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8 Concerts To Watch For In The First Quarter Of 2014

K-Pop artists, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, and more musicians performing for the Philippines during the first quarter of 2014!
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This month, Capital Cities and Phoenix rocked the country with their hits. Here are more concerts you might want to save up for during the first quarter of 2014!

FEBRUARY

Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert 2

Dream KPop 2

Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert comes back to the Philippines for another KPop music festival. Performers include Super Junior-M, BTOB, Block B, A-Jax, BAP, A-Prince, among others.

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When: February 2
Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum

FebFest 2014

FebFest 2014

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Indie artists The National, Mogwai, Warpaint, and Youth Lagoon will be coming to Manila for this two-day indoor rock festival. A portion of the ticket sales will go to the Philippine Red Cross's continued relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

When: February 13 (Mogwai and Warpaint) and February 20 (The National and Youth Lagoon)
Where: Metro Tent Convention Center

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Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

The Canadian punk rock artist comes back to Manila for the fourth time to perform some of her classic hits and her new releases.

When: February 17
Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum

7101 International Music Festival

7107Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, the 7107 IMF brings together international artists and the best of the Philippine music scene for a two-day musical fest.

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When: February 22-23, 2014
Where: Global Gateway Logistics City, Clark, Pampanga

MARCH

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore

The Grammy-nominated duo will be performing their famous hits like "The Heist", "Same Love", and "Can't Hold Us" for the Philippines.

When: March 16
Where: SM Mall of Asia Arena

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

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Crooner Bruno Mars is coming back in Manila to perform some of his chart-topping hits. Part of his concert's proceeds will also go to Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

When: March 22
Where: SM Mall of Asia Arena

Passion Manila 2014

Passion

Passion Manila brings together the Jesus generation for a concert featuring performances from Crowder, Kristian Stanfill, and Louie Giglio.

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When: March 28
Where: Smart Araneta Coliseum

The 1975

Manchester-based indie rock band The 1975 will be having a series of performances at the Ayala Malls this March.

When: March 28 and 29
Where: Ayala Malls

 

What concerts are you looking forward to this year, Candy Girls? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting us @candymagdotcom! We'd love to hear from you. :)

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The journey of how I won people’s hearts by having a winning heart

Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

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My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

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As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.

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