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Excited to watch RHCP next week at 7107IMF

I am a big fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers since high school and they will be in the Philippines for the first time next week and will perform live at the 7107 International Music Festival in Clark, Pampanga. But more than watching RHCP, I am excited to attend the 2-day Music Festival with my wife, Tin.


I have read a lot of articles and blog posts saying a lot of negative things about the 7107IMF and the organizers and most were saying that the event will be a flop. I am not here to defend the organizers. (Disclaimer: My sites Philippine Concerts and Concert Tour Asia are partners to this event).

I admire the organizers for thinking big. I have been in the concert scene since 2010 and each concert no matter how big the artist is a big risk to the producers and it is not easy to organize a concert specially at this magnitude.

My Home for 2 weeks


For almost 2 weeks which started last August 1, 2013, I will be mostly at the Mall of Asia Arena taking photos of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship from August 1 to 11, 2013 and go to the concert of my favorite band, Linkin Park on August 13, 2013.

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Since 2009, I started following our Philippine National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas now called Gilas Pilipinas, I created a site where I post my photos of Gilas since 2011. It has been my dream since 2011 to shoot the FIBA Asia Championship and now I am glad I am here to support Gilas Pilipinas in this capacity.

Here are my recent photos of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Chinese-Taipei Photos
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Jordan Photos
-Gilas Pilipinas vs Saudi Arabia Photos

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In 2004, I bought my first front-row concert tickets using my own money to watch Linkin Park at the CCP Grounds. It was an amazing performance by Linkin Park and after the concert, I started thinking about blogging, my first blog post was about the Linkin Park Live in Manila 2004. And after 9 years, Linkin Park is back in Manila this time at the Mall of Asia Arena. I started Philippine Concerts in 2010 because I wanted to take photos of my favorite bands, but now it has become more than what I originally had in mind and hopefully I get the chance to shoot Linkin Park this August 13.

More info about Linkin Park Live in Manila 2013

Photos here using my Huawei Ascend W1, it is good with other functions except taking photos, need to find a better camera phone soon!

5 concerts I am excited to watch this 2013

I have been to a lot of Concerts in 2012 and there are a lot of Concerts this 1st and 2nd quarter of 2013 which I am excited to watch:

1 – Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert on January 19 at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. I have not attended a Kpop Concert and this one is big since Girls Generation is very popular.

2 – Paramore Live in Manila 2013 on February 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I missed their 1st performance in the Philippines in 2010 and I am excited to hear Paramore live.

3 – Smash Project 2013 on March 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I covered Smash Project 2012 last year and now Smash Project 2013 has a bigger line up led by All Time Low and Sum 41.

3 – Since Smash Project was cancelled I added a new concert I am very excited to watch in 2013. Aerosmith Live in Manila on May 8, 2013 at the Mall of Asia Arena. This will be a big, bog rock concert that you must not miss!

4 – Journey Live in Manila 2013 on March 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena. I watched Arnel Pineda before and he is really a great performer and I know it will be great to watch him with Journey.

4 – Journey Live in Manila was also cancelled,that is why I am adding Slash Live in Manila on May 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Since Guns N Roses cannot come here, the next best thing is watching Slash!

5 – The Script Live in Manila 2013 on March 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. I missed their jam-packed Concert in 2011 and I am sure that their concert will be sold-out again.

More Upcoming Philippine Concerts in 2013

Nicki Minaj Live in Manila

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Sometimes it is the simple things that makes us happy:) Mababaw lang kaligayan ko, Nicki Minaj through her twitter account, retweeted and replied to my photo of the crowd at the SM MOA Arena during the Nicki Minaj concert last night!

View the Nicki Minaj Live in Manila Photos

* Thanks to Philippine Concerts, Globe, Blackberry and Wilbros Live

April and May 2012 Concerts

I am excited about the following Concerts this April and May 2012, I maybe able to shoot some of these concerts:

April 2012 Philippine Concerts
April 10 – The Cranberries Live in Manila (Who here does not know the song Linger?)
April 11 – LMFAO Live in Manila (My first party rock concert)
April 12 – The Stylistics Live in Manila (It’s always nice to watch the oldies perform live)
April 21 – Israel Houghton & Planetshakers Live in Manila (Another must see worship concert)
April 22 – Greyson Chance Live in Manila
April 24 – Sergio Mendes Live in Manila
April 26 – Avenged Sevenfold Live in Manila
April 28 – Vertical Horizon and Ed Kowalczyk Live in Manila (I like both of their music)

May 2012 Philippine Concerts
13 – Morissey Live in Manila (This will be an epic concert)
21 – Lady Gaga Live in Manila (1st concert in SM Arena)
26 – Lifehouse Live in Manila (One of my favorite bands, I watched their concert in 2008)

Music + Photography


I have always enjoyed watching concerts and taking photos and now I have combined two of my passions, Music and Photography in one of my sites Live Music Photographer

My Inspiration for my Live Music Photography site is I Shoot Shows by Todd Owyoung. Ever since I saw this site more than 2 years ago, I knew this is one of the things that I wanted to do in life, to shoot Live Concerts.

My first project about Music which I started was Philippine Concerts