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Abbamania Concert

Highway 54 Band

The front act. Highway 54 Band

The kids and I watched ABBAMANIA performed at the Resorts World Manila last Thursday. Thanks to our sponsor – the Journal Group of Publications for giving us three complimentary tickets. We arrived at the venue at around 8pm. The concert started 10 minutes later. The opening act was Highway 54 band. They sung mostly the popular upbeat songs in the 70’s to 80’s. Listening (grooving) to their songs relive my preschool days (kidding haha).

And the main event of the show…

Abbamania singing Voulez Vouz

Abbamania sings Voulez Vouz as their opening number.

Dancing queen

Dancing queen

Abbamania is one of the many tribute shows being produced since ABBA (the worldwide phenomenon Swedish pop band) was disbanded in 1982. Quoting Joaquin Henson’s post in, Abbamania is recognized as one of the most authentic ABBA tribute shows in the world. Authentic because they sounded and looked like the real ABBA.

Mamma mia!

Mamma mia!

Super trouper

They sung almost all of my favorite ABBA songs: Voulez Vouz, I Have A Dream, Honey Honey, Gimme, Gimme, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia!, Thank You for the Music, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, The Winner Takes It All, Waterloo, and many more.

Crowd cheering, dancing

Crowd cheering, dancing

The crowd cheering for more songs as the concert is about to end.

The crowd cheering for more songs by the end of the song medley.

It was an awesome experience. The kids and I enjoyed watching our first concert together. The performers may not be the original ABBA, but they were able to relive the ABBA magic.

Thanks ABBA for your music!

GT: April 30 in History

Since it’s Marce Kaye‘s birthday month, the whole month of July is reserved for birthday topics. To add more fun, she is preparing something special to a lucky GT participant, who will complete all 4 weeks, at the end of the month.

This week’s theme is about Birthday Trivia:

Here are some interesting events that coincide with April 30, my birth date.


1245 – King Philip III of France

1662 – Queen Mary II of England

1770 – David Thompson, Canadian explorer

1959 – Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

1978 – Tom Fulp, animator and founder of Newgrounds

1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress

1981 – Emma Pierson, British actress


1492 – Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.

1937 – The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.

1973 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and others have resigned.

1993 – CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.

Holidays and Observances:

Birthday of the King Carl XVI Gustav, one of the official flag days of Sweden.

Children’s Day (Mexico)

Consumer Protection Day (Thailand)

Queen’s Day, the largest one-day holiday in the Netherlands.

Teacher’s Day (Paraguay)

MYM: Disney on Ice (Beauty and the Beast)


One of the many highlights of the show taken in Dec. 28, 2003. We were seated at the Upper Box B level of the Araneta Coliseum. Just lucky to be given free tickets to the show. I hope we have a high-end camera during those time so we could capture the amazing Disney on Ice show that features Beauty and the Beast!

My share for MYM.