5 Realizations After Attending the #GlobeLovestreet Drive-in Concert (Metro's first!)

by - Saturday, February 20, 2021

If you've been watching my IG Stories the past week, you probably already have an idea that I spent Galentines last February 13 with my college bestie, Jhean. As an avid concert-goer, the idea of attending a concert in the middle of a pandemic somewhat evoked a sense of normalcy with protocols in place. 

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The left photo was grabbed from Globe Telecom's Facebook Page

After attending the Metro's First Drive-In Concert organized by BGC and Globe, I can't help but share with you some of my realizations in this one-of-a-kind experience, in case you're also attending a similar event in the near future!

Take note of important details prior to the concert

Because the COVID-19 is still prevalent in the metro, organizers have safety precautions on the ground. It helps to stay informed about them before driving to the venue so you already know what to expect before arriving. The key details that were most helpful to us were:

(1) Parking slots were on a first-come, first-served basis

Courtesy of Globe Telecom's Facebook Page

Given this, we headed to the venue an hour before the concert started to score the best possible view of the stage from the car. Lo and behold, we got a slot in the first row! We also had time to settle in and check the booths in the venue.

(2) Food and beverages are available inside the venue

Pre-concert reminders, QR code for the Health Declaration Form and Food Menu, and Wrist Strap
No need to shop for snacks before the event because there are different restaurants (in booths) that offer cashless payment options. There was a QR code given upon entering the premises which allowed us to access the Health Declaration form and food menu from the restaurants available. Our order was delivered to us our car by DTF's staff in basic personal protective equipment.

Here's a pro-tip: Load up your e-wallet before transacting for a smooth purchase experience.

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We enjoyed our DTF's Xiao Long Bao mid-concert inside the car
We actually ended up getting Din Tai Fung's Xiao Long Bao and it was the best decision ever! Don't forget to bring your own water tumblers to avoid spending on bottled waters. 

If you fancy a can of beer or two, you also need to check the event's restriction. In our case, a concertgoer can only down up to two cans. Drivers were also highly encouraged to not drink and drive.

(3) Number of attendees are limited and controlled

Attendees bringing sedan cars can only bring three more people inside the vehicle. It wasn't a problem for Jhean and me because we opted to minimize the number of people in her car; hence, only us two watching the concert. In my opinion, it would be harder for people in the back seat to watch because of the obstructed view. However, the event's live music makes up for it.

Honking is highly encouraged

The performer's stage is higher than usual to cater to all the concertgoers
Honking is the new applause for drive-in concerts! After a few songs, more and more attendees honk to the beat of the music, making the concert more engaging. At first, it felt like a new year because of all the honking but we were able to slowly get used to it. I feel a tad worried about the cars' batteries but YOLO, am I right? Funny how Rico Blanco actually thought of having car battery sponsors for similar events in the future. lol

Restroom Break

Concerts can last for hours so it's best to know where the restroom is situated. Because we were there early, we heard where the restrooms were situated. As for the Valentine Drive-In Concert, the restroom's location was in the building behind the open parking. 

Bring a USB-Powered Fan

Prior to the concert proper, all vehicles should be turned off, and windows must also be rolled down. After singing our hearts out to the first few songs by the performers, we were already sweating inside the car which is why having a USB-powered fan is a must! 

It also drizzled mid-concert which is why the organizers allowed us to roll up the windows and turn on our engines temporarily.

An Overall Fantastic Experience for Music Lovers

My heart welled up with so many emotions after hearing live music after two years. The magic of hearing live vocals and instruments was alive and I was tearing up on the inside to be able to feed my soul. While I wasn't able to physically make my presence felt during the performances, KZ Tandingan and Rico Blanco were professional enough to slay every song. It was a bonus that their set includes some of their all-time hits which is why I'm glad to be able to attend the metro's first drive-in concert.

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The view of the stage from our parking slot
There was a time I wanted to literally get out of the car and jump to the beats, but we all know that is not a possibility during the pandemic. I had to tame myself and partied hard inside the car with my bestie instead. It was still fun and I know for sure this won't be my last drive-in concert.

Hats off to the organizers for making this happen, allowing both the entertainment industry and concertgoers to benefit from this event despite our current situation. #GlobeLovestreet to me is a successful one. And this can only mean that more drive-in concerts can happen in the near future and more music lovers can get a chance to feast over amazing live performances.

Globe Telecom was generous enough to recap the entire drive-in concert, so watch below if you want to see a glimpse of the event! 

Make sure to stay locked in at Globe Telecom's Facebook Page to get firsthand information about one-of-a-kind events in the metro like this one! 😉

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