A Dream Come True: Britney Spears Live in Manila Concert!

Seeing Britney Spears in person was by far, the most surreal moment of my life. It was the 15th of June, Thursday, year 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Rewind to 1999.

I was a high-school sophomore in the province. It was this year that I was facing tremendous personal struggles – exploring my sexuality and a family situation that my brain couldn’t comprehend at that time. To alleviate my confusion and depressing thoughts, I turned to music. Back in the days, we only have the radio and television for entertainment. I love music in general, and I have this affinity to American country music since my parents used to play them a lot as I was growing up. The year 1999 was also the year that pop music entered my life. it’s the year when international boy bands started dominating the Philippine airwaves as well as a slew of international female solo-acts led by an American teenager who captured the nation and the rest of the world with her debut song that you’d know would be an instant classic.

Britney’s Baby One More Time.

I first heard it on the radio. It was a fun and catchy song. I just loved listening to it and it got an enormous rotation all throughout the Philippine FM radio stations. People are all over it!

Then I saw the video and saw the singer for the first time on MTV Asia. Right there and then, I already liked her. She’s young and is a teenager like me. It’s like I can relate to her even if she’s a girl. Also, she’s so damn cute!

She then dropped her succeeding singles that includes Sometimes, Crazy, From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart and Born To Make You Happy and I knew I’m a goner. I’ve also accepted that I was indeed into boys and Britney Spears’ music inspired me to reconnect with the real me for some reason. I already loved her by this time. I’ve got posters in the room which I shared with my younger brother and my lovely Mom even bought me a cassette tape of her album. I still have that until now!

Fast Forward to 2011

The Femme Fatale Album Launch in the Philippines.

Roughly around six years ago, I’ve met the wonderful individuals I’ve been talking to online over the years thru Pinoy Exchange’ Pinoys Heart Britney thread. This album launch is where I met fans like me who’ve been admiring Britney since the very beginning. It was a lovely event, an exciting one and meeting people like me who loved her as much as I do is like having another family. This is when I realized that the Britney Army are my other family.

2013-2014 My Blackout Years

I’ve had personal struggles and had to take a break from everything in my life but I’ve kept in touch with what’s been happening in the world – at least a little bit and was glad that Britney keeps on slaying!

2017. Sneaking away to the Philippines.

It was a dream come true not only for me but for the loyal Britney fans. The announcement, just March of this year took everyone by surprise. It was a hurried announcement and an unexpected one. Everbody couldn’t believe it! Britney is finally coming to perform for her Filipino Army! I was personally petrified for some reason. Is this a dream? Did I finally crack? And as the day of the ticket selling approaches, I knew that it’s fucking real. I was saving for an overseas trip but knew that I had to prioritize seeing “my” queen! Bye, bye Indochina Trip! Mama is coming home!

THE Day.

I was a wreck on the day of the concert. I was almost hysterical inside and was just way damn nervous. I guess, I’m still in shock and still couldn’t believe that I’m finally about to see her in person. Like flesh and bones and I’ll be in the same venue WITH her!!!

It was everything I could wish for. Britney didn’t disappoint. The Army’s dream of seeing her perform came true and it was just EVERYTHING. I didn’t cry upon seeing her while most of my fellow army were struggling to keep it together. I was too ecstatic – almost hysterically ecstatic watching her dance her hits away.

 

She was glorious and the two decades of waiting for her to visit the country was just oh-so-worth it. I said in one of my Instagram posts that I didn’t know what surreal means until that moment I saw her on stage doing her thing. Truth be told, it was a magical experience.

Post-Britney Concert Blues.

The Sold out Mall of Asia Arena! Yasss Queeen!
photo via Wilbros

Some people may not understand why we loved Britney so much. They are criticising her for not singing live and not dancing the way she used to. They said it wasn’t worth the thousands of money we’ve spent on her. That is where they are wrong tho – our love for Britney goes beyond simply loving her songs and admiring her dancing skills. Britney is an inspiration to us. Britney unites us. Britney is part of our personal history. She’s a damn good Mother and damn good human being!

The Philippines Britney Army!
photo courtesy of Team Britney Philippines

She’s Britney, Bitch!

Seeing Britney Spears in person was by far, the most surreal moment of my life.

Thank you Britney Spears! I love you! We love you!

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Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2 Winner Angela Lehmann’s New Look Post-Show!

Here are the latest from Angela Lehman who recently won the title of Philippines’ Next Top Model.

What can you say about her new do? Are you loving her purple hair? Methinks she looks absolutely smashing! ❤

All images courtesy of Angela’s Instagram.

Britney Live in Manila: The After Party!

Three of the biggest Britney Spears fan pages in the Philippines are joining forces to celebrate Britney’s historic concert in Manila via “BRITNEY LIVE IN MANILA: THE AFTER PARTY”! Party all night with your fellow Britney Army right after the concert on June 15, 2017 at Centerstage Mall of Asia! Door charge is P350. Epic Britney merchandise to be given away during the event. So what are you waiting for? For reservations and inquiries about the event, kindly send a private message to @britneyphilippines, @teambritneyphilippinesofficial, and @pinoysheartbritney until June 11, Sunday.

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The Finale of the Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street!

Angela’s cover option for Meg Magazine!

It was a whirlwind finale like the season itself, and  like I’ve mentioned from my last few recaps, Angela is the one to beat and basically THE CHOSEN ONE this season so it’s not that surprising that she ended up actually winning it all! She was neck on neck with Adela for the title who has to settle for a runner-up finish with Ina as the third placer.

Seriously, I don’t think there’s much to recap in this episode. The final runway was with SM Women and I thought they all did amazing! There were some mishaps but overall, it was a lovely semi-professional presentation from the three.

I hope the next production will not be as hurried as this and they will be more creative in terms of shoot ideas like the first cycle where they even had an international destination. Truth be told, this was a bit of a downgrade from the very first cycle but I’m still thankful with TV5, SM, SMART and OPPO for reviving this show!

See ya next cycle!

Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2 Winner is Angela Lehmann!

Filipino-Swiss Angela Lehman was adjudged the winner of the Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2 with Adela Marshall and Ina Guerrero placing second and third, respectively.

Lehman, 22 is a newbie in modeling has gotten the most best photos and has never been in the bottom two all throughout the competition. With her win, Angela secured a management contract with TV5, and an SM and Oppo ambassadorship and an overseas trip to Hong Kong! Yay! Congratulations, Angela!

Taiwan Says Yes to Marriage Equality! #LoveWins

Despite all the hideous things that’s been happening in the world lately ,  Taiwan’s highest court’s ruling in  legalizing same-sex marriage is such a welcome news especially for someone like me who’s also a part of the community who’s hoping that someday, the Philippines will follow suit in realizing that love is love no matter who you love. It’s gonna be a long shot for my country but Taiwan being the first territory in Asia to have marriage equality is a hopeful glimpse of what the future could be if we could just learn to accept each other. I don’t want to sound preachy, it’s just that I’m so damn happy about this development!

Here are some of my favorite photos upon the announcement of the ruling.

Congratulations, Taiwan!

Recap: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 10 The Girl Who Took A Shot In The Dark (Final Four)

No matter how predictable this season has been so far, it’s still a surprise that Janny was sent packing after failing to impress the judges during the pen-ultimatum episode of the second cycle of the Philippines’ Next Top Model.

Janny has everything going for her at the start of the episode booking three out of four go-sees resulting to a challenge win rewarding her ten extra frames for their next photoshoot. A photoshoot which host and judge Maggie Wilson will be shooting herself. It was another beauty shoot and the ladies are void of anything but their glow in the dark make up and their ability to still stand out amidst their features being blacked out.

Adela’s photo is a vision in itself! It’s a beautiful make-up editorial that can be seen in any fashion magazines. I won’t be mad if Adela end up winning this whole thing.

I liked Angela’s photo but as Rafa said regarding Ina’s “best shot,” this for me is another art piece and not an editiorial shot. I honestly don’t see that much of a difference between her photo and Ina’s shot..

On a side note: Angela is obviously the ‘chosen one’ and I’d definitely bet my money on her. If TV5 and the other sponsors will have a say on who should win, I’m gonna say it’s a toss-up between her and Adela with the latter having a slighter edge but if it all boils down to the judges – Angela has it in the bag.

Ina’s photo is not the best, IMO, but again – it wasn’t as boring as Janny so I kind of agree with her being in the bottom with Janny. I’m just glad she made it through. She’s one of the strongest models in the house and it’d be such a shame if she don’t get to walk the runway in the finale. Unfortunately for her, it looks like she’s getting the runner-up edit.

During the credits, a sneak peak of the Top 3 was shown with them shooting a Meg Cover with resident judge Rain Dagala. I thought Adela killed the BTS and I’m excited to see the final results. My initial thought is that this isn’t Ina and Angela’s kind of magazine. They’re just too high fashion for Meg. Meg is like Seventeen Magazine and Adela is just perfect for it. So let’s see how this would play out to Adela’s advantage.

This isn’t the chosen photo of Janny in the show. ‘Will update this once they posted it.

Just my thoughts!

Images via Philippines’ Next Top Model Facebook Page.

Recap: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 9 The Girl Who Has TV Commercial Skills

Last Week’s episode was a non-elimination one with Janny and Blaise being spared from the chopping block. Angela once again reigned supreme winning another best photo – a photo which she herself chose. It’s brewing to be a battle between Angela and the girls and this week’s episode is no different.

The girls are so fortunate to be guided by the internationally renowned indie film maker, Brillante Mendoza for a Smart OPPO photoshoot!

Janny and Blaise struggled the most during the shoot whilst Angela, Adela and Ina breezed through it like true superstars! I especially loved Ina and it looks like the stage was set for an Angela vs Ina finale. I just cannot see the rest of the girls usurping this two.

At panel, Ina was adjudged to have the best commercial winning an additional P50,000 from Smart. She was followed by Angela, then Adela.

Blaise was criticized for not taking this opportunity seriously whilst Janny for her ability to actually deliver the goods when it matters.

Blaise end up going home this week. It was a deserved one.

Next week’s episode is the most awaited go-see challenge! The final four will battle it out to see who will be booking jobs the most! For their photoshoot, they will be posing alongside Maggie Wilson!!! Yay! Exciting!

In Photos: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 8 The Girl Who Made It Three Times

Last Week’s episode was a non-elimination one with Janny and Blaise being spared from the chopping block. Angela once again reigned supreme winning another best photo – a photo which she herself chose.

Angela is gearing up to win the show with her third Best Photo in succession! ❤

Janny

Adela

Ina

Blaise

First Call Out: Angela
2nd – Ina
3rd – Adela
Bottom Two: Blaise and Janny

Images via Philippines’ Next Top Model Facebook Page.

 

In Photos: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 7 The Girl Who Has An Alter Ego

Episode 7 saw the farewell of charming Aivie from the show which I absolutely think was a well-deserved elimination. I’ll stop there.

Angela’s second consecutive week on top!

Ina

Adela

Blaise

Janny

Aivie

 

FCO – Angela
2. Janny 3. Ina 4. Blaise
Bottom 2: Adela and Aivie

Images via Philippines’ Next Top Model Facebook Page.