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Nelly Furtado & Gym Class Heroes Live In Manila

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It was a double treat concert with Nelly Furtado and the Gym Class Heroes Live in Manila at the Smart Araneta Coliseum August 16, 2012. Two for the price of One! Weather was cooperating compared to the rainy days of the previous concerts these fast few days and weeks.

Opening act was done by GraceNote started around 8:15 pm. They sang a couple of songs to warm up the crowd.

Eunice of Gracenote


Gym Class Heros (GCH) started at around 8:40 p.m.  The female crowd were very enthusiastic.  The best part was the band encourage the crowd to stand up and dance.  The crowd at the Patron areas stood up and some rushed to the front (including me) to get a closer glimpse of the group.  GCH, with the lead singer Travie McCoy, were very enthusiastic interacting with the crowd.  Travie stepped down from the stage into the barrier to shake hands and sing in front of the crowd to the crowd’s delight.  The girls were screaming in excitement.

A GCH fan who got the set list for GCH’s performances

After a short intro, they started the set with Cookie Jar.

Cookie Jar + Martyrial Girls + Peace Signs

Travie McCoy, the lead singer of the group

Cupids Chokehold + Ass Back Home

Live a Little

The Fighter


Continuation of Billionaire + Clothes off

Stereo Hearts

GCF finished their set around 9:30 pm and before leaving the stage they enjoyed a group hug photo with the coliseum crowd as the backdrop.

Gym Class Heroes having their souvenir group photo at the stage with the crowd as the background


There was an intermission to allow the equipment used the GCH to be removed and Nelly Furtado’s band to setup their rig.  The standing crowd at the partron area were asked to seat.  The security tightened to make everyone in the patron area to sit in preparation for the next set.  I think this was done after some VIPs in the patron area complained about not being able to see the stage properly because of the crowd standing.  I don’t agree with the idea anyways to put chairs for seating at the patron area for concerts of artists who performs music of Dance genre.  I was thinking that now with the crowd sitting, the enjoyment will be lesser for the next set.

Photo taken by Juan Manila


Nelly Furtado’s set started around 10 p.m.  The crowd got excited on her entry.  The security did not allow people to stand so the people in the crowd were seated.

She opened her set with Maneater.  The crowd dancing (or more of swaying since they were seated) to the beat of her opening number.

The Setlist for Nelly Furtado

Opening Number: Man Eater followed by Big Hoops


Powerless + All Good Things

Turn Off The Light

I’m Like a Bird with Filipino Version featuring Eunice + Try

Photo taken by Juan Manila
Photo taken by Juan Manila

Spirit Indistructible

Parking Lot, No Hay Igual, Mysterios, Give it to Me, Morning/Hot n Fun, Tiesto, Free, Jump, Gangnam Style, Party Rockin

Encore: Say It Right

Please leave your comments on what you think about the concert if you attended as well or even from your experience in watching the videos and seeing the photos. Thanks.

Thanks again to Araneta Center Management for the free ticket!

Until the next concert …..


The Heat is On: Extreme Transformation in Full Swing

Just like the Miami Heat, the Smart Araneta Coliseum, more popularly known as the Big Dome, is on a roll.

The recent launching of its Grand Atrium is just one significant part of a whole Extreme Transformation that is continuing to revolutionize the concept of entertainment and retail in the country. In a leadership seminar, Spoelstra reveled that he deliberately junked the media-created moniker of “The Big Three,” referring to players LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade, and instead focused on motivating and improving the entire Miami Heat basketball team.

In much the same way, the Araneta Group has embarked on a comprehensive redevelopment plan that is changing the entire skyline of Quezon City as well as enhancing the population’s lifestyle.

This Extreme Transformation includes the rise of the 31-storey Gateway Tower right beside the award-winning Gateway Mall, the 400-room deluxe Novotel Manila Araneta Center, and an impressive residential condominium called Manhattan Garden City, comprising a total of 18 residential buildings.

The opening of the Grand Atrium is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of more exciting changes

New, more comfortable seats to complement already perfect sightlines. Newly redesigned lobbies will open up to a concourse that offer premium food and beverage options. A museum wall of sports to educate and inspire Coliseum patrons.

New drop-off points and access to the Big Dome from a brand new 8-level parking building.

The Big Dome is the acknowledged leader for over fifty years. In fact, its success has inspired others to share its vision, a reality that has spurred more improvements. NBA champion coach Erik Spoelstra articulated an insight that may well be in the minds of the movers behind the Big Dome’s ongoing Extreme Transformation: “Sometimes, leadership sucks, but there is nowhere else I would rather be.”

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