Manila X Style and Music Fest

Open festival doubles security measures

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Yeng Constantino

Yeng Constantino

Exactly two weeks after an ill-fated music festival took the lives of five attendees—two of which were of teenagers—another event dubbed Manila X Style and Music Fest is taking on June 4 at Circuit Makati open grounds.

Combining style and music, Manila X will showcase the metro’s hottest musical acts and the latest fashion trends. There will be four fashion shows—each with different themes namely grunge, Coachella, sleek and active wear—all scored live by musical acts.

Manila’s most sought-after celebrity stylists Bang Pineda, John Paul Dizon, Myrrh Lao To, and duo Rain Dagala and Em Millan will take care of the fashion aspect while OPM performers Up Dharma Down, Yeng Constantino, Gloc-9, Kjwan, Thyro and Yumi, The Juans, and Kiana Valenciano will enliven the night with their performances. Most sought after DJs Badkiss, Curse & Bless, Jessica Milner, Tom Taus, Marc Marasigan, Mars Miranda and Ace Ramos will also add flare and beats to the festival.

 Tom Taus

Tom Taus

“Manila X is first and foremost a fashion event more than an EDM festival and we probably attract a different market,” Manila X creative director John Lozano Lozano told The Manila Times in an interview.


Amidst fresh fears from the now infamous CloseUp Forever Summer incident, Lozano promised its festivalgoers that they the organizers will double their security efforts.

“We have already discussed this in one of our meetings and we are doubling all security efforts in the event. We will have zero tolerance for any kind of drugs in our event,” Lozano shared.

In latest reports, the victims who suddenly collapsed at the Closeup concert and later died at hospitals are suspected to have died due to the drug overdose, alleged resulting from taking “green amore”—a mixture of ecstasy, cocaine (methamphetamine hydrochloride) or, and cialis, a drug treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was also earlier reported that liquor, something that was legally available on site during the concert, attributed to the overdose of the victims.

Up Dharma Down

Up Dharma Down

With this, The Manila Times asked Lozano if they would be selling liquor during the festival as well.

“Yes we are but we will be imposing breaks every two hours. We still want people to have a good time. We will just make sure that security and peace and order is of utmost priority,” the creative director ended.

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