From last year’s successful lineup celebrating local and international chart-topping hip-hop artist, MTV Music Evolution 2016 is back in Manila bringing pop culture and more fun again in the Philippines! The one-night-only live music event last June 24 celebrated pop music like never before, giving the fans an experience to discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence with live performances from One Republic, Far East Movement, Apink, Bebe Rexha, James Reid & Nadine Lustre, and Gary & Gab Valenciano that kept us dancing all night long. Here was our experience at MTV MUSIC Evolution 2016… MTV Music Evolution Website: http://www.mtvmusicevo.com/ Facebook: mtvasia Instagram: @mtvasia Twitter: @mtvasia Related Blog Post: #MTVMusicEvo 2015: On Francis M Tribute, Hip Hop Culture, and Naughty by Nature! (Photo Essay) Held at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds last Friday, all the fans were treated to free tickets to the said event just by joining the online contests held by MTV! Lucky Fans! The rain didn’t stop the crowd from going wild as the opening act Gary V dazzled them with his signature energetic performance, with songs “Di bale na lng kaya”, “Hataw na” and “Babalik ka rin”. It was a perfect start to the show, and what better way to keep the energy going than having his son It was a perfect start to the show, and what better way to keep the energy going than having his son Gab Valenciano follow him up. The crowd was taken by the energetic pop superstar father and son tandem. Rounding out the local performers are the Filipino pop darlings, James Reid and Nadine Lustre each giving their solo performance. James sang “Randomantic” and “Bonfire” while Nadine sang “Me and You”. While fans were thrilled to see their favorite couples duet act “Hanap-hanap”, “Bahala na” and “No Erase”. Kicking off the international performers was none other than Billboard Hot 100 artist, American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha. The inspiring singer sang her original composition “Monster” revived by Eminem, “Me, Myself and I”, “Take me Home” and “No Broken Hearts in the club”. It was no surprise when the crowd screamed as Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female group Apink went live on stage! Their cute outfits and dance moves were adorable. (Fact: The Philippines is rank 3 in the world who patronize K-Pop music.) L.A.-grown electric dance trio Far East Movement got everyone singing and dancing with hit singles “Like a G6”, “Break Yourself and “Rocketeer”. Their performance sounded better live! You could feel their charisma and energy shared through the whole crowd. MTV Music Evolution 2016 wrapped up with the iconic international pop band and prolific hit-maker One Republic with an explosion of confetti and fireworks! They performed their popular hits “Secret,” “Stop and Stare,” Apologize” and “Counting Stars.” Overall, We loved MTV Music Evo! The stage set-up alone was world class, and it got even better with celebrated local and international pop artist joining in the mix. A definite must experience to music lovers out there! Be sure to catch this amazing event on MTV Asia, Tuesday July 19th 7pm! MTV Music Evolution Website: http://www.mtvmusicevo.com/ Facebook: mtvasia Instagram: @mtvasia Twitter: @mtvasia Related Blog Post: #MTVMusicEvo 2015: On Francis M Tribute, Hip Hop Culture, and Naughty by Nature! (Photo Essay) Live an Awesome Life, Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of MTV Asia and the Tourism Promotions Board. P.S. The concert is clean, secured and a lot better than last year.