Niña Sandejas is music photographer and writer who’s been touring with bands and taking photos for more than a decade. She’s been on the road with acts like Queso, Rivermaya, and The Dawn, both during local and international gigs. She’s also had the chance to take photos of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, Ziggy Marley, and many other bands and artists that you’ve probably heard of before.
It’s hard to surprise someone who’s spent a lot of time around superstars, but just last night, Niña spotted something quite unusual. She saw Angel Locsin watching FlipTop Battle League, live.
FlipTop Zoning is the latest ongoing tournament by the famed local rap battle league. And it pits the best of the best from Isabuhay 2017 and Dos Por Dos 2017. It features local rap battle luminaries like Apekz, Batas, and Flict G (all of which have not yet been eliminated as of press time).
Round 2 just happened, and as usual, the venue was packed with fans. But this time, there was a real-life hero in the audience: actress, Red Cross volunteer, and all-around humanitarian Angel Locsin.
According to Niña’s FB post (which has already garnered more than 22,000 reactions and over 700 comments), one of Angel’s friends told her that they’ve always been into watching FlipTop battles. “Nagkayayaan lang manood ng live.”
There you have it, folks. The next time you feel lazy about going to a FlipTop event you know you’ll love watching live anyway, there’s a chance you’ll see Angel.
But don’t get any ideas. Coincidentally, when Angel was spotted in the audience, she was accompanied by one of her closest friends, film producer Neil Arce. While little is known about the relationship between the two, they’ve publicly shown affection on Instagram before, particularly during Angel’s last birthday celebration.
neil_arce on IG: “Happy birthday Gel! Amazing what 7 years of friendship had done to us! Excited to see what’s next 🙂
To which therealangellocsin replied: “Thanks bark! 🙂 you made my day extra special”