Virtual seminars, press conferences- and now, concerts. These are all part of the new normal. Whether we admit it or not, we miss being part of musical spectacles that are well-produced and well-crafted- like the recent “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita”. This masterpiece was not just visually wonderful, it’s a welcome breather from the stress of the pandemic- and one of the best gifts we can have this holiday season. Here’s the Top Five Reasons why Hinahanap Hanap Kita is the Pinakabonggang Concert ng Taon.
1. The artists featured were diverse
From chart-busters Gary Valenciano and Yeng Constantino to inventive artists like Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas, Ebe Dancel and Blaster Silonga , each performer were carefully selected and provided their own take of the Manila Sound. Directing them were top notch directors like Juno Oebanda, RA Rivera, Paolo Valenciano, Jason Tan, Alco Guerrero, and Quark Henares.
2. The concert aimed to revitalize Manila’s tourism industry
The concert was not just about the artists and the songs. It was also all about the transformation of The City of Manila. The Heritage sites featured were Jones bridge, Intramuros, Lagusnilad, Paco Park and National Planetarium. The sites are also testament of how Mayor Isko Moreno has pumped back life to the city’s once lack-luster state.
3. The Manila Sound
Let’s face it–if you weren’t born in the 70s, you’d only refer to hotdog as that breakfast staple your mom prepares for you every day. But ask your dad or your Tita or your grandma, they’d tell you how Hotdog’s music enlivened the Filipino spirit back in the day with songs like Annie Batungbakal, Bongga Ka ‘Day and Ikaw ang Miss Universe.
4. The show gave some life back to the entertainment industry
The pandemic paralysed the entertainment industry–with artists and production people losing projects left and right. The concert gave back hope to the industry, as well as its many Filipino watchers, that everything will be alright in time.
5. Government and private sector can work together seamlessly
The concert was one for the books as it was a union of the minds, skills and effort of the following organizations: the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, City of Manila, Juancare Foundation Inc., Viva Music Publishing Inc. the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM), National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), Intramuros Administration (IA), National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), Nayong PIlipino Foundation (NPF), and Museo Pambata.