GMA Musika at Kuturang Pilipino,buhay na buhay sa Rondalla concert ng ilang kabataang Fil-Am
The Resorts World stage was as tall as a small building, as wide as three school buses, and as deep as a dam. When we walked on stage, the "oohs" and "ahhs" were numerous as the seats in the audience. We made it. The dream to perform on a stage of that magnitude is one only conceived in fantasies. We arrived on site at 13:00. We were met by our wonderful stage hands. During our rehearsals the day prior, we practiced with Rachel Alejandro (Kay Ganda ang Ating Musika), and Celeste Legaspi (Saranggola ni Pepe).
|Nolen Dube with Jim Paredes going over "Marry You"|
|Resort World Stage getting ready for showtime|
20:00, curtain time. Walking on stage in full costume then waiting for the humongous, red curtain to rise was fun and scary at the same time. There was light music playing on the monitors from the outside, which helped alleviate the butterfly feeling in my stomach. And knowing our group, all of us ended up dancing to this elevator music. However, once the curtains came up, we got down to business. Performing was a blast. Interacting with the audience and seeing their faces light up with each song we played made our first performance memorable and exciting. Being able to play with some of the most famous artists in the Philippines on the same stage is a once in a lifetime experience. As the curtains began to close during our final song, "He's a Pirate/Carry On," we could see the audience lighting up with joy because of our music. Finally, when the red curtains closed, it hit me. This is not a dream, it is something much better than that. It is a experience that will never be forgotten.
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