Photos and Written by Kevin Pableo
Edited by Jamie Ortega
To celebrate their 100 years of making people happy, Coca-Cola Philippines organized a free concert last March 23, 2012 entitled “Concert ng Bayan”. The festival featured some of the best local acts in the country including a special performance by international R and B superstar, Craig David. In keeping with their promise to make the Filipino people happy, the selection of performers to be included in the concert was done through a survey on their Facebook LIKE page: (https://www.facebook.com/PresidentforHappiness).
The people who couldn’t make it to the venue viewed the concert online over at www.coca-cola.com.ph. Check out 15 of the coolest moments from the show. How did you find the show? LET US KNOW!
1) DJ Q-York whet the audience’s appetite with a riveting compilation of R and B hits.
2) Fresh from their sold-out concert, comedy duo Jose and Wally opened the show. MYX VJs Bianca Roque, Chino Lui-Pio, Mike Advincula, PBB host Robi Domnigo, and Monster RX 93.1 DJ Gino Quillamor took turns hosting the festival.
3) Everyone’s favorite pop-rock band Callalily performed their hearts out with some of their best hits including Stars, Magbalik and Susundan. Frontman Kean Cipriano kept the girls screaming with his heartfelt performance of Magbalik. In the middle of Magbalik the charismatic singer strummed the guitar while asking the audience to put their cellphones in the air. For their next numbers the band performed alongside former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel, their performances churning out unbelievable musical chemistry as they sang each other’s songs, BBS’ Wala Na Tayo and Sugarfree’s Tulog Na. In keeping with the show’s theme Kean wore a red pair of pants. Do we smell an album collaboration sometime soon? We hope so!
4) The onstage collaborations kept on coming! Sandwich paid tribute to Eraserheads’ epic hit “With A Smile” by performing it, an action which made the crowd dutifully show their pearly whites. The musical duo became a trio as soon as Jay Durias appeared onstage. Sandwich frontman Raymond joked, “If you know the words, if you think you know them more than I do, can you sing with me?” Don’t you love it when rock icons are so down to earth?
5) Old school met new school as 6cyclemind performed with Eunice of Grancenote and Kleggy of Ang Banda ni Kleggy. Frontman Tutti Caringal asked the audience to sing the 6 Cyclemind song “Sandalan” with him which they did, and in tune, too! Pretty amazing!
6) The age-old metal versus hiphop rivalry has been over and done with. Need further proof? Rock blended with rap as Wolfgang lived up to its’ name and rocked the audience to the corewith a fierce performance of Halik Ni Hudas. The band was joined by prolific rapper Gloc-9. Who says rap and rock are worlds apart? We hope there are more collaboration like this in the future.
7) Heir apparent to Master Rapper Francis M, Gloc-9 ruled the stage with the song Hari Ng Tondo. He was joined by GMA 7’s Protégé contestant, Denise Barbacena. Whoever said OPM is dead? Judging by the sheer talent onstage it IS LIVE AND KICKING!!
8) One of the most applauded performances that night was by the band Parokya Ni Edgar. They entertained the crowd with some of their biggest hits including, “Halaga”, “Yes, Yes, Show” “Picha Pie”, and “Buloy.” The band added a dash of comedic flavor to each of their performances, producing a lively concoction which the audience definitely enjoyed.
9) Electronic pop artist and teen heartthrob Somedaydream proved why he is being dubbed as the country’s answer to Owl City with his lively rendition of his hit single Hey Daydreamer. Somedaydream’s talent manager Champ Lui Pio is right, it is time embrace a new kind of music flavor, and the electronic pop artist is setting the wheels in motion.“Thank you so much guys, galling nyo kumanta, yeah,” he said before wrapping up his performance.
10) The Coke concert became a royal event with the addition of Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo. The female performer sang a mixture of slow and fast hits like “End of Time” by Beyonce, “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj, “Someone Like You” by Adele and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You. Sarah displayed an amazing flair for rapping during Super Bass. We swear there is NOTHING she cannot do! She replaced the lyrics of Super Bass with “Please tell us who the F I is, I am Sarah G” Yes, and there will be nobody like you! Before singing I Will Always Love You Sarah expressed her love for the late Whitney Houston by saying “We lost another icon but of course her beautiful music will remain in her hearts.
11) Mr. Pure Energy proved why he is idolized by hundreds of younger generations of artists with his heartfelt performance of Walang Hanggan. The mood shifted from romantic to electrifying as soon as he was joined onstage by his son Gab. They performed the Jay Sean tune 2012 which made the crowd do just do that -party on 2012! Gary V apologized for all the sweat falling from his body. We didn’t mind because what they did was nothing short of epic.
12) Mega trio Gary V, Sarah G and Somedaydream performed Coca-Cola Philippines 100th Anniversary theme song, “Tuloy”. May Coke continue to be a part of our lives for the next 100 years! What is your favorite Coke memory? Share it with us!
13) Making it feel like it’s Christmas (in the middle of summer), a building projection appeared atop the building of Two E-Com Center. The visual projection chronicled Coke’s campaigns throughout the years. The visual spectacle was followed by a dazzling 7-minute firework display.
14) It’s been four years since his last performance in Manila, and with that in mind British R and B superstar Craig David certainly made up for his absence by performing some of his greatest hits: “Don’t Love You No More”, “Unbelievable”, “7 Days” “Walking Away”, “What’s Your Flava”. The buff and talented R and B act sang 8 songs, capping his performance with his latest hit “Insomnia”. During the press conference a couple of hours ago Craig said he dedicates Insomnia to his Filipino fans because they inspire him to keep him awake as he writes songs. How sweet! Craig also spoke about Tuberculosis, one of his charities, and encouraged everyone in the audience to know more about how to prevent the disease.
15) Capping the musical extravaganza was Rico Blanco, Chicosci, Never the Strangers, Spongecola, and Pupil. Talk about 13 hours of pure musical satisfaction! The show started at 3 pm and ended at 4 am the next day. Over 50,000+ people were in attendance for one of the biggest concerts in Philippine music history. We cant wait till next year!
Thank you to Wilbros Live and Coca-Cola Philippines for making all of this possible.