The streets of Cubao on a Friday night are typically filled with people walking to their destinations.
Some are going shopping; others are meeting friends for dinner or coffee in or around Gateway Mall. Last night, April 8, 2011, was no exception.
However, many people found their way to Araneta Coliseum, slowly filling up the venue's 16,500 seats, for the Bruno Mars concert.
Born Peter Gene Hernandez to a Filipina mom and a Puerto Rican dad in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno pursued a musical career after graduating from high school.
At first, he was producing songs for the production outfit, The Smeezingtons. His vocal talent was recognized in the song, "Nothin' on You," the debut single from American rapper B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars.
His popularity skyrocketed after another successful collaboration, this time with Travie McCoy in the song "Billionaire."
Deciding on a solo career proved fruitful for Bruno as his songs "Grenade" and "Just The Way You Are" were instant hits.
He was nominated for seven Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards, winning Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Just the Way You Are."
BACK TO THE CONCERT. Friday night, Araneta Coliseum was packed. To warm up the audience, singer Juris serenaded the crowd with her single, "Sa 'Yo Lamang."
It was time for the crowd to power up their legs as Hollywood actor (Power Rangers, One Tree Hill) and dancer Michael Copon and the Philippine All-Stars did an energetic dance number.
Cheers turned into a roar when Michael asked, "Are you ready for Bruno Mars?"
It took another 20 minutes before Bruno appeared, but he was worth the wait.
Running up the stage with his band members, Bruno Mars sang "Other Side" and the crowd roared even louder.
Following it up with "Top Of The World," he and his band danced to the beat and did some wicked hip-pumping in the crowd's direction.
The energy did not stop there; he segued to "Billionaire," a song recognized by everyone in the Big Dome. Everyone stood up and sang along with Bruno.