IN PHOTOS: Michael Buble charms Manila

Paolo Abad
IN PHOTOS: Michael Buble charms Manila
Fun fan interactions, unexpected covers, and spiels that registered like stand-up comedy. All this from Michael Buble's January concert in Manila

I’ve been told that Michael Bublé’s concerts are very entertaining. A friend told me that he’s friends with Josh Groban and have a similar sharp sense of humor. He didn’t disappoint. 

The MoA Arena was most definitely packed, and when Michael emerged onstage, the show kicked off and sustained a fun vibe that didn’t dip, all the way to the end. 

Photo by Paolo Abad

I was pleasantly surprised to see whole families at his January 31 Manila concert – he appeals to fans of all ages. There were also a few celebrity sightings (I saw Martin Nievera, and Dr. Belo and Hayden Kho on the live feed screens). 

Here’s an Instavideo of Michael mentioning one of our own chart-topping singers – Sarah Geronimo. 

Naturally 7, an a capella act, opened for and supported Bublé for a substantial part of his set. 

Michael was an incredibly entertaining performer – his mid-spiels were almost stand-up comedy acts in themselves. The audience responded so well to his energy and humor, and he did great connecting with the fans. 

At one point, he invited a fan to the stage pit when her placard caught his eye; it says, “I skipped midterms just for Bublé.”  

Photo by Paolo Abad

He even cheekily introduced some gimmicky covers he did, aside from the hits that defined the crooner’s career. For instance, he convinced us that a next song would be emotionally burdening for him, saying that his grandparents danced to the song at this wedding – before segueing to a cover of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys.  

He also covered Daft Punk’s 2013 hit, “Get Lucky” before transferring to the B-stage, a smaller stage at the back of the tech booth fronting the southern patron seats.

This paved the way for a more intimate encounter with the audience. One that caught my eye was with a lady cancer patient, who was holding a sign saying she had chemo. Michael then gamely obliged to take a selfie with the lady.

Here are more photos from the smooth-sailing show, which crackled with energy from his signature wit – a great complement to his famous vocal talents. 

Photo by Paolo Abad
Photo by Paolo Abad
Photo by Paolo Abad

– Rappler.com

Paolo Abad is a film/television editor and motion graphic designer. He is also a self-confessed concert junkie – a perennial attendee at gigs of indie acts.

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Paolo Abad

Paolo Abad writes, edits, and shoots for a living. He is one of the founding partners of the online radio platform Manila Community Radio.