Saweetie to Headline FIBA World Cup Draw with Electrifying Performance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 29, 2023, Celebrating her Filipino Roots

Grammy-nominated rapper and global fashion icon Saweetie, who proudly embraces her Filipino-Chinese and African-American heritage, is set to bring her unique blend of music and style to the prestigious international sports event, headlining the FIBA World Cup Draw at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, April 29, 2023. This performance will be a homecoming of sorts for Saweetie, as she connects with her mother’s Filipino roots and celebrates her diverse background in the Philippines. Known for chart-topping hits like “My Type” and “BestFriend” and her captivating live shows, Saweetie’s performance promises to create an unforgettable experience for basketball fans worldwide.

Photo by Kevin Pableo | MANILA CONCERT SCENE

Saweetie’s involvement in the FIBA World Cup Draw highlights her unparalleled talent and connection to the world of basketball. As a leading force in the music industry and a trendsetter in both music and fashion, she is the perfect choice to headline this prestigious event. Her magnetic stage presence and energetic performances will undoubtedly captivate audiences and contribute to the excitement of the FIBA World Cup.

Born Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, Saweetie is an acclaimed rapper, singer, and songwriter known for her chart-topping hits and magnetic stage presence. Since her breakthrough in 2017, she has released numerous successful singles and albums, garnering a loyal fanbase and solidifying her status as a leading force in the music industry.

The FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup is a global basketball competition held every four years, featuring teams from around the world competing for the title of world champion. It serves as a platform for countries to showcase their basketball talent and promote the sport globally. The FIBA World Cup is a celebration of basketball excellence and unites fans from diverse backgrounds in their shared passion for the game. Catch the FIBA World Cup Draw and Saweetie’s fiery performance LIVE on OneSports and OneSports+ via Cignal, SatLite, and Cignal Play.

Vertical Horizon back in Manila, playing at SM Sky Dome on July 18

Award-winning alternative rock band Vertical Horizon is set to return to Manila for a concert after more than five years.

The highly anticipated show was announced by Philippine-based show promoter, DMC Philippines on their official social media page early this morning.

This will be the group’s 5th appearance in the Philippines since their successful show at Araneta Coliseum show in 2007. Vertical Horizon also performed with Ed Kowalcyzk of LIVE in 2012, and a headlining theater show in 2014. Their last performance was in February 2018 as the group headlined a music festival with Stephen Speaks, BLUE, and Leigh Nash.

The Manila leg of Vertical Horizon 2023 Tour will take place on July 18, 2023, at the SM North Edsa Skydome.

Ticket prices are available at SM Tickets and Ticketmax for PHP 5,500 (VIP, assigned seating), and PHP 3,500 (General Admission, free seating). First 50 early bird ticket buyers are eligible to have free meet and greet, before the show starts.

The band has yet to announce any additional tour dates in Asia so far.

Per Sorensen of Fra Lippo Lippi performs in Manila & Laguna on June 2023

Philippine-based promoter DMC Philippines has recently announced that Fra Lippo Lippi will be staging a show on June 17, 2023, at the Santa Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna.
The Norwegian pop act, headed by lead vocalist and keyboardist Per Sorensen, returns with a two-part concert that celebrates their legacy as one of the most iconic hitmakers of the new wave era.
Fra Lippo Lippi made a name in the ‘80s for producing classic tunes such as “Everytime I See You,” “Beauty and Madness,” “Stitches and Burns,” “Light and Shade,” “The Distance Between Us,” “Angel,” and more.
After bassist and founding co-member Rune Kristoffer decided to call it quits, Per Sorensen kept the band’s music alive through live concert tours all around the world, with the Philippines as one of its regular stops.
In 2002, Per Sorensen and his band released “Later,” a chart-topping smash in Asia and the rest of Europe. He even managed to collaborate with Filipino R&B star Kyla on “Wish We Were Two,” which garnered heavy airplay on various top 40 stations in Manila and major cities across the Philippines.

This year, he is set to headline the concert as the prominent personality behind Fra Lippo Lippi, performing some of the band’s greatest hits, as well as some rarities.
This event is supported by Steve Hovington of B-Movie, who will be performing with Fra Lippo Lippi’s Per Sorensen at both venues: The Theatre at Solaire on June 16, 2023, Friday, and the Santa Rosa Sports Complex on June 17, 2023, Saturday. The event is presented by New DMC Entertainment Production Management, Maui & Sons, and The Rail.


Ken San Jose Is All About Keeping Things Real In New Single “Tago”

Ken San Jose drops his very first single under Universal Records Philippines. Titled “Tago”, this doesn’t need to be in hiding anymore this 2023.

According to the acclaimed dancer and now a recording artist, this groovy pop song was written by Filipino-Canadian producer August Rigo, widely known by youngsters as the one who co-wrote “Black Swan” by K-Pop group BTS. According to him, the song essentially tells that there’s no point in hiding someone’s relationship anymore. “Tago” is all about keeping things completely real.

Ken also shares that the song points him towards a direction where everything’s authentic and coming from the heart. “The song also applies to my life because I’m coming out with new music that’s keeping it real with what I want to do in my career and keeping things authentic moving forward,” he shares.

Ken’s clear and youthful vocals cascade over nicely produced electronic pop effects and powerful bass throughout the project. The song has some Filipino parts and although it’s somehow a challenge for Ken, he did those parts so well during recording.

August, on the other hand, expresses his excitement for this song because he thinks that it will bring out Ken’s impressive star quality more.

He tells, “It was a real pleasure to be working with Ken and Universal Records on his first release. Ken is a versatile creative. We wanted to give him (produce) something dark but also danceable to bring out Ken’s star qualities. Ken and UMPH gave us some insight on his musical direction and I think we nailed this! I’m excited for everyone to hear this.”

Furthermore, Ken’s New York-based artist buddy Brian Tu worked together with Universal Records’ creatives to craft the song’s very artistic single artwork. Brian is known for making cool content with 88rising artists as well.

“Tago” is part of the latest Fresh Finds Philippines playlist on Spotify! Stream it while it’s hot!

Emails I Can’t Send Tour: Sabrina Carpenter Live in Manila

American pop singer-songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter is coming back to Manila as she brings her Emails I Can’t Send Tour at New Frontier Theater this July 2023. Sabrina first came here in the Philippines for a promo tour in 2018. She was supposed to do a solo show in 2019 but it was cancelled. Sabrina made her acting debut during in an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and had a recurring role on Fox’s short-lived series, The Goodwin Games, which lasted three months. She starred in the Disney Channel comedy series Girl Meets World (2014–2017); in 2016, she appeared in a television movie, Adventures in Babysitting, for the network. Sabrina Carpenter started her musical career in 2014 by releasing his first single “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying” on Radio Disney. She released her debut album Eyes Wide Open in 2015 followed by Evolution in 2016, Singular Act. I & Act. II in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Sabrina Carpenter recently released her 5th studio album, Emails I Can’t Send under Island Records in July 2022 with album’s lead single “Skinny Dipping”, “Fast Times”, “Vicious”, and “Because I Liked a Boy”.

Live Nation Philippines presents
Emails I Can’t Send Tour
Live in Manila
July 25, 2023 – 8pm
New Frontier Theater

Floor A – Php8,275
Floor B – Php7,275
Loge – Php6,275
Balcony A – Php3,275
Balcony B – Php1,775

-Fanclub presale: April 24, 10AM – 11:59PM
-LNPH presale: April 25, 10AM – 11:59PM
-General sale: April 26, 12PM
Tickets available at TICKETNET outlets nationwide and online at


Ed Sheeran’s ‘Subtract’ Advanced Listening Event at the MOA Eye

Good news, Filipino Sheerios! You have the chance to be the first ones to listen to Ed Sheeran’s upcoming fifth studio album, ‘Subtract.’

Warner Music Philippines is holding an exclusive album listening experience at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Eye on May 4, 2023. This is the day before Ed Sheeran is set to release his latest album across all platforms.

Each cabin on the MOA Eye will be converted into a private ‘Subtract’ listening booth, where fans will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding the ferris wheel while enjoying snippets of new music from Ed Sheeran. Those who want to take part in this event simply need to visit the MOA Eye during mall hours and pre-save the album on their listening platform of choice – it’s that easy!

As if being the first to hear ‘Subtract’ isn’t exciting enough, those who are lucky enough to be part of this event will also get the opportunity to win official Ed Sheeran merchandise.

Those who have been following the British singer-songwriter’s journey know that his upcoming album will be the most honest and vulnerable one yet, as it draws from hard-hitting events that Ed has faced in recent years.

He recently released a new single called “Eyes Closed,” which has an upbeat pop feel to it. However, closer inspection of the lyrics reveal that it captures the essence of love and loss, which is also reflected in the official video.

“This song is about losing someone, feeling like every time you go out and you expect to just bump into them, and everything just reminds you of them and the things you did together. You sorta have to take yourself out of reality sometimes to numb the pain of loss, but certain things just bring you right back into it,” Ed shared about the song and its video.

If this single gives any indication of what we can expect from ‘Subtract,’ it’s clear that Ed’s new album will be one that bares his soul and taps into his most genuine emotions.

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar as not to miss the opportunity to be one of the first people to experience Ed Sheeran’s ‘Subtract’!

Register here:

Follow the official social media pages of Ed Sheeran and Warner Music Philippines for more information and updates on this special event.

An escape to the ‘90s:‘Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical’ opens at Newport World Resorts

This summer and beyond, Newport World Resorts is breaking out of the ordinary and creating epic experiences and adventures for everyone within one property. Escape into world-class entertainment as the country’s pioneer casino, hotel, and entertainment destination brought its all-Filipino hit musical back to the stage.

On April 21, Ang Huling El Bimbo (AHEB) made its highly-anticipated comeback to the award-winning Newport Performing Arts Theater featuring a new cast, fresh choreography, stellar production, and iconic songs that struck a chord in the hearts of Filipinos. The show has a regular schedule every Friday and Saturday at 8PM, and matinee performances every Saturday and Sunday at 3PM for April with new show dates recently added in May to accommodate more fans and theatergoers.

Newport World Resorts’ production outfit Full House Theater Company (FHTC) has pulled out all the stops to set the stage and prepare the cast during rehearsals. New members of the cast shared their epic experiences in bringing the show to life.

Nino Alejandro and Bullet Dumas showcase their improvements during  rehearsals

Even as a master of various crafts, award-winning artist Nino Alejandro who plays Anthony, still has plenty of new things to learn from the acting workshops with FHTC Director Dexter Santos and Co-Artistic Director Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo. Alejandro shares, “The new experiences I had during our rehearsals were the daily acting workshops we got to do with the First Lady of Philippine Theater, Ms. Menchu Launchengco-Yulo. Also learning from and working with Direk Dexter has helped me sharpen and broaden my process.”

Before joining the cast of AHEB, indie folk artist Bullet Dumas recalled singing the ‘90s iconic track “Poorman’s Grave” in gigs. Now, audiences witnessed him perform it onstage as Emman. Given his familiarity with the piece, the challenge was to give it a new flavor. According to him, “When something you thought was very much familiar with somehow surprises you again and again, you will love the process. It always felt like a Eureka moment whenever Direk Dexter Santos, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Myke Salomon, OJ Mariano, and my castmates help me realize different approaches to how Emman can tackle the song.”

Actor, singer, and host Anthony Rosaldo made his theater debut playing young Hector, one of the lead roles in the musical. Since the rehearsals, he knew AHEB is a difficult show to mount yet this brought a fun experience for him as a newcomer. “Coming in as a newbie in theatre, it is important that I kept my focus and really put in a lot of hard work during our rehearsals. The audience will see a very excited and enthusiastic young Hector”, Rosaldo says.

Experience a nostalgic escape to the ‘90s in the hit musical Ang Huling El Bimbo at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are now available at Newport World Resorts Box Office, TicketWorld, and SM Tickets outlets: P3,776 (SVIP), 3,236 (VIP), P2,696 (+GOLD), P1,942 (SILVER), and P1,079 (BRONZE). Recommended for audiences aged 13 years old and above. For inquiries, contact the Newport World Resorts National Sales Team via JhayR Dela Cruz at 0917 818 9847, Raf Sangco at 0917 807 9387, Carl Cuaresma at 0917 829 2173, and Girah Manaligod at 0917 872 8309.

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts, you know you want to. For more information on Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical and its show schedule, visit and follow @newportworldresorts and @fullhousetheater on Facebook and Instagram, @nwresorts on Twitter. Join the #TindahanNiAlingNena challenge on TikTok. Tag the official AHEB TikTok account @aheb.2023 and use the hashtags #AHEB2023 #AngHulingElBimboTheMusical #NewportWorldResorts #YKYWT. Make the most of your visit and sign up for an Epic Membership or download the Newport World Resorts Mobile App for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The ITZY Wannabe with Bench Fan Meet in Manila

ITZY has proven to be a popular and unforgettable K-pop girl group since their debut in 2019. Their unique and bold style made them stand out in the K-pop scene and became a fan-favorite among many countries across the globe. In line with their international success, ITZY recently returned to Manila for a fan meet held last April 23, leaving Filipino fans eagerly awaiting for their return thanks to Bench.

A day before the event, the girls met with the press for a mediacon. The 5-member group were met with that signature warm Manila welcome. Answering questions and sharing some interesting info about them. One of which when asked who among them is the most fashionable, the group pointed to Yuna and Lia. Another one, when asked what they love about Bench, the group replied “comfortable and fashionable”.
The anticipation for ITZY’s show went full frenzy on the day of the fan meet. Fans have taken to social media to express their excitement along the while raking in massive attendance to the event. The Mall of Asia Arena became host to the thousands of MIDZYs eager to see their favorite idols.

The fan-meet was full of fun challenges, onstage antics and fan banter – Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna also treated fans to several musical numbers. With their upbeat performances, distinctive style, and empowering messages, ITZY once again won hearts and ignited smiles in the Philippines. Moreover, Filipino fans were showered with the positive message from the group, as ITZY delivers their signature “love yourself” and “be confident” messages during the show.

With another successful Philippine show under their belt, ITZY again showed why they have the it factor. And we can’t wait to catch the next one.

Special thanks to Bench.

See more photos from #ITZYxBENCH Fan Meet event here

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw Principles explained

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw presented by Wanda will take place on 29 April in Manila, Philippines and will be carried out according to specific draw principles.

Scheduled at 19:30 local time (GMT +8) at the Araneta Coliseum, the draw for the flagship event will see the 32 participating nations finding out how exciting their path is going to be.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw Principles will be based on the FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, and on geographical principles. The Philippines and Japan, as host nations, will play at home in one of the groups hosted in their country.

The three hosts of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 have selected a preferred team based on commercial reasons. USA will play in the Philippines, Slovenia will travel to Japan and Canada will land in Indonesia.

What are the Draw Seedings?
The 32 teams have been placed into 8 pots, each containing four nations. Philippines, as host of the Group and Final Phase, is placed in pot 1. All other teams are placed in their respective pot based on their position in the FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike:

Seed 1 – Philippines, Spain, USA, Australia
Seed 2 – France, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania
Seed 3 – Greece, Italy, Germany, Brazil
Seed 4 – Canada, Venezuela, Montenegro, Puerto Rico
Seed 5 – Iran, Dominican Republic, Finland, New Zealand
Seed 6 – China, Latvia, Mexico, Georgia
Seed 7 – Jordan, Japan, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire
Seed 8 – Lebanon, Egypt, South Sudan, Cape Verde

How will the Draw be carried out?
The following video explains the complete FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw Principles:

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Draw presented by Wanda will be available live and in full on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Website, on the FIBA YouTube channel, and official streaming service Courtside 1891, it will be broadcasted live by many of FIBA’s official broadcast partners across the world on both television and digital services.

For more information about the activities, the VIPs and details regarding the event, please check this page.

WALLICE announces “Mr Big Shot” EP to be released on June 23, shares new single “Best Friend”

Hot off the heels of a US Jawny tour and with more dates on the horizon with The 1975, Wallice is back with big news. Her new Mr Big Shot EP will be released via Dirty Hit on Friday, June 23rd. The EP is yet another triumph in songwriting, with Wallice giving a masterclass in Gen Z’s hopes, dreams and failures. Today we are getting our first look at new music with Wallice gifting us the new song “Best Friend.” The song is a nostalgic, gritty, angsty look at friendship, romantic and/or platonic as Wallive explains “A recurrent theme in my music has been friendship. I think this song can easily relate to both friendship and the friendship within a romantic relationship. I’ve had a couple falling outs with various friends throughout my life, I think it’s just part of life and growing up. Even though that friendship might not serve you anymore it’s still so easy to reminisce on it and miss it.”

This marks Wallice’s first new single following “Japan” and her EP, 90s American Superstar, last year. The indie pop wunderkind has swiftly become an artist to watch, with her tongue-in-cheek, self-effacing anthems that capture the anxiety of growing up. Wallice is also hitting the road for a string of headline shows this summer which kicks off in Toronto on June 19th, with stops in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and more.

EP Tracklisting

Best Friend

Loser at Best


Prepaid Wireless

Why Do You Love Me?


Wallice Live Dates

4/04 – Bangkok, TH – IMPACT Arena*

4/08 – Perth, AUS – Red Hill Auditorium*

4/10 – Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Entertainment Centre*

4/11 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena*

4/12 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena*

4/14 – Sydney, AUS – ICC Sydney*

4/15 – Brisbane, AUS – Riverstage*

4/16 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena*

4/19 – Wellington, NZ – TSB Arena*

4/21 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena*

5/03 – Manila, PH – Mall of Asia Arena*

5/04 – Manila, PH – Mall of Asia Arena*

5/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court Block Party

5/31 – Glasgow, UK – The Poetry Club

6/01 – Manchester, UK – YES (The Basement)

6/02 – London, UK – Moth Club

6/19 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground

6/21 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

6/22 – Nashville, TN – The End

6/23 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

6/25 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

6/27 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

6/28 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live

6/29 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd

7/07 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

7/08 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

7/09 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

7/11 – Austin, TX – Antone’s

7/12 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

7/14 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

7/17 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall

7/18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza

7/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel

*denote dates supporting The 1975

After picking up her first instrument at age 6, Wallice started writing songs in middle school and later played in her high school band, inspired by the lyricism of Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey and the punky irreverence of Weezer and No Doubt. She also modeled and acted (once appearing in an episode of Frasier) throughout adolescence, with her former actress mother supporting all creative pursuits. A proud college dropout, she attended the New School in New York City for Jazz Vocal performance for a year before moving back to California and connecting with childhood friend Marinelli, who helped her hone the wistful indie pop style that led to her rise.

A breakout 2021 culminated in the release of her debut EP Off the Rails, her signing to Dirty Hit, her first sold-out headline shows, and support tours. Her second EP 90s American Superstar pushed Wallice even further, chronicling the rise and fall of a fictional version of herself. She wrapped up 2022 on a very high note with a gorgeous autobiographical song and video titled “Japan” and a sold-out US headline run. Now about to tour Asia and Australia as direct support for The 1975, Wallice is rolling out her third EP while on the road. She’ll then roll into a headline US tour this summer before heading to the UK for Reading and Leeds. She has found champions in the likes of Vogue, New York Times, The FADER, BBC Radio 1, Pigeons & Planes, Steve Lamacq, Zane Lowe, and NME, where she was named as part of the ‘NME 100’ for 2022.