Cue in: AgentP in Sawsawera Mode

I just want to say something about this thing that I saw on Twitter as regards the #NaBigbangKa topic:

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First of all: I don’t know why she’s blaming DaraGon fans for this. Yes, there were a few DaraGon banners but there certainly were NO DARAGON CHANTS. At least, none that reached my ears that night. I was seated in front of a DaraGon fan group. They waved their banner whenever GD was on our side but nobody chanted ‘Daragon’. This person is just assuming there was, according to her sources. She’s not even there, how could she make such a conclusion?

People cheered for DARA’s presence, sure. Well, why not? Sandara Park remains to be one of the most popular celebrities here. What do you want us to do, remain silent when Seungri acknowledged her presence? That has nothing to do with DaraGon shipping, at all.

I think she was right about cellphones/cameras being at our faces, though. At one point, when Daesung was on our side, my seatmate Charity said Dae looked at her and waved as he seemed to be surprised that she (Cha) was not holding a phone or camera and just enjoying the show. I got that same vibe from GD, as well, because he made eye contact with Lou​ who was on my other side and was also camera/cellphone-less. He waved at Lou, then passed over me and waved at the next few rows and sections. I was documenting all of that on my phone, which may be the reason why GD ‘snubbed’ me. :lmao: I think they generally don’t like people taking photos/videos of them during the concert because they were thinking, how can we (the fans) enjoy the show if all we do is point our cameras at them? (Not true for all, though. I mean, ever heard of multi-tasking?)

This only reminds me of my own experience in September 2010. I cannot seem to fathom why this person (you know who) seemed to dislike me. Or at least, I get that vibe from him. Maybe because I’m already identified as that person who’s always holding a camera whenever he sees me? Never mind that I only take footage during official times, that is, during presscons and concerts, and ok, during his drama filming (I think it’s this last one that did it) and never during his down times. Once you’re caught with a camera in his presence, you will always be identified with it.

But… but… guys! You’re celebrities! Aren’t you supposed to be used to it? Or more accurately, you should be used to it because that’s what you’re getting paid millions for?

Anyway, this is just me blabbering about stuff just for blogging purposes. :hihihi: For all we know, it’s just TOP being clueless at Instagram and accidentally deleting his Manila post, or GD/Taeyang being too busy having fun in Manila to be able to compose a more lengthy message (as what Ms. Happee said). I still think that Big Bang MADE in Manila is one of the best concerts, ever (see my forthcoming blog about that, hopefully soon), and if ever they would come back I’d still watch. And say, “thank you!” :grin:

[Agent P’s Note: I should be blogging about Big Bang MADE in Manila first, but I decided to post this one instead because (1) I still need to sort, choose, resize and tag the photos from BB concert; (2) PH VIPs are still on #NaBigbangKa mode (check Twitter to know what it’s all about) and I don’t think they’re ready to reminisce about last Thursday’s concert just yet. Assuming anyone will bother to read it, that is. :P I’ll try to squeeze it in tonight, that is, if I still have time and energy to do things as I also have lots of stuff to do that has nothing to do with blogging.]

I have always wanted to watch Rak of Aegis since its first run. No, actually, it was my father who really, REALLY wanted to see Rak of Aegis since he first saw Aicelle Santos and Isay Alvarez promoting the play at a noontime show. However, we never really had the opportunity to check it out for whatever reason.

My friend Charity saw it last year when her company sponsored a show and she saw it a few times more after that. She highly recommended it to us. Unfortunately again, the shows got sold out pretty fast. So when production has announced that Rak of Aegis will have one last run, I had to make sure that I will see at least one show.

It was by stroke of luck that I saw Aegis – the band itself – mentioning on TV that they will be at the August 1 show, and Charity was able to score tickets for the already almost-sold out date. :rakenrol:

Unfortunately (this is turning out to be a fortunately/unfortunately type of blog entry :boinkself: ), Lou and I got stuck in super-horrible traffic yesterday. It took us almost three hours from her home in Mandaluyong to PETA Theater in New Manila. No, it’s actually more than three hours from Mandaluyong to Betty Go-Belmonte Ave. in Quezon City which still 1.3 kilometers away from PETA Theater. As we were stuck on the same spot near the corner of Balete Drive and E.Rodriguez Sr. Avenue for nearly 40 minutes and Charity, who was already at the venue, texted that the show has already started, we just decided to walk the rest of the way. Long story short, we missed the first 30 minutes of the play.

Fortunately (see? :glee: ), Charity said that we walked in just as the main highlight of the story is unfolding and we only basically missed the character introductions. We still thoroughly enjoyed the show even if we missed a chunk of it.

My random comments:

1. Pansin ko lang, parang bawal ang hindi mahusay kumanta sa show na ito? Everyone in the cast are excellent singers. As in you can’t even rank them, they’re all really good. Whenever I watch musicals or concerts I am very particular about singing in tune. None of them missed a note. :thumbup:

2. I have always loved Aicelle Santos, even way back her Pinoy Pop Superstar days. I love the rich tone of her voice and the fact that she’s always on key even while dancing, running around, climbing stairs, etc. This was actually what impressed a lot of people when she participated (and won) Eat Bulaga’s #AegisPaMore contest. Seeing her in Rak of Aegis cemented my admiration of her. She’s one of those female singers who can ‘birit’ without making me grit my teeth in annoyance.

3. I’ve been hearing a lot about Jerald Napoles as Tolits (mainly from Charity who’s been #TeamTolits from the beginning), particularly how he manages to steal every show he’s in. I first saw him in Magsimula Ka! and re-reading that blog entry now made me realize that I had the same comment about him: he stands out in every show he’s in. He’s quite a nice guy, too. People were crowding all over him at the Meet and Greet after the show and he tries his best to give everyone a chance to take pics with him. Even if Cha had to literally grab his arm and pull him over so that we can take a photo. :hihihi:

4. The actress who played Mary Jane – Stella Mendoza, if I’m not mistaken – nailed the Barangay Captain role with precise accuracy. I work with Kapitanas on a regular basis; she looked and talked exactly like them.

5. The story itself and the in-jokes are very Pinoy, which might explain why it’s so popular. I love that they manage to update snippets the dialog to match with what’s ‘in’ these days (eg., the mention of ‘Pabebe’). Also, mad props to that PA announcer who also brings in the laughs. I won’t go into detail in case anyone who hasn’t seen the show will read this. I don’t want to spoil the fun for you. :smile:

The show ends, and then came the post-show with Aegis band that made the night a million times more awesome.

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Seryoso. Saan kumukuha ng taas ng boses ang mga babaeng ito???? And they’re not grating to the ears, huh! :whoa:

Special mention must be made about that ‘isa pa!’ (one more!) segment of Sinta where Aegis’ Juliet Sunot challenged cast member Phi Palmos (who fabulously played Jewel in the musical) to sing the chorus one step higher at every repeat. He tried it out four times IIRC, which means Phi sang it at least four octaves higher. If you know the song, you’re probably like this right now: :stretcher: .

Side note: It was such a delight to watch an audience that is composed mainly of people from the alta-sociedad, about a quarter of which are senior citizens, that unanimously headbanged and sang along with Aegis. :rakenrol: This band’s demographics are to die for.

All in all, I really regret not seeing Rak of Aegis sooner. I highly recommend it to anyone, that is, anyone who can still manage to score tickets for its last few play dates.

As usual, the one person who can quickly push me back into Blogger Mode is this guy.

Rumors came out yesterday that Rain will be releasing a new album by October of this year (wait… did they say it was for this year?), which was quickly debunked by his agency. Netizenbuzz posted the news item about the agency’s denial and its corresponding K-netizen comments, and it turns out, majority of the comments talk about the issue of his age. As in, Rain is too old to still pursue his singing career and compete with idols who are much younger and are presently more popular.

Err…Rain is too old to sing and compete with idols??? :shrug: Since when is age an issue when it comes to singers? Not even gonna talk about non-Korean singers, but what do you call the likes of Psy? Sung Si Kyung? K. Will? Park Hyo Shin? g.o.d.? Shinhwa? JYP? Cho Yong Pil???

These people are older than Rain, right? Yet they can stil manage to top the charts against the young idols of today.

The problem with Rain is not his age. It’s his choice of projects. :shutup:

Rain has already proven his point with Rain Effect. I just don’t know exactly what point it was, but you get the drift. If ever he’s going to come up with a new album, maybe he should consider getting other people to write the songs and do the styling and choreography for him? I mean, he had some help in putting Rainism and Back To The Basic together and it yielded some of his best work in his entire music career. Rain Effect was just so… polarizing. You’d either love it, or hate it (most of the ‘older’ fans hated it). The songs were so forgettable, I don’t even remember what comes after 30 Sexy and La Song. The only thing in that album that was memorable was the “la la la la” in La Song.

As for his acting jobs… how about accepting projects for its merits and not because he’s friends with the PD or the writer for a change? He’s approaching his mid-30s and he’s still doing the same old “knight in shining armor” roles. Heck, his protege Lee Joon is taking much more daring roles than him. Rain was much more daring in taking projects during the height of his World Star days. See: A Love To Kill and I’m A Cyborg But It’s OK. Nowadays, it’s either the romantic lead (Asia), or the typical Asian who kicks ass in hand-to-hand combat (Hollywood).

If Rain still wants to make a mark in the industry, he needs to strike a balance between experimenting on new ideas, but not too much to the point that it’s just trying hard. It will be such a shame to waste the “Rain” brand name by playing too safe and doing projects just for the sake of doing them. The loyal fans deserve much more. And I know that he is still capable of doing so much more. He just needs to pull his act together.

PS: I can’t believe that people still pull the “netizens are just hating because he’s dating what’s-her-face” card. Uhm, haven’t you read the latest netz comments about them? Apparently, that couple is already accepted in Korea (or at least, people have stopped caring to comment). Therefore, that theory is not valid anymore.

If there’s one thing that I never miss doing every year, it’s greeting Rain on his birthday. Even if I sometimes (‘sometimes???’ LOL) don’t feel like it, I still do.

That’s because if there’s one thing that makes me grateful to be a Rain fan, it’s the fact that some of my bestest friends now were met through our mutual love for this guy.

Ten years ago, the Voltes Team was created. We started out as friends who hung out on Friday nights ’til the wee hours of Saturday morning to exchange Rain news, stories and files. Those were the days when we would spend a good part of every day monitoring the Rain threads at Soompi to keep abreast with the latest about him. Soompi is so much different now. Nowadays, if we want a somewhat intelligent discussion about Rain – intelligent in our eyes, at least, because some people think it’s not – we do it at Facebook where we can limit our audience to people whom we are sure won’t talk trash about us behind our backs. Hopefully. :err:

Heck, nowadays I can’t even post on my blog about him. Well, I still can, but what’s the use? It’s just not worth my time and energy anymore.

I’m not sure exactly why I’m writing this entry. I wanted to pay tribute to the person who paved the way for me to meet some really great people, I ended up kinda dissing the guy in the end. :hihihi: Some things never change around here.

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Jihoon. Have fun whacking grass with your club, then hanging out at CDL afterwards.

…to cry, cry, cry, and be #TeamBahay. :cry:

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With the current trend of concerts of international artists having insane ticket prices, why are VIPs (Big Bang fans) still surprised that it came down to this? :kilay: I see statements like, “yung Uppex Box ng Big Bang, VIP na sa VIXX/BTS/Epik High”. Uh, hello! It’s BIG BANG. Not the same level. Even EXO is not in the same level as Big Bang. *runs away from EXO fans* #keepingitreal #sorrynotsorry

As I’ve said: The current trend these days are insane ticket prices. Happee Sy has been hinting for a Big Bang concert since the end of last year (if I remember correctly). You’ve had plenty of time to save up. If you’re really a fan, you would’ve saved up as soon as BB left Manila after their Alive tour two years ago. I know some who did this, and are now glad that they did.

Secondly: if you can’t afford VIP seats, there are (relatively) cheaper seats that might fit your budget. There are people who just shrugged it off and chose cheaper seats. Why sulk and insist on taking something that you can’t afford? I saw their Alive concert from Upper Box because that was what I could afford back then (mainly because I also paid for my nieces’ tickets). I enjoyed the concert, nonetheless. It won’t be such a huge blow to your ego if you’re sitting at Mt. Everest if you’re really after the experience and not just seeing the pores on TOP’s face up close (that is, assuming you can spot a pore after all that BB cream on his face).

But if what you’re after is to see them up close, then you should’ve saved up.

The thing is, I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: We can complain all we want about how unaffordable our idols’ concerts have become (actually, loving a Korean artist has always been expensive, but I guess a lot of people especially the newbies didn’t get the memo), but as long as there are enough people who will be able to cough up the moolah for expensive tix, our complaints will just be nothing but lip service. There’s a demand, so of course, the capitalists will, er, capitalize on it. :neutral: If you can’t keep up, well… :shrug:

That’s how unfair life is. Deal with it.

PS: I know people are just trying to grab whatever options they can to get the best seats possible, but please, please, PLEASE… if you’re not a Senior Citizen, please don’t use that as an option for you to get a discount. It’s a privilege given to Seniors, not for non-Seniors to abuse. :nono: Matuto naman po sana tayong mahiya.