this band too well. Though I’m sure I’ve got several of their songs on my playlist. One of the songs I know is entitled Set Adrift on Memory Bliss. It’s sorta like a remix of Spandau Ballet’s True. There was only one guy on stage that night… and I thought PM Dawn was a solo act. But then I was wondering… “Why are the singing parts really bad? It’s like he’s just a rapper?”….he then later told the audience that his brother, Prince Be.. who was also part of PM Dawn was critically ill. I forgot what he was sick of though. May he get well soon. Poor guy. You could see his effort to try to sing his brother’s part even if he was the rapper in the group. God Bless you PM Dawn! Oh by the way, he passed by the center aisle, and noticed me pointing my camera at him. He stopped and posed and only moved when I gave him the thumbs up! hahaha cool! What a nice guy! Too bad the picture was blurred!

4th Act: Diana King
“Say a little prayer for you… I wanna say a little prayer for you!” Intense vocals! Wow!!! Diana King came out unto the stage full of energy… unfortunately, the audio messed up again and she couldn’t be heard! That messed up the entrance. Diana King only sang songs we were familiar with… she’d actually play a short intro of the song before continuing…trying to see how the audience would react. Of course she sang her famous “Say a little prayer” “Shy guy” and “LIES”. I loved her facial expressions when she sang Lies! haha super super love. :)

5th Act: Frankie J.
I remember when I first saw Frankie J.’s picture… I was surprised to see that he was actually not-black!!!…well Mexican American to be exact. I love love love Frankie J!! I love so many of his songs and I loved his performance tonight!!! WOW!! :) Really handsome and suave!!! :) Now he’s someone I’d say had overflowing sex appeal!! he sang a lot of his famous songs such as How Do I Deal and Don’t Wanna Try. He actually played How Do I Deal on the keyboards. Amazing! :) And as he was singing his last song, Obsession, Baby Bash came out to sing it with him.

6th Act: Baby Bash
Ok… I didn’t know many of his songs… but I did now Cyclone! I loved how he sang it!! he also had back up “rappers”… the Stewey brothers! hahahah They were really funny! One even tripped on the spotlight and decided to “ride” it. hahaha For his last song, Frankie J. came out again and they both sang Suga Suga together! :) “Suga, suga how’d you get so fly?”

7th Act: Jojo
Jojo took a while to come out… and when she finally did… guess what? The audio was messed up once again! Her voice could hardly be heard!! Luckily, after 2 songs… the audio was back on track. One of my fave songs by her is “How to Touch a Girl” and of course, she sang it :) Jojo is hot!!! and sorry to mention but her boobs were really sticking out! hehe Jojo has a good future ahead of her… just hopes she doesn’t turn into another britney spears. Jojo sang around 5-6 songs tonight and the audience shouted for an encore! She came back and did one more song!

(EXCLUSIVE interview with Jojo http://www.wheninmanila.com/jojo-live-in-manila-exclusive-hotel-room-interview)

8th act: All 4 One
I gotta say… this was one of my favorites!! …especially since I knew almost all their songs!…memorized! hahaha They sang “I can love you like that” and “Beautiful as you” They also sang their famous acapella So Much in Love! WOW! They’re really one of the best groups when it comes to acapellas! Last but not least… they sang their very famous I swear! with matching sign language! hehe I loved how they joked that the song was for those who “got married to the song” and “had children BECAUSE of the song” hahaha! funny guys! I think they sang around 7 songs? Nice! I kept shouting and was really full of energy for them!

9th act: S.W.V. (SWV = Sista’s With Voices)
Last but not the least… SWV!!! I knew only around 2 of their songs..but still…. their vocals… wow!!! in the words of Philippe, “they’re old school, but they’re still good” wow… and just before they finished their set, they asked the audience what we wanted them to sing… and in unison, everyone screamed “WEAK”. They then continued saying “Manila, we dedicate this song to you!” and started singing!!! Wow wow wow!!!!

And…. that was it!! I’m really speechless and in awe!!! 2 days have already passed and I still can’t get over how good they all were!!!

After the concert.. I met up with my bro, Vince, to say goodbye and all. then behind him, I saw someone who seemed to be trying to take his picture… so I point to the guy and tell my brother, “I think you have a groupie” hahahaha :) Vince turns around and the guy excitedly asks for a picture… which I offer to take! :) Wow… my brother is now famous. hahaha if you don’t know him yet, he’s a DJ on Mellow 94.7 and also the host and one of the owners of WhenInManila.com

This was my first concert EVER…and I was completely satisfied. :) I’m so lucky to be one of those to have witnessed history in the making!

Post written by my sister: Cheryl Golangco.

Video credits to Hannah of FlairCandy.com

Some photos courtesy of Dani from Digitalpepspace.com

Mellow 94.7 DJ photos courtesy of Mellow947.fm

Then & Now Massive Music Festival info – ThenAndNowConcert.com

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Well….. now you know! (Vince talking)

Next time, When In Manila, you need to check out the awesome concerts like this “Then & Now” Massive Manila Music Festival put together by Devan Media! Thanks so much to Renzie for putting together this awesome concert and hooking up WhenInManila.com with all access media passes and lots of tickets to give away to our followers. We all enjoyed this more than you can imagine!






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