Seasons In The Sun

To start things off, I didn’t really plan to watch this concert. When I asked my parents to buy me tickets to All Time Low, I told them that it would be the last for this year. To be honest, when I first heard that Westlife is coming here, I really didn’t mind it. I thought I grew out from them. Then the news spread and I keep hearing people talking about their concert. I also keep hearing their songs and it kinda gave me the urge to go to their concert. But I was like, “It’s okay. I’m not gonna watch Westlife and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m gonna see All Time Low, anyway.

Around 3 weeks before the show, during my sembreak, my uncle gave me a certain amount of money when we visited him. When school started, my friends started paying their debts. Then I was like, “Hey, I could use this money to buy a ticket to see Westlife.” After that realization, I decided not to go to Starbucks as often as I do. And so, around 2 weeks before the concert, I was able to save enough money for an Upper Box A ticket. It was the first time I bought a concert ticket using my own money. It’s not a VIP ticket which I’m used to have but, hey, I’m gonna see WESTLIFE – my childhood favorite. I’ve been a fan since I was 5 years old. I really was an avid fan back then that I used to have their old CDs and posters, and I kinda dance in front of the television whenever their music videos are being played. Yes, it’s crazy but I’ve been a fangirl since I was 5. Now, I’m 17 years old and wow, it’s been 12 years.

I watched the concert with my dad because I’m not allowed to go to places alone. We arrived at the venue a little early, so while waiting for the show to start, we ate a big box of popcorn and ice cream and chatted. Then when I looked around me, I was like, “Holy crap! There are so many people here!” The crowd was a mixture of kids and adults. When Westlife came on stage, the crowd went wild.

(photo taken by Magic Liwanag for Dayly Entertainment)

(photo taken by “huesca”)
They started the show with When You’re Looking Like That which is one of my favorite songs of them. It made me feel more excited. They performed a variety of songs – some favorites of mine, some I’m familiar with, and some which I just heard for the first time. Yes, I haven’t listened to any song from their latest album Gravity. But I have to say that those songs I’m not familiar with which they performed were wonderful. The song from their recent album that caught my attention most was Beautiful Tonight. It was very catchy and the lighting effects were great! Oh, and I’m so happy that they sang my all-time favorite, “Seasons In The Sun”! I don’t know why but I really didn’t expect them to sing this song so I was really surprised when they did! But the most shocking part of the show was when they performed a medley. They did a cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance! That was EPIC. I mean, who would expect a boy band to perform such song? I’m glad that they didn’t wear gaga clothes. Whew! I was also surprised when they included Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World). Mark’s voice was astonishing!

In between songs, the boys talked to the crowd. Whenever they say “Manila” or “Philippines”, the crowd screamed louder. Shane said that the Manila crowd is the most enthusiastic. I don’t exactly remember but I think he said it’s because whenever they say “Manila” or something, everybody goes *insert Shane’s unforgettable facial expression and hand movement here* and gosh he looked so cute and adorable when he did that! LOL!

(photo taken by Magic Liwanag for Dayly Entertainment)

I don’t recall which part of the show this happened but they actually called some fans on stage! They chose from those with the banners. It was cool because they recognized the effort of the fans and they did notice the signs. In the previous concerts I’ve been to, I have observed that most performers didn’t really mind the signs. Anyway, there were some chosen fans that I think the security people blocked or something. But the members of Westlife stood up for them. They were like, “Hey security, security, they’re coming on stage.” Oh gosh, they are just so amazing.

During the show, Nicky made us do the Mexican wave, twice! It was so cool and he actually recorded it using his phone and uploaded it on TwitVid! He keeps on recording the crowd during some parts of the show. One time, he was singing while recording. And he also told us to scream as loud as we can and he’s gonna record it to show his family and friends how crazy the Manila crowd was.

(photo taken by Magic Liwanag for Dayly Entertainment)

They ended the show with “Uptown Girl” which is one of my top favorites. I can’t believe that I actually danced. Well, it’s fine because it was dark and people won’t see me, except those who are behind me, but they can only see my shadow and not my face LOL.

The show was epic that I didn’t actually feel bad when they didn’t sing my other favorite songs. I have to admit that I don’t remember every word to the songs I’m familiar with as much as I did when I was in grade school but I really enjoyed the show! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Thank you to Nicky, Shane, Mark, Kian, and the Westlife crew for coming here. Thank you Dayly Entertainment for bringing them here. Thank you to Manila Concerts Scene. Thank you to the photographers for the great photos. Thank you to the other fans for taking videos. Thank you to the people who set up the stage, lights, sound system, etc. Well, basically thank you to everyone. And of course, thank you Lord!

The boys said that they’ll try to come here as often as they did before. I am really looking forward to that. Next time, I’m hittin’ on VIP tickets and Meet & Greet passes (hopefully)!

(photo taken by Ferdie Arquero for Dayly Entertainment)

Blog Title inspired by the song: Seasons In The Sun – by Westlife

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Give Me Therapy

I watched All Time Low’s concert. The band was amazing but… something tragic just happened to me.

It’s my first time to attend a concert at the Araneta Coliseum. I’m a VIP ticketholder, along with my friend Iza. We were standing in front of our seats then suddenly everybody ran to the front because Typecast was about to hit the stage, so we followed. I managed to run to the center front, and there were only like 5-7 people in front of me. It was the craziest thing ever. The pushing was non-stop. At first, I was surrounded by some friends (even though based on our tickets, we’re supposed to be located a bit far from each another), so it was okay. But eventually we lost each other. Then I don’t know anymore. I don’t know how to describe what happened to me – a short, petite, fragile girl at a rock concert. I wanted to get away from my place very badly but I couldn’t really move. Thank God the bouncers were able to make most of the people return to their seats (or at least move or something) so I, along with Audrey and Chang who also couldn’t take it anymore, was able to get away from that hell. After that, we decided to just transfer to the Lower Box area. We ended up at the left section which is closest to the stage. There we joined Sage and Larence.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the show. Well, I love the fact that All Time Low is right there. But I was just doing my best to have a good time. So yeah, everyone else was having fun. I actually cried to my dad after the show (My parents were waiting just outside). Then I went home with 7 bruises.

After that incident, my dad told me that I am no longer allowed to go to any concert without him 🙂

(I don’t want to post any photos.)

 

Blog Title inspired by the song: Therapy – by All Time Low

All Time Low CD Signing

I planned to go to SM North Edsa before 10:00AM but my mom and I arrived at the mall at around 10:30AM. I was kind of in panic mode because I was afraid that the CDs might run out before I get three (one for me, and two for my friends who will arrive late). When I arrived at the venue, the line was so long and I was so alone but thank God I have an online friend, Kam, who’s already lined up, with her two friends. I’ve known her for a few months and this is the first time ever that I met her. After buying our CDs and getting our stubs, we were just outside and then I saw my friends Casper and Nichole. The latter is also an online friend who I met for the first time. After the quick chat, they had to leave because they still have classes, also one of Kam’s friends. Before Kam, Cha, and I went inside the venue, I met another online friend, Carmel, for the first time, and she introduced me to her friend, Chang. But again, they had to leave because of school. Then, while seated, I was just looking around then I saw this girl, Audrey, who I also saw last September 11, during the Hustlers’ Gathering at SM Megamall. I still didn’t know her that time and I didn’t get the chance to talk to her but we smiled at each other, so I remember her face. When she entered the venue, I saw that she was alone, so I waved at her, then she sat beside me. After that, we started to introduce ourselves to each other. I also had a group of online friends who went to the signing. I really don’t know 99% of them by face and I don’t have their phone numbers. I assumed they were the people seated at the right side and I was right. While waiting, Kam and I did some schoolwork, and when we were done, our friends have returned and we just chatted with each other and took some photos.

After hours of waiting, Miggy Chavez went on stage and talked about stuff. Then there were games and raffles. And then Typecast took over the stage. At first it was okay. The band was good and the crowd was clapping and cheering for them. But then at one point, the people stood up one by one while looking at the right side, it was like a domino effect which started at the back. Then there was All Time Low. Intense screaming by the fans followed. It was SO LOUD. I felt bad for Typecast, because they were still performing that time but the attention of everybody is focused on All Time Low. And we can see them from backstage, happily taking photos of the crowd. Typecast is supposed to play more songs but they were called backstage when All Time Low arrived.

My footage:

The boys went on stage, and once again the crowd screamed their lungs out. I was so happy because I finally saw them! And then we all lined and it was so crazy because there are so many fans and we’re all excited. Then FINALLY, it was my turn. I couldn’t believe that they were right in front of me, only the table in between. What I didn’t like is that it was SO FAST. It’s like 3 seconds per member. But at least I got to chance to see them real close and I got a high five from all of them! I couldn’t forget how Alex said “Thank you” and how Jack stared at me. Rian and Zack just smiled at me. After that encounter, I was literally shaking (just a bit though) and Nichole was like, “Okay ka lang?”

It was an extraordinary experience. I met a lot of really cool friends – fangirls and fanboys who love music as much as I do, and who loves going to fun events like concerts. Again, thank you so much Astroplus for this wonderful experience.

*with Audrey Cruz

*with Cha Junsay & Kam Arendain

*with Audrey, Kam, and Cha

*with Casper and Cha