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Writing on Air by Jim Paredes

What a year ender!

Posted on December 31, 2008 by jimparedes

Am writing this from the Mabuhay Lounge of PAL. In a few moments, I will be jetting off to Sydney to catch he New Year celebrations there.

I had so little sleep last night. We did the concert at the Riverbanks and it was one of the most awesome things APO has done in all these years of performing. With our intrepid band, we sang, entertained, cheered, danced, and joked around with a HUGE crowd of people. The estimate last night before the show started was 60 thousand people but our sound man Butch Dans estimated it to be closer to 80 thousand by the middle of the show. Both sides of the Riverbanks were so full people could hardly moce from where they were. It was unbelievable. People could be seen on top of the bridge near the new SM and the overpass. And they just did not stop coming to join in the fun and groove with the music.

We were sweaty on stage. There was a slight drizzle during certain parts of the show but we just went on with no fuss even if I felt my wet shirt under my jacket drying up.

It was a two-hour bash and it was an experience that will not be forgoten. What a way to end 2008! To all who came, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are honored that you honored us with your presence, smiles, singing, the shouts for an encore and the standing ovation.

Marikina, you rock! It’s a city that’s clean, orderly with officials that have a vision that they dare implement. Glad to be part of your success!

Till next time! Sydney, I will be there in 8 hours! To all readers of this entry, Happy New Year. May it be a year of renewal, healing, joy and success!

A toast!

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  1. Congratulations for being the 2008 No. 1 Pinoy Expats Blogger! Your Writing on Air is so inspiring and the judges chose you as the beckon of hope and inspiration for the Filipinos. We will send by email the badge that you can display in your sidebar. See the rest of the winners here http://pinoyblogawards.blogspot.com/2008/12/magandang-gabi-po-mga-kabayan-good.html

    Congratulations both in from the Pinoy Expats Blog Awards Team and the success of the Riverbank Concert! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. Happy new year Jim!

    In your opinion,how can you help Gloria become a good President in 2009?

    join the EQ poll

  3. Mimi says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best for the coming year! And congratulations for having been picked as the #1 Pinoy Expat Blog for 2008 🙂

  4. manok says:

    hi, jim! i have been raised by my father with APO’s music. both of us are still fans even after migrating to north america many years ago. your new albums are being shared to us by concerned family and friends to minimize our homesickness. added by my husband’s collection of OPM’s including yours bring memories from childhood every time we listen to them. more power to you and APO and here’s wishing you a peaceful year ahead.

  5. Willa says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  6. jimparedes says:

    I am honored and grateful to have been chosen as the No.1 pinoy expat’s blog for 2008. I thank everyone who reads this blog for the distinction.

    manok– I hope we can visit your part of the world this year.

  7. congrats, Jim.

    aaaah, Australia ka nga pala.

    have you heard of an incident in australia wherein an employee was fired because he chose to use water over tissue paper at the comfort room.

    bad thing is, Pinoy ang biktima.
    here’s the link:


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