From preparing our speeches to coordinating logistics to planning live coverage, it takes a whole village to piece together an event, especially one that’s on the scale of Billboard Philippines’ highly anticipated launch

The team behind Billboard Philippines worked hard all throughout the days leading up to d-day, and worked even harder on during the event to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible — not just for our guests who walked down the Blue Carpet but also for all our readers at home tuning in for live updates. 

The moment the gates opened for our guests to arrive, the on-ground coverage team — which included our writers, photographers, videographers, art directors, social media handlers, guest coordinators, and runners — went to their designated stations to greet everyone, capture live moments on the carpet, and interview artists. It’s a whirlwind of excitement, adrenaline and stress, as most events are. 

While it was pleasantly chaotic downstairs, it was the calm before the storm up in the “war room”. The war room is where the rest of the editorial team are on standby for photos straight from the carpet, live social updates, and interview materials that can be published as soon as possible. 

For the first hour or so, it was relatively quiet in the war room. Everyone spent most of the time making sure their computers were set and all pre-written captions and articles were ready, while occasionally getting updates from the on-ground team on which artists arrived (nothing was more thrilling than getting the notification that read: “SB19 here”). Since it was Billboard Philippines’ launch, the web development team were also there making all the last minute changes to the website.

Photographed by Mika Cruz using vivo 29e.

Soon, the quiet dissipated as the runners started delivering SD cards upstairs, photos were getting organized into folders, and social media posts were going up. The war room was slowly starting to live up to its name. 

While the programme started, the editorial team flooded the war room getting situated for their duties of the night, whether that was transcribing audio from the ground, writing articles or watermarking our carpet photos. The photographers and videographers downstairs were also making sure every moment of a great night was captured.  

Photographed by Mika Cruz using vivo 29e.

Bit by bit, Billboard Philippines was being revealed to the world, from its debut print cover stars to the website to our media channels, and everyone was focused to make it all happen with ease — even if it was all screams and panic behind the scenes. 

We had the vivo V29e 5G phone to capture all the bits and pieces of what went on launch night, which to the entire team felt like a motion blur of posts going up, articles getting published, thanking guests, and celebrating. 

Billboard Philippines Launch Venue

Photographed by Mika Cruz using vivo 29e.

Whether we were in the brightly lit war room or the dark and colorful event hall, the vivo v29e 5G phone captured everything with such pristine quality. Even when Ena Mori, Zild, Jason Dy, and Jolina Magdangal graced the stage to win vivo’s best dressed guests, everything was picture perfect with the Night Mode and Aura Light 2.0.

The vivo V29e 5G smartphone has an impressive camera system, packing a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing main camera. With vivo’s Aura Light 2.0 camera flash technology, it can even capture crisp and bright photos, even in low light scenes.

Jolina Magdangal with Vivo

Brand A sample photo (left) and vivo V29e 5G’s Aura Light 2.0 feature (right) in action.

It was a lot of work to put Billboard Philippines’ launch together but the team pushed through, and here we are — making history.