Last night, August 11, Pinoy celebrities came out to party full force and dance the night away with Lady Gaga at the Araneta Coliseum.
Tickets and media passes were hard to come by. Seats were sold out up to the bleachers of the Big Dome. Some local stars and fans actually heard the crunch of metal gates closing on their faces as they waited in line for their turn to get in.
Pedicab, known for their danceable, catchy punk rock music, opened for Lady Gaga, to a full house. They dished out several song numbers, referred to as dunk music, or dance and punk combined.
Lady Gaga let loose her exhibitionist performance style through outrageous production numbers. She performed 14 out of 15 songs from her best-selling album, The Fame: These included "Paparrazi," "Fame," "Nothing I Can Say," "Brown Eyes," "Just Dance," "Beautiful Dirty Rich," "Boys Boys Boys," and "Pokerface."
And she wouldn't be Lady Gaga if she didn't have four costume changes in a span of one hour!
Even with that short but sweet lineup, Lady Gaga had the crowd on their feet—from the VIP seats to the sponsors' area, to the patrons seated in the balcony and upper boxes. Everyone could not get enough of Lady Gaga—the multi-talented singer-songwriter who just wants to share her fame, the "shareable fame" as she calls it.
Spotted in the venue's jampacked mosh pit were TV host and eventologist Tim Yap with Anne Curtis of ABS-CBN's primetime teleserye The Wedding. Tim Yap was decked in his usual eclectic get-up—a golden metallic print hoodie and tight pants—while Anne wore a shiny band to top her casually glam dress.
Seen near the stage as well were: Ruffa Gutierrez, a standout in her high ponytail, accompanied by her brother, Preview's newest society editor Raymond Gutierrez; and fashion designer Rajo Laurel.
MYX VJ Iya Villania arrived during Lady Gaga's last song, the original dance version of "Pokerface," and managed to make it into the already crowded mosh pit. When asked backstage if she enjoyed herself even if she got in very late, she grinned widely in agreement.
Backstage, Tessa Prieto-Valdes was seen chatting with Iya after the show. Both were more than willing to accommodate fellow Lady-Gaga fanatics for photo-ops. Other persons seen in the venue's VIP section were Bench owner Ben Chan and designer/writer Celine Lopez.
Lady Gaga was immediately whisked away from the stage after her last song, gave no encore, and was rushed back to her hotel in Ortigas. From headlining her first show here in Manila, she flew out to Singapore this morning to another sold-out concert venue.
Let's all hope she brings the fame back to Manila again, soon!