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Partying with Parokya ni Edgar

March 28, Club Regent Event Centre

By Judianne Jayme

  Parokya ni Edgar Winnipeg 2015
 
Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar with a few friends in Winnipeg.
Photo by AJ Batac.

Some Pilipino Express team members had the pleasure of attending the Bente+ Parokya Ni Edgar concert held at the Club Regent Event Centre on March 28, 2015. Concert producer Marby John Aguilar of Pinoy Tribe Entertainment provided an evening that combined an energetic hype with an intimate feel.

The concert featured Parokya Ni Edgar (PNE) but also put the spotlight on local talents. Co-emcees Chester Pangan and Abby Macatbag kept energy levels up in the intermission-free show as instruments were changed, rearranged, and opening acts prepared in the wings. DJ Bullet also spun tracks between sets to really set the atmosphere for this crowd, ready to party with PNE. From a technical standpoint, I must mention that this venue provides unmatched sound quality and incredible lighting options – both of which were maximized at this concert.

The show began with the DKF Confident Models turning the stage into a runway, modeling fashions from DKF Fashions to covers of top 40 hits by singer James Cruzat; a crowd-pleasing combination for those in the standing-room-only stage-front mosh pit.

With the lack of Wency Cornejo as part of the show’s original line up, the audience quickly learned an important lesson: the show goes on. Local band Synergy was slated to be the band for Cornejo’s set and chose to follow through, only replacing Cornejo with their lead singer. The crowd sang along and encouraged this band who gave their all and made the best of the situation – truly supporting our very own local talent.

Fifteen-year-old Bea Jaime took the stage with a type of talent that goes well beyond her age. She will be representing Canada in the Junior Vocal division at the World Championship of Performing Arts.

Another local band, Lykosa, followed Bea, performing their own original songs, a crowd favourite being Lost But Found, which can be found on their soon-to-be-released album.

The event took a shift from rock music to also appreciate the artistry behind hip-hop and rap with opening act Konflick, as well as a collaboration that created an incredibly catchy theme song of sorts for Pinoy Tribe Entertainment entitled Pinoy Tribe Anthem Remix, conceptualized, sampled, and written by DJ Bullet. The track, built on a loop of a guitar riff from the Doobie Brothers’ classic, Listen to the Music, was performed by Julienne Reyes, Bea Jaime, featured Konflick Dalubhasa of Death Threat, with verses written and performed by Sangtribo (Ken Canilao, Ralph Gonzal, Juan Love, and David “Yatz” Manalo). It was a powerhouse of local artists working together, and the vibe of pride in their collaboration and end product was clearly evident and felt in the audience.

After the showcase of local artists came the moment we anticipated. In came the band – all but lead singer Chito Miranda. The silhouettes of the band were met with deafening cheers, as they began playing. Chito followed onstage and actually took time to take requests from the audience, and to “make kuwento” with us, having a conversation and telling jokes and stories. It became a very personal experience; the invisible screen that usually separates artists from their audience was broken down as Chito and other band members passed their drinks to audience members in the mosh pit to enjoy. This type of interaction shows their true appreciation of their fans, a sentiment they emphasized several times throughout their set. They also showed this appreciation in action: they promised to sing as many of our favourite hits in their set, and you can see them communicating between songs to accommodate as many of these requests as possible.

Thank you again to all involved in putting together this incredible concert.

Photos by AJ Batac