Amid controversies regarding the event's cause, this year's Rakrakan: OPM Against Drugs Festival proved to be a success.
Aiming to remove the stigma of music carnivals as breeding ground for substance abusers, the much-awaited event drew a considerable crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
And while we didn't catch PNP Director General Bato dela Rosa jamming "BBS" with Kleggy and Dello, FHM still had a ball of a time during the rousing spectacle last weekend. These things in particular had us begging for Rakrakan 2018.
1) Holy grail of rock
Name another production that can bring Valley of Chrome, Charice, Brownman Revival, Franco, and Sud, all in one show. The multi-stage setup allowed OPM fans from every genre to enjoy all of their beloved artists.
2) Old-time favorites
Imagine the glee on our faces when we saw the likes of Grin Department and The Wuds perform. As diehards of the old school local jam, it was nice to reminisce a time when Pinoy rock was still in its purest form.
3) Arci Muñoz
We weren't suprised to see majority of the crowd flocking to their way when Philia finally took the Mosh Stage. Seeing Mona slam and [head] bang confirmed that her love for music always comes first.
4) Rocker chicks
Speaking of Arci, we would be lying if we said we weren't on the lookout for lookers in the crowd. The sight of women perfectly mouthing lyrics of their favorite songs is simply attractive. It was just a bonus that some of them agreed to pose for us.
5) Unbridled joy
Although a handful of performers reportedly backed out at the last minute due to conflict of interest, one can't be mad about the remaining 90 (approximately) artists. Shows like this keeps the heart of the industry beating, and music lovers alive.