Are you ready for Rain? (updated)

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


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

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


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!


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: 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.


Close up.

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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Yep. Rain IS coming.

Pigs are flying.

It’s confirmed. Rain is, indeed, coming back to Manila. :whee!:

Just to summarize and recap:

– The title of the show is Rise2Shine.
– The concert is on November 3, 2017.
– Ticket selling will start on September 29, 2017.
– Ticket prices are not announced yet (in case anyone will ask :grin: )
– It’s a benefit concert.
– Rain is just the main act. It’s going to be an all-star show, with special surprise guests.
– The other artists joining the concert are not announced yet.

Are you guys ready? :smile: Start iponing now, we still have time.


Here’s the part where I will insert my personal blabber on this latest development.

1. November 3? THAT’S MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY. :cry: We’ve already planned an out-of-town trip for that. I’m going to have to find a way to be at both events. Anyone here who knows where I can learn to Apparate in 1.5 months?

2. So Rain will not be the only artist on this show. There will be other artists and he’s just a main act. Anyone else getting “INTENSITY featuring RAIN & U-KISS with Special Guest Christian Bautista” feels right now?

3. And while we’re on that subject, I guess we should also stop referring to this event as a ‘concert’. Flashback to 2010, when we were given an impromptu lesson on how Koreans label an event. If the artist is onstage for less than two hours, it’s not a ‘concert’ but a ‘SHOW’. Rain will probably do a one-hour set at the most, so it’s not a concert. Not his, anyway. It’s a show, featuring him and other artists.

4. Having said that, I will be wary of any press conferences that he will have here, especially if said press conference will not include the other artists on the show’s roster. Just sayin’. :neutral:

5. To whoever is producing this show:

I highly recommend that you seek some pointers from the promoters of Intensity. Assuming it’s a different group, that is.



Aftermath: “Thank You For 30” Cebuana Lhuillier 30th Anniversary Concert
01 September 2017 – Mall of Asia Arena

This is one of those beautiful accidents that I didn’t plan on happening, but it did.

Around 2:00pm, 1st of September. I was busy twiddling my thumbs at home when I received a message from a certain someone, asking me if I’m watching the Cebuana Lhuillier concert happening that very same day. I said no, I don’t have a ticket. She said she has some, and she’s giving it to me and my fellow ‘no-group’ friends. Her only reason: she wants me to be there. Ok, then. Who am I to say, ‘no’ to that? :hihihi: I’ve been really wanting to see this show because, hello. Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo. And then JaDine was announced as surprise guests just the night before. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score tickets #longstory but I guess the universe – or certain, uhm, *someones* :phew: – really wants me to witness this.

So I took a quick shower, grabbed my super-zoom cameras which were, thankfully, fully-charged, and hurried towards Mall of Asia Arena for the Thank You For 30 concert.

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Agent P, the rule breaker.

Yep, you read that right.

I think I shouldn’t be attending events when I’m sorely lacking in sleep. I went to bed at around 5:00am Sunday morning because of a K-drama marathon – something I haven’t done for the longest time – and I got up less than three hours later because I have to be at Wilcon Depot Quezon Avenue as early as possible for Alden’s Meet and Greet for Yale Locks. (Take note, I never said “slept” and “woke up” because while my eyes were closed, my brain was wide awake. :aargh: ) I have to be early because I haven’t bought the required purchase yet, and it’s first come, first served. I just downed a huge mug of coffee and off I went to the event.

So this is what happens when Agent P is running purely on caffeine:

While on the queue, a Yale staff laid down the ground rules for the Meet and Greet. To quote:

“Bawal po mag-selfie, bawal ang autograph. Bawal po kumandong kay Alden, bawal kumiss! May tanong po ba?”
(No selfies, no autographs, no sitting on Alden’s lap, don’t kiss him. Any questions?)

I raised my hand – in front of everyone in the queue, if I may add, which may or may not include people who hate me with a passion – and said, “kuya, paano pag si Alden ang kumiss sa amin? Tatanggi na lang ba kami? Choosy pa kami, ganon?” (what if it’s Alden who kissed us? Should we say, ‘no’? Are we going to be choosy?)

The look on the staff’s face was priceless as he struggled to find answers to my questions. :rotflmao:

So we’re finally allowed to go up the 3rd floor, where the Meet and Greet shall be. Senior citizens and PWDs were already let in ahead of the rest of us and were given seats in front of the mini-stage. Meanwhile, the rest of us were lined up way beyond the cordoned off area (pretty much like the Yale event at Robinson’s Manila the week prior) and have this wonderful view of the mini-stage:

Uh… care to tell us what’s going on? :ehh: The stage was completely blocked from this vantage point.

When we moved to a spot where we can see the stage, the view was still blocked by the people inside the cordoned-off area which included super-tall security people and Yale/Wilcon staff.

You bet there were lots of complaints about this. I mean, we all followed the required purchase, so why should the rest of us be deprived of seeing Alden a bit longer just because we’re neither seniors nor PWDs? Fortunately for them, I was not in the mood to argue; I was more in the mood to calm the irate customer down. :hihihi: Yep, me, Agent P, was the calm one. What happened? :lmao:

Ok, so Alden has arrived and it’s time for the Meet and Greet. Did you think that everyone became good citizens of this country and abode by the rules set forth by Yale? Na-ah. Everyone was trying to out-ninja the others, so I figured, what the hell. If I insist on being obsessed with following the rules, I’ll be a total loser. AGAIN.

When my batch’s turn came, I took out my phone, set it to video, and filmed our entire meet and greet by stealth. :hihihi: When I approached Alden, we gave each other a beso. Hey, that’s basically how we’ve been greeting each other since last year, and he initiated it. I didn’t break the rules, right? :hihihi: And since one of the people in my group got an autograph and a selfie, I was like, no way I’m leaving this place without a video greet for my friends. :neutral: I aimed my camera towards Alden and asked him to say ‘hi’ to them, which he did, nevermind that security was already dragging me by the arm. :hmf:

This is a screengrab from that video greet. Said video greet is not for public consumption, though. :shutup:

After our turn, I stayed within the cordoned off area because I’ve noticed that the people who were supposed to be done with their M&G didn’t leave the premises, anyway, so why should I? I haven’t taken any decent photos of Alden yet! Naturally, the guards were shooing me from that spot. I told them pointblank, “paalisin n’yo muna sila dito. Pag napaalis n’yo sila, aalis rin ako.” (Tell the others to leave first. If you can do that, I’ll leave, as well.) Of course, they weren’t able to (geez, I wonder why) but they left me alone after that so I’m cool. Hence, I was able to take more decent photos of Alden despite the bad set-up and the even worse lighting. :aargh:

I didn’t check my cellphone camera’s settings prior to the event, so I didn’t realize until later that it was taking 2-second video clips every time I take photos using my phone. I was able to collect a few adorable snippets from the Meet and Greet, which I compiled in a single video.

All in all, I had a great time even if I was (technically) alone at this event. Would this be a start of a new Agent P – The Pasaway Version? :think: We’ll see.