Phoenix 2017: Better than the first

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In true Filipino fandom fashion, fans went berserk during the concert of the French indie rock band Phoenix in Manila at the Kia Theater, their second in the country. Some were even driven to tears from such a spectacular show which second timers described as “better than the first.”

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IN PHOTOS: A step-by-step guide to the Wonderfruit experience in Pattaya, Thailand

The Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya, Thailand, is the first lifestyle festival in Asia. Locals and foreign backpackers are usually what make up the crowd, with a few families also joining in on the fun. The best thing about Wonderfruit is that it offers something for everyone. You like hiphop with a twist of Scotland? They have Young Fathers in the line-up. Not into Thai food? Try Morimoto for some Japanese. Looking for something to entertain the kids? Sign them up for some Photography Walk. All these – the food, the music, and the workshops – are bind by sustainability and love for ecology.

It was my first time to attend last February this year, and the experience has been nothing but amazing. Wonderfruit is opening its gates again this December, and if you’re thinking of going, here are the basics:

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Wonderful Wonderfruit

Now on its junior year, the Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand has already made its unique brand of merry-making—ecological, sustainable, and above all, fun. Down to its musical line-up, arts and lights installations, food, and outdoor activities for groups and families alike, the organizers’ meticulous curation earned them a spot side by side the Glastonbury Festival in United Kingdom, Roskilde in Denmark, Coachella in United States, and Malasimbo Festival here in the Philippines. It’s been coined as the first “Lifestyle Festival in Asia,” and definitely a trip worth going to.

Held annually in Pattaya, one may not expect an eco-friendly festival in the heart of the country’s “sin city,” but a after 30-minute cab or shuttle ride from downtown, lays a tropical beach town with sprawling hills where the festival is set. For four days, the green fields of Siam Country Club are filled to the brim with art, food, activities, and, of course, music.

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View of the Wonderfruit Festival from above

If it’s going to be your first time in the festival, expect an overall simulation of the senses. And if it’s going to be your first time in a lifestyle festival, don’t expect a rowdy set-up and do away with earthly debauchery. If anything, Wonderfruit is an unexpected treat.

How wonderful is Wonderfruit exactly? Let us show you the ways:

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The Gospel of Kanye

It was nothing short of a spiritual gathering, with the rap superstar as a god and his music as religion.

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Photo by Izzy Toledo

“And I want to show you how you all look like beautiful stars tonight.”

It was surreal coming from Mr. Kanye Omari West.

He sang the line from “Runaway” twice with an elusive smile that seemed to look like a sign of satisfaction, addressing the huge crowd who has proven so far as his performance went, that here in Manila lies a worthy audience.

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