Mall of Asia Arena Concert: Regine, Martin, Eric & Angeline
My sister thought that it would be a laugh to attend a pre-St Valentine’s concert at the MOA featuring Regine Velasquez (who has been given the moniker of Queen of concert halls/stage and also being Asia’s Songbird), Martin Nievera (King of Philippine concert halls), Eric Santos (thought to be the one likely to take over from Martin Nievera) and Angeline Quinto (the crown princess from Regine). Thus the concert was called The Royals; a real soap opera!
The concert was meant to start at 8:00pm but no, nothing happened at 8, except being bombarded again and again by advertisements of those sponsoring the concert. This was literally over and over, again and again as if trying to subliminally indoctrinate you to go eat yourself lechon to high blood pressure and washed yourself afterwards with some baby products and then go shop for new designer gowns, after, of course, you have whiten your skin with Belo.
As the advertisements went on without cease, some officers from the Philippine Red Cross and Fire department started wheeling some rather overweight VIP moneyed patrons. I must admit I felt really uncomfortable seeing moneyed people given so much deference from the donation/tax deductible funded organisations. Surely the Philippine Red Cross has more worthy and pressing projects to attend to than escorting some individuals, who can obviously afford to hire a few minders to see them good anywhere, anytime.
To pass away the time as the concert did not feel to be starting any time soon, we started ‘celebrity’ watching. We saw Vice Ganda arrived, followed closely by Aiko Melendez (according to my sister), who looked so lovely but so cold given the mottled skin from her black backless jumpsuit (i think). Poor woman, next time bring a cardigan, love! We also saw the handsome ex-boyfriend of Sharon Cuneta, Rowell Santiago.
When the show did finally start, it was rather buoyant; it was of dancing girls and men from a Paris ball of the Marie Antoniette kind but given an extremely modern twist when the women started gyrating like vixen on heat, legs apart, showing their frilly knickers, simulating sex.
The four divas then started belting some of Queen’s hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock you, Somebody to Love, etc.
It was good but the public did not forgive easily after waiting so much time for the show to start. Not many showed enthusiasm.
As the show progress, and as a node to St Valentine’s day, one of the men from the audience was given a chance to propose to his girlfriend. OMG, it was embarrassing, not for the girlfriend but for the boy – he started crying. I was forced to shout, do not marry him 🙁 🙂
Guess what Regine, Martin, Eric and Angeline took time to enumerate and thanks their sponsors, the very same ones bombarded to the audience again and again before the start of the show. Yeah, I am sure JLo, Madonna, Mariah Carey, etc would thank (NOT) Nandos, Versace, La Perla, etc while doing their concert. Only in the Philippines.
The sound system at MOA was not very good. The acoustic was poor. Basag (broken glass effect), sometimes the glorious singers sounded ngongo or when they hit the high notes, they stopped really singing as they sounded screeching and shouting.
It was so loud as well but having said that, I decided to close my eyes to really feel a Tagalog song being sung by Martin Nievera, I fell asleep instead but woken up by the gentle snoring by my husband next to me. That was so funny.
During the show, the four singers bragged how they got to where they are, as only Filipinos can; so I did not notice their lacking of humility. It was my English husband who commented that the singers were rather ‘full of themselves’! LOL
Peter like the 80s sound; that was really enjoyable – Sweet dreams are made for this.
Towards the end, they again started thanking the same sponsors, that without the sponsors the show would have not been possible, I think they got their priorities wrong, they should thank the audience for paying through the nose for the tickets and without the monies, there is definitely no concert. We just had enough and started leaving in droves and not stayed for the encore, if there was even one.
Enjoyable but not of an international category!