By Freddie Velez
SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan – A grand finale concert that featured some of the rising OPM artist completed the Fourth Tanglawan Festival SM mall in this city recently.
Every year, the Tanglawan Festival closes the celebration with live performances of well-known artists from the music industry. This year was a first for SM City San Jose del Monte, which held a music festival in its activity grounds before a crowd of an estimated 10,000.
In partnership with the local government, Leanne & Naara, Kuatro Kantos, CHNDTR, M$TRYO, Paint it Black, and “Buwan” hitmaker Juan Karlos heated up the cloudy and misty night of the festival’s culminating activity with different genres from pop to ballad to alternative rock.
“We always take pride of our view deck and lagoon area, especially at night when LED lights are open as it turns into a scenic garden, and it is more than our pleasure to hold the culminating activity here in the activity grounds of SM.” shares Mall Manager, Jose Mari Emmanuel Correa.
Along with the OPM rising stars, are the colorful light performances of the homegrown talents of the city, and the grand fireworks display that symbolizes this year’s concert theme “Ningning ng Kinabukasan”, inspired by the meaning of “Tanglaw”, where the word ‘Tanglawan’ came from, which is ‘torch’ or ‘light.’
Mayor Arthur Robes said that it was just the start of the real transformation of the previous relocation to the soon-to-be the next destination in the country. “With the new and big players in the city, you give additional light and shine to the beauty and progression of San Jose del Monte.”
Robes again invited and encouraged SM management and other investors to join the festival next year. “I would say that our Tanglawan and Cityhood is very successful, so I am looking forward for a better and bigger celebration of the 20th Cityhood Anniversary and Fifth Tanglawan Festival next year” he added.
On top of the Festival’s Finale Concert, a series of activities was also held at the SM City San Jose del Monte for the 11-day long celebration, which included an On the Spot Painting Exhibition participated in by artists in the city belonging to the FCPC Filustrados and Sining Tanglawan.
Next to be staged was the “Indakan sa Tanglawan ni Lolo at Lola” for the senior citizens, the “Tinig at Musika ng Tanglawan” singing contest, the “Push Pawns” chess competition, “Kusina ni Ate Rida Cooking Challenge”, and the opening of the Tanglawan Gallery.