Written by: Jamie Ortega
Photos by: Kevin Pableo
5/15/10 10:35 PM
The earthquake has finally struck Manila! Earthquake of epic musical proportions, that is. The artists of the Then And Now Massive Music Festival presented themselves to the press last May 14, 2010 at the Sulu room of the Sofitel Hotel and Manila Concert Scene was there to get in on all the thunderous action! A lot of the artists were also able to sing quick samples of their beloved hit songs, turning the press conference into a free and absolutely fun mini-concert.
Pinoy fans will be surprised to find out that majority of the Then And Now artists have Filipino connections! First up was TQ, the singer of the hit Westside who joked that his girlfriend Elena, who was a Filipina, pretended to cook adobo but he found out it was Elena’s mom who cooked the dish. TQ, the singer of the huge hit “Westside”, also revealed that he remade the Michael Jackson song Dirty Diana and included it in the limited edition version of his album Kind Of Blue.
The diva triplet Sisters With Voices raved about the spa treatment they got at Sofitel and belted out a portion of their hit song “Weak,” while members of the press gamely sang along. PM Dawn brothers Altrel Cordes and Jarret Cordes also rendered a part of their hit tunes “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss and “Patient’s Eyes”.
RnB singer Frankie J revealed that he was a big Manny Pacquiao fan and has tried to meet the boxing icon every time the Pacman is in the United States but unfortunately to no avail. He even gave a heartfelt TV message in hopes of meeting the Pacman once and for all! Frankie J also talked about his family and how they inspire his music, like in his decision to remake the Jonas Brother’s song “When You Look Me in the Eyes” which was inspired by his son who is a devout Jobros fan! Frankie J instantly made hearts melt in the room when he sang parts of his hit songs “Obsession and Don’t Wanna Try”. The dimples and sweet smiles he gave to the press didn’t hurt, either.
All-4-One, the group responsible for the hit song “I Swear” reminisced about their last visit to Manila more than 10 years ago. They commented that they found the Filipino press very shy and courteous and shared that their friendship was the reason the group has been in intact for more than 20 years.
V Factory, the cutie boyband composed of Asher Book of last year’s Fame remake, Jared Murillo of Highschool Musical 1 and 2, Nathaniel Flatt and Nicky Teti enthused that they were honored to be part of the “Now” of the Then And Now music festival and singing with such icons, people that they grew up listening to, has been an absolute treat for them. Nicky revealed that he has a lot of Filipino friends back home and has even tried eating the Pinoy delicacy balut! The band believes that they are different from the oh- so- many boygroups out there because they try out a lot of different things, Wesley who couldn’t go with the group to Manila is currently taping for the tv series Glee, Asher is part of the cast of the NBC TV show Parenthood, Jared Murillo is a ballroom dancing champion who formerly partnered with Party Of Five star Lacey Schwimmer, and Nathaniel Flatt was in Broadway’s Aladdin. Talk about one whopping smorgasbord of insane talent
And last, but certainly not the least was Jojo. The singer who was just here for the Changing Lives concert with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake is glad to be back, and with her own band to boot! Jojo revealed that she is a fan of Filipino pop sensation Charice, expressing that she loved Charice’s rendition of her original song Note To God and is open to collaborating with the Pinay singer. Jojo also gave Charice some advice about being in the spotlight, saying she should just keep it real and always try to come back home and stay with her roots. A truly down to earth gal, Jojo puts her feet down on going sexy and keeps her fashion style comfy but chic. “Dresses that you cant breath in, theyre overrated,” the singer joked.
Have all these tidbits keep you Manila Concert Scene fans gasping for more? More importantly, have you guys got your tickets for the big date? We hope so! Meeting all these great artists who have been very gracious to the press has been a dream come true for the Manila Concert Scene Crew and we’re glad we were able to share some vids, clips and kuwentos with you guys. Keep on visiting Manila Concert Scene, the number one concert-related website in the country!
More photos to come!