Lupe Fiasco, one of hip hop’s most prominent artists, is returning to the Philippines for a one-night concert at Cove Manila tonight!
Each year, the whole world celebrates Fete de la Musique, a music festival spanning 800 cities and 120 countries, with simultaneous concerts in different venues for different musical genres. The best part? The performances are free since the goal is to make music accessible to anyone, anywhere. In the Philippines, Fete has been celebrated for 24 years, and this year’s lineup is set to become more exciting!
One of the most iconic musicians of the late ’90s to the early ’00s was Ja Rule, who had songs like “Always on Time,” “I’m Real,” and “Between Me and You.” Now, Filipino fans can relive the earlier decades because the rapper will be in Manila for a concert!
A few months ago, I suffered a breakdown. The weight of work, demotivation, and lack of rest came crashing on me and I was left in a rubble of sleepless nights, mediocre work, and a rising pile of deadlines. I was able to acknowledge the mess I was in quickly and began steps to rebuild my life. One of the things that helped me was music.
When it comes to singing, it’s a known fact that Filipinos are incredibly talented. Just take a look at the singers who have made names in reality shows, theater, and the industry abroad. The ones who have built their careers here are just as good, like BoybandPH, whose members are the first winners of the musical reality show Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
SM Aura is one of the country’s most beautiful malls, featuring unique food and shopping options. The mall glows with an elegant atmosphere and I love spending time there because it’s less crowded. It’s my respite whenever I visit Bonifacio Global City, because I love basking in its airconditioning while exploring its upscale haunts. There’s always something new to discover at SM Aura, and hidden in a nook is Weekends at the Courtyard, my new favorite hangout place.
It has always been a dream of mine to watch Lea Salonga perform live. I’ve always known she was a legend, but I only got to appreciate her when I transitioned into a showtune queen and slowly realized the impact she has had on musical theater. After all, this is the woman who played Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, and Grizabella in Cats. Let’s not forget that she voiced two Disney Princesses: Mulan and Jasmine in Mulan and Aladdin!
My dream of seeing Salonga perform live was granted when I watched her lead a star-studded night at I Dare to Dream, the concert finale of Globe Studio’s digital reality series I Dare to Dream. Inspired by Disney Princesses, the show follows six young girls who pursue their dreams with the help of Disney Legend Lea Salonga; host, vlogger, and ate Janina Vela; and experts in the field where the girls want to excel in.
A virgin has a lot of expectations. He plays his first scene over and over his head, picturing how it would go. Depending on his imagination, it could be as simple as a quiet tryst, or complete with fireworks and explosions in the sky. I’m still a virgin in many ways, and I lost my Wanderland virginity this year. I imagined it to be quite the experience, but it lived up to be so much more.
This year had an interesting lineup. The headliners were The Temper Trap and The Ting Tings, and they were joined by Explosions in the Sky, Yuna, Purity Ring, HONNE, LANY, and Woodlock. Locally, there was UDD (formerly known as Up Dharma Down), Gab and John of Urbandub, Tom’s Story, Fools and Foes, and Reese Lansangan, along with the winners of the Wanderband competition, Banna Harbera, Lola Amour, and Mickey Sulit.