We all have that one friend who is always updated with the concert scene. In my case, that friend is Sheela. Sheela bought her patron seat ticket for the Avril Lavigne concert last month, and I looked forward to hearing about the experience from her.
Last wednesday (the concert was last thursday night), Shee and I were in our thesis room when she casually asked me if I wanted to watch the Avril Lavigne concert. She then proceeded to tell me that Close Up Philippines is holding a giveaway for 3 pairs of Lower Box seats (a Lower Box seat costs Php 5000++), a pair for three different winners (it did turn out to be for 7 different winners later)! All you have to do is send in an entry about how much you care for someone and I made one about how much I care for C. :)
I didn’t expect to win though, and my day went on without thinking much about it. We spent the night in Sheela’s house as we needed to be done with our thesis paper by Friday. Around 11 PM, I was notified that I received an e-mail and I was so thrilled to receive this!
I then went to their Fan Page, and saw that it’s real. C and I will be going to the concert! I jumped up and down, before managing to send C a message that I won and we’re seriously going to see Avril Lavigne and hear her sing live! =)
However, I only had three hours of sleep before going back to the university. We were rushing to finish the paper, as we still had to have all three copies in a ring bind. Shee told me to go ahead to claim my tickets since my plan was to go to Ortigas to pick up the tickets before going home in Cavite so I could leave my overnight clothes and laptop, freshen up and change. C and I would then go to Makati before heading to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, just in time for the concert.
Unfortunately, there was a heavy downpour on my way to Ortigas and I got stuck in traffic for two hours! I was in a state of panic since I wouldn’t be able to follow the schedule I made for the day. C called me up and told me to relax, and he’ll be the one who picks up my clothes while all I had to do is wait for him in Makati. Yes, this is the dynamic of our relationship. It’s always either one of us is the one who’s panicking/annoyed/angry/sad/etc and the other is calm and relaxed. Normally though, it’s C who is the calm one. Haha!
Once I got the tickets, I convinced myself that I’m rich enough to afford the cab to Glorietta. I honestly don’t ride a taxi if I know where I’m going and how to get there. However, I was too tired to take the train or the bus and I had two bags with me. I was tempted to grab me some coffee while waiting for C, but since I already paid half the amount I will spend on CBTL’s large cup of Ice Blended Macha Tea Latte, I decided to go to Landmark instead and sat at the shoe section. Haha!
We went to Tita’s office (C’s mom) and ate Bie treated us to Soms Noodle House. Everything we ate there was delicious, as it was a mix between Thai and Filipino cuisine. :)
ON TO THE CONCERT! C and I got caught in traffic within the vicinity of Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Kuya Jun simply drove around the coliseum while we change in the backseat. Hahaha!
We missed the front act, but there was a 15-minute break before THE Avril Lavigne came out. Someday Dream was the front act, and Sheela said they sang three songs.
Both C and I’s haggard faces. Have I mentioned that this is the first time we went to a concert together? Although we did go to a Lea Salonga thing two summers ago, but that doesn’t count because it was a fundraising event (labo haha).
The lights dimmed and everyone started screaming. Crazy, I tell you.
When the opening notes of Black Star started playing, everyone started screaming louder (me, included)! It was crazy. Some of the people in the lower box area even started to stand (and by some, I’m talking about the woman in front of us).
Watch both videos below to see how it went. I watched it and even if I was there, it still gave me goosebumps.
I’m With You just showed how the jam-packed coliseum was filled with people who know her songs. Avril stopped the band from playing and all everyone could hear is everyone else’s voices singing the chorus. Wow.
C even bought me a battery-operated glow stick in commemoration of the first concert I went to, wherein I acquired the tickets myself (won it!) and wasn’t forced to come. All the other times I went was either mandatory, or someone invited me and had a free ticket.
Encore! It was funny, because Avril already said “Thank you, etc” after I’m With You and the whole band already disappeared from the stage. The people started chanting (again, me included) “we want more! We want more!” and I could literally feel the whole coliseum vibrating with the people’s voices.
Sorry for the lack of photos guys! I was trying to take nice photos, but in the end I thought WWALD (What Would Avril Lavigne Do?) and I’m pretty sure she’ll say “What the Hell, I’ll enjoy the concert and bask in her awesomeness”. :)
- Black Star
- What The Hell
- Sk8r Boi
- He Wasn’t
- I always get what I want
- When You’re Gone
- Wish You Were Here
- Airplanes/Happy Ending
- Don’t Tell Me
- I’m With You
Encore: Push, I Love You, Complicated
Again, thank you Close Up Philippines for this! Hearing Avril Lavigne sing live and sharing that experience with C was a truly marvelous one. :)
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