Hailing from the Philippines, singer Morissette Amon – known simply by her stage name Morissete – entered the limelight as a runner-up on TV5’s Star Factor when she was just 14. Along with an appearance in the Philippine version of The Voice in 2013, she has since enjoyed a successful career and has even been dubbed ‘Asia’s Phoenix’. No stranger to the UAE region, Morissete performed in Abu Dhabi with her group, ASAP Birit Queens back in 2017. However, this year would mark her first solo performance within the region as she brought the show Morissete is Made to Dubai’s World Trade Centre.
La Verdad Events Management was tasked with bringing the Dubai’s rendition of the performance, all in cooperation with Wish 107.5. Despite suﬀering vocal issues on the day, the singer was still able to hit the stage, much to the pleasure of the 4,500 strong audience. A noteworthy number as Morissete is Made was the first ever sold-out Filipino concert the region has ever experienced. Handling technical support for audio, lighting and video was eclipse Staging Services. Jhune Lenon, Senior Project Manager for eclipse explained how the company was brought into the project. “La Verdad Events Management is a new organisation here in the Middle East and this was their first project,” began Lenon. Despite this, La Verdad was able to bring the spectacular to the region with the backing of Wish 107.5. “La Verdad got in contact with us following a recommendation from our other clients,” stated Lenon. Once on board, eclipse began talks with Morissette’s team.
“The stage design and technical rider came from her Philippine production team and, with their permission, we enhanced it,” said Lenon. These enhancements included changing the LED screens to a much higher resolution product as well as upgrading the audio and lighting package. Finally, eclipse added an extra element of thrill using CO2 cannons with the support of Stage FX – the special eﬀects arm of the eclipse Group.
“There really weren’t too many challenges on the project,” enthused Lenon. “Despite working with a tight set up schedule and liaising with multiple companies and suppliers, the event went well.” The Project Manager reminisced the reception the singer received on the night. “The atmosphere throughout the evening was fantastic and the comments of appreciation from clients, the touring team and audience members have been overwhelming.” Lenon cited communication and proper planning as key to this event’s success. “Credit has to go to our crew who are all truly hardworking professionals,” continued Lenon. “I am proud and grateful for each and every one of them.” Lenon said the Philippine suppliers were equally happy with the show, namely Stella Sison, Executive Vice President of Stage Production Specialists who sent her thanks to eclipse for its support, expertise and professionalism. “Here’s to more collaborations in the future!” he exclaimed.
More on this in TPMEA Issue 015 (pages 28-31).