WAS THE COKE STUDIO HOMECOMING EVENT LAST NIGHT A DISASTER?

Was the Coke Studio homecoming event last night a disaster? I was not invited to the event but most of my lifestyle blogger friends were. My newsfeed last night till this morning was all about it. Some were ranting about how they were inconvenienced about the event cancellation while most were thankful and fully understood why the event had to be cancelled.

I am just glad that my blogger friends like Lhyzie Bongon and Mommy Lars got out of it safe and sound. I saw a clip on Facebook how rowdy the crowd was.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2212218978801815&id=100000412042550

Here is my piece… I think that the organizers were actually preventing a potential disaster similar to the tragic Wowowee event that happened years ago in Ultra, Pasig. And nobody… I mean nobody wants the same thing happening again.

Let me refresh your memories by watching the video I found on youtube below:

Thanks to John Paulo Caparros of Strategic Works, Inc. for sharing what the management of Coca Cola Philippines has to say about the whole incident.

Below is Coca Cola Philippines’ official statement:

On December 07, 2018, the Coke Studio Concert organizers, Philippine National Police, the City of Pasay, and SM Mall of Asia decided to reschedule the Coke Studio Christmas Concert to early next year to prioritize the public’s safety.

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present.

There were some who sustained minor injuries and were immediately given medical attention. After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public’s cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay, and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.

We thank the PNP, the local government of Pasay, and SM MOA for their full support in helping ensure everyone’s protection, the artists for their passion and fully supporting the decision to prioritize their fans’ welfare, and lastly, to the concert goers for their understanding and support. We recognize that a lot of them have traveled far to see their favorite artists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured that we will continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding and their continued support.

Coca-Cola PH

I hope that we learn more about discipline as a people. We all can have fun and feast without having to act like wild animals. Better safe than sorry.

What do you think about the cancellation of the Coke Studio Homecoming last night? Let me know by putting your comments below.

Signing out for now. Peace.

COKE STUDIO LIVE: BRINGING BACK MUSIC TO MARAWI

 

I was invited to  attend and cover Coke Studio’s benefit concert for the refugees of Marawi at the Mall Of Asia Concert Grounds on December 9, 2017.

The Coke Studio Live Concert Stage
Me in the Media Area and behind me is the concert stage

And I must say that it was a blast! Everyone from Generations X, Y (Millenials) and Z united that night to bring music back to Marawi. Admission to the event was free and attendees were encouraged to bring PET bottles for recycling.

Strategically situated recycling receptacles within the concert venue

 

Free Coke until supplies last
Free Coke until supplies last
A loyal patron posing for a photo opportunity after getting his free Coke

Aside from the overflowing and seemingly unlimited supply of Coca Cola products being given away for free to all attendees, there were also Coke Studio Modules that let you sing your favorite songs and give away free Coke merchandise such as personalized Coke Studio bottles and photo prints.

Free personalized Coke bottles
Canraoke where attendees can enter and sing their favorite songs
Me near one of the Coke Studio modules giving away free photo prints

Concert-goers may also visit the Food and Bazaar Christmas Village or take pictures with friends and family against the Coke Studio Christmas Wall.

Food and Bazaar Christmas Village
Food and Bazaar Christmas Village

Prior to the main event, college bands played in Coke Studio’s Tune Bayan, a social hall where college bands can perform their original songs and mingle with other college groups from different schools.

Coke Studio’s Tune Bayan, a social hall where college bands can perform their original songs and mingle with other college groups from different schools
Coke Studio’s Tune Bayan, a social hall where college bands can perform their original songs and mingle with other college groups from different schools

Ang lakas lang talaga maka-millenial!

All Coke Studio artists gave high energy performances:

The Ransom Collective
Gab and John of Urbandub
Abra
Gracenote
Moonstar88
Autotelic
Ebe Dancel
Franco
Reese Lansangan
BP Valenzuela
Sandwich
Noel Cabangon
Curtismith

Me with Abra
Me with Gracenote
Moonstar88

 

I tried to capture the performances on video with only what my micro-SD cards and power bank could accommodate. Here are some of them:

I hope I get to be invited again to cover the next Coke Studio Live and will make sure to bring lots of micro-SD cards and juice. Lols.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Me at home after the Coke Studio Live. ‘Twas a blast. Need I say more? Lol