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Fathers’ Day 2016

Fathers' Day 2016

Last June 19, there was a tribute for the fathers here in Legazpi. It was a concert of some sort but with a twist. It’s almost a week since fathers’ day and here’s my late post about ours.

Fathers’ Day Special

The said concert was held in Albay Astrodome and was produced by Center Stage Production. It was scheduled at 7pm. The tickets that we had were worth of Php 1000 and it was said to belong in the VIP section however when we got there, things were not as good as I imagined it would be.

Fathers' Day 2016

The ticket and the so-called “meal stab”

When we got inside the place, were given green stubs (not stabs because it would mean wounds coming from a sharp object) that would eventually mean the area where we were supposed to sit.

We got disappointed since we thought there were already assigned seats since it was VIP section after all but no. The ushers/usherettes were there but were not really of help. Some were just on their phones or chatting with their fellow ushers/usherettes.

Some of the concert-goers were just standing in front of us and technically blocking our view. I personally thought that it was the job of the ushers/usherettes or the staff to lead them to their seats. Due to the absence of a detailed seat plan, some had no seats because not all tables were filled. Some were occupied yet some were blank.


The food was catered and they branded it as eat all you can so it would appeal to us as a buffet. I got dismayed by the food choices and got me wondering:

If this was an eat all you can event, what are the stubs for?

The food served were:

  • Rice
  • Fish Fillet (which I personally liked)
  • Pancit
  • Lechon
  • Bananas (for dessert, I think)

The drink was only iced tea of a berry flavor which my mom said was very sweet for her. She has diabetes so she needs to control her glucose in-take. I personally disliked it so I opted to just have water.


There were various acts before the main event and the performers were children. Before the children performed, there was a “teaser” that would show what trait of a father they were showing. The other videos seemed to be just “grabbed” from a streaming site and not created from scratch to be able to really connect. There was one that seemed from an audio-visual presentation of a wedding. The thought was seen but the execution wasn’t that well.

Truly, the children were amazing on their performance and there was a notable kid who tried performing one of Psy’s songs and he was just adorable. The effort of singing and dancing was really exhilarating. I wasn’t able to capture snippets or a photo of him because I was just busy laughing because I was enjoying his performance. I’d say it was the best among all who performed before the main event.

Fathers' Day 2016

Our view from our “VIP” seats.

The Hitmaker: Rey Valera

The real reason why we went there was for the main event, which was seeing and hearing Rey Valera perform his wonderful compositions. Listening to him and seeing him there was really amazing. It cancelled out all the cons/negative things about the event and we really did enjoy.

Some of the songs he sang were:

  • Pangako Sa’Yo
  • Mr. DJ (although there were two girls who sang it with him)
  • Naaalala Ka
  • Kung Kailangan Mo Ako
  • Maging Sino Ka Man
  • Tayong Dalawa

And those are not in particular order. Some were even singing along with Rey Valera and were even moved by his life stories. He mentioned of Rey Bolero (his impostor), then stepping into the musical directing field for films/series. He was just simply amazing!

We left before the concert really ended because we had to commute going home and it was getting late, my aunt has work the next day. We were all happy and relieved to see him in real life!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Aside from having a Php 1000/VIP ticket, it would be better if the red/blue/green stubs were changed into amounts like Php 3000/Php 2000/Php 1000 so it would be clearer.
  • Have reserved seating or a seat plan so as to avoid vacant seats per table.
  • More food choices please and also with the drink/s.
  • Ushers/usherettes that would really help and/or assist people find seats in time for the show.
  • Be strict with the gates/latecomers.
  • Children should be with their parents/guardians and not just permitted to wander the area where they could play and eventually disrupt the audience from listening.

So how did you celebrate fathers’ day?


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  • Reply
    June 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    I hope the organizer would really organize their next event so as not to disappoint guests. And by organizing means managing their people (ushers in particular) and looking at or checking their artist’s work on the food “stab.” Nway, hope you had fun. Listening to Rey Valera indeed calms the soul and heart.

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      June 28, 2016 at 11:38 PM

      I really hope so too. It’s a good thing that Rey Valera did entertain us with his funny antics and magnificent voice!

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    June 28, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Awwwsss… the organizers are in this for the money. Period. So naturally, the food choices would be limited. I do agree that the ticketing could have been done better. As of the quality of service, yeah, it could have been better. Wait until there’s more competition and the owners would be forced to shape up or ship out.

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    Rowena C
    July 1, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Grew up listening to Rey Valera because my dad love his music. Hope you enjoy the event even though there are some glitches that happened.

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    Sam Coronado (@followyouroad)
    July 1, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    I hope you weren’t wounded by the meal stab! Hahaha. It’s great that you saw a classic artist perform onstage, even though you had problems with the seats. Rey Valera is someone my dad would watch.

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      July 2, 2016 at 2:31 AM

      Hahaha! In the end, my mom, aunt and I were laughing because of the “meal stab” and enjoyed Rey Valera even though there were mishaps. 😀

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    July 3, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Glad that you still enjoyed the night even though there were so many disappointing happenings in the said event. Well, good think you have pointed out here your suggestions. At least the production team will be able to take note it the next time they’ll create such event.

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