Today, October 17, marks the second anniversary of the time I plucked myself out of fangirl retirement and became an active supporter of Alden Richards.

Those two years have been a roller coaster of ups, downs, and lower than downs. Frankly speaking, there had been many, many times that I seriously considered going back to retirement because I felt that it’s not worth all the aggravation anymore. This is supposed to be a stress-reliever, after all. If the one that’s supposed to free you from stress has become the source instead, you should stop doing it.

But then, I looked at this photo that I took about a week ago when I was cleaning up my room. These pretty much summed up my entire journey as an Alden fan, so far.

I remember browsing through the photos once again and reading Alden’s messages on each book (all of it are signed except for the Eat Bulaga one which I hastily handed over to him during the Wish I May tour at SM Marilao, back when he only knew me as, “yung sa Imus!”). It was then I realized that I’ve come a long way in such a short period. My ‘career’ as Agent P may be in a coma at the moment, but I’m kinda enjoying the relative peace and quiet that I have now.

I may be alone in this journey – most of the time, anyway – but it’s all good. I’m still here. :smile:

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Is anybody still reading this? :think: :lol:

For those who are waiting for updates on Rain’s show in Manila, Smart Araneta Coliseum’s official Facebook page has posted the ticket prices for the Rise2Shine benefit show happening on November 3, 2017.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Bronze – P 1,000
Silver- P 1,600
Gold- P 2,600
Vip seating- P 3,500
Vip SRO (Standing) – P 4,000
Moshpit A (Patron A)- P 5,000
Moshpit B (Patron B)- P 5,000
*Prices inclusive of ticket charges

Ticket selling starts tomorrow – make that TODAY, September 29, 2017 – at 5:00pm via Ticketnet outlets and Ticketnet.com.ph.

UPDATE:

Here’s the official poster and seat plan courtesy of Ticketnet.com.ph. You may purchase your tickets from that link.


Important note to overseas fans who will purchase via the website:

Ticketnet.com.ph currently does not accept credit cards issued outside the Philippines. If you need assistance regarding the matter, please contact Cloud Philippines through their official Facebook page. Thank you!

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Like nearly everyone else, I got so excited when I saw the ticket prices. It’s relatively affordable compared to your usual K-pop event here in Manila, and the best part is that it’s for a good cause. :thumbup:

Some fans have expressed concerns about the length of Rain’s set (ie., how many songs) at the show. Understandable for practical reasons, but we have to remember that this is not Rain’s solo concert so a one-hour set is the best we could hope for. But for me, just the chance to see something like this in the flesh after seven years of waiting is enough for me to empty my pockets once again for this man.

Looking forward to see old and new faces at the Rise2Shine concert this November 3!

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Just a random thought to end this blog entry:

As we were still reeling at the release of updates for Rain’s show, this piece of news popped out:

MYX.ph: Big Bang’s Seungri is coming to Manila!

We still haven’t recovered from G-Dragon and Taeyang. Now here comes Seungri having an event in Manila and it’s happening barely a week from now. :shock: So when is Daesung coming? Let us know as early as now, please. :hihihi:

The amusing part is, just recently, a post from nine years ago popped in at my On This Day feed at Facebook. It was about a petition spearheaded by Philippine K-pop Convention asking the Korean embassy to bring Korean artists to Manila. :shock:

Nine years ago, we had to file a petition for it to happen. In 2017, we are practically begging the promoters to go easy on us because there’s a Korean star having a concert or fanmeet in Manila nearly every month. What am I saying, in 2017, there’s a certified K-pop idol appearing on a Philippine TV show every weeknights.

Pigs are flying everywhere, folks.

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Aftermath: Nam Joo Hyuk Private Stage [Close-Up] Fanmeeting in Manila
23 September 2017 – Kia Theater, Quezon City

True confession: I attended the Nam Joo Hyuk fanmeeting without knowing who Nam Joo Hyuk is. :shutup: I mean, I know who he is, like what dramas he’s starred in. But that’s just about it. I’ve never seen any of his dramas. So when I say I didn’t really care about the guy, it’s because I don’t know him at all.

You may ask: why did you spend good money for this fanmeet if you don’t care about him? Three reasons.

(1) Blogging purposes. My longtime blog readers know this. I usually spend good money even on Korean artists that I’m not a fan of just so I’ll have something to put on this blog aside from my usual subjects;

(2) I missed covering K-pop/K-drama events. So why, you may ask, did I not spend that good money on Korean artists that I at least know, like G-Dragon and Taeyang? Actually, I asked that several times, myself; :slaphead: and

(3) My Voltes friends (aka. my friends from the Rain/K-entertainment fandom) are going, and I really missed them a lot. This is really more about me reuniting with friends rather than the actual event itself.

However… Right now, I admit that I’m super-glad that I went to this fanmeet. I didn’t expect much because, as I’ve said, I didn’t really care about Nam Joo Hyuk. But after seeing how he is with fans, I decided that I like him. :thumbup:


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Aftermath: ‘San Juan Para sa Marawi’ Benefit Concert
September 20, 2017 – FilOil Flying V Centre

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to witness the best and the brightest in Philippine Music perform in one stage for a good cause.

Ms. Celeste Legaspi. Mr. Basil Valdez. The CompanY. Esang De Torres. Under the helm of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. All for the benefit of the survivors of the Marawi Siege.

It was truly one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Save for Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose which was sung in three languages (Filipino, French and English), it was an all-Original Pilipino Music repertoire. It was lovely listening to these classic Filipino songs and realizing the beauty our music then. The lyrics were pure poetry, and the melody was exquisite. We don’t get that much often these days. :sad:

The show kicked off with a rendition of Vehnee Saturno’s Awit Sa Marawi, sung by Esang De Torres and The CompanY. The CompanY was wonderful, as expected. But I was pleasantly surprised at Esang. The girl has raw talent which has improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to her theater training and constant guidance by her The Voice Kids coach, Ms. Lea Salonga.


I have always loved Ms Celeste Legaspi’s voice. She has such a hauntingly pure tone that’s pleasant to the ears, and she still possesses solid, powerful vocals despite her age. Also, she’s such a delight to photograph. Her facial expressions and her body language are so camera-friendly. :hihihi:


The whole show was eargasm personified, but my most favorite number of the night has to be Basil Valdez’ version of George Canseco and Louie Ocampo’s Ikaw. I’ve known that song to be originally sung by Sharon Cuneta, then revived by Regine Velasquez. It was only now that I learned that the real original version was by Basil Valdez, and his version was simply the BEST of the lot. It was… BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful.

Concerts nowadays usually showcase special effects, complicated staging and choreography, and/or vocal acrobatics. Sometimes, it’s wonderful to take a break from all that and see something that focuses more on just the music. I’m very thankful that I was able to still experience something like this, and for good cause at that.

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Dateline: September 17, 2017. Around 8:23 PM.
Location: Valet parking area, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

The following is an eyewitness account from yours truly, Agent P.

So there’s this guy called Alden Richards. He was casually walking towards the valet parking booth of Solenad 3. A group of about 7 or so teenagers, all male, touting a cellphone attached to a selfie stick, approached him and asked for a photo op. He gladly obliged.

He reached the parking booth and waited for his ride. While doing so, the mall guards – again, all male – asked for solo photo ops. Then came the valet drivers. And a few other guys, some of whom are senior citizens, who were also waiting for their rides asked him for selfies.

Then came a couple of women. And a family. As in the entire lot. All requested for selfies, which he graciously granted.


It was an instant Meet and Greet session.

Before we knew it, a respectable crowd has already swelled at the valet parking booth. All vehicles that passed by had their windows rolled down, with the passengers flashing their cellphones to take a photo. This was on a Sunday night and Solenad’s parking lot was full. On my peripheral vision I saw other people from a distance – men, women, families of all ages – rushing towards the parking lot to have a glimpse of Alden. They probably heard from the others that he was there.

Unfortunately, his ride has arrived and he has to go. But not before stopping to grant a couple more selfies before boarding his car.

Today, I took a peek at posts on social media and saw some people calling him ‘laos’ (a has-been).

Well excuuuuuuuse me. :kilay:

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