Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cebu M&G Videos

This was a really great M&G because the hostess interviewed the boys. First up is group 1.

Isaac says he is 10 and has been singing in the choir for 4 years since he was 7. It's Michael's first time in the Philippines and he says it's amazing! Alessandro (Allez) says "It's really inspirational when so many people come to see us. 

Love the fans screaming for Carlos! And he's been to the Philippines 4 times! He's been to Cebu 3 times and says "It's just different from other places around the world, and more fans... it's amazing." Alex Gula says he's 8 and has been in the choir for about 1 year. He says Cebu is "Amazing." Kuba says "hi" to the fans and that he's excited to do a concert in Cebu.

Next up is group 2. On the screen behind them you can see photos, some we've never seen. There was a dinner hosted by ACCM!

Lucas says it's his first time in the Philippines and he just really loves it there so, so much. Marc - "My name is Marc, and it's really nice to be here." Anthony - "My name is Anthony, and it's very nice to meet you all." Henry says it's great to be there for the 4th time! 

Gabe - "My name is Gabriel, and it's good to see you all." Ciaran - "My name is Ciaran, and my first tour was here 2 years ago, so it's really nice to be back." Tom said, "Hi. I'm Tom. This is my second time. The first I was a boy, but now I'm much older." Ahahaha! Jude - "Hi, I'm Jude. This is my second time here. It's a pleasure to see every single one of you. Thank you." :D

Ben says it's his second time to be there, and it's great to be back. Cassius says it's great to be back. Eoghan - "Hi, I'm Eoghan. It's really great to be back in Cebu, cause we always get such great support from you guys." Kavana says it's good to be back in Cebu.

The hostess asks who is 8, and Gabriel raises his hand. She says, "What's your name again?" and he says, "Um, it was good to be here for the first time." So cute! :D "How do you feel about seeing your Filipino fans?" Gabe says, "It feels good." He says he was 8 when he started singing. Fast learner! It helps that he has 2 older brothers in the choir to help him along. :D

Cebu Concert

The Cebu concert just ended! Sounds like it was a great success! The church was packed with about 1000 people! Libera tweeted that Orinoco Flow got the "biggest roar of the night. So far..." That wouldn't be because "Cebu" is actually IN the song, would it? lol.

Bayan Ko was quite popular, and fans said "The Moon" and "Carol of the Bells" were, too. Isaac sang "Hymn to Mary" again, but they did not sing "Voca Me." Found out that Ciaran sang the solo on "Dies Irae."

There were no DVD's for sale because they sold out! Wow! There also was no M&G afterwards perhaps because there was no place to hold it (unless they wanted to have it outside like St. Louis 2010 :D - but it was raining in Cebu) or it was too late and the boys were tired.

Sounds like it was an awesome concert! Congratulations to the fans who got to go! :D

Church during the daytime - photo by Milet

Church with sign for Libera concert - photo by Milet

Inside church during the daytime - photo by Milet

Fans waiting to enter. Doors opened 30 minutes before - photo by Winx

Stage setup before the concert - photo by Milet

Stage - photo by Adele

                                                           Waving goodbye to the crowd - video by Winx

Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Video Vote-Off Round #3

Round #2 was so close! "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" beat out "In Dulci Jubilo" 363 to 342! That's only 21 votes difference. Never say your vote doesn't matter!

On to round #3! Here are our choices - 

Still Still Still - Slow and lovely. The first 2 verses are sung in unison by the high voices. On the 3rd verse, the deeper voices join in with the melody and the high voices are layered on top. It's a beautiful lullaby. And did you notice that it's a picture from this song that is the Mini-Angels blog header? :)

Angels We Have Heard on High - Oh, just listen to those high voices right from the start! That's Tom and Lucas soaring! It's a happy song with lots of "Gloria's!" :D

Which to choose, which to choose...

You can vote here or by clicking the icon on the right side of the screen for "Video Voting Contest." Voting for this round ends at midnight on November 4th.

Cebu Meet & Greet

Welcome to Cebu! Despite a delayed flight from Manila to Cebu and heavy traffic (who knew there are traffic jams in paradise?!), the Libera boys were all smiles for the screaming fans at SM City Cebu Mall. At the end of the M&G, Kavana gave a speech to the fans. :D

The boys leaving the hotel to go to the M&G - photo by Milet

Sign at the mall - rest of pics by Winx

Screen behind the signing table

Each boy was interviewed by the MC

Group 1

Andy watching from the side. hehe


Michael & Matthew R-A



Matthew J.


2nd group

Cool view of M&G from above

Do you see yourself in this pic?! :D

Marc & Lucas

Ciaran, Gabe & Henry

Stay tuned for more...

Manila Concert Review by Rachel

Rachelle is a Libera fan from the Philippines who also went all the way to Singapore to see them last year! She wrote a review of the Manila concert to share with other fans. She gives so many nice details! Thank you, Rachelle!

Woke up with a splitting headache, probably from too much excitement and high emotions from last night's concert. It was truly an amazing, fantastic and wonderful one. It was my 4th Libera concert and I think this is the one I enjoyed the most. It was an enthusiastic crowd (probably always is, in the Pines ) last night at the PICC and I felt the high energies in the air (both coming from the crowd and the boys).

Here are my other thoughts/experiences on last night's concert:

> Not really sure but Gloria sounded different to me last night as compared to when I heard it sung in Singapore and Taiwan. I caught my friend, Milet, who was seated right next to me smiling and giving a thumbs-up sign to Isaac here. He smiled back at her. :D

> I've forgotten the Tagalog words spoken by Nano Ben after they sung Gloria but I know I liked it and was delighted with what he said. I probably had a funny looking reaction to that coz I saw Matthew RA chuckling and looking at me (we were seated on the third row from the stage where the boys have a clear view of us).

> At the start of Wexford Carol, Isaac was standing to the right side of the stage illuminated by a green light. He looked ethereal to me here, both on the stage and on the widescreen.

> Sanctus - Beautiful violin accompaniment. First time to hear Dylan's voice standout. Loved it.

> I'm Dreaming of Home - a new song to me but felt it so much that it brought tears to my eyes. I can't share my reason why but it truly hit my heart. Tom's solo all the more moved me. Love you, Tom :D

> The two little ones, Gabe and Alex G. - Alex moves a lot when he sings. Hehe. So cute. Uber cute Gabe. I don't know if he doesn't memorize all the lyrics of all the songs they sing, but sometimes I would catch him singing or mouthing some words different from the rest of the choir. LOl. Sooo cute. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong on this or my eyes are just playing tricks on me.

> Isaac was yawning a lot last night during the first set. Not sure if he was sleepy or just bored. Hehe. They were already about to sing " Away" and he was still yawning and had his hands to his mouth. Saw Ciaran, who was right next to him, look at him and he looked as if he was telling Isaac, "What are you doing?" :D Isaac probably was just psyching and prepping himself for their next song. Actually, HIS next song.

> Hymn to Mary - A beautiful full solo by Isaac. It's a new song and debuted in the Philippines. Yay! All the boys were kneeling here. Had to ask Isaac at the autograph signing what the title of this song was.

> In Dulci Jubilo - Love, love the background Celtic sound in this song. My sister and I were actually swaying on our seats. Hehe. Anthony Blake saw us here and was all smiles. Probably happy to see us enjoying it. ;)

> Intro music to Orinoco Flow was instantly recognized by the audience and was applauded. Obviously one of the favourites. Sang with them on this line " From Peru to Cebu" :p

> What Child Is This - First time to distinctly hear Jude's voice. I like the sound of it. :)

> The Moon - Good song choice by Libera to include in their repertoire. Was much appreciated by the Filipino-Chinese in the audience. So nice to hear it again after hearing it first in Taiwan in April.

> Nano Ben said goodbye on behalf of the choir. Cannot remember his exact words but I think this is what he said " Maraming salamat po. Mahal na mahal namin ang Pilipinas" translated to " Thank you. We love the Philippines so much", in English. His tongue got twisted on this but that endeared him more to the crowd. Thank you, Libera, for trying to learn and speak our language. We feel like you truly belong. :D

> Have Yourself... - Felt a pinch to my heart when this was sung. It was Michael UR's solo in the CD and I was really missing him, but sweet Ciaran did a great job here.

> Bayan Ko - I've heard this numerous times on YouTube and in the New Dawn CD, but it still gave me goosebumps. It's really quite an experience hearing it live. Of course I had to scream my appreciation afterwards. Hehe. Didn't even care that we were at the PICC. Lol.

> Lighting & background effects were nice but not as dramatic as in the DVD.

> When a soloing boy is illuminated and projected on screen, he always looked ethereal. One exception for me is Isaac in Wexford. He looked ethereal both on stage and on screen. :D

> Not sure but Moose looked much smaller than their previous tours. Probably the "old" one has retired.

> Meet and greet afterwards was fun. The boys were all smiles and looked to be really enjoying themselves. They didn't look tired at all. Even Lucas who seem to have had jet lag last Sunday was already smiling and looking a lot better.

> There was no limit as to the number of fans that were allowed for autographs. Those who bought DVDs and CDs were prioritized. Both DVDs and CDs were sold out. Yeah!

> The M&Gs here are more relaxed than in SG and Taiwan. Fans were allowed to have pictures with the boys. Of course the boys still had to be seated and there was a table between the fan and the boys.

> Caught Carlos making a funny face for a fan's photo.

> Cassius was jumping as they made their way out after the M&G.

What a great night it was :D

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Manila Post-Concert M&G Pics

At a concert like this, you have to run to get in the M&G line. It fills up pretty fast! All the CD's and DVD's sold out! :D

The very looooong line - photo by Milet

View of M&G from above - photo by Yumiko

Boys at the signing table - photo by Instagram user Karl

All 24 boys did the signing - photo by Instagram user Bea

Beautiful signed program! - photo by Yumiko

Cute signatures! Look at the eyes! - photo by Nikko

Ciaran needs more room for his signature! - photo by Nikko

Libera signed his book - photo by David

Signed poster - photo by Ryoma

Wow! So much good stuff! - photo by Nikki

Thanks to John for the concert info. Thanks to Milet, Yumiko, Karl, Bea, David, Ryoma and Nikki for the pics. If you repost any pics, please give them credit. 

On to Cebu...........!

Manila Concert

Happy Manila concert day!!! Everyone at the PICC Plenary Hall is so excited! Including the Libera boys! They made a little video before the concert!

                                                                                                                             Sam - "Tell us about the concert."

                                                                                                                                 Lucas - "It's at 8 o'clock."

                                                                                                                                 Tom - "At the PICC."

                                                                                                                                    Backstage picture

                                                                                            Kuba and Ciaran - "It's gonna be great. Awesome. Great. Awesome..." lol

Next up is the song list! And there are some special surprises for the Filipino fans! Thanks to John from Canada for the concert highlights! Oh, and Josh played the keyboard for the concert!

1.   Dies Irae - solo Ciaran
2.   Gloria
Speech: Ben & Cassius, Ben spoke in Tagalog which the audience loved!
3.   Angel from on High - high parts by Tom & Lucas
4.   Wexford Carol - solos by Isaac in Gaelic & Sam in English
5.   Sanctus - Dylan did middle part, last Sanctus by Matthew J.
6.   I'm Dreaming of Home - solo by Tom
7.   Voca Me - solo by Tom
8.   Away in a Manger - solo by Ben
Speech: Alex Gula & Alex Montoro both age 8! Per John, they talked about British kindergarten kids learning “Away in a Manger” for the school Nativity play, joked about snow in England and the Philippines, and about hunting for Christmas trees in August when they were in Ireland. They're sooo cute!
9.   Hymn to Mary - solo by Isaac & sang it all by himself! Accompanied by Steven on piano & soft strings.
10. In Dulci Jubilo


11. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
12. Orinoco Flow
13. Joy to the World
14. What Child is This - solos by Jude & Isaac
15. Carol of the Bells
16. The Moon Represents My Heart - solo by Isaac. Per John audience instantly recognized and cheered for it!
17. Gaudete - solo by Matthew J.
18. Silent Night - solo by Tom
Speech: Ben introducting the next song
19. Exultate  - solo by Tom
Speech: Ben spoke in Tagalog and the audience loved it!!!

Encore: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - solo by Ciaran
Encore: Bayan Ko - the fans loved it!

There were also speeches by Ciaran and Alessandro explaining about their robes, mascot Moose, and their practice routines.

                                                                                                                          PICC at night - photo by Yuki

                                                                                                                             Concert poster - photo by Nikko 

                                                                                                                  Entrance to PICC Plenary Hall - photo by Winx

Sign showing Libera concert as part of Philippines/UK Friendship Week - photo by Yumiko

Inside - photo by David

Fans arriving - photo by Milet

Stage with blue lights - photo by Winx

                                                                                                                          Full house for the concert! - photo by Milet

Thank you to Yuki, Nikko, Winx, Yumiko, David and Milet for the pics! If you repost any pics, please give them credit. :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pictures from Digital Album "Angels Sing - Christmas In Ireland"

Starting today you can purchase the album "Angels Sing - Christmas In Ireland" from iTunes! It comes with a digital booklet of photos. Oh my word, these are some of the best pictures ever! They're so beautiful and cute and funny, and everyone looks so relaxed for the camera! Not posed with fake smiles, you know? Thank you to Bullehynka for sharing her digital pics!

Armagh concert while singing "O Holy Night"

I love the rascally looks on their faces!

So much cuteness in one picture!

Those smiles!

Outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh

Cassius is always the funny one! Can see Robert Prizeman in the back!

If you buy a physical CD, these pictures will be in the cover also. But it's nice to have the higher res pics! :D