Switchfoot takes over the Manila stage once more

Here’s something that will make you feel old: A Walk to Remember was first screened 14 years ago. It’s been a long time but one thing’s for sure: we still remember the soundtrack like it was just last week.

For some of us, it may literally have been just last week if you’re dealing with post-concert depression. This is the third time Switchfoot played in Manila, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon. The band is celebrating their 20th anniversary with their 10th album set to be released later this year. Known for the classics I Dare You to Move, Only Hope (which Mandy Moore covered in the aforementioned movie), 24 and Hello Hurricane, among others, Switchfoot made a mark in the global music scene with inspirational songs that transcend all religions.

Their past concerts in Manila have all been indoors, but this year, they took their music to BGC Walkway for an Easter Sunday celebration presented by Church Simplified. The fans went crazy the moment Switchfoot stepped onstage. (But not as crazy as that time when frontman Tim Foreman jumped offstage to sing and dance with the crowd.) Another highlight: Jerome Fontamillas, the only Filipino member of the band, also attempted to speak in Filipino. The crowd responded with a very audible “Awww…”

As expected, they closed the night with an acoustic version of Only Hope which segued to I Dare You to Move. It was the most awaited song of the night and the crowd sang along until the final note hit the BGC crowd.

Third time’s the charm: Switchfoot dares Manila to move.  |  Photos by Maine Manalansan
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