It’s MTV Music Evo Manila ’16!

MTV Music Evolution Manila marked its inauguration 2015 edition with a feature on hip hop, which showcased a stellar line-up of international and local acts (Abra and Gloc-9 are love!!) who took to the stage in celebration of iconic and contemporary hip-hop music. Through explosive performances by Naughty by Nature, YG, Apl.de.ap, DJ Cash Money, MTV Music Evolution Manila 2015 showcased the way that hip hop has shaken up the music scene throughout the years – taking the music genre to whole new levels for a live audience of more than 22,000 fans who gathered at the historic Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila.

MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 has completed its line-up with the addition of two more stellar acts set to celebrate pop music like never before on Fridat at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. MTV revealed that L.A.-grown electric dance trio Far East Movement and Philippine pop superstar father and son-tandem Gary V feat. Gab Valenciano will join the roster of talents for the award-winning1 MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016. They are slated to set the stage ablaze at the one-night only live music event – joining previously announced acts; iconic international pop band and prolific hit-maker OneRepublic (I’m a fan!!),  American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female group, Apink, Filipino pop darlings James Reid and Nadine Lustre – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving.

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My favorite songs of One Republic include Apologize, Stop & Stare, Secrets, If I Lose Myself, and Counting Stars.

The international sensation, Far East Movement (FM) has always had dance music in their DNA, having established their roots in dance early on with their break-out hit “Like a G6” which landed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They have since grown to be one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music, cultivating an ever-growing catalog of music with support from hit-making musicians such as Skrillex, Diplo and Afrojack. Another big hit for the trio, “Rocketeer” is the second single from FM’s 2010 album Free Wired and features Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. The track, which was written by FM as well as members of the production teams of The Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon release. Their current collaboration, “Break Yourself” with Hook N Sling has become a staple track from their devoted online base of followers. No stranger to MTV live music events, they have also performed at some of the most prestigious festivals Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, continually showcasing FM as one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music.

The trio who comes back to the Philippines for the first time since 2011 is excited to return. “Manila is one of our favorite places to party around the world, and we’re ready to dance with everyone at MTV Music Evolution Manila!” – Far East Movement.

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With a career of over three decades in entertainment, Gary V, or Gary Valenciano, is the epitome of an icon in Philippine pop music. The multi-awarded singer-songwriter, producer and dance choreographer has to-date released over 32 albums locally and internationally, from which timeless songs like “Di Bale Na Lang”, “Hataw na”, ‘”Eto Na Naman”, “Sana Maulit Muli’”and “Shout for Joy” among many others, catapulted him to the status of a classic Philippine pop superstar. He has toured extensively in Asia, Europe and the Americas filling in prestigious venues like the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the Hammersmith Apollo in London and Olympia in Montreal and with each explosive stage performance, solidifying his reputation as “Mr. Pure Energy”. He holds an illustrious record for the most number of Awit Awards won; twelve years total as Best Male Recording Artist. More than thirty years after his debut, he continues to delight and excite Filipino audiences here and the world over with each concert.

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Today, the Valenciano family name continues to stand for dance and music artistry with Gab Valenciano, Gary V’s son as he etches his name onto Philippine pop culture and music as a remarkable percussionist and musician, producer, arranger and choreographer. A Philippine celebrity dance champion for the Philippines’ TV5’s Shall We Dance Competition, Gab hones his craft in traditional and contemporary ways. He is dubbed as “Super Selfie King” from his self-edited, produced and scored YouTube Channel which garners multi-million views. Aside from his various Philippine projects involving hosting, acting and live performances, he has also delved into the realm of directing, having worked with American Idol sensation, Jessica Sanchez for one of her most current releases, “This Love”. The young Valenciano received international attention and renown, including a nomination for “Best Choreography” at the MTV VMA’s in 2015 for his collaboration with global pop superstar Beyonce for the video release of 7/11.

The one-night only live music event will celebrate pop music like never before – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving. MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will showcase iconic and contemporary international music artists and the hottest new acts in both the regional and local music scenes on a single stage, while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences.

MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 is sponsored3 by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines of the Department of Tourism (DOT) with media partners Philippine Concerts, ClickTheCity.com, Digichive, Gist.PH of The Philippine Star, Inquirer.net, MEG Magazine, NYXSYS, PhilippineConcerts.com, WhenInManila.com, radio partners 99.5 Play FM, 101.1 YES FM, Oomph! Radio (Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga), broadcast partners Cablelink, MyCATV, PBO, Sari Sari channel, TMC, Viva TV, travel partner Asiatravel.com, venue partner SM Mall of Asia, post-party venue partner Chaos at City of Dreams, roadshow partner Robinsons Place Manila, hotel partner Hotel101, and ride partner Grab.

Source: Press Release

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Chvrches x Passion Pit x #GoodVybesFest

Last year, I missed Passion Pit’s concert in Manila (even if it was cancelled!) and because I really love this indietronica band ever since their first album, Manners, in 2009 (I even made an LOTD based on my favorite song, Moth’s Wings) I made sure had the time for it despite my super hectic February. After all, this is a different and less upbeat festival from the EDM ones I attended last year, and I like more of the former now (#TitaMode)

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It was not my first Vybe festival as I attended one 2 years ago. I like that they’re very organized and unique in their events, although I noticed that the venue – Aseana Open Grounds – is not very condusive for a packed festival as it’s not polished and safe for the lungs and nose.  I ended up with a congested nose after due to the grounds’ dirt and dust (major cry!). I also like that for the booths, credit and debit cards are also accepted as I find it dangerous to bring cash in events like these.

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I screenshot! #occasional snapchatter here LOL

As with rave-mates, I came with Vina, Christine, David, Mariel and Earl – thanks guys for a fun night!! We went straight from Super Sale Bazaar, and we just saw the main acts – Chvrches and Passion Pit. Aside from the music, we just got amazed by this German brand, Klopfer, which was available in the venue and will be at fests in the coming months. It’s fun party shots (16% content) contained in cool mini-bottles. I like the different flavors (I’m reminded of the Neds flavors!) and happy that I didn’t get much hangover despite the 3 boxes we consumed haha

Favorite @chvrches song! #GoodVybesFest

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Up on the blog! Hi @sarahtirona ?? #GoodVybesFest

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Klopfer’s fun box!

More photos of the event below:

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While I’m definitely a Passion Pit fan and he got to play and slay his top songs like Take A Walk, SleepyHead, etc with his unique and high voice, I was surprised that I liked Chvrches more on stage and in their music in general. I’ve heard of them before but I really got to appreciate them more here such that I’ve been playing them on Spotify until now (my favorite is the one on Soundcloud below)

The concert featured a lot of indie (global & Filipino) artists and it’s very nice of Vybe to provide a different experience in the country. I am already looking forward to the next #GoodVybesFestival!

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Michael Angelikos of Passion Pit

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Great Summer

I attended a lot of music festivals last year and I must say, I’m quite developing my taste for #EDM music LOL – I really like those with very nice lyrical content! I watched a lot of talented artists such as Rebecca & Fiona, Porter Robinson, Martin Garrix, Dash Berlin, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Major Lazer, and Showtek and I’ve come to discover more of their songs + new affinity to Kygo, Years & Years, etc which you can hear through my soundcloud below.

I hope you had a great summer, everyone and wishing for a better one this year!

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A #TravelPAL Night

Few weeks ago, Philippine Airlines invited us, bloggers, for a night of love for wanderlust, music (ugh, Bamboo!!) and knowledge. I sucked at geography (so for sure, I lost at the raffles and games LOL) but I’m so happy that on its 74th year, PAL, the country’s flag carrier, is set to launch new flights from Manila to more parts of the world!

I am a fan of PAL. If I’ll be given enough budget for travels, I would definitely choose this airline with its excellent service and the Pinoy touch to its clients. I remembered my mom who’s a biyahera, would always choose this for her trips, and ours too (my first PAL experience was a trip to Sydney when i was a kid). So when PAL announced that there will be new flights such as below, this will definitely be good news for travellers, business people (like my mom who always go to Guangzhou!) and OFW’s as well! Congratulations, PAL!!

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) this October 2015
Auckland (New Zealand) via Cairns (Australia) on December 2015
Additionally, PAL has also launched its services earlier this year to New York (USA), Guangzhou (China), Tablas (Romblon) and opened new inter-island flights in Visayas and Mindanao. PAL also reintroduced its Business class service to Cebu and Davao.

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Our (bam) boo! Hehe Beauty Bloggers join Camp kawayan! #highlight #travelPAL #PhilippineAirlines

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Fellow beauty blogger Phoebe, who won the trip to Auckland!

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The ever competitive Martha of the Beauty Junkee who also won a trip to Cairns!! #GoBeautyBloggers

Elesiiiiiii #bamboo #ugh #TheVoiceee A video posted by M I K K I M I N A J (@mikkigalang) on

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This close to Bamboo, I die!! #suchAfan

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Si @thebeautyjunkee ‘di napigilan! Wahaha #babe #bamboo A video posted by M I K K I M I N A J (@mikkigalang) on

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#LiveinLevisPH

More than 140 years after inventing the blue jean, one thing is clear: Levi’s clothes are loved by the people who wear them-from presidents to movie stars, farmers to fashion icons, entrepreneurs to the every man. Last month, a campaign was launched to aim to capture the spirit of the iconic brand that has always been an embodiment of the events of its time.

At the heart of the new campaign is the celebration of real-life “Live in Levi’s®” moments –from first dates and first-borns to rodeo sand road trips and everyday in between. Featuring the new fall 2014 collection, the campaign highlights the Levi’s® 511™ Slim jean for men and the Levi’s® Revel™ jeans for women, in addition to reimagined iconic products such as the 501® jean, western shirt and Trucker jacket. The new line honors the spirit, attention to detail and craftsmanship of the much-loved original.

But also, Levi’s and jeans users (like me!!) were able to customize denim items at the event to further express the campaign, with local stars and icons gracing the event and /or playing their music.

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I got the chance to customize my Levi’s pairs (I wear all the time for meetings and workshops because they’re really comfortable for me – I am really a jeans person!!). It’s really nice to know how all these distressing, patching and cutting of jeans are done because they take time, craft and effort!

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Jim and Saab of Cheats, who also played at the event,  naming their band jackets

It was also a series of days with music and OPM icons that I adore and wanted to see perform live.

Definitely a night of rakenrol with them and got to hear also their fun Levi’s stories when they were younger!

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Sky Ferreira x Levi’s

Levi’s recently announced the launch of its new global brand campaign, “Live in Levi’s®”. Inspired by the millions of stories consumers tell about the things they do in their Levi’s®, this new campaign is an optimistic new direction that reinvigorates the brand’s soul. The energy of storytelling and of the iconic jeans wear ultimately celebrates authentic self-expression that embodies individualism and an eternally cheerful spirit that makes the brand great and forever relevant.

In the Philippines, the Live in Levi’s® spirit blazes with the same enthusiastic fervor as the rest of the world. Sky Ferreira, a known international DJ with a great platform on social media, where she started, played at the launch held at a private residence at Forbes Park, along side local acts such as Pupil, Nix Damn P, and Mars Miranda.

In the forefront of the local scene, the unique creative confidence of Levi’s® Philippines ambassadors Brent Javier, Robbie Becroft, and John James Uy fall no short with their tales of authentic self-expression with Levi’s®, showcased also in the event. More photos below c/o Levi’s.

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One Vibe PH

It was the Independence day and thousands of young Filipinos gathered for music and culture with the largest messaging application in the country.

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Alesso x Forever Summer

Let me take you back to the biggest and freest music festival I’ve been to, where ravers get to choose and dictate all that will happen – fireworks, robots and all –  in one night of music and fun. Swedish artist Alesso definitely killed the night with his amazing audio-visual display. I just love his music and there’s definitely goosebumps whenever I danced to and sang to his songs.

Thanks Close Up (and Paul!) for this experience and looking forward to the next one already! See my visual diary below:

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Red Tour in Manila

With the 2012 release of her album RED, Taylor Swift is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. She holds the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest song sales week overall, as well as the worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales. With RED, Taylor became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums.

Taylor swift is truly one of those brave and creative artists which was obvious in her Red Tour in Manila, where thousands of Swifties flocked to listen and watch her perform. Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and her two most recent albums are two of only 18 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. I remembered listening to a few songs in her first album, and I will admit that i am no hard core Swiftie but i was truly amazed at how lyrical, true, creative she is with her craft.

I also got the chance to preview her special collection with Ked’s who invited us to this concert. “Taylor’s style is effortless and always perfectly pulled together. This collection really reflects her fresh approach to fashion,” said Rick Blackshaw, president, Keds®. “It is our goal to continuously delight and surprise girls with new sneakers that help them express their personal style. We hope everyone has a lot of fun wearing Taylor’s collection.” See more below. 

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Levels, Avicii

Avicii’s was a blast. Ever since I saw the Silhouettes music video, I got fascinated by this Swedish DJ’s unique electro music and messages from his art. The concert was a grand audio-visual display of everything dark yet beautiful, and I was like transported to his world. Then back to mine.

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I particularly like his use of darkness (Fade Into Darkness), silhouettes (too, which was seen also via his appearance on stage), and transitions and levels (which is also the title of the album that brought him to mainstream) in his images and lyrics.

But Silhouettes was something that really caught my attention during the event, especially because it’s something close to my identity. So it started off with this visual: a silhouette of a guy with colors so masculine.

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Then transitioning to a brighter, LEVElier (like being put in a right level) and livelier state: a woman. I seldom see artists communicating sex reassignment surgery (SRS) of trans women and it is so nice to see how he showcased this as something that compliments all her true feelings and desires, and not just any other kind of beauty surgery.

I came with fellow fashion bloggers and oh while I flashed myself with colors (hello neon makeup!), they did with their Ray-Ban’s! I really like the flash lens! We had a great time dancing to his music and visuals. I really like rave music, especially with artistic elements!

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Thanks to Ray-Ban for this ultra experience! I would definitely watch Avicii again and I hope he comes back to Manila very soon!

Photos: Raleene Cabrera and Ana Gonzales

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