Thousands of fans and frontliners flocked to the Smart Araneta Coliseum last April 26 for the Vax to Normal concert.
Vax to Normal, produced by Merlion Events Production Inc., is a tribute concert for frontliners of the country’s pandemic response.
Calista, the country’s most promising girl group, headlined the concert and performed their single, Race Car.
Managed by Tyronne Escalante Artist Management (TEAM), Calista is composed of six multi-talented members: Olive, Laiza, Anne, Elle, Dain and Denise.
Weeks leading up to the concert, they trained for 12 hours a day.
“From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Calista trained their vocals and dance skills with their powerhouse coaching team. They were trained by Crissie and Froilan of Douglas Nierras
Power Dance, Vimi Rivera, Manouvers and Marnie Jereza,” Tyronne shared.
Aside from Calista, the concert also featured guest performances by Yeng Constantino, Elmo Magalona, AC Bonifacio, Darren, Andrea Brillantes and Ken San Jose.
Together, these industry idols energized the audience with their powerful and iconic performances.
Many frontliners expressed their appreciation for the tribute concert. They hope that the country continues to heal. They encouraged everyone to get themselves vaccinated so that we can achieve pre-pandemic normalcy.
“We are eternally grateful for our heroes, our frontliners — both medical and non-medical — who have gone above and beyond their duties to help save the country amid this pandemic. Now, we can attend concerts such as this, meet our friends and families again, travel and much more. None of this would have been possible if not for our brave frontliners,” Merlion CEO Atty. Javier Flores emphasized.
Directed by Nico Faustino with musical director Soc Mina, Vax to Normal will be telecast on TV5 today, May 1, 9 p.m.
“Thank you so much for all the support from our fans, friends and families. Without their kind words and encouragement, we would not be here at Smart Araneta Coliseum, performing and paying tribute to our frontliners. We also appreciate the kind concerns from P-pop fans who continue to challenge us and keep us motivated to push forward and do better,” Calista’s leader Anne shared.