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First Christmas concert stage hip-hop all-stars

Published Dec 05, 2022 11:20 am Updated Dec 05, 2022 4:10 pm

Returning with a bang, PraXis offers an early Paskong Pasko event with Salubong: The Christmas Concert Year 2. Happening on Dec. 9 at 7 pm, Salubong 2022 is the season’s first on-ground, open-air concert at Vertis Events Ground.

According to Praxis and Intersections Communications founder and CEO Gladys Basinillo, Salubong aims to be a get-together for Filipinos and their families using the language they know best: music. The first Salubong concert beat the odds in 2021 and produced a hybrid event.

“We’ve been waiting to bring Salubong back to the Filipino. Last year was a massive success, and our hearts were full. But this year is extra special. Medyo mas naka-recover na tayong mga Pilipino. We all feel 2022 is better. We’re on more stable ground. Our dreams are reachable again. Sasalubungin natin ang pag-asa at pagbangon,” says Basinillo.

Salubong: The Christmas Concert Year 2 will feature a star-studded stage full of the country’s biggest and most stellar names in hip-hop: Gloc-9, Flow G, Shanti Dope, AI James, Omar B, and CLR. 

“With hip-hop, we know we’re speaking a language and movement spoken and shared by the whole world. The art form is global; the platform is accessed all over. Salubong 2022 is actually the world stage!” shares Jake Habitan, Deputy Project Head of Salubong.

"Hip-hop artists tap into the youth in all of us. The young professionals, artists, and people with big dreams. That’s inside all of us. Today, hip-hop artists are endorsers of many brands that understand, value, and respect their talent. Now, that’s serious business,” adds Basinillo.

Hip-hop is more than just music and the art of making music. It’s free-flowing, very expressive, and so accessible to all walks of life. It is infused with dance, R&B, and funk, not just pop and rock. Hip-hop is an excellent choice of music for this year’s Salubong because it is all about lifestyle and self-expression.

Says Gloc-9, one of the most revered artists in this genre, “We’re still alive and kicking, stronger than ever. Pinagsikapan nating lumaban everyday. Siyempre, kahit simpleng pangarap, pinagsisikapan natin na masikatan ng konting liwanag. Lalo na kapag Pasko! Ibang klase talaga ang Pasko sa Pilipinas. At ibang klase rin ang hip hop ng Pinoy! That’s why perfect combination ‘tong Salubong 2022!”

Joining the hip-hop all-stars is opening act Banda ni Kleggy, Hero and Loir; and DJ Butta B for the concert After Party. Hosting the event is DJ Raqi Terra.

Concertgoers can also check out the booths and try some Ginto Barrel-aged gin. Feel what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Morris Garages car. Discover color with realme’s Yellow Christmas discounts on a wide range of smartphones that’s a sure hit this season. Check out Pudo Express promos. After all the excitement, quench your thirst with Tiger Beer.

Ayus! Gates open at 5 pm for a fiesta of booths.

For Pinoys outside the Philippines, the event may also be seen on iWant TFC and TFC.

“We’re very excited with Salubong 2022 because we want to make everyone feel hope again. May pagasa na naman. Makakabawi muli. Andito na. We feel that hope inside us again. Let’s greet each other with joy and hope. Halika ka na. Lahat tayo, as one in Salubong 2022,” says Basinillo.

Tickets at P1,000 for VIP and P350 for GA are available via Shopee, Ticketnet, or GCash. Visit Salubong’s page on Facebook.

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Salubong.