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Experience the most dynamic event happenings with Smart Live 

As live events return to the Philippines with a vengeance, Smart, the Philippines’ fastest and best mobile network, is making sure to bring the most dynamic event experiences as it launches ‘Smart Live,’ which gives subscribers first dibs, exclusive access, and perks in the country’s most epic happenings – from concerts, sports events, plus more. 
  
Open to all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Smart Infinity, Smart Bro, and TNT subscribers, ‘Smart Live’ gives subscribers awesome privileges to power up their experiences, such as early ticket access, eligibility for discounts, raffle promos, express lanes, and exciting on-ground activities. 
  
“On top of delivering the best mobile network to Filipinos, Smart has been going above and beyond when it comes to supporting our subscribers’ lifestyle and passions through exclusive experiences. With ‘Smart Live,’ we’re delighted to bring all these under one program so our customers can make the most of today’s much-anticipated events and make them even more memorable,” said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.  

 For its opening salvo, Smart Live will power three of the biggest concerts in the country this December: The Seventeen World Tour ‘Be the Sun’ at the Philippine Arena on Dec. 17; Ben&Ben Send-Off Concert at the SMDC Festival Grounds on Dec. 18; and Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo” concert at the SMDC Festival Grounds on Dec. 22.


For Seventeen World Tour ‘Be The Sun,’ Smart is set to offer exciting raffles for sought-after tickets. 

On the other hand, for Ben&Ben’s Send-Off concert, subscribers can enjoy access to the “Smart Lane” to breeze past the usually long queues at the entrance. 

While for Eraserheads’ “Huling El Bimbo,” Smart subscribers are entitled to a special 10% discount on concert tickets through a unique promo code. To claim this, simply register at https://smrt.ph/eheadspromocode from Nov. 17 to 22 and wait for your unique promo code via SMS. You can then type your unique code into the ticketing platform before completing your payment from Nov. 26 to 27. 

Apart from these, Smart subscribers can also look forward to watching the live on-court games of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held in the Philippines in 2023. 

With ‘Smart Live’, subscribers can also make the most of their epic live experiences as they share all their best moments with the rest of the world powered by Smart, the first and only Philippine mobile operator to be recognized by Ookla as the Best Mobile Network.

Learn more about ‘Smart Live’ and its line-up of experiences by visiting smart.com.ph/pages/smartlive and following Smart on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

Ben&Ben’s First Major Concert Moved to December 18 at the SMDC Festival Grounds

The highly-anticipated first major concert by award-winning collective Ben&Ben that was postponed last September 3 due to poor weather has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 18 at the SMDC Festival Grounds (in front of the Solaire Resort & Casino Manila). 
 
In a statement released through Ovation Productions, the producer of the concert, Ben&Ben apologized to the fans who were eagerly anticipating the show that was originally supposed to be a send-off for Ben&Ben as they embarked on their first ever North American tour that is slated for this September to October 2022.
 
“We want to extend our gratitude to those who showed and lined up outside CCP Open Grounds last September 3 despite the inclement weather conditions. We also want to thank the rest of the ticket buyers for their patience and understanding,” said the band. 
  
“We are delighted to announce that the Ben&Ben Send-Off Concert will now be held on December 18 at SMDC Festival Grounds.”
 
Ovation Productions and Ben&Ben also released guidelines for those who purchased tickets.
 
Option A: Carry forward your existing tickets as they will be honored. Previously purchased tickets are still valid for the new date with no further action required. 
 
Option B: Request for a full refund. Ticket holders who are unable to make the new date will be allowed a refund from the period of September 12-30, 2022. Emails will be sent to ticket holders notifying them of how to apply for the refund from 12 Sep 2022 onwards.
 
Fans may contact Ovation Hotline numbers at (+63 969 632 7948) or email support@ovation.ph for further inquiries. 
 


The December 18 concert will be helmed by Ben&Ben creative director Karen dela Fuente, who will be working with director Paolo Valenciano as well as Pat Tiu of Bad Student and Big Bulb team. Shakira Villa-Symes will once more serve as lighting director. 
 
Prior to the departure for their North American Tour, Ben&Ben recently released their latest non-album single, “The Ones We Once Loved” which according to the band’s co-vocalist and guitarist Miguel Guico, “is a song about closure and the courage to admit when a love isn’t meant to be.”
 
The collective also did a video collaboration with Indonesian singer-songwriter Pamungkas for a re-imagination of Ben&Ben’s “Paninindigan Kita” into an English song, “Stand By You” last August. 
 
Ben&Ben is made up of twin brothers Miguel and Paolo Guico on acoustic guitars and vocals, Poch Barretto on guitar, Keifer Cabugao on violin, Andrew de Pano and Toni Muñoz on percussion, Pat Lasaten on keyboards, Agnes Reroma on bass, and Jam Villanueva on drums.
 
The nine-piece collective has endeared itself to their legion of fans for their heartfelt songs, solid musicianship and their electric live performances, and their dedicated fan engagement. Their repertoire of songs sings of love, peace, friendship, and positivity.
 
Ovation Productions’ Ben&Ben Send-Off Concert is sponsored by Angkas and Smart in cooperation with Pru-Life UK and TapGo TV as its major media partner.

Pamungkas, Ben&Ben, Munimuni, and more to perform at GNN Presents: Gimme Shelter

After holding hybrid and online events during the height of the pandemic, GNN Entertainment returns with Gimme Shelter, an outdoor music show happening on August 6, 2022, Saturday at the 123 Block, Mandala Park in Mandaluyong City.

“Named after The Rolling Stones’ classic 1969 single, Gimme Shelter recognizes the impact of live music as home to a lot of people, and in many aspects, serves as a reprieve from the agonizing uncertainty that defined the early years of the pandemic,” says GNN Entertainment producer Milley Habito in a statement. “Somehow, we’re bringing back the homey and comforting vibe of attending live shows, where patrons are excited to experience a music gig in a venue filled with strangers and familiar faces.”

Indonesia’s most-streamed artist of 2021, Pamungkas is set to headline the serialized event, and will mark his first time to perform in the Philippines.

The Jakarta-based singer-songwriter continues to make waves in the region with the hit single “To The Bone” peaking at no. 1 on Spotify Indonesia’s Top 50 charts and no. 5 on Spotify Philippines’ Top 50 charts for multiple weeks. Earlier this year, he was also recently nominated for Best Solo Asian Act at the BandLab NME Awards 2022—thanks to the massive popularity and critical acclaim of his 2021 album, Solipsism 0.2.

Pamungkas is gearing up for a Southeast Asian tour to promote his fourth studio album, Birdy with stops in major cities across Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Ahead of their North American tour and an upcoming major concert, Ben&Ben is returning to the live stage with a highly anticipated performance at this year’s Gimme Shelter. The nine-piece collective will also join Pamungkas as one of the headliners, along with some of the biggest names in the Philippine indie music scene: Munimuni, She’s Only Sixteen, and Cheats.

Firmly rooted in the culture of fostering community and inclusivity through live music, Gimme Shelter is the first in a series of shows (produced by GNN Entertainment) this year inspired by song titles of classic pop/rock tunes. “This is our way of taking the sour parts of the distant past and making a sweet batch of lemonade: served fresh for people who want to experience a ‘home’ away from home—a shelter, so to speak,” shares GNN Entertainment’s Milley Habito.

Pre-selling tickets are available for purchase, with a price of P950 for a limited time only! Get it here.

Ben&Ben LIVE! The Send-Off Concert (Postponed)

The country’s best-selling folk/pop-rock group, Ben&Ben set to headline their biggest headlining show as part of their send-off show prior to their 2022 US Tour. Their Manila send-off concert will be held at the open grounds of Cultural Center of the Philippines on September 2022 which the venue can accommodate up to 30,000+ fans.


Ovation Productions presents
BEN&BEN
The Send-Off Concert
CCP Open Grounds

TICKET PRICES
Leaves: Side of stage – Php2,500 (Reserved Seating)
Maybe The Night: Side of Stage – Php1,500 (Reserved Seating)
Araw-Araw – Php1,000 (Standing)
Paninindigan Kita – Php500 (Standing)


OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Postponed Ben&Ben Manila Show

Ben&Ben wades through a bad breakup on angsty rock anthem “Langyang Pag-ibig”

Ben&Ben chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship on “Langyang Pag-ibig,” their latest single under Sony Music Philippines.


Witnessing how a burning love ultimately ends up in a disaster, the nine-piece Filipino collective writes a song that wades through a bad breakup with the stinging anger of someone struggling to put their life back on track.


Arranged with classic rock bigness and percussive elements, the song packs a devastating punch with a chorus that articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed.


“It’s the song where we flexed our musicality the most,” says the acclaimed band. “It’s three songs in one song, but it still sounds like one song.”


“Langyang Pag-ibig” is recorded at Spryta Studios, the same place where Ben&Ben recorded the entirety of their multi-platinum debut album, Limasawa Street. It was produced by Ben&Ben and Jean Paul Verona, mixed by Sam Marquez and Verona, and mastered by Leon Zervos.


“We’ve always wanted to make a song with this vibe, and we think the songwriting in itself begged for it,” shares the chart-topping folk-pop group in a statement. “It helped that Jean Paul and Sam were very familiar with the vibe we were going for and that helped create the general mood and sound we wanted for Langyang Pag-ibig.”


According to the band, “Langyang Pag-ibig” was approached in the familiar way their songs were recorded. They jammed it first a couple of times, and arranged it together slowly as if building a house of cards. “We also balanced elements and see how high we could take the themes,” adds the band.


Ben&Ben’s “Langyang Pag-ibig” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Ben&Ben to headline CCP Open Grounds on Sept. 3

This generation’s biggest-selling Filipino band, Ben&Ben, will be headlining their biggest show to be held at CCP Open Grounds in Pasay City on September 3.

Announced last weekend, Ovation Production will be producing the group’s upcoming send-off show prior to their 2022 US Tour. This will be the first time Ovation Production producing a large-scale concert to be headlined by Filipino act.

Ovation Productions proudly presents Ben&Ben. The band is 2020 and 2021’s most streamed Filipino artist on Spotify with over 1.2 billion streams. Finally promoting a Filipino artist is a much awaited first for Ovation Productions, promoter of some of the world’s biggest names in live entertainment. Concert date is September 3, Saturday, at the CCP Open Grounds. This will be BEN&BEN’s send-off concert prior to their 8-city U.S. tour. More details to follow.

Ovation Productions

Tickets and other details for the show to be announced soon. CCP Open Grounds is the open field right across the World Trade Center along D. Macapagal Blvd. The venue hosted notable shows in the past such as Linkin Park, Incubus, and Black Eyed Peas in 2004. The venue can accommodate up to 30,000+ fans.

For more updates, visit Ovation Production website: http://ovation.ph/ or follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ovationproductions

Malaya Music Festival 2022

After more than two years of waiting, fans of the Okada Manila Malaya Music Fest can finally look forward to a massive comeback this 2022. The bigger, better, but just-as-iconic Malaya Music Fest 2022 is a two-day event with a thrilling lineup of new breeds and OPM icons. Staying true to its name—“malaya” meaning “free” in Filipino—the festival inspires the freedom of voice and encourages everyone to sing along to the hits of top local artists during this grand celebration of Philippine Independence.

This event will be held at Cove Manila, the integrated resort’s state-of-the-art party paradise.

Malaya Music Fest 2022 is presented by Okada Manila and San Miguel Beer.


MALAYA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022
June 18 & 19, 2022 – Show stars 4pm
Cove Manila, Okada Manila

LINEUP

Day 1:
📌 Zack Tabudlo
📌 Adie
📌 I Belong to the Zoo
📌 The Juans
📌 Nobita

Day 2:
📌 Ben&Ben
📌 Urbandub
📌 Mayonnaise
📌 Moonstar88
📌 Imago

TICKET PRICES (Per Day)
Center Deck – Php1,600 (Includes 2 drinks & 1 Snack)
Dance & Beach Deck – Php1,350 (Includes 1 drink & 1 Snack)

Tickets are now available at SM Tickets outlets nationwide and via online at www.smtickets.com. For more updates, visit http://okdmnl.ph/malaya2022

VENUE LAYOUT

Ben&Ben captures fearlessness in pursuing romance with 2022 single “Paninindigan Kita”

Filipino folk-pop collective Ben&Ben marks a new era in music with the release of their 2022 single “Paninindigan Kita.”


Written by Paolo and Miguel Benjamin, the upbeat pop song captures the fearlessness of fighting for someone you love despite the disapproval from the people around.


“It is also an ode to a lover that might be hesitant to take a step forward in the relationship,” says the nine-piece outfit. “It’s a heartfelt song that gives a balance between understanding where the lover is coming from, and a gentle reassurance that the one singing the song is ready and sure, after learning a lot so far about life and love.”


Expressing persistence in pursuing romantic love, “Paninindigan Kita” hits the emotions even more majestically with layers of melodic guitar lines, dazed harmonies, and deft arrangements. With the help of their long time producers and friends, Jean-Paul Verona and Sam Marquez, the track soars in mythic spectacle while maintaining a pop-leaning sound. As Ben&Ben puts it, “We really wanted to be unapologetically ourselves and let our natural tastes flow deep into the core of the song arrangement.”


“Paninindigan Kita” holds a special place in the band’s catalog, with it being the first song that they recorded in an actual studio since the pandemic started. Ben&Ben made the entire song at Spryrta, the same place where they recorded their multiplatinum full-length album, Limasawa Street.


“A definitely memorable part of the whole recording was doing the whole song in the excess of a day, working from 10am to 6am and rushing to the airport to catch a flight to Cebu only a few hours later,” shares the award-winning band.


It’s worth noting that “Paninindigan Kita” sounds incredibly effortless as far as songwriting and creating melodies are concerned. This time, Ben&Ben takes pride in bringing to life their emotions though a song, and celebrating how universal some stories are, regardless of its specifity in details.


“We were able to block out the noise and focus on simply speaking to our Liwanag,” the Pagtingin hitmakers point out. “As compared to before, we’re a bit more open in the way we speak, and we’re a bit more bold and confident with our attitude towards the subject of love, especially because the writer has matured and gained a deeper understanding of how love works.”


This year, the nine-piece ensemble hopes to share their music more to a global audience. With “Paninindigan Kita” marking an entirely different phase in creative and goal-setting terms, Ben&Ben is all set for bigger things in their career moving forward.


“Paninindigan Kita” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Sigla Music Festival 2022 in Batangas City featuring Ben&Ben, Zack Tabudlo, Adie, Mayonnaise and a lot more

If you’re looking for an out of town concerts, this July 2022, Beyond Limits Event Productions and Rotaract Youth Batangueño will host the biggest music festival to be held in Batangas City.

The event is called Sigla Music Festival, the benefit concert festival will feature top music acts such as Ben&Ben, Zack Tabudlo, Adie, Mayonnaise, Agsunta, Nobita, DJ Ace Ramos and more local artists: DJ Davi Dez, MC Pau, John Mark Saga, Rafael Pabustan, Adrian Santos, Kian Jocson, Keanna Marie, Ellie Marqueses, Benedict Agojo, and Rebirth Dance Group. Plus, The Juans will be performing at the show! This by far the one of the biggest outdoor festivals to be held in the province of Batangas

Sigla Music Festival will also feature outdoor activities, booths such as henna tattoo, snacks & bar, merchandise, photo booth, grand firework display and a lot more.

Early bird tickets are already sold-out but regular tickets now available and ticket prices are as follows: Premium VIP – Php2,999 VIP – Php1,799, Silver – Php1,199, General Admission – Php699.

Venue layout for the event

Sigla Music Festival 2022 will be held at the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex in Batangas City on July 16, 2022.

You can also buy tickets through Shopee: https://tinyurl.com/SMFShopee


For ticket inquiries, visit Beyond Limits Event Productions & Rotaract Youth Batangueño Facebook page.

Google, Ben&Ben release Mag-ingat music video to promote internet safety

Google, together with Filipino folk pop band Ben&Ben launches a new song to promote internet safety and digital responsibility. Entitled “Mag-Ingat” (Be Safe Online), the song is part of Google’s commitment to helping Filipinos use the internet safely and responsibly.

The two-and-a-half minute Filipino song addresses online threats today including scams, misinformation, and catfishing, and the importance of critical thinking and verifying information using trusted sources to protect oneself and others. It also reminds netizens to be wary of bad actors who lurk in the online space, just like in the real world.

This newest single from the young band ends strongly with a bridge conveying that online safety is a shared responsibility–people are all stewards of the digital world. It’s all in the hands of netizens to use the internet right and care for the online safety of one another.

The catchy and lively tune was written and performed by Ben&Ben, the Philippines’ #1 local artist of 2021. The award-winning nine-piece act is known for mixing Filipino folk music with pop to create songs about hope, love, and positivity.

“Filipinos are highly social people and most of us interact with one another digitally. In such a world, it’s no wonder that while the internet brings so many advantages, it also opens us up to many dangers if we are not careful enough. With ‘Mag-ingat,’ we wanted to use our music to spread awareness on such a timely and important issue–because all of us are responsible for making sure that the internet is a safe and positive space for everyone,” said Miguel Benjamin of Ben&Ben.

“Internet safety is so important to Google. Beyond tools, products, and policies that enable us to help people stay safe online, we deepen our local partnerships to promote digital responsibility. By partnering with Ben&Ben and through their music, we believe that we can teach internet safety to more people in a way that deeply resonates with and becomes part of their everyday lives,” said Mervin Wenke, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Philippines.

Google’s holistic approach to digital responsibility is helping millions of people to stay safe in the online space. Aside from security measures including the two-step verification process, and security and password checkups, it also introduced programs such as Be Internet Awesome with the Department of Education, and supported NGO campaigns like the Cyberpeace initiative of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.

“We thank Google for being a steadfast partner in promoting and upholding the digital safety of Filipinos, and Ben&Ben for creating an anthem that will remind every Filipino who listens to it to ‘mag-ingat’ and take steps into becoming responsible netizens,” said Atty. John Henry Naga, National Privacy Commissioner.

The “Mag-ingat” music video is already available on Ben&Ben’s official YouTube channel. “Mag-ingat” is also available on all digital music services worldwide.