Season of Gfriend in Manila

South Korean girl group Gfriend successfully held their first concert in the Philippines which took place at the Kia Theatre. Originally slated to take place last August 19th, the concert was pushed back a week due to an incident in the NAIA runway leading to several flights being canceled and delayed. Formed in 2015, the 6-member group has steadily risen in popularity despite coming from a small music label. This is the first major concert for the group which began in South Korea last January leading to an Asian tour which comprised of concerts in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. They capped it off with concerts from September 8-9 in Seoul as the grand finale for its ongoing Asia tour.

On the day of their Manila concert, the group held a red carpet event and presscon wherein vvip ticketholders were also able to attend. They answered a few questions from fans and posed at the photowall much to the delight of the attendees. Vvip ticketholders were also invited for the soundcheck hours before the actual concert.

On to the main event, the concert started at 7 PM, divided into several concepts or “season”. The first season was called “Glass” wherein the girls performed their songs donned in military outfits. The second season was “Flower” wherein all the girls wore sky blue colored outfits and they opened this stage with an acoustic rendition of their latest single “Sunny Summer”.

A break in between seasons, there was a solo stage instead. Each one of the girls performed solo singing some of the biggest hits by other Korean artists. SinB performed BoA’s “Number 1”, Sowon performed Sunmi’s “Gashina”, Umji performed IU’s “23”, Eunha performed Gain’s “Bloom”, Yuju performed Ailee’s “Heaven” and Yerin wrapped up the solo stage with Hyorin’s “U Go Girl”.

Their third stage was called “Awake” which may very well be a coming-out-of-age theme as they wore school girl outfits giving off a fun and youthful vibe. The fourth and final stage was called “Parallel” and this time around the girls wore colorful and stylish outfits that really suited their persona. It was quite a cheerful one as well as all of them came down to and walked around greeting the Buddies, as their fans are called, taking photos and waving hellos at them. While giving their ending speech, they said that they were surprised that the Filipino Buddies were not just doing the fan chants but actually singing loudly along to their songs. Filipinos love for karaoke really did show well as their fans really did sing along to almost every song.

And after the concert which lasted for about 3 and a half hours, Gfriend was still not done endearing themselves to the Filipino Buddies as they still held a high touch event with the vvip ticketholders. Notably absent from said high touch was SinB who injured her shoulder during the concert.

At the end of the end, one can definitely say that it was the Season of Gfriend indeed. As the fervor they showed onstage was returned with enthusiasm and warmth by the Buddies. This event was made possible by My Music Taste and Source Music.

Boyz II Men With Divas: Back To Back Live In Concert

The Back-to-Back Concert of the Year. The best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men, is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert on Saturday, December 15th at the Araneta Coliseum, together with the DIVAS – comprised of KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Kyla and Angeline Quinto.

Boyz II Men, best known for their emotional ballads and acapella harmonies, is comprised of Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. The group’s biggest and most requested hits include “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love To You”, “On Bended Knee”, “Water Runs Dry”, “4 Seasons of Loneliness”, “Motownphilly”, “In The Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)”, “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” and “One Sweet Day” – which still holds the record of the longest running Billboard Hot #1 song, staying at the top for 16 weeks. The legendary group holds four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Leading the all-star female DIVAS collaboration is Asia’s Soul Supreme, KZ Tandingan – after being hailed the Grand Winner of the X Factor Philippines in 2012 and remarkably landed as a finalist at the China Singer 2018 alongside Jessie J and Chinese superstars.

Pop Rock superstar Yeng Constantino started her career in Pinoy Dream Academy in 2006 as the Grand Star Dreamer, now a multi-awarded singer-songwriter and iconic hitmaker.

The country’s R&B Queen Kyla has recently marked her 18th year in the industry as a certified platinum and most celebrated soulful phenom. She remains to be one of the most invited by international artists for collaborations.

Completing the list is Angeline Quinto, also known as the Queen of Themesongs, was hailed as the Female Pop Superstar of Star Power. Many of her chart-topping hits have become love anthems of the Filipinos. These four talented and empowered DIVAS equally hold numerous awards and hits to their name.

BOYZ II MEN with DIVAS: Live in Concert is presented by Wilbros Live and Cornerstone Concerts. Tickets go on-sale on September 15 via TicketNet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for more details. For more information, follow Wilbros Live and Cornerstone Concerts on social media.

Mariah Carey: The Butterfly Returns To Manila

Brand NEW SHOW. Brand NEW TOUR. The one and only, MARIAH CAREY – the butterfly is coming back to Manila for a special one-night concert on October 26th at the Araneta Coliseum. The pop diva is set to perform her number ones and more, bringing a new and bigger tour for her Filipino ‘lambily’.

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artiste of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned) including ‘Hero’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Honey’, ‘One Sweet Day’, ‘Without You’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘We Belong Together’, ‘Don’t Forget About Us’ and the global smash hit Christmas single ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, more than any solo artiste in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific song writing, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer, songwriter and record producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few.

‘Mariah Carey: Live in Concert’ is presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets on-sale now at TicketNet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for more details.

Aaron Carter Brings the LØVË Tour to Manila

Kbeam Events officially announces the upcoming concert of 90’s teen sensation, Aaron Carter dubbed as “Aaron Carter LØVË Tour Live in Manila” on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City.

The singer, songwriter, and producer who has taken the 90’s and early 2000s by storm with hit singles “I Want Candy,” “I’m All About You,” and “Crush on You,” will be featuring his latest album release LØVË. One of his hit singles in the album “Sooner or Later” went Gold in several countries in Europe and is now enjoying multi-million streams on Spotify.

Now 30 years old, Aaron Carter, has been spending the year touring the US and UK headlining in his own shows, as well as joining his fellow 90’s greats like boyband O-town, Lance Bass from NSYNC, Ryan Cabrera, and Youtube sensation, Tyler Hilton.

Upon learning that he’s now back on tour, fans from the Philippines via Twitter started requesting the singer to come to Manila for a concert. The last time he was here was in 2002 and he was only 14 at the time when he performed at the Araneta Coliseum. Today, Aaron Carter heard his fans loud and clear and he is now schedule to perform at the Kia Theater at 8pm on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Aaron Carter will feature songs from the latest album LØVË, which is distributed by Sony Music.

Tickets to Aaron Carter Live in Manila are now on sale at all Ticketnet outlets (call 911-5555) and at Ticketnet.com.ph. Prices are at P5,830, P4,558, P2,756, P2,120. This concert is presented by Kbeam Events and the official residences Crowne Plaza Manila Ortigas and The Holiday Inn Manila Ortigas.

A1 20TH Anniversary “Reunion” Tour – A Second Show is Added in Manila!

Pinoy fans of the hitmaking British-Norwegian band a1 are in for a treat this 2018 – after 15 long years, the four original members of the band will reunite for their 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in Manila.

Due to overwhelming demand, A1 and Concert Republic officially announce that the highly anticipated concert will happen not just once but 3 times in the Philippines (2 shows in Manila and 1 in Cebu).

A1’s fans in Manila are given the second chance to catch their fave Boyband as a second show is added on October 22, 2018 at the KIA Theatre. Their first show which is slated on October 21 was immediately sold out after it was announced.

The band, composed of members Ben Adams, Mark Read, Paul Marazzi and Christian Ingebrigtsen first formed in 1998 with their debut single “Be The First to Believe,” leading them to achieve worldwide success through the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially in Southeast Asia.

Their massive successes includes winning the BRIT Award for “British Breakthrough Act” in 2001, followed by the release of hit songs such as “Like A Rose,” “Caught In The Middle,” “Same Old Brand New You,” their rendition of A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” “Everytime,” among many other tunes that have reached number 1 and entered Top 10 charts internationally.

Though the quartet split up following the exit of Marazzi in 2002, Ingrebrigsten, Read, and Adams decided to reform A1 as a trio in a series of concerts held in Norway. Since their return, they have released new singles, along with their fourth and fifth studio albums, Waiting for Daylight (2010) and Rediscovered (2012). The band has since enjoyed a huge resurgence of interest and demand internationally, as they bring a mixture of old hits and new songs, playing sold out stadium shows in Scandinavia and across Asia.

As they approach the 20th Anniversary of their debut single and album, the remaining members of the original band are ecstatic to welcome back Marazzi for their Anniversary Tour over 15 years after his exit. The quartet will revisit beloved Southeast Asian countries for this tour, which includes shows in Manila on October 21 and 22 at the Kia Theater and in Cebu on October 25 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

Talking about this much-awaited reunion tour, Ben, Christian and Mark say “We’re unbelievably excited that Paul will be joining us again and bringing the original line up of A1 together for the very first time in more than 15 years.

There was always an amazing dynamic and energy when the four of us performed together. So, what better place to bring that magic back than to the part of the world that has always embraced us with such incredible love and support, South East Asia, more specifically, the Philippines, Indonesia & Singapore. We absolutely cannot wait to see our friends and fans over there once again and bring them a show that will remind us of all the great times we had together. It will surely be a show to remember and not to be missed.”

In addition, returning member Paul is honored to be joining the Southeast Asian tour: “This time 20 years ago I was just starting out on an amazing journey that would take me to all 4 corners of the earth. I was lucky enough to see some amazing places and meet some very kind and wonderful people too. I can’t think of anywhere better to continue this journey once again than South East Asia, and what better company than my old friends Mark, Ben and Christian. I have so many fond memories of my time there and feel so privileged to be able to visit once again.”

With massive number 1 hits and five studio albums under their belt, along with over 10 million records sold worldwide, A1 will surely give their Pinoy fans of all ages the once in a lifetime chance of seeing their idols back together on stage.

Ticket sales for the second show at the Kia Theatre will start on Wednesday, August 22, 9 am onwards at TicketNet outlets and online. Interested concert goers may also call 911 5555 for inquiries.

Tickets for the October 25 show at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu are still on sale at all SM Tickets outlets and online.

A1 20th Anniversary and Reunion Tour is presented by Concert Republic.

Crazy (International Remix) by MiMi featuring Nomad, Krayzie Bone and Shanti Dope

17-year-old viral rap star Shanti Dope’s flourishing artistry continues to burn bright as he brings Pinoy rap into the international scene.

As he celebrates one year in the industry, and more than 20 million views and streams for his hit song “Nadarang,” the new gen rapper-songwriter adds collaborations with international artists to the long list of achievements in his young career.

Shanti is expected to bring his A-game in on the international remix of the song ‘Crazy’ by rising American singer Mimi. He joins NomaD and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone in the catchy hip-hop tune, also providing a unique Pinoy twist on his verse.

The song does not only feature Shanti himself as an artist but also our very own language as he raps Tagalog on his verse. To be able to showcase the national language on a worldwide stage is a big feat for OPM artists, especially in the genre of rap, as Shanti continues to build bridges across different genres, platforms, and audiences through his music.

The rap prodigy will not only appear on this international track but is also slated to be special a guest (together with his mentor Gloc-9) in the upcoming Ultimate hip-hop OG Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert on September 5, 2018, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Mimi’s ‘Crazy (International Remix) [feat. Shanti Dope, Krayzie Bone, and NomaD]’ is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon

Shanti Dope and Materyal EPs are now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon under Universal Records.

Tickets for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert are out now via SM Tickets | bit.ly/BTNH2018MNL It’s gonna be an epic hiphop party with #BTNHManila ft. Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, made possible by Ovation Productions.

Khalid: America Teen Tour Live in Manila

Midas Promotions is extremely excited to announce that Khalid will be bringing his American TeenTour to the Philippines! The breakout R&B and pop-soul star will perform at the SMART Araneta Coliseum at 8PM where doors will open at 6PM. The one of a kind performance that fans have been waiting for since ‘Location’ came out in 2016 will be sponsored by SMART.

Tickets will be available across all TicketNet channels at 10AM, Wednesday, August 15th.
The ticket price ranges are as follows (excluding ticket charges):

GA Standing: P5,100
VIP Seated: P5,100
Patron Seated: P4,100
Lower Box: P2,200

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Khalid has been making waves in the industry since the release of his infectious single ‘Location’ in 2016. Two years on, the 20 year old singer and songwriter is
garnering praise from every corner of the world for his debut album ‘American Teen’. Khalid has
received numerous awards including five Grammy nominations, MTV Music Awards’ Best New Artist and Billboard Music Awards’ Top New Artist.

With his coming-of-age tales of growing up in American high-schools, his soul-driven 21st century pop anthems like ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’, which peaked at #2 on the Philippines Spotify charts and ‘Love Lies’ transcend generations and are timeless in their own way.

Khalid has featured on tracks with some of the biggest names in music, including Calvin Harris,
Normani of Fifth Harmony, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes and most recently Marin Garrix on his
latest single ‘Ocean’.

Having embarked on an expansive world tour and making stops at major festivals like Coachella, Splendour in the Grass and Lollapalooza, Khalid is set to explode onto the Asian stage with his first headline tour of the region.

Rockford Productions Presents “Far From Perfect: Truefaith’s Senti 25, The Silver Anniversary Show”

This year marks the country’s top pop band, Truefaith’s 25th year in the business.

To celebrate this milestone, an anniversary show is scheduled on October 25 at the Music Museum aptly titled “Far From Perfect: Truefaith’s Senti 25, The Silver Anniversary Show.” The concert promises to be an engaging night of Truefaith’s exquisite brand of OPM plus some surprises including very special guests (which will be announced soon.)

Truefaith has won several accolades including MTV Philippines’ Video of the Year 2001 for the music video of the song, “Awit Para Sa Kanya” and a bunch of Awit Awards. In fact they are nominated again in this year’s upcoming Awit awards in the category of Best Group for the song, “Cool Lang” from the just-released 10th album, “Sentimental.” “Sentimental” is a collection of new material that are as good as their past hits, “Perfect,” “Huwag Na Lang Kaya?” “Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit,” “Kung OK Lang Sa ‘Yo” and “Dahil Ikaw.” Their latest single, “Kahit Na” will have its music video (shot entirely in beautiful Sorsogon) released online soon. It has been a long way since the early days of the band’s original members working at Fullerton Studios in 1992. Now, Medwin Marfil (vocals), Allan Elgar (lead guitar), Macky Macaventa (bass), Eugene Marfil (acoustic guitar), Jake Lumacad (keyboards) and Kaka Quisumbing (drums) are determined more than ever to pursue their musical dreams with a lot of hard work and faith!

There’s just no stopping this phenomenal OPM band from doing what they do best – that is providing their fans with ditties containing well thought of and relatable lyrics blended with heartfelt melodies.  For True Faith, they’re still far from being perfect because they still strive for excellence in their craft even after 25 years in the industry. Their passion to create good music is boundless.

Don’t’ miss one of the highly anticipated OPM events of the year… “Far From Perfect: True Faith’s Senti 25, The Silver Anniversary Show.

Tickets will be available thru Ticketworld and Music Museum starting Sept 10.  

For ticket inquiries and reservation, log on to Ticketworld or call 09166392291.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • VIP Orchestra P1850
  • Center Orchestra P1500
  • Side Orchestra P1000
  • Balcony P750

Presented by Rockford Productions Inc.

Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes are back together in rare reunion concert

It will be the 70’s all over again on September 1, 2018, 8 pm at the Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino when Ronnie Henares and JojitParedes get together for a one-night rare reunion in “Twofus…Reunion of Friends.”

Today’s audiences instantly recognize Ronnie Henares as a mainstay in the popular comedy series “Pepito Manaloto” where he surprised people with his comic flair. Ronnie is also widely recognized as the manager in tandem with wife Ida, responsible for transforming steel-throated “Ang Bagong Kampeon” champ Chona Velasquez into the classy musical superstar Regine Velasquez. Others developed under their Primeline Management & Production, Inc., were Lani Misalucha, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nanette Inventor, Tux, Gino Padilla and the list goes on.

Jojit, on the other hand, has since opted for a quieter life in the States.

But in the 70’s, Ronnie and Jojit were the musical heartthrobs of the day. They were, in a manner of speaking, the equivalent of Leif Garrett and Rex Smith in the Philippines, with throngs of screaming and swooning fans.

How it started

Close buddies from their La Salle grade school days, Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes together with Jim Paredes became lead vocalists of “Les Violents,” a high school band formed by the Paredes cousins. The band was formed to enter a “Battle of the Bands” competition sponsored by De La Salle High School. They won Second Prize. “The high school band was the start of my musical partnership with Ronnie,” recalls Jojit. “We were invited to perform at all sorts of parties and gatherings.”

One of those gatherings was a weekend at the Laurel beach house in Matabungkay, Batangas upon the invitation of Lynnie Laurel. In the midst of the merriment, Ronnie and Jojit grabbed their acoustic guitars and started singing for the guests who were impressed by the two’s harmonious vocal blending.

The Twofus (pronounced as “Two of Us”) was born.

With boyish good looks and (social) class-transcending appeal, the Twofus would become a big hit among college and university campuses, the invites coming initially from exclusive private schools and later from public schools as well.

Soon, Ronnie and Jojit would invade radio, print, and television. They shuttled back and forth gigs on prime time TV, musicals, live shows, road tours, concerts, and radio shows. When the Twofus was introduced to Tower Productions, they turned composers for the first time, writing the movie theme for the fan flick starring Tina Revilla “Funny Girl.”

Ronnie and Jojit then became part of the highest rating prime time show that time, “D’ Sensations” which featured Vilma Santos and Boboy Mortiz. “One afternoon after a radio interview at the program of Ike Lozada in ABS-CBN, he brought us to meet Tony Santos, the famous director of the ‘D’ Sensations,’ the no. 1 primetime TV show at that time,” remembers Jojit. “Direk Tony Santos asked us if we could do an impromptu song and he’d put us on live. We took a deep breath and went for it. At first the audience fell silent as acoustic guitars were not yet amplified and the boom mike was picking up peripheral noise. When we finished the song, the audience went wild demanding more.”

For a couple of years, Sunday evenings televiewers were enthralled by the Twofus. In record time, Ronnie and Jojit cemented their status as national teen idols.

But the time to pursue different paths eventually came. Ronnie Henares went into hosting, singing, dancing, acting, directing, producing, and managing the careers of future superstars. Jojit Paredes enjoyed a solo caeer as an actor, singer, and recording arist until he decide to explore new adventures in America.

The road back

Some good teams, however, never lose their appeal.

Ronnie and Jojit got together last year and recalled how successful the US reunion of Twofus was. “It was heartwarming seeing familiar faces that we haven’t seen in ages plus fans from our youth that packed the afternoon matinee and evening shows, and how much fun we had performing for them and watching them participate in the show,” says Ronnie who suggested that he and Jojit reunite in Manila with their artist friends and the Manila crowd that loves 70’s music.

“These days we need a dose of yesteryears when love songs were tender, lengthy laugh trips were highly contagious and dancing expressed the soul’s joy and rhythm…more importantly when friendships lasted lifetimes,” adds Ronnie wistfully.

Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes will prove just that in their reunion concert on September 1, 2018, 8 pm at The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino. “Music lovers are going to love this concert,” Ronnie and Jojit or the Twofus, say in chorus, “The audience can expect to hear the hits of the times which aren’t performed anymore in any of the entertainment venues in the country.”

Take a wonderful trip down memory lane with Ronnie and Jojit to an era when love songs were beautiful, tender, and had well thought-out lyrics and upbeat tunes made it impossible for you not to groove to the music.

The Twofus will captivate old and new audiences alike with hits from Chad and Jeremy, Mamas and the Papas, Everly Brothers, Beatles, Lettermen, Lovin Spoonfuls, Cascades and more.

Joining in on the fun are long time friends of Ronnie and Jojit like music icons Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo of the APO Hiking Society, funny lady Mitch Valdes, and the 70’s top dancing duo, the AldeguerSisters. “No stone is being left unturned to ensure we give the audience a fun-filled night of music, laughter and dance while celebrating long lasting friendship and the good old days,” says Ida R. Henares of Primeline Management & Production, Inc.

“Twofus…Reunion of Friends” gathered together the best production team that includes director and writer Floy Quintos, musical director Roy del Valle, art director Christian Henares, the team of Sisa Hernandez Kalson for production, Francis Libiran for the wardrobe, and the very best session back up singers and musicians.

Making this major throwback party for friends and music lovers of the 70’s possible are presenters Solaire Resort & Casino, PrimelineManagement & Production, Inc., and University of Perpetual Help, sponsors KARADA, PLDT 90 and Smart, M&Co cosmetics, donor HCB Institute, and media partners RJ FM 100.3, 91.5 WIN Radio, and The Philippine STAR.

Relive the good old days with friends and family at “Twofus…:

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony in Manila

Grammy winner Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is scheduled to perform at the Mall Of Asia Arena on September 5, 2018 produced by Ovation Productions. The popular American hip-hop group worked their way into the music industry from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song, “Tha Crossroads”. Since its conception in the early 1990s, the group has been honored with other numerous awards. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is also the only artist to do collaborations with Eazy-E, Mariah Carey, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. This legendary rap group is broadly recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop acts selling more than 50 million records worldwide.

Other Bone Thugs-n-Harmony chart-toppers are Thug Luv, Days of Our Livez, I Tried, 1st of the Month, Ghetto Cowboy, Thuggish Ruggish Bone, Mo’murda, Look Into My Eyes, Breakdown, If I Could Teach The World, Notorious Thugs, Foe The Love of $, and East 1999.

Filipino rap icon Gloc-9, new rap sensation Shanti Dope, and OPM MoThugs duo Blaze N’ Kane are set to be the show’s front acts providing Pinoy lovers of the genre a delightful and unforgettable night of R&B and hip-hop.

(Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Live In Manila is produced by Ovation Productions. Media partners are FOX, FOXLife, FOX Filipino, MYX, Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Wave 89.1, 103.5 Klite, Mellow 94.7, 97.1 Barangay LSFM, iFM 93.9, Monster RX 93.1, 96.3 Easyrock, Philstar.com, Inquirer.net, Mb.com.ph, Manilascope, Click The City, LionhearTV, PEP, When In Manila, 8list, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, and Soundcheck Manila. Tickets available via www.smtickets.com and regular SM Tickets outlets. Ticket Prices are P4,770/ 4,240/ 3,710/ 3,180/ 2,650/1,060. For more info call SM Tickets +632 470-2222 or Ovation Productions +632 532-8883.)