Promising girl group Calista paid homage to frontliners in its debut concert performance “Vax to Normal.” Thousands of frontliners as well as fans, witnessed the concert on April 26 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Directed by Nico Faustino and Musical Director Soc Mina, “Vax to Normal” is produced by Merlion Events Production Inc. and is a tribute concert for the nation's frontliners who are at the forefront of the country's pandemic response. It is their way of recognizing the heroism of medical and non-medical frontliners who have gone above and beyond to perform their duties amid the pandemic.
Managed by Tyronne Escalante Artist Management (Team), Calista is composed of six multi-talented members namely Olive, Laiza, Anne, Elle, Dain, and Denise. During the weeks leading up to the concert where they also performed their single “Race Car,” they trained for 12 hours a day.
Calista's manager Escalante attested, “From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Calista trained their vocals and dance skills with their powerhouse coaching team. They are trained by Crissie and Froilan of Douglas Nierras Power Dance, Vimi Rivera, Manouvers, and Marnie Jereza.”
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.
“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.
Many frontliners expressed their appreciation for the tribute concert. They hope that the country continues to heal and encourage everyone to get themselves vaccinated so that the country can achieve herd immunity and 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 Events Production Inc. CEO Javier Flores emphasized.
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