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Gloria in Manila

December 16, 2019

U2 | The Joshua Tree Tour 2019

The Joshua tree, which in fiercely adverse conditions, was seen by U2 as a symbol of faith and hope in the midst of aridity. The tree was named, by early Mormon settlers, after the Old Testament prophet Joshua as its branches reminded them of Joshua raising his arms to pray. — Valentina Magli



After four decades, U2 has finally found its way to the PH.

I literally cried when they sold out 2 nights in Singapore. I mean these are legends, and it might be the only time I will ever get to watch them perform live and I missed my chance.

Blessed by the universe, they decided to add a PH leg closing their tour and I was so so so happy. I was like, GOD thank you for listening to me! And what was interesting, their VIP floor tickets sold cheap! It was like the universe was saying okay go on, watch and have fun.

Dec. 11 – Concert Day

Woke up at 3am to catch my 5am flight to Manila, it was pouring but I was too full of excitement, it didn’t really bother me. What turbulence? lol.


After lunch, we drove through the almost 2-hour traffic up north to Bulacan, to the Philippine Arena where they will be holding their concert and was greeted by the blaring pipe-in of Where the Streets Have No Name on repeat for the next 4 hours. The crowd was very diverse, from Boomers to Gen Z, it was a picnic at the parking lot with all the collapsible chairs and coolers of beer, while waiting to queue.

Started queuing at 4:30ish to claim our tickets and get into the venue.

We finally got inside after queuing for more than 3 hours and was welcomed by a 200 ft × 45 ft state-of-the-art 8K video screen that flashed a loop of varied poetry from acclaimed poets and novelists from around the world, even featuring poetry from our very own Bino Realuyo, Eric Gamalinda and Dr. Jose Rizal as a prelude to the concert that started a little past 9pm.


After The Whole of the Moon played by the Waterboys, I knew it was cue that the concert was about to start and we made our way through the mosh pit to the front of the stage. Just as the lights went out, Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam took the stage and kickstarted the show with Sunday, Bloody Sunday and everyone was up on their feet, hands swaying, singing, screaming.


After a couple of songs, Bono paused to greet the more than 45,000 people in the arena “Mabuhay!” And likened to a church service, Bono made known his prayers for an epic night of rock n roll transcendence.

Then they started singing Bad from the 1984 album Unforgettable Fire, and I got so overwhelmed, I started crying. How wonderful that one of my favorite songs was being played live by legends right in front of me.


As the concert progressed into the Joshua Tree album, the ginormous wall morphed into a backdrop of American deserts, endless highways, emblematic mini movies and a play of psychedelic visuals towards the end.

At one point, U2 dedicated the song Ultraviolet (Light My Way) to pay tribute to women game changers, to women who came together to rewrite history. To quote Bono: “When women in the whole world unite to rewrite history as her story that is a “Beautiful Day.”


This included Filipinas Lidy Nacpil, Cory Aquino, Lea Salonga, and Maria Ressa. And so much blah has been thrown at U2 being political and shit. The band’s been playing freakin punk rock since 1976. For those unaware of the genre (and are so called fans up until..), it’s supposed to be political, look it up. They’ve always had a reputation for their strong humanitarian conviction and activism, so get over it.

Playing their encore, some songs were accompanied with Tagalog subtitles, just shows how inclusive this band is.


After thanking everyone who came and stuck with them throughout the show, expressing their admiration of the indoor stadium, making mention that the Philippine leg is their 2,050th show, that not having come sooner, they have no excuse, and Bono saying ”from our single island to your thousand islands, thank you for making us feel so welcome on your islands, you’re making a new history for yourselves but the truth is, none of us are really an island and what happens in one country affects the other side of the world. From typhoons to drought, the way we live in one country affects life in every country. There is no them, there’s only us. We are…,” they closed with One, from their 1991 album Achtung Baby.

The concert ended at almost midnight and up to leaving the arena, I’ve been singing love is a temple, love the higher law, we got to carry each other, carry each other, some serious case of LSS.

And through the grueling exodus exiting from the car park that lasted around 1am to arriving BGC at almost 3am — took a shower, ate a bit of breakfast (dint realize I was starving from the concert) and went to the airport at around 5am to catch my 7am flight home and straight to my seminar.

Literally no sleep for more than 24 hours, but having endured the traffic, long queues at the ticket booth, food stalls, comfort rooms and the arena, and coming down with fever and all, just to experience an impeccably choreographed 2-and-a-half-hour show and hear the uncannily seamless voices of the band performing live and up close, was golden. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.


Here is their PH setlist:

Sunday Bloody Sunday


New Year’s Day


Pride (In the Name of Love)

The Joshua Tree:

Where the Streets have no Name

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for

With or Without you

Bullet the Blue Sky

Running to Stand Still

Red Hill Mining Town

In God’s Country

Trip through Your Wires

One Tree Hill


Mothers of the Disappeared





Even Better than the Real Thing

Every Breaking Wave

Beautiful Day

Ultraviolet (Light My Way)

Love is Bigger than Anything in its Way




Thank you U2 for the once in a lifetime experience and thank you Poi and Jobelle for sharing this epic night with me! Truly magical.




BSB DNA World Tour 2019 | PH Leg

October 31, 2019

BSB promoting their DNA album and when they announced that they’ll be having a show in PH, just had to book those VIP tickets!


Freakin felt like 11 again! Sang at the top of my lungs literally and kept screaming Kevin Richardson’s name telling him to go home with me lol. I was voiceless after the concert.




So so so so so worth it!

And also thanks to these ladies who screamed with me nonstop!


These 90s kids are so so happy!





Singapura | 2017

August 30, 2017

Last long weekend of August and so timely to the Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold tour!


Day 1 | Foo Fighters Concert

Flight was delayed, arrived SG at around 1AM on the 26th (same day of the concert) and stayed up drinking whiskey til 4AM. 😂 Body clock woke me up at around 7AM (uuugh), started beering at around lunch then went to the National Stadium at around 4PM to line up.


They sold merchandise for Foo Fighters at around $20-$45 SGD.


Non stop beer while we wait. 😂


Security was tight. They dint allow the egg sandwiches we brought. 😞


Line was already this long when we arrived at around 4PM. Concert will start at 8PM.


Yay! Front row baybeh!


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I die! Can’t believe I was this close! 😭






Went to Somerset to have dinner and of course, non-stop beer (lol).


Pretty subway

Chanced up on Franco who also watched the Foo Fighters concert.


Great food and awesome new friends!

Day 2 | City sights

I only went to see the concert really but since my flight wasn’t until 1AM, my friends took me to see some of the sights of the city.

Singapore is a doll, so nice that the stores are preserved to look like old houses and it’s so well maintained! And everywhere you go, you see a lot of green.


First up, Gardens by the Bay.


These Supertrees stand up to 50 ft tall! And at night it lights up to different colors. I’ll have to come back to see that.



Flower Dome

This was heaven! The flower dome replicates the cool and dry Mediterranean climate showcasing exotic plants from five continents which are displayed in nine different Gardens.

This orchid field!

This pumpkin patch.

And I especially loved this Australian Garden. I was like OMG. Cacti and succulents overload!

Cloud Forest

This was a “cloud walk” experience that I did not prepare for. I’ve a ridiculous fear of heights (yes I do) and the walk way was see through on the sides you could literally see 35 meters to your death right below your feet, I was sweating in 23C temperature. The place was of tropical/misty forest theme with a really tall waterfall.


This crazy walk way.

These Begonia blooms are unreal. I feel like mine at home are so puny.


These are microscopic orchids, really cool!


Marina Bay Sands

Went to the sky bar to grab us some drinks with a view.




View from Ce La Vie Bar

Happy happy hour!


View from the top.

Merlion Park


This was quite a sight, everyone was trying to catch with their hands or mouths this merlion’s puke. 😂

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Singapore weekend was amazing! Thank you so much to my NFFs for adopting me, you guys are awesome! What a trip to cap off my August.





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