Tunay na Nangingibabaw: Close Encounters with Daniel Padilla

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to cover Daniel Padilla’s Ilocos Norte concert last Thursday, June 20, from his arrival at the airport until the end of his concert at the Laoag City Centennial Arena where he performed in front of the biggest indoor crowd ever gathered in Ilocos Norte’s history. This is my report.

It was definitely not a usual day at the airport. Tarpaulin-bearing fans were already waiting before 7:00 a.m., almost ten hours ahead of the teen heartthrob’s scheduled arrival at 4:20 p.m. The girls knew their idol was arriving that day but did not know what time. When I interviewed them at 4:00 p.m., none of them had lunch yet. They were hungry, but no amount of food could have filled them. They wanted Daniel.

Fan groups

Two fan groups gathered behind the barricaded waiting area at the airport: ‘Daniel Rocks Ilocos Norte’ and ‘Ka Dreamers,’ which supports Daniel’s tandem with Kathryn Bernardo. Members of these groups, who come from various high schools in the province, said they asked permission from both their parents and their teachers to skip class that day. There was no competition between the two groups, only common love and adulation for the teen superstar.

Even when the plane was still out of sight, they were already shrieking at the top of their teenage lungs. My eardrums were shocked at the volume and pitch of their voices, but I knew I should get used to it. The action has not even begun.

fansA ten-hour wait for their idol

A ten-hour wait for their idol  (Thank you to the PGIN Media Office and Alaric Yanos for the pics)

Monette Manuel, 15, a fourth year student at the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades, gave the top three reasons why they root for Daniel: effortless magpakilig, guapo, and mahal niya ang fans niya. The fans spoke as if they have known him for a long time and on a personal basis. They know his favorite colors (black and yellow), favorite food (lasagna and pizza), and the behavior he wants his fans to exhibit (ayaw niya ‘yung wild, dapat behaved). Continue reading “Tunay na Nangingibabaw: Close Encounters with Daniel Padilla”

Better Than Noise issues apology to Daniel Padilla’s fans, thanks public for lessons learned

Members of the band Better Than Noise has issued an apology to the public over offending remarks they made regarding Daniel Padilla who is holding a concert here in Laoag City on Thursday, June 20. This comes a few days after netizens expressed their wrath after reading an article from this blog about the Ilocos Norte-based quintet serving as front act to Daniel Padilla whom they continued to bash heavily on Facebook.

 “Sa lahat ng fans ni Daniel Padilla, sa mga naniniwala sa kanya, sa mga rumerespeto sa kanya, sa mga tumitingala sa kanya, sa mga taong naoffend namin, sa mga taong naniniwala sa amin, sa mga sumusuporta sa Better Than Noise; sa lahat ng nakabasa, nakigulo, at nagcomment:

Kami po ay humihingi ng taos-pusong paumanhin. Sa nangyari, marami kaming napulot na aral, lalung lalo na ang paggalang sa kapwa. Bagama’t hindi po naming layunin ang manakit, hindi po namin naisip na bilang mga musikero, kinakailangan naming maging mas maingat at maging mas responsable sa aming mga sinasabi at ginagawa sapagka’t kami ay nasa katayuan hindi lamang upang magpasaya ngunit upang maging mabuting ehemplo na rin sa aming kapwa. Salamat po kay Sir Herdy La. Yumul sa pagmumulat ng aming kamalayan patungkol sa responsibilidad namin bilang mga alagad ng sining.

Sana po’y patuloy ninyong tangkilikin ang mga musikerong sariling atin. Sa mga nagalit sa amin at galit pa rin sa amin hindi po namin kayo masisisi ngunit tao lang din po kami na nagkakamali at tumatanggap sa pagkakamaling nagawa.

Huwag nyo pong kakalimutan sa June 20, 2013. Centennial Arena, Free Concert ni Daniel Padilla!

Pagmamahal at kapayapaan po sa lahat!”

It really takes courageous human beings to own up a mistake. And, we salute Better Than Noise for this act of nobility. I have met them personally, and I vouch for their sincerity.

So, here’s to happy endings and spirited beginnings, dear karikna.

Peace  and love, indeed.


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