Britney Live In Manila: The Experience

JUNE 15, 2017, THURSDAY, AT THE MOA ARENA, MARKED A HISTORICAL EVENT IN THE PHILIPPINES, ESPECIALLY FOR THE BRITNEY FANS, AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND LEGENDARY POP ARTISTS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS PERFORMED LIVE IN FRONT OF THE FILIPINO CROWD!

ONE WORD: UNFORGETTABLE!

IMG_6306It was one of the best days in my life, the most magical for 2017! It was unbelievable, I have never thought in my entire life, that one day, it will be possible for me to see Britney live in Manila! Being a fan since 1998, I knew she has never been in the Philippines, maybe because, first, the Filipinos can’t afford her nor the organizers, and second, the concert venues in our country were relatively small compared to her large production in all of her concerts. She has rain, bungee jumping, moving platforms, raising bars and cages, huge wings and trees, large props in her concert that I imagine would never fit even in Araneta Colisuem, which was the biggest here back in the day.

But this year, everything has changed! Stars have lined up for us, the Filipino army, to see our one and only Pop Princess, Britney Spears!

My day started when I woke up early in the morning for class, I was excited, really, and never thought of anything but to just finish the day so I can go and start preparing for the concert. At school, I can’t focus, I was just too excited and I can’t even share it to anybody (I am an irregular student, so sadly no friends! Haha).

IMG_6257When my classes ended, I hurriedly went back home to change and prepare. I plugged my phone to our surround system to give me more hype! “My Prerogative” started playing and I’m super energized! I even took a video of me taking my “Britney Concert Ticket” out from a vault! Haha! I Wore a “somehow” Britney-inspired outfit, it was her dancer’s look from her music video “Till The World Ends”. I was wearing a leather jacket, sadly we are in a tropical country so I had to face the struggles of climate change in my country.

I arrived early for the concert, and of course, I’ve met my Britney Army friends, we took pictures and some of them were given a chance to be interviewed for the news. I was justIMG_6231 ecstatic and can’t belive in just a few hours the concert will start. The lobby of MOA Arena played “Slumber Party” over and over and added over my excitement! There were also a lot of fun activities before the concert. Bench had photobooths, where you have to stand in-line and wait for your turn to be shot at some Britney-inspired backdrops like “…Baby One More Time”‘s school hallway and “Oops!… I Did It Again”‘s Mars landing. Smart Communications also gave away some Britney posters to some concert-goers who were Smart subscribers. Luckily I got one ;).

wowIMG_6276Around 8am, people were already allowed to go inside the stadium. AND I WAS FREAKING OUT AS I SAW HER STAGE! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND HUGE! There were also a lot of people. I saw a lot of celebrities and had the opportunity to take pictures with Bailey May. I also saw Sarah Lahabti, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez, Tim Yap, Phil Younghusband and Lovi Poe. Some of my friends saw Vice Ganda, KC Concepcion, Kisses Delavin and Dominic Roque. The house wasn’t full by 8am, but coming close to 8:30pm, as the concert started, we were jam-packed!

newIMG_6368Lights went out all of a sudden, and music started, it was a remixed intro of “Work B**ch”. Of course I know! AND EVERYONE, INCLUDING ME, STARTED FREAKING OUT! THE DANCERS CAME OUT AND STARTED THEIR ROUTINE, IT WAS INTENSE! THEN THEY STOPPED AND LOOKED TO THEIR LEFT, LIGHTS WENT OUT AGAIN, AND HOLY SGRAFSJAS!!!! BRITNEY SPEARS SHOWED UP IN THE SPOTLIGHT! I WAS CRYING! TEARS WERE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE! I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS SEEING THIS LEGENDARY PERFORMER IN FRONT OF ME! I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS SINGING ALONG WITH HER! IT WAS OVERWHELMING! I’m still having tears in my eyes now, as I am typing, still having the same emotions as I saw her the first time. Truly magical, how I wished it never ended.

She then next performed some of her songs, “Womanizer”, “Me Against The Music” and “Gimme More”. I’m just amazed at how she can quickly change costumes, like, “Girl, do you just take off your bra and quickly wear a new one in front of your staff?” Like howIMG_6405 does she do it! I’m so amazed! People went insane when she performed a medley of “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again”, of course, these songs have a cult following and they stapled her to her legendary status today. She also performed her new songs from her recent album, “Glory”, such as “Do You Wanna Come Over”, “Make Me…” and “Slumber Party”. She also did amazing performances of some fan favorites like “I’m A Slave 4 U”, “If U Seek Amy”, and “Piece of Me” where everyone, with all their energy, screamed the line “SNEAK AWAY INTO THE PHILIPPINES”!

whewOne lucky fan was also invited to get up the stage to play with Britney during her “Freakshow” performance. She does this to her every tour, as well in her Vegas residency. She always gives a signed shirt to her fans who joined her, including this one who joined her in her Manila Tour. Sadly, there were rumors that the freakshow guy lost the shirt Britney gave her, I would kill just to have that shirt and he unbelievably lost it.

IMG_6424It also gives me chills and warm sensation when I remember Britney saying “what’s up Manila?” most of the tour! I love it when she says my City! Makes it feel more real! My friends say she gets more energized and hyped when we cheer for her! “Toxic” and her medley of “Crazy” and “Stronger” had the loudest cheers. It also means the concert was coming to an end, I can’t believe how fast it was! She said her thanks and her goodbyes to us and all the lights went off. We thought it already ended. But then the crowd cheered “Britney! Britney!”, and it was once of the best moments of the concert. The Philippines wanted more! And, of course, I knew she was still coming out with one final song, but it was just a great feeling to play along with crowd. And when she went out saying “Do you want more, Manila?” and started performing a medley of “Till The World Ends” and “Work B**ch”, I knew it was ending, so I enjoyed the final song with all my energy and all my heart. My friends said she was teary eyed as it was ending. Her dancers even mentioned that the Philippines was their best audience ever since their shows begun! I’M SO AMAZED! IT WAS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS!

IMG_6437I’m not ashamed that I am getting emotional while typing this, because it is true, she’s a big part of my life and I just wished her show never ended. She’s not just a performer, but an inspiration to me and to many people. We grew up with her. When everybody went out of the stadium, everyone was singing along with some of her songs like “Lucky”, “Sometimes” and “…Baby One More Time”, truly an ICON! People will say, Britney is over and a has-been, but I say to them, no other artist has ever been appreciated by the Filipino crowd like this! A has-been will never have a sold out concert and will never have fans wanting for more!

The concert has ended but my love for her will remain, forever. I may never see her again. Who knows, she might retire, or might just focus on her American audience, IIMG_6498 don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, one item has been checked off my bucket list, and I am very much happy and contented. Everytime I watch the videos I captured during the concert, I still cry and get emotional. You can’t blame me, I’m a fan. And she’s not just some random singer, she’s been through a lot and showed the people she can rise despite all the struggles, a true example to her peers and to her fans. She’s a survivor, a phoenix who rose from the ashes. A waste of money? No I don’t think so. It was all worth it. Seeing her breakdown in public and now making it back in her best form, was totally worth the wait and the price. Oops! I guess she did it again, making an impact to a lot of people and leaving behind an inspiration to never stop dreaming and that dreams do come true. ūüôā

My short vlog about the concert:

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Confidence.Limitless.

Confidence
– Belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance (thesaurus.com)

I was watching the video above somewhere in the internet, and something struck me, is it really that hard to reveal yourself to the public? I was really surprised that behind perfection, there is imperfection hiding, and that there is a story and a reason behind it. I think as a human, we have been really hard on ourselves trying to fit in, instead of living our lives normally and how it should be, at the same time, we are being hard to others that they are¬†humiliated with their real identity and they just want¬†to become somebody else, i don’t really think that’s right. Is it really acceptance that we want, or is it just we want to be like everybody else and be loved? What I think is that we just have to put our heads high and be confident, and show people that imperfection is the only perfection the world has. I share to you the¬†4mula of Confidence.

Accept yourself
Sometimes we feel disgusted on how we look every morning when we wake up, or how we compare ourselves to others, or maybe to how we look or dress when we go out. We always tend to disappoint and belittle ourselves when we don’t fit in our society. So what’s the first step of gaining confidence? Accept that you are imperfect, accept that you don’t have what others have, accept the fact that you are different. Just face the fact that you can never be somebody else and you just have to accept and appreciate what you have. May it be having a dark complexion, big eyes, acne problem, hairy arms, short height, or whatever imperfection you may have, accept that it is not something to be embarrassed of. If you hate yourself because of these imperfections, then what is our definition of beauty anyway? Is it being accepted by the society? Is it following the trend? I really don’t think so. If the world loves what is beautiful, don’t you think it’s time to love yourself more and stop ¬†pretending? Trying to fit in is like telling a banana to become an apple to be accepted by apple lovers, but this is not how things work. Love yourself, appreciate what you have and make it an asset. Loving yourself is beautiful, and we don’t need the world’s approval. Imperfection is not contagious, but being judgmental is deadly.

Reveal yourself
Let’s say people admire you because of how beautiful or handsome you look, or how amazing you do your hair, or maybe how expensive your gadgets are, but then one day, these things disappear, do you think people will still be there for you? Isn’t it nice to live in a world where people love you because of who you are, and that you don’t have to please them because they love what they see? How can they admire¬†you if you won’t even give yourself a chance? It’s time to give yourself a break and stop trying to punish¬†your self, because it’s time to be true and to show people who you really are. It’s time to wipe whatever excess baggage you have from yourself that’s keeping you away from your true identity. Yes people judge everyday, people insult what is ugly and that is a fact, but so what? They may insult you but it wouldn’t hurt if you know to yourself that it’s true. Everyone has something to cover up and we can’t hide it forever, in time it will surface. There are things that we are embarassed of, but once we reveal our true self, it will not be embarrassing anymore, because everyone has their own secret and imperfection after all.

Inspire others
Once you have accepted yourself and revealed your true identity, you will become a walking testimony of confidence. It is good to inspire people to go out of the dark and show what they have. It feels so right to let people know that they are not alone and that it is good to flaunt your flaw, because everyone has their own. Share your experiences, and who knows, people could relate to whatever you have experienced before and it could be their stepping stone to make changes in their lives. The reality is, we hide to be accepted, it is true. But in this modern time, everyone is entitled to their own rights and I think it’s time to show people that¬†there’s something wrong with everybody and that we are not ashamed to share our imperfections. Everyone has their story, and we need to reach out to them, because who knows, we might be too late if we fail to let people know that it is not bad to have flaws. It is not necessary to hide, it is not necessary to undergo surgery to be perfect or to look like a model, it is not necessary to be loved by everyone, what’s important is you have yourself, someone or maybe a group of friends who love and support you, and instead of changing, why don’t we help ourselves improve, not for approval but for confidence. It is always the intention that matters. Don’t fool yourself, and don’t try to be like the rest of the world. Instead, go against the flow and see how much you can make a difference.

Improve yourself
Always remember that confidence does not come from altering something in your life, rather it comes from what you have. You just need¬†to improve whatever you have in life, you don’t need¬†to ask or to have what other’s have. Everyone is unique and is given what they need in life. Be a living testimony and start living a new life, a life of acceptance and self-love. Branded clothes, make-up, Photoshop or even gadgets may give you the satisfaction in life, but remember, that’s temporary. “Perfection” fades, but your flaws will always be there, and anything covered up will reveal itself, no secret is hidden forever. Instead of running away from it, live with it and try to live a better life with imperfection. Learn to improve yourself and use your flaws to your advantage. Always remember, what society¬†wants you to be shouldn’t be your goal in life, you will only hurt yourself. Instead, live a life on improving yourself and that’s how you can discover inner confidence to face the society.

Yes, it is definitely hard to be different, but everyone has their own secret, their own fears and their own imperfections. It is not bad to have a flaw- may it be fat, stretch marks, wrinkles or falling hair, -we are humans and we were born imperfect. The only thing that’s constant in this world is change, you might think you are perfect now but in time it will change, your perfection will be erased and you will become what you were afraid of. Instead of being afraid, embrace your imperfection and focus on improving yourself to develop confidence. It is never too late to start over. Just remember, you were given flaws not to remove them but rather to live with it, and live a better life with it. Perfection does not exist, and if it does exist, then we wouldn’t exist at all.

Tophie and BouH.Limitless.

Whew, I haven’t posted anything for the last 6 days. I’ve missed a lot of things online and I’ve missed sharing my thoughts here in my new home. Apparently we moved to a new house and we weren’t able to move our internet connection as well, my mom didn’t have the time to process that but hopefully by next week or so I could resume posting back here in my blog. For the meantime, I’m renting a computer here in a computer shop just in front of the new apartment we are renting. Even though it’s hot in here, i believe that if there’s a will, there’s a way.

Speaking of the online world, I remember one video that I and my bestfriend, Tophie, did just to make buzz online, specially in facebook, and we were somewhat successful about that. We were miming to the mash-up of the songs ‘3’ by Britney Spears and ‘Bo Peep’ by T-ara. We also had his older brother dancing, miming and having fun at the back. I just wanted to share this video so that, of course, the views of the video would increase, and also, so you could see how talented we are, it may not be in singing or dancing, well at least in miming. HAHA. Well, I admit that Tophie is very talented when it comes to dancing, and I am a fan. I am proud that I am able to see him dance most of the time and I get to see him enjoy what he is doing. He is such a good friend and I am also proud to say that he is my bestfriend and that he never fails to be true to me and be a helping hand to me in any situation and hardships in my life.

I’m hoping for a sequel for this video, or at least a new video that we could upload, just about anything under the sun. But of course I am also looking forward for more posts here on the next days and hopefully you will never get tired reading random posts her in my blog. My blog is here to share my thoughts and my life to everyone and my blog is here to stay as long as I know someone out there is being inspired and motivated reading these posts that I make. So for the mean time, I share to you this video that we made, just about dancing and having fun. Enjoy reading and watching, and always remember to live a limitless life. More posts to come! ūüôā