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Guess who this is! (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Guess who this is! (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)

April 9 will forever be etched in history books not only for our World War II veterans, but also because hip-hop royalties finally performed live in one stage here in the Philippines – Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa – for the most-awaited Paradise International Music Festival at Aseana City Open Grounds.

Both artists sang their hit singles for the one-day music spectacle. Wiz included in his set the songs Young, Wild, and Free, Bake Sale, We Dem Boyz, Black and Yellow, and See You Again. Aside from Famous, Waves, and Father Stretch My Hands, from Kanye’s latest release “The Life of Pablo,” he also performed Stronger, All of the Lights, Only One, Black Skinhead, Good Life, Runaway, Power, and Four Five Seconds among others.

But in case you weren’t there, don’t worry, because we got you covered. Here were some of the snippets from “Paradise”:

First to hit the stage was Wiz Khalifa and as expected, he was all fired up. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
First to hit the stage was Wiz Khalifa and as expected, he was all fired up. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Khalifa took advantage of his one-hour set not only to sing in front of the Manila Crowd, but to also to get high with his own music and with “something.” (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Khalifa took advantage of his one-hour set not only to sing in front of the Manila Crowd, but to also to get high with his own music and with “something.” (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
For his encore performance, Wiz sang “See You Again,” as if hinting his Filipino fans that he will be back anytime soon. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
For his encore performance, Wiz sang “See You Again,” as if hinting his Filipino fans that he will be back anytime soon. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
All of the lights are turned to Kanye when he appeared at onset. With those array of spotlights, his appearance became even much brighter and spectacular.
All of the lights are turned to Kanye when he appeared at onset. With those array of spotlights, his appearance became even much brighter and spectacular.
Kanye made sure that the audience will sing along with him, telling his mates to stop the music for the crowd to spit some lyrics like “I made that b**ch famous,” from the tune Famous. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Kanye made sure that the audience will sing along with him, telling his mates to stop the music for the crowd to spit some lyrics like “I made that b**ch famous,” from the tune Famous. (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Kanye also used the moment to remind us what a true artist should be, someone “not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth.” (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Kanye also used the moment to remind us what a true artist should be, someone “not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth.” (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)

Aside from these two, some international acts that completed the night were Austin Mahone, Rudimental, Afrojack, and DJ Rivero.

Austin Mahone (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Austin Mahone (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Rudimental (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Rudimental (Photo by: Jay Cedric Bustamante)
Afrojack (Photo by: Pam Rances)
Afrojack (Photo by: Pam Rances)

Which international artists do you want to see in Paradise next year? For now, I would have to update my playlist after seeing and hearing these multi-talented artists.

See you next year, Paradise!

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