WE’VE FINALLY GOT OUR WISH. They have performed at the Budokan and Yokohama Stadium, performed in South America & Europe, and recently finished their North American tour…

Japan’s hottest rock band ONE OK ROCK are finally rocking Manila for the very first time this January 19 as a part of their “35XXXV” ASIA TOUR, which also covers Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand!


I’m sure that most people, including me, had discovered ONE OK ROCK from the hugely-popular live-action movie trilogy Rurouni Kenshin, where they have performed their theme songs, such as “The Beginning”, “Mighty Long Fall” and “Heartache”.

But there’s definitely a lot more music that will fill your cup of coffee, especially that the band usually tune to a different beat from other Japanese bands. Definitely all their albums are a must-listen, but I personally like Zankyo Reference and Jinsei×Boku=.


Let’s get to those nitty-gritty details… the concert is happening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, which is inside the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Arena gates will be opened at 06:00pm, but a representative of Pulp Live World tells Anime Pilipinas that they expect that people will be lining-up outside the venue much, much earlier than that… similar to what usually happens in a K-pop concert or a UAAP De La Salle University vs. Ateneo University game. Better brace for that, because the concert will start at 08:00pm.

Weather forecasts for January 19 (as of 11:58pm, Jan. 18) says that the day will go for 28-30°C, so better prepare your water for the heat, as well as the “strenuous workout” we will all be doing inside the area.


Now, let’s talk about the rules for the concert. Since this will be ONE OK ROCK’s first performance in the Philippines, we surely want to give them the very best impression, right? Sana naman sundan natin lahat, at hindi tayo maging pasaway!

As stated by Amuse Southeast Asia on their Facebook page, they have two major rules in the concert: (1) Any kind of light sticks and light devices will be strictly prohibited during the show, and (2) Any recording of any sort (video, audio) is prohibited on any kind of devices during the show.

I’m sure there are some people who want to wave their light sticks, just like what happened to previous concerts by J-pop artists, but take note that the band usually brings their own lighting sets and I’m sure that you also want to see & enjoy what is happening on stage.

The video and audio recording is already common sense, because people have paid good money to enjoy the event and people will surely not gonna tolerate some asshole doing stupid things like holding a big-ass tablet or DSLR camera, becoming an nuisance to other people. (Please take note that they did not mention anything about PHOTOS.)


Aside from the rules set by Amuse, there are also the ground rules set by the SM Mall of Asia Arena management:

MOA Arena Rules

Again, if you want to take pictures, you can but use only your smartphones or digital point-and-shoot cameras. A representative of Pulp Live World also tells Anime Pilipinas that aside from DSLR cameras, the use of big tablets (e.g. iPad) and action cameras (e.g. GoPro) are also not allowed.

Again, let’s give them a good impression and follow the rules, so that this will not be a one-time event… and possibly bringing more talents to this country!

With regards to the tickets, please take note that VIP 1 and 2 Standing had been sold out months ago, while Lower Box C is also sold out for the second time.

Tickets are still available for VIP 3 standing & VIP Seated (PHP4,770), Lower Box A (PHP3,710) and Lower Box B (PHP2,650). Take note that only a few tickets left, so better get it while possible!


Just in case you’re not attend the event, Anime Pilipinas will be covering the ONE OK ROCK: 2016 “35XXXV” ASIA TOUR – Live in Manila concert on our social media accounts.

We will be posting photos of the pre-event and post-event coverages, possibly some during the concert if we are not distracted with the music.

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To those who are attending, let’s all enjoy, rock… and make a lot of noise!

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