A very small number of performers have the true ‘it’ factor. Their confidence and ease on stage leaves the audience feeling like they’re watching someone who has been performing all their lives. Peter Gene Hernandez aka Bruno Mars is one of them. My friends at school also like him but not ass obsessed as me. I use the word “obsessed” here for no reason. I just want to use it.
The obsession started in 2010, when he collaborated with Travie Mccoy in the song, Billionaire. It became my favorite song during that time then Nothing On You with BoB. Then he released his first ever single, Just The Way You Are then The Lazy Song then Grenade. And I know that there is something more about Bruno. He’s not just that cool guy who sings on stage and make his fans scream like the other. He can sing, he can dance, he can write, he can produce, he can work nunchuck. To answer the age old question, ‘Is there anything Bruno Mars can’t do?’ the answer is simple – no. And his first album’s a success.
I know his life from the very start of his career way back in his childhood, his family, his present and past relationships, his songs and compositions and everything about him. I love his eyes, his smile and humor. And then I realize that being a fanboy is not about all of this stuff. It’s about the support and the love to his passion in music and he is doing this for his fans in return. Ammacray! T.T
He and his band came here in the Philippines for his “Doo-wops and Hooligans” concert (Manila leg), April 8, 2011. It’s the same day as my graduation day. My mom didn’t allow me to go because of a superstition. I have my Patron A seat ticket tho. I cried all day not because of my graduation but because I am not able to attend his concert. I have to be present in his “Moonshine Jungle Tour” probably next year. I have to work for it.
Last year, I became passive (somehow) but I still watch his performances (Funny or Die, SNL, Grammys, etc). Blah blah! Until the release of his single, Locked Out of Heaven on his new album “Unorthodox Jukebox” some time in October last year. I love it’s tune and got its metaphor in the lyrics.
Bruno Mars Grand Fans’ Day December 15, 2012 at the Odyssey SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, PH
His album has finally come out on music stores nationwide last December 15, 2012. Odyssey Philippines, in coordination with Bruno Mars Philippines (the official Street Team of Bruno Mars in the country), conducted a Hawaiian-themed fans day (Featuring Ukelele Manila) for the Hooligans around the metro and the nearby provinces. I am one of the first to buy his album that day and received freebies like pins, t-shirt, promo tickets (and I eventually won the grand prize, a jukebox CD player. Yey! Thank you again, Odyssey!) and free photobooth (Oh! I love photobooths). I had fun that day bonding with the hooligans and even met a Bruno Mars look-a-like, Kuya Lester (I was really starstrucked at first and then realize he is not Bruno Mars).
Here are some photos during the event:
The over-flowing freebies from the event.
My HOOLIGAN friends! (from left to right: Jolina, Me, Erin, Joseph, Jennielyn and Lester)
Lester Casimiro, the Buno Mars look-a-like.
Erin Faith Miranda, one of my hooligan friends and the host of the event.
Earlier this year, Magic 89.9 released his second single on the radio, “When I Was Your Man” (the most emotional and the most heartbreaking song of Bruno Mars. I can say, “I can relate” huhuhu). I suddenly plan to go to the radio station hoping for a chance to speak with him even through the phone. I am with some of the admins of BMPH (Admins Lyssa, Candy and Caren). However, we just heard his f*cking voice talking about “Gorillas banging each other” and never spoke a word to him. I’m disappointed but somehow happy knowing it’s just the phone that separates us. Hahaha!
With the BMPH Administrators inside the Magic 89.9 radio station.
My journey as a hooligan will continue ‘til the end times. My support and love for his passion in music will never fade. That’s a promise to you, Father Carrot.
BOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAH! Hahaha! I can’t find words to end my post. Just BOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAH! It’s better if you don’t understand.
Sooorry! Some of the photos here are not mine. Let me know if you’re one of the owners. : )
Left to Right: Eldrin, Eldrin’s friend, Caren, Me and Ate Jen. At the bottom, it’s Joseph and Lester
Just had a blast yesterday with some of my Hooligan friends :)) At around 3pm we met in Starbucks,Trinoma, until we’ve figured out that we’re only five who’ll be having a get together that time. We continue our bonding at KFC where we really had so much fun in sharing our craziness about Bruno. We also talked about our plans on Bruno’s upcoming concert here in the Philippines. Hope all of us will get a chance not just to watch him performing live but to meet and greet him before or after the concert.
After that, we went to the nearest chapel to pray for Mama Bernie :) We gave at least 15 minutes or more to offer our silence for her..then we go back to SM North, where we looked up for a karaoke booth and hoping to sing any Bruno songs, unfortunately the song lists were too outdated.
Heyyya! Bruno Mars serenaded his girl Jessica Caban on Karaoke booth! wohoooooo #kiligmuch hahahaha :D
Look up pose with Caren, Me, Ate Jen and Lester. (Left to Right)
Selfie mode with them once again hihi :D
SHAKA! It’s a Hooligan thing! HAHAHAHA :D Alohaaaa! Welcome to Hawaii :D
and of course meet my “Hooligan Bestfriend” - Caren (@neraCaren). We became friends since I started my fangirling over Bruno on Twitter.. It was like two years ago and I’m really happy that we are able to keep our friendship this long..though I always fool her because she’s too GULLIBLE lol :D
I’m really thankful for being part of HOOLIGAN fam and meet new friends with just one interest - Bruno Mars. I know in future that I will never regret being a fangirl because I have friends to treasure. :)
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho: Bruno Mars special segment shoot (behind the scenes)
I’ll let you in a little secret… that room wasn’t really my room. We set it all up so early in the morning prior to receiving the call of the network and the shoot schedule. Another fact, I have absolute ZERO bought-bruno mars merchandise, all the stuff are either given to me as gift, or I made them myself. The posters on the wall are from a huge collage used as photo wall for one of Bruno Mars Philippines’ events, which I originally plan on giving away to some of my hooligan friends who want them. When I was interviewed before the actual shoot, they keep on asking me how much posters I have, do I have shirts with Bruno’s face on? Do I have stickers and mugs, and notebooks, and those other stuff, with Bruno’s face on them. Just not the kind of fan I am. I buy the albums, a few magazines with him on the cover, that’s it. Being a fan ain’t measured up by how much merchandise you have… it’s supporting the artist in the best and most genuine way you’re capable of; And if 100+ artworks doesn’t make up for the lack of merch I don’t know what will. When the segment came on, they (everyone who’s ever watched it) told me they focused on the artworks I make, and emphasised the fact that Bruno Mars saw them through twitter and stuff. That’s what I was hoping for :) (oh and I haven’t watched it myself yet cause I simply just CAN’T) I’m very thankful for the crew of KMJS for giving me the opportunity to get my stuff some exposure, even if it’s only because of my being a Hooligan.
Overall, it was a first for me and this experience is definitely unforgettable :)