I just spent a few days in crazy busy Manila. I was there to witness first hand the formal announcement of Globe Telecom’s new content partnerships with top global brands Netflix (IKR!!!), Sports Illustrated, Disney, Cartoon Network, Smule, Turner and Astro plus the exciting rise of Globe Studios and Globe Live.
Globe Studios aims to produce clips, series and even movies from top directors such as Erik Matti, Paul Soriano, Quark Henares, Dan Villegas, Sigrid Bernardo, Joyce Bernal, and Lav Diaz.
I must say, however, that I’m most excited with Globe Live. Globe Live aims to produce, promote and deliver engaging, creative events of international size and quality. Globe will use its wide distribution channels to promote these live events and bring them to the customer wherever he or she may be, no matter which gadget he or she prefers to use for media consumption and given the fact that consumers these days value the ability to personalize their mobile entertainment experience.
And what best way to introduce Globe Live’s wonderful events but via the Tony Award-winning play, “American Idiot.”
“American Idiot” is a sung-through stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day’s rock opera of the same name. The story revolves around Johnny, Tunny and Will. The 3 encounter life’s challenges including lost love, war and even drugs. Green Day’s frontman, Billy Joe Armstrong, wrote the book and his band composed the music.
The Manila debut of this play was held last June 24, 2016 at the new Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. And I was very lucky to be a part of the inaugural audience – with the BEST seat in the house – front and center!
The Manila cast include rockstars-turned-thespians Basti Artadi of Wolfgang (be still, my heart!!!), former Rivermaya vocalists Norby David and Jason Fernandez and Miggy Chavez of Chicosci. The choice to have real rockstars as part of the cast really paid off – the guys delivered! The play was how I expected it to be – raucous, intense, emotional, rowdy and visual candy.
There were times when the entire stage was maximized and a couple of things happened all at once. It was a feast for the eyes and ears. And, yes, Green Day fans will feel their hearts go a-thump-thump.
Do catch this play. Two thumbs up! Remaining performances from July 1 – 3 and 8 – 10. Very special thanks to Globe Telecom for flying me to and taking care of me in Manila.
(Note: This also appeared on my weekly column in Gold Star Daily, Mindanao’s largest newspaper, last July 1, 2016. My weekly newspaper column is dubbed “Mindanaoan Meets World” and appears every Friday in the Urban Life section)