Photos by PandaChoco Photography and Toy Perez
Last June 15, 2019, the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium was host to the opening of this year’s Fête de la Musique—Fête At The Park. Brought to us by SX Manila in partnership with Labs Kita, Sabado, and the National Parks Development Committee and Arts in Public Spaces (NCCA), the festivities of Fête de la Musique was brought to one of the most iconic and monumental locations in the Philippines, the Rizal Park.
Fête At The Park started at 5PM with the Philippine National Anthem. Afterwards, the opening act took the stage—Nobita, fresh from winning the online polls. The young up-and-coming band came to rock the crowd, setting the event up nicely with their high-energy performance. Following them was the youthful and spirited Splendio Tritus. The band, who are also all family members, gave an awe-inspiring performance, captivating the crowd with their original songs and even some well-known covers.
Then came the remarkable performance of Jana Garcia, who went into the crowd to make them sing. Bonfacio Republic then hit the audience with their edgy funk music. Coming to ease the crowd with a chill and heartfelt performance was Eloisa, bringing a wave of calmness and emotion to the stage. Next, Gin Rum & Truth (GRT) commanded the event, giving everybody intensity with their brand of hard rock.
Next, Mojofly had the audience swaying to their well-loved music and gave everyone at Rizal Park full enjoyment. Calebral then took the stage with their own mix of heavy-hitting songs. Shotgun Combo was the second to the last act. The former Muziklaban champions made the stage their own and brought their high-energy musical performance to the crowd.
Last but not the least, Dong Abay came to the stage. He performed as if he spoke to the crowd directly. Almost like a spiritual prophet, Dong stood on the edges of the stage, proclaiming the lyrics of his songs like “Perpekto” and “Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo.”
The event would not have been possible without the support of Banana Rising Recording Studio, Foodpanda, PandaChoco Photography, JMDG Graphics, Alliance Française de Manille, the Embassy of France, and B-side Productions, as well as the hosts Pia Marie Paulican, Djan Dwaine Canary, and Daniel Liwanag. PULP