Whenever I think of the ’90s, I am taken back to a memory lane of cool nostalgia because let’s admit it, ’90s was the coolest decade ever! Sure, we didn’t have instant gratification back then, we only took selfies using film cameras, and still relied on encyclopedias when we come across a new term. But nevertheless, we also had super rad movies and TV shows back then, funky clothes, and of course, the music of ’90s was goldmine and irreplaceable. So the first time I learned about Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and Gin Blossoms’ coming here to the Philippines to play—all in one night, I knew I had to witness them!
It wasn’t a long time ago when Random Minds Production first teamed up with When in Manila. In fact, it was just two months ago when we covered The xx Live in Manila. If you have read my previous concert coverages here on When in Manila, you should probably know who takes the awesome photos on my posts. It’s none other than my partner, Bijan. When we got at Araneta Center, a lot of people were already waiting in line to claim their tickets to the show. Without much ado, we claimed our media passes from Random Minds’ Aspen Sañez. After getting our passes, we met with When in Manila’s very own, Vince Golangco, who was also watching the show with his lovely friend. It was my first time to meet my boss and also our first time to cover a show in The Coliseum so we were having a pretty good start of the night!
Before the start of any show, it’s compulsory that we eat something first or else we’re gonna starve while we’re covering it. So right after stuffing ourselves with Taco Bell, we went back to the venue so we could settle in. Because most of the sections were reserved seating, people were loosely scattered across the dome. It wasn’t that long when the front act band started performing.
The night was very young when Color It Red kicked it off with their local hits from the ’90s. Yup! It was Cookie Chua and her bandmates, who were very eager to open the show. They played an acoustic set, including “Na Naman” and of course, the crowd’s favorite, “Paglisan.” Color It Red will be turning 25 next year (whoa, right?) but, really, Miss Cookie Chua didn’t seem to age at all!
SugarSmashGin: Back to the ’90s in One Night