Thousands of fans and frontliners flocked to the Smart Araneta Coliseum last April 26 for the Vax to Normal concert.
The star-studded show, produced by Merlion Events Production Inc., is a tribute concert for our nation’s frontliners who are at the forefront of the country’s pandemic response. The musical extravaganza also recognized the heroism of medical and non-medical frontliners who have gone above and beyond to perform their duties amid the pandemic.
Calista, the country’s most promising girl group, headlined the concert and performed its single, “Race Car.” Managed by Tyronne Escalante Artist Management (TEAM), Calista is composed of six multi-talented members Olive, Laiza, Anne, Elle, Dain, and Denise. During the weeks leading up to the concert, they trained for 12 hours a day.
“From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Calista trained their vocals and dance skills with their powerhouse coaching team. They are trained by Crissie and Froilan of Douglas Nierras Power Dance, Vimi Rivera, Manouvers, and Marnie Jereza,” Tyronne Escalante, Calista’s manager, shares.
Aside from Calista, the concert also featured guest performances by Yeng Constantino, Elmo Magalona, AC Bonifacio, Darren, Andrea Brillantes, and Ken San Jose. Together, these industry idols energized the audience with their powerful and iconic performances.
Many frontliners expressed their appreciation for the tribute concert. They hope that the country continues to heal and encourage everyone to get themselves vaccinated so that we can achieve herd immunity and achieve pre-pandemic normalcy.
“We are eternally grateful for our heroes, our frontliners—both medical and non-medical—who have gone above and beyond their duties to help save the country amid this pandemic. Now, we can attend concerts such as this, meet our friends and families again, travel, and much more. None of this would have been possible if not for our brave frontliners,” Merlion Events Production Inc. CEO Atty. Javier Flores emphasized.
Directed by Nico Faustino and Musical Director Soc Mina, Vax to Normal will be telecast on TV5 on May 1, 9:00 p.m.
As for the future of Calista, Escalante shares that everyone will have to stay tuned for updates on their social media channels—Facebook (Calista PH), Instagram (@calistamusicofficial), Twitter (@calistasocials), TikTok (@calistamusicofficial), and YouTube (Calista PH); or visit their website at calistasocials.com.