I did not expect to receive an e-invite from Globe and Research in Motion (RIM)-Philippines for Nicki Minaj’s Live in Manila Pink Friday Tour Press Conference. This was, in fact, my 1st ever press conference invite for an international artist! Wow!
The “Nicki Minaj Live in Manila Pink Friday Tour” Press Conference was held at the Diamond Hotel and was to start at 11AM. By 9:45 am, I was already all set and telling my husband to go.
We arrived at the venue a little past 11am. At the entrance, we were handed our “bracelet pass” which amusingly looked exactly like the ones used by patients in hospitals. 😉
We were then led to the Amethyst Room where the press conference was being conducted.
We were adviced that taking photos aren’t allowed at the start of the conference to avoid distractions.
By this time, Nicki Minaj with host/moderator, Tim Yap were already prepping to answer some questions from eager guests from the press.
Question: “Do you have Filipino friends?”
Nicki Minaj: “I don’t have Filipino friends… Filipinos are sweet and warm and friendly.”
Q: “How do you manage your fame and success?”
NM: “Still getting used to it. I always maintain my alone time to think and meditate.”
Q: “Favorite hip-hop song?”
NM: “Somebody that I used to know.”
Q: What is your BBM status?
NM: “I don’t even know. I think it says “Barbie”.”
After Nicki Minaj answered quite a number of questions, Tim Yap suddenly introduced Frencheska Farr and called her on stage to render her own version of “Super Bass”. Obviously surprised and caught off guard, Farr was nervous as she stuttered a few lines at the start but she quickly recovered and got in the groove to Nicki’s delight.
The entire press event did not last too long to give Nicki Minaj time to rest for her concert later in the evening at MOA Arena. Nicki Minaj thanked everyone and went on her way… that was when people (including myself) were allowed to take photos. Pardon the quality of the photos as most of these were shot using my smartphone. T’was too late when I eventually realized that I had actually brought my digicam with me. *facepalm*
Farr, being interviewed after the press conference.
Always a pleasure seeing Tim Yap! (Photo courtesy of my husband!)
Right after the press conference, we were treated to a delicious buffet lunch at the adjacent Citrine Room.
Some of my favorite dishes were:
Moroccan Style Cous Cous and Kalamata Olives Salad
Mixed Seafood and Pickled Green Papaya
Braised Beef Short Ribs and Root Vegetables in Red Wine Sauce
Thank you Globe and Research in Motion (RIM)-Philippines for this opportunity!