2015: A year to remember indeed.
Yes, the Philippines was honored to have big-name artists grace various events places, and even filled these places up with avid fans and concert enthusiasts. 2015 was a year that brought a big smile to everyone who loves music. Even if the ticket prices may have been too expensive, fans worked hard to purchase them, all in the desire to see their idols in the flesh.
Aside from concerts, 2015 was a memorable year as well when it comes to movies, plays, and the Miss Universe pageant. Here's our choice of memorable events and happenings for 2015 (in no particular order):
Sam Smith. He had to cancel his Manila concert that was scheduled in May due to health issues, but the British crooner made it up last November, making every fan in the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena very happy.
One Direction. Most Directioners bought their tickets nearly a year in advance, and lined up hours before the actual concert to see the boys live. In fact, some were not contented, and even came back for Day 2 of their concert at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds. One Direction’s two-day concert showcased some of the most dedicated and passionate fans here in the country, who were cheering at the top of their lungs and singing along with the group throughout the whole concert.
For Filipino Directioners, those two days are part of the "Little Things" that made them happy. [Related: One Direction and its Passionate Fans]
Ed Sheeran. Yes, he meant it when he said that his Manila stop is one of the best he has ever had. This photo of the crowd is proof that Ed Sheeran indeed had one of the best nights as a musician. Even Ed was "Thinking Out Loud," given the warm reception he received from his fans.
Ariana Grande. A lot of Arianators were delighted upon learning that Ariana Grande will be coming to the Philippines. Those who were there can testify how Ariana is an all-around pop star, from her dance moves to her broad vocal range. Even our favorite Kapamilya stars like Liza Soberano, Alex Gonzaga, and Kathryn Bernardo made time amidst their hectic schedules to "Break Free" with Ariana. [Related: Kapamilya Stars show their love for Ariana Grande]
Maroon 5. Even if it was their fourth time here in the Philippines, the American rock band led by Adam Levine still commanded a sold-out concert. With this massive support from their Filipino fans, a fifth concert is definitely a huge possibility. [Related: Maroon 5 Comes Back for the Fourth Time]
Urbandub. After being in the industry for 15 years, the Cebu-based rock band have chosen to move on and focus on their individual lives. While they held their farewell concert last May, they still had a slew of stints after, including Kamikazee’s “Huling Sayaw” concert to wrap up their journey as a band. [Related: Urbandub makes a farewell]
Kamikazee. Just like Urbandub, Kamikazee had 15 years of making music together until they decided to disband last year. What better way to end their stellar career than with a sold-out final concert at the Araneta Coliseum? In the next chapter of their lives, Jay, Jomal, Led, Puto, and Bords will focus mainly on their families and personal business ventures.
It was their "Huling Sayaw," and they did it with a bang! [Related: Why is Kamikazee Disbanding?]
Heneral Luna. The phenomenal success of “Heneral Luna” definitely changed the way Filipinos view indie films. Its blockbuster performance in the box office is proof that it is possible to produce quality films people of all ages and from all walks of life will enjoy. And the even bigger bonus? It motivated Filipinos to brush up on their knowledge of Philippine history and rediscover the struggles of our country during the American period.
We can't wait for "Gregorio del Pilar," the sequel to "Heneral Luna" to be shown here and abroad pretty soon! [Related: Heneral Luna blurs the line between Mainstream and Indie]
Ryan Ryan Musikahan. Thanks to a growing public demand for the classic musical, Ryan Cayabyab brought back the show in the form of a one-off Christmas special, to the delight of everyone. Also, Piolo Pascual's appearance as one of the Maestro's guests just proves that he not just handsome and a good actor, but that he is also a great singer as well. [Related: A Christmas Concert that Hits Home]
Peter Pan. Back for its sixth restaging, Edna Vida Froilan’s “Peter Pan” remains to be as timeless as ever, with a stellar performance that people of all ages enjoyed. 31 years since its first staging, adults got a chance to be kids at heart again. [Related: Want to Live a Happy Life? Always be a Child at Heart!]
Miss Universe 2015. Of course, we should not forget this year’s Miss Universe, which is a fitting finale for 2015 in events. After all, Pia Wurtzbach indeed made her tweet after Manny Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather a reality, albeit after a "plot twist" that shook, the world of everyone in, well, the universe. [Related: 10 Ways this Year’s Miss Universe is Different]