Lenka in Manila Review
By: Ruth Manimtim-Floresca
I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music and am always glad when foreign artists choose to hold their concerts in the Philippines. That means they recognize the large number of Filipino music enthusiasts and are willing to perform here.
When I was asked by Orange Magazine TV to cover Lenka‘s concert at the World Trade Center last October 9, I said yes because I’ve heard some of her songs and found them really good. I arrived at the venue before 6pm, got my ticket from Orange’s contact person, and fell in line with the rest of the waiting crowd.
Unfortunately, two huge air conditioning units inside the small lobby were turned on full blast directly on the snaking line of fans. I was wearing a thin cardigan and, less than 10 minutes later, started shivering. I endured the unreasonable cold for almost an hour then, tired of standing that long, decided to leave my place in the queue and go outside to thaw myself out.
I saw Aileen, a fellow blogger, on my way out. She and I decided to grab something to eat because the doors looked like they won’t be opened for a long time yet. We were right. We got back to WTC after almost an hour to find that the crowd was already inside the concert hall waiting, still standing, and freezing in the cold blast of yet another set of huge air conditioning units. I counted 16 in all and it felt like we were somewhere in the North Pole. Aileen and I huddled on a wall ledge in one corner trying to keep ourselves warm. I felt sorry for those who came in shorts and sleeveless blouses.
That time, I could no longer control the chills coursing through my body and opted to go outside. It’s a good thing the sound system was loud enough so I was still able to listen to Barbie wowing the audience. I felt feverish and texted a friend (who’s still on his way to also watch the concert) and asked him to buy me some medicine. I also called my husband to come fetch me because I thought I might pass out from the awful headache and chills if I went home by myself.
It definitely was a night to remember because, aside from the beautiful and gifted Lenka, we likewise got to see talented Filipino music artists shine.
I just hope that the organizers could have taken care of the audience better. As it was, I ended up sick for almost a week starting that night from being exposed to the extreme temperature and from being tired from all the standing around we did for almost two hours before the show finally got underway.
Article contributed by Ruth Floresca of Write, Breath, Live Blog
Concert photos contributed by: Myke Soon of Mix of Everything Blog