A week or two before Hillsong United’s concert here in Manila, Ms. Kaye Catral, the Marketing Manager of House of Praise, posted a giveaway on her blog. The mechanics is to post a selfie with your Hillsong United merchandise. And being a Hillsong enthusiast since year 2008, I am so confident to join. I own a lot of Hillsong merch, and I have a complete Hillsong United discography with me. And so, I joined.
It was the 10th of June, the day before the concert, when the winners were announced by Ms. Kaye on her blog. And without further ado, I was selected as the TOP PICK (most creative selfie) to win three (3) Patron SRO Tickets! I was so shocked because of this, and I can’t believe it. First, it is going to be my first ever big concert to attend to. Second, It is Hillsong United, my favourite Christian artist since my high school days, that is going on stage for a concert. But wait, there’s more! On the contest mechanics, Ms. Kaye stated that the most liked entry on Facebook, and the entry with most Hillsong United merch shall each receive a Hillsong United Gift Pack. I may not be the most liked entry on Facebook (I really don’t like liking contests on Facebook!), but I owned the most Hillsong United merch, and so I also take home a gift pack! Thank God!
THE CONCERT NIGHT
11th of June, the first night of two nights of Hillsong United concert here in Manila. I, my sister, and my best friend, Kuya Richard met Ms. Kaye, 5:45 PM, to claim my tickets, and to receive my Hillsong United Gift Pack. We entered the gates at 5:50 PM, and we took a lot of pictures, and bought some concert merch. I think it was already 7:00 PM when we entered into the concert hall of Araneta Coliseum, and 7:30 PM when the concert started.
It was not my first time to go to Araneta Coliseum for an event; I went there a lot of times for some of our Church’s conferences, but it was my first time to go there for a concert. Before, I can only see the stage from afar (General Ad), now I am just before the stage! How blessed and favoured am I?
The crowd is loud, the stage is dazzling with light, and the Hillsong United crew is so energetic and passionate with what they’re doing. The concert started with the song “Relentless” and ended with their all-time favourite “One Way”. Just four songs before the concert ends, my sister and I left for home. We left Kuya Richard because his home is just within NCR and we’re not.
The worship night is simply astounding and memorable. Indeed, it is one of my most unforgettable nights in my entire life. So memorable because as I said earlier, first ever big concert to attend to, with my favourite artist on stage.
See the concert setlist below: