Under a sky full of stars, it was a heavenly view to watch and sing and dance at the magically epic Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams” concert at the Mall of Asia last Tuesday. Performing before a crowd of 35,000 fans who didn’t mind the pricey, standing-room-only concert tickets, the British rock group lived up to expectations and even went beyond awesomeness.

After Singapore last week, Manila was the second city on Coldplay’s Asian tour. It took more than 17 years for the band to have their first concert here. Aside from performing hit songs, Coldplay thrilled us with effects like interactive LED wristbands, giant balloons, fireworks and confetti blasts of different shapes.

Lead singer Chris Martin and his band were on stage for over two fist-pumping hours. With his boundless energy, Martin fully utilized the 30-meter-long runway that extended from the main stage.

Like most of us who are of a certain age, I had no clue what Coldplay’s songs were until I heard them performed. Yes, I arrived late at Coldplay fandom. But now, I’m a lifer. A big thanks to MMI Live and Globe, who were instrumental in getting Coldplay here.

Coldplay’s music traverses through Generation X, Y and Z. It’s positivity and energy are for all.

It was the same feeling I had when I met the very young and creative Jeremy Jauncey, the founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations or BD, the award-winning creative agency behind the world’s largest travel community on social media. At 32, Jeremy may very well be the epitome of #goals.

With over 13 million followers from across 180 countries, BD continues to celebrate the different people, places, and cultures of the world. To date, the BD Instagram alone has an impressive 8.7 million following, showing how Jeremy has managed to build what some might consider his own social media empire.

Aside from being the head honcho of BD, Jeremy has also been dipping his toes into activities such as hosting and public speaking, making it his personal mission to encourage people to travel and to experience the beauty of the world. Today add to all that another achievement – Jeremy is the newest international endorser of the Philippines’ leading clothing and lifestyle brand, Bench.

This team-up between Jeremy Jauncey and Bench is a much-needed reminder that if there was ever a good time to discover our own country’s hot spots, then this would be it. In line with Bench’s #LoveLocal advocacy, Jeremy is working with the brand to encourage Filipinos to love local destinations, and to rediscover the beauty that’s been around us all along.

During his brief stay here in Manila, the globetrotting hunk had a meet-and-greet activity at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, and also gave lectures to students from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the University of Asia & the Pacific, and the Ateneo de Manila University on building a social media platform and how it can be used to promote local destinations.

Jeremy also had all eyes on him when Bench, headed by chairman Ben Chan, hosted an intimate luncheon to formally introduce him to the Philippine press. During the event, the globetrotter talked more about his favorite travel destinations, gave some tried and tested travel tips, and even gushed about his half-Filipina girlfriend. Although Jeremy has left the country to head to his next travel destination, we can definitely still expect more exciting things to spring from this new Bench collaboration.

More millennial influencers and younger hip guests were spotted at the recent launch of Wilkins Delight, the newest product line of colorful drinking water from the beverage giant Coca-Cola. Infused with fruit flavors from real fruit, Wilkins Delight aims to give a taste of excitement for young adults and anyone who want more than just pure drinking water.

“Young adults hate boredom. They want their lives to be interesting and colorful,” said Coca-Cola Philippines’ marketing VP Stephan Czypionka. That was certainly evident as we watched Wilkins Delight’s brand ambassadors, Kapamilya star Matteo Guidicelli and the Philippines’ very own Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, launch the different flavors, Pink Pomelo, Apple and Orange.

Wilkins Delight rehydrates the body because of its water base, and tickles the tongue because it has real fruit juice. The hydrating burst of flavors in the new drink will surprise Pinoy millennials to break-free from the monotony by adding color to their lives’ routines.

Speaking of millennials, one of the most promising is golfer Miguel Tabuena. He was recently honored and awarded at Inquirer Golf Magazine’s 20th anniversary at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams. San Miguel Corporation, Belle Corporation, Volvo Philippines, Under Armour Philippines and Samsonite Philippines sponsored the IGM Philippine Golf Gala.

Miguel is the youngest player to ever win the Philippine Open. He turned professional at 17 and has won eight times on the ICTSI Philippine Tour. He is also the only Filipino golfer to have played in the Olympics, and among the few who have played the U.S. Open.

The event also launched the Don Alejandro Prieto Championship Trophy. IGM editor Jong Arcano noted that the magazine was started with a passion and set forward with one goal: the love of golf. The Don Alejandro Prieto Championship Trophy embodies that aim, as he is one of the very people who have made an impact on the game in our country.

The Trophy will be the perpetual trophy for the National Tournament of Club Champions, which for the longest time did not have a permanent trophy. Now, the names of the NTCC champions, the best of the club champions every year, will be inscribed on the Don Alejandro Prieto Championship Trophy. Congratulations, Dad!

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