[Photo-Heavy] Calm Before ONE OK ROCK Live in Manila

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Konnichassu minna-san!

WHO HAS HANGOVER BLUES FROM YESTERDAY!?? *RAISES HANDS*

24 hours has passed since ONE OK ROCK found themselves overwhelmed with the love of their Pinoy fans who have been waiting for them for a long time (since the first Asia tour to be exact!!) I could still feel all the emotions I felt on the big day and remember the look on their faces when we sang and poured our love out for them. OH TAKA I LOVE YOU SO!!! (considering this is drafted hours after the concert! HAHAHA)

But now its time for me to fulfill my promise to #TeamBahay, #TeamAbroad, #TeamArena, #TeamPULP and #TeamONEOKROCK. Here is the part series of yours truly’s take on ONE OK ROCK Live in Manila. I will be dividing this in three parts: The Hours Before, Meet and Greet/Soundcheck and the Main Event. I am considering a fourth article, but I’m still fifty-fifty over it given the length of each of the three posts. The things you do for ONE OK ROCK!

Hajimemasuyo! This is one of my patented photo-heavy entries so expect it is quite long! If you find your picture, don’t be shy to say you are here!!! WAII #TeamArena

I decided to post this early… the other two will be next week as I am waiting for official shots to come in (YES, I WILL GET YOU SOME TEAM BAHAY AND TEAM ABROAD!!! OH YEAAAAAH!!!! )

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For my first ever concert (not counting the mall lives of my other well-loved band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus who played days before ONE OK ROCK), I ended up preparing quite early for this whole event. I was able to get 5 hours of sleep before assembling up and travelled to Manila from the province.

On my way to SM Mall of Asia!

On my way to SM Mall of Asia!

I followed the posts in Twitter from fans who followed me and check if I would see a crowd already in the arena as I travelled various modes of transport (LRT was to get to the area. Yumie – who was in the Fans on ONE OK ROCK series – did text me and told me there was so I decided to go there first.

I arrived in SM Mall of Asia around 9 am and slowly walked to the Arena, which was quite far from the main mall if you dropped off the public terminal. I even saw Yumie and her friends on the way – who all showed their love for ONE OK ROCK with their shirts, accessories and the whatnots. They told me they will get food since they all arrived in the early hours of the day just to get good areas. Standing ones had to act quickly because of the moshpit good shots views.

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Official Rules of SM Mall of Asia Arena

Official Rules of SM Mall of Asia Arena

Additional rules!

Additional rules!

SAY NO TO SCALPERS!

SAY NO TO SCALPERS!

Everyone going to ONE OK ROCK live in Manila will enter this gate in a few hours

Everyone going to ONE OK ROCK live in Manila will enter this gate in a few hours

When I finally got to the area after circling around MOA Arena, it was really a crowd!

HELLO TEAM ARENA!!!!

HELLO TEAM ARENA!!!!

I saw fans of all ages, all types of hair colors and clothing! Some wore fan-made and official shirt showing their undying love for ONE OK ROCK. Of course, you got to wonder what time they all got here! I will let these photos speak to you guys and read the notes in each one of them :))

This is the official banner of Manila for ONE OK ROCK. It was an epic moment to see this. Everyone wrote their heartfelt thanks, love and confessions to ONE OK ROCK. Some of them also included their hopes to see the band in the near future!

This is the official banner of Manila for ONE OK ROCK. It was an epic moment to see this. Everyone wrote their heartfelt thanks, love and confessions to ONE OK ROCK. Some of them also included their hopes to see the band in the near future!

Of course, Mei will be bumping into people. Second one I actually bumped ito who knows me is Jillanie. She gave me green kit-kat and a message. Domo arigatou!

Of course, Mei will be bumping into people. Second one I actually bumped ito who knows me is Jillanie. She gave me green kit-kat and a message. Domo arigatou!

This is Jiji (Thanks to my coursera buddy and OOR convert friend Dianne for correcting me). She was one of the early birds in the lines for the VIP standing crowd and told me she got there at 3 am just to get the sure areas. She narrated to me just how much she endured  when the ticket sales were announced and other stuff. For her, ONE OK ROCK is her savior because it was the band's music that empowered her in her darkest.  It was nice meeting you Gigi!

This is Jiji (Thanks to my coursera buddy and converted OOR fan Dianne). She was one of the early birds in the lines for the VIP standing crowd and told me she got there at 3 am just to get the sure areas. She narrated to me just how much she endured when the ticket sales were announced and other stuff. For her, ONE OK ROCK is her savior because it was the band’s music that empowered her in her darkest.
It was nice meeting you Jiji!

This banner got filled up quite fast when P.O.O.R admins first placed it up for fans. Some fans wrote for #TeamAbroad and #TeamBahay friends. Their messages are heartwarming and I know ONE OK ROCK will feel our love with them.

This banner got filled up quite fast when P.O.O.R admins first placed it up for fans. Some fans wrote for #TeamAbroad and #TeamBahay friends. Their messages are heartwarming and I know ONE OK ROCK will our love and support for them and the music they make

Say hello hello to Yumie who came all the way from Laguna to see ONE OK ROCK!!!   Some fans of the band come from provinces like Iloilo (they claim the earliest arrival time of 12 midnight and the ones who announced ONE OK ROCK is in Manila as #TeamAirport) and personally, I hailed from Bulacan when i got here.

Say hello hello to Yumie who came all the way from Laguna to see ONE OK ROCK!!!
Some fans of the band come from provinces like Iloilo, Davao and Cebu (#TeamIloilo claim the earliest arrival time of 12 midnight and the ones who announced ONE OK ROCK is in Manila as #TeamAirport) and personally, I hailed from Bulacan when i got here.

I forgot to ask who you are but this guy was memorable because he keeps calling for everyone's attendance AKA. signing on the banner.  Hai hai, signed three actually so I get a bonus!

I forgot to ask who you are but this guy was memorable because he keeps calling for everyone’s attendance AKA. signing on the banner.
Hai hai, signed three actually so I get a bonus!

After an hour, this is how the banner looked like. The one in red is from the representatives of Team Iloilo (writing for everyone)

After an hour, this is how the banner looked like. The one in red is from the representatives of Team Iloilo (writing for everyone in Iloilo who were not able to make it)

Yes, Japan is well represented! This is Kumi-san. According to her interpreters, she watched the band in Hong Kong and actually follow them when she can. She was quite bubbly too!  If you read this Kumi-san, gomen ne. I wasn't able to get you an autograph with the band. Strict security and pressed for time we are.

Yes, Japan is well represented in this live too! This is Kumi-san. According to her interpreters, she watched the band in Hong Kong and actually follow them when she can. She was quite bubbly too!
If you read this Kumi-san, gomen ne. I wasn’t able to get you an autograph with the band. Strict security and pressed for time we are.

Posing with Kumi-san and some of the admins of P.O.O.R.  Lol, it was a bubbly time to join Kumi-san's photos and she would call others to join it. We obliged. Pinoy hospitality at its finest!

Posing with Kumi-san and some of the admins of P.O.O.R.
Lol, it was a bubbly time to join Kumi-san’s photos and she would call others to join it. We obliged. Pinoy hospitality at its finest!

Lol, I'll post the video of this once my net gets better. We would chant with her as her interpreters take photos with her phone.  Additional notes. Kumi-san told us the songs she liked about OOR and even has the setlist written on her left forearm from HK.

Lol, I’ll post the video of this once my net gets better. We would chant with her as her interpreters take photos with her phone.
Additional notes. Kumi-san told us the songs she liked about OOR and even has the setlist written on her left forearm from HK.

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CHOTTO MATTE DAAAA!~

Mei cuts your reading pleasure right here as of course, I still am going to give you guys the main course in a week. Yes, this will be the one for the books and I PROMISE IT WILL BE EPIC! SINCE WHEN DID I NOT BE EPIC THROUGHOUT THIS QUEST XD Lol.

ONE OK ROCK: The 35XXXV Asia Tour: Live in Manila was brought to us by PULP Live World, 28 Black and Amuse Asia Inc. Event partners also include Monster Radio RX 93.1, MYX, The Philippine Star, Astroplus, Odyssey Music Video, Pulp Magazine, G/ST and SM Mall of Asia Arena.

For more details regarding this event, visit either http://pulpliveworld.com/shows/2016/one-ok-rock

or

https://www.facebook.com/events/964161710306885/

I can still remember Taka’s deadly eyes and voice… *hits rewind button somewhere but finds none* TAKE ME BACK TO THE 19TH!!!!

See you guys next week in my next post… Yes, I’ll get you some cool shots and content.

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6 Comments
  • Faye Mer Dela Cruz

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    I’ve arrived around 7pm straight from work, thank you Mei-chan for posting this particular part before the actual concert. I somehow get the picture of what it looks like and I kind of hope I was there huhu but then there’s always a next time and TAKA did promise to come back right? so yeah, I hope I could join the gang and get to know each of P.O.O.R admins soooooooon ^_______^

    P.s. since the concert I can’t help but stare blankly into thin air recalling what happened that night, I’ll be looking forward to your next post. Ja!

    • kythe

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I know many people are unaware as to what happened with the first half of the day and admittedly, it was something i never thought Id see as well. Part 2 is super soon if trends are to be considered. I actually can’t wait for it.

      I have to admit this is one of my hardest posts ever. Kinda gives me all of the post-event syndrome tons of times and the smiles just keep on coming. My next posts will come next week since Im waiting for official photos as I promised I’ll deliver one heck of a part 2 and 3. Part 2 looks super cool now. I wonder if you guys will feel the same shiver too.

  • Raven ronz

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    Great!!! Thank you Mei-chan for your blog. :) By the way, that guy you mentioned on your blog was Mark Guevarra :) for sure he’ll be so touched ^^ alright :) Waiting for your next posts :) God bless :)

    • kythe

      Thank you so much for giving me his name. I honestly forgot to ask him. Hahaha. this is quite embarassing. Kindly show him the link to the blog so he can read it and if he wants to use the photo, let me know so i can send it to him :)

      My next ones are due next week. Just waiting for the photos and the comments from you guys (if you saw the groups, haha, the thread is there) and they will be live.

  • the daydream believer

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    Well! I’m avoiding this but I can’t help it! I’m trying to get over the experience by not reading fan raves and post event jitters. I’ve been trying so hard but can’t. Thumbs up for all the hard work! Waiting for another set of Fans on ONE OK ROCK!

    • kythe

      LOL, I actually have one on the line but I pretty much got preoccupied with ONE OK ROCK Live in Manila XDDD

      More PCD coming in soon

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