I was excited to buy my tickets to see my newly favorite Filipino actor and actress, Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano sing for their U.S. tour here in Honolulu. They’re accompanied with filipina actress Bea Alonzo, comedians Nigi and Wacky Kiray.
When the night finally arrived, my husband and I took it as our “one magical night” or rather date night in a very long while, to be alone, just the two of us only for a few hours. Isaac stayed with grandma and grandpa while we were going to enjoy a Filipino concert “Magical Night.” Although my hubby didn’t know who they were, he accompanied me only because no one was going to go with me. And because I already bought the tickets.
We were a bit late as we got to the Manoa grand ballroom. We showed them our VIP tickets and received bracelets. Didn’t expect it to be very unorganized. You’d think having VIP tickets would get you good front row seatings. Nope. We walked in and people were seated everywhere. If I didn’t tell one of the security that we were VIP, we’d be standing up in the back of the room. Well, he got us chairs to be seated by the side almost close to the front.
It began with a newcomer singer, then the two comedians Nigi and Kiray. Funny, very funny, don’t get me wrong, but they went on for about 2 hours, well maybe an hour and a half. Then finally Enrique came out. Exciting and fun at first. He started his performance lively but no one around him in the front was really alive. They weren’t dancing or clapping, even. Perhaps clapping and screaming but come on, they should’ve been dancing. They stood there just watching him sing. Not I. Although I was on the wall side, I moved and danced and clapped. Then only three songs later, Liza came out as they both did a duet with a filipino love song titled ‘Ikaw’.
Go to my YouTube channel to view videos of the concert. YouTube channel: val31213. It was really nice to see them both sing that song. Then it was Liza’s turn to sing. She sang only three songs and that was it. I knew she wanted the room to be more alive because her last song she said she wanted everyone up and dancing. But no one really was lively. If she only looked to her left side of the wall. She would’ve seen me clapping and dancing along with her songs. Then Bea came out to sing, but only two songs. And again Nigi and Kiray came out again. Disappointed that LizQuen didn’t even sing that long.
Another disappointment was “the meet and greet” part of the evening. It wasn’t even a meet or greet. It was more like “stand in a long line to just take a picture”. A not-so-great picture too, I might add. Yes, the person who snapped it took a few shots, but none where all the actors and actress, comedians were even looking or smiling. I’m happy that Liza was smiling perfectly.
I gave a gift bag to Liza that included Hawaiian keychain for handbags for her and Bea. And also mini souvenir macadamias nut packages for her and Enrique. I had my “Just The Way You Are” dvd for her to sign, (you can see it on Liza’s lap) but couldn’t find the damn pen. Very upsetting. She was really nice and ready to sign it for me, pero walang pen!!! Arrgh!!! So then we had to move along (without my autograph and a not-the-best-looking picture.). It was a picture of us with them all right, but it could’ve been more nice of a picture and a better lasting memory of this “One Magical Night.” For the price, they could have at least shook our hands or gave a hug for the so-called “meet and greet.” They should have labeled the tickets, “picture with the stars” because that’s exactly what it was. Well, the best picture of this one magical night was with my one and only star, my hubby, my love.
Just for future reference to concert organizers and/promoters, for future concerts, please be more organized for so-called VIP’s. Regardless of late or early, if they paid for the price, they should get a better seat than the side pocket of the evening. Also, label the exact meanings of VIP benefits. Meet and greet should be at least a meet “shake hands” and a greet “a hello” from the stars. If it’s only going to be a photo/picture taking, then it should have been said as so. ⭐️⭐️/5 😕