Josh Groban in Manila

He was only 17 years old when David Foster discovered Josh Groban and that was 9 years ago and finally, he gets to perform here in Manila! I liked the Josh Groban self titled album released in 2001 and the Closer album released in 2003. I should have listened to the Awake album before I watched the show because some of the songs do not resonate with us. The grand finale song was Awake and it was the first time I heard it. So I guess, I’m not a die hard Grobanite after all.

Up Closer with Josh Groban with Ricky Lo

Josh sang our favorite songs like: You Raise Me Up, To Where You Are, She’s Out of My Life, Remember When it Rained and the Prayer. One of the awesome concert moment last night was the duet of Lani Misalucha and Josh Groban on The Prayer while I’m hugging my wife. It was also fun to watch the UP singing ambassadors who were the backup singers in the song, You Raise Me Up. Feel na feel nila yung kanta 🙂 We also loved the solo performances of Lucia the violinist. Galing!

It was disappointing that Josh did not sing “You’re Still You”. This was our ultimate theme song and I can still remember this was the song when Rache walked down the aisle during our wedding in Caleruega. Why oh why, Josh?! Most people were waiting for Josh to sing this song during his encore performances but all of us got disappointed.

Is paying more than P3,000 worth it? Yes, if you want to get a closer look at Josh and get a good picture of him and possibly with him. Even the P25,000 crowd was crazy over Josh when he decided to sing his song amongst the crowd. I would have paid for more if I realized that camera and video taking was allowed. In any case, the P3,000 balcony seats were OK already since you watch the concert to hear his voice. Thanks to Gerald for the MTV complimentary tickets!

I liked it every time Josh would converse to the audience during his spiel in between the songs. He is young, funny and cute, as the ladies around us would shout. There are girls shouting “I Love You Josh” and he would respond back with “I Love You More”. He was cool when a mother brought her daughter up the stage to give Josh roses and have a picture.

It was almost sold out alright with only a few seats not occupied. But there is no doubt that it was priced so high that it seems you are paying for the two days concert performance. I share Nikka’s disappointment in her post No More Josh Groban for me.


PS. I have three extra copies of the People Asia October Issue where Josh Groban is the cover page. This was used as the “souvenir program” for the night. Email me if you like to get my extra copies and send me your address so that I can mail it to you.