10 December 2013 We shot the opening sequence for PHIL IT UP at RSVP studios in Parañaque, Manila, and I was really quite excited to see this show becoming more and more a reality! It truly feels like we are getting things together for the show. Everything we do gets more and more exciting. But we are taking a break from the shooting schedule for a few weeks, from now until after Christmas. So I boarded a Philippine Airlines 16 hour direct flight to London, and l landed just in time to get myself into town to watch Lucie Jones in the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO. What an amazing show! A brilliant production of a genius new work, with an awesome cast. I would be very surprised if this show does not get a full and successful run on the West End, and should even transfer to Broadway. I loved it. SO proud of my Lucie Jones!! I will miss all my new friends in the Philippines, but I am thrilled to be here in London for Christmas. So much more to do for PHIL IT UP, but for now I'm going to take a much needed break...
7 December 2013 Last night we celebrated my cousin Billy's birthday at my ancestral home in Manila, which is now known as the very popular restaurant/museum called LA COCINA DE TITA MONING. The theme was the 30's, and all came to the party LITERALLY! Awesome food, awesome venue, awesome crowd, awesome party!! Al Capone would have fit right in, beside Bonnie & Clyde and all the other gangsters...
28 November 2013 So as Thanksgiving comes and goes, there is so much to be thankful for. Even here in the Philippines, after all the heartache with Typhoon Yolanda, people here are still counting their blessings. It reminds me never to stop appreciating what we have. I have been very blessed in so many ways and I thank you all for your support and love. You PHIL me up with love...x
25 November 2013 So we're back on location in Tagaytay, after an exhaustive post-production process. Just rode my first Jeepney ride to oblivion, and jammed with some of the local kids at the Mahogany Markets. Needing a strong Kapeng Barako coffee right now... #philitup #itsmorefuninthephilippines
7 November 2013 They are expecting the strongest storm of the year to make landfall in the south of the Philippines in the next day or so. We are taking this all very seriously. Our plans to travel to Mindoro Island this weekend have been moved to a later date. We are just staying put in Manila, which should be relatively safe. Just don’t want to be either in the air or on the sea when Typhoon Haiyan hits. Mother Nature can be brutal and unjust and I just pray that the storm will pass without any casualties or serious damage. All care is being taken, as you can never assume that the predictions are exaggerated. Better safe than sorry is always the way to be when dealing with tropical typhoons. So to all our Filipino friends, please be safe!! The first day of filming yesterday for PHIL IT UP was a great success and we caused a stir wherever we went. Sophie does stand out a little among the Filipino crowd and the buzz she created at the Divisoria yesterday was amazing! Everyone we bump into for this project is so excited about what we are doing here and I am so proud that we are showcasing the great and often overlooked awesomeness of this beautiful country. Let’s hope Mother Nature feels the same way we do about the Philippines and just will calm down…May I also take this opportunity to direct you to Dennis Sy and my appeal to help the 'WeServe Medical and Evangelistic Team’ to help the victims of the Bohol earthquake. Looks like they will need all the help they can get as Typhoon Haiyan makes it a double whammy: http://dsymusic.com/DSYMusic/Bohol_Campaign.html
28 October 2013 Sorry for the glitch in the Matrix that sent you mailing-listers a quadrillion emails! We’ve fixed the problem. But in the same breath, can I say a big congrats to all those involved with the NIGHTMARES gig at the Cutting Room on Saturday night. We had an awesome turnout and we put on a show that literally came out of nowhere. Many thanks to those who came and supported us and for all the well-wishes. It was a blast and a great way to see the Halloween season in…but I had 2 costumes in a row…don’t know what I have left in the bag to pull out for the actual Halloween…Might come as scary rock/broadway guy. Can I also direct your attention to a collaboration with Dennis Sy to raise money for the victims of the Bohol earthquake in the Philippines. If you purchase my song UNITED AS ONE or Dennis’ song SAMA SAMA HARAPIN NATING ANG BUKAS, the proceeds will go directly to those in need. Thank you for your love and generosity (and understanding about that glitch!) x
23 October 2013 While searching through old files, I stumbled upon all this footage from my record launch of MORE THAN EVER. I will present them bit by bit, and I hope you enjoy them! It was an awesome night way back in December 2011. Looking forward to launch a new record sometime, but for now… xxxx
MiG, Fiona & Ramon Legarda: blame it on the boogie!
17 October 2013 So rehearsals for ROCK'N'ROLL DEBAUCHERY: NIGHTMARES are into full swing today. This is just going to be a blast! The best Halloween party...Hope you can all come, and hopefully you might want to invest in the show, and get some really cool stuff for doing so! Be a Broadway Producer and rock your socks off...Pretty awesome!! Ok off for jog in Central Park now...x
MiG, Ed Watts, Lynne Wintersteller goofing off at Pearl Studios for the reading of Matthew Robinson's ATLANTIS in NYC
13 October 2013 In the midst of making a new home for myself in New York City, I suddenly find myself thick in rehearsals for several projects at the same time. The ROCK'N'ROLL DEBAUCHERY at the Cutting Room on October 26 is in full swing and promises to be a HELL of a lot of fun and the most awesome way to kick off Halloween. Be sure to check out the shows fundraiser, as it provides some AWESOME perks. I am also doing a reading of a new musical by a very talented young Australian writer, Matthew Robinson called ATLANTIS. Being asked to be a part of this is a great honour, as not only am I working with sensational performers, but to see Matthew in action, describing the piece and living and breathing each note and lyric has been inspirational to say the least. Unfortunately, the reading is not open to the public, but I'm sure it won't be too long before you will be able to buy a ticket to see a full-scale production of this amazing work. A-MAZ-ING!! Last but not least, thank you so much to everyone for helping MORE THAN EVER make its way up the OurStage charts. OurStage is such a great platform for musicians. x
7 October 2013 Chookas to the new London cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU who opened today at the Dominion Theatre, including many people returning from the old cast, brand new 'ROCKERS' and especially those World Arena Tour alumni. As we do our first read through of the ROCK 'N' ROLL DEBAUCHERY script here in New York, I realize how blessed I am that I get to do so many cool and different things all around the world. I am so looking forward to what lies ahead...xxx
28 September 2013 Loving Mike Clifford @Rockwood Music Hall NYC!! #mikeclifford #awesometalent
28 September 2013 So I feel like I've totally moved back into NY life. New apartment, new home, new beginning. Loving this city so much! I am a New Yorker again, and loving it. So I had to visit the 9/11 Memorial to remind me of what it means to be a New Yorker. It was a very moving and profound place. It is a very fitting testament to all those who we lost on that day.
11 September 2013 We must never forget the significance of that fateful day, 12 years ago today. For all those who we lost then and along the way, in the face of terror and in the pursuit of justice, you will never be forgotten. Ever. x
9 September 2013 Loving the Fall weather in NYC. Sunny and cool. Busy apartment hunting and also spending time with my little girl Powder. Puppy love is amazing therapy...as is the New York sunshine.
7 September 2013 Nothing like an impromptu jam with old friends the Kayumanggi Band at Payag Restaurant in Queens. Filipino! Filipino!
5 September 2013 Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury! We all still rejoice in the celebration of your creation. The show is definitely still going on... Xxx
3 September 2013 Look at my new video, a nostalgic look at our epic WWRY World Arena Tour, when we visited the mystical magical city of Istanbul. Make sure you watch it on HD!!
1 September 2013 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you Aussie Dads. I come from a long line of fathers. I am in awe of you all!
31 August 2013 Feeling the end of summer is nigh, but still feeling the warmth of the glow long after the sun comes down.
29 August 2013 Back in the MiG Apple...rebooting the New York experience, and loving it!!
28 August 2013 Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today. I wanna be a part of it: NEW YORK NEW YORK!!! Bye London. I will always love you...xxx
27 July 2013 It's THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! The final ROCK OF AGES show in Manila EVER! The battle of egos, spandex and guy-liners reaches its ultimate climax at the Carlos P. Romulo Theatre at the RCBC Plaza. May the best pout win...
27 July 2013 So I find myself on the eve of my last day of ROCK OF AGES in Manila. I have had such an amazing time with such a magnificent group of people. From the cast to the crew to the band to the creatives, it has been a joyful experience from beginning right up to this very end. I will treasure the glorious memories and miss my new beautiful friends. I will miss 'Stacee' but will hang up my lycra and guyliner proudly knowing that I have given it my all and have lived the dream. Let's go out with a bang, Manila. You rock my world!! xx
STACEE JAXX...and Arsenal...Doing their final gig at the Bourbon Room at the RCBC Plaza, Carlos Romulo Theater. Melting faces, one Pinoy at a time!!
23 July 2013 RADIO REPUBLIC Had a wonderful time at Radio Republic today. This place totally rocks. Its dedication to local Filipino Rock talent is second to none. Stay tuned for the full MiG interview and live performance. x
MiG, Reynen Diego & Lucie Jones @ Radio Republic Studios
18 July 2013 Our last night on Boracay Island with the family! This place is just Heaven on Earth! Back to Manila today for yet another weekend of rock'n'roll mayhem with ROCK OF AGES!
THIS MUST BE JUST LIKE LIVING IN PARADISE!
15 July 2013 Spending a few days on glorious Boracay Island, and it don't get better than this!!
THIS MUST BE JUST LIKE LIVING IN PARADISE!
11 July 2013 On the day of our first preview, everything is on track and ready to explode all over the Carlos P. Romulo Theatre in the RCBC Plaza in Makati, Manila, Philippines. This is going to be friggin' awesome!!
STACEE JAXX is back in the HOUSE!
7 July 2013 ROCK OF AGES SITZPROBE 'Arsenal' meets the cast of ROCK OF AGES for the return Manila season. Only a few days left of fine-tuning rehearsals before our first preview on July 11, and then our big opening July 12. This show is in great shape and we promise to rock even harder than we did in 2012. Faces, get ready to MELT!!!
25 June 2013 THE BUGOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN! Rehearsals for ROCK OF AGES - The Return Season are in full swing. Be afraid... Be very afraid!
MiG, Jamie Wilson & Jett Pangan at rehearsals
24 June 2013 MiG IN JAPAN En route to Manila, thought I'd stop over in Tokyo for some sushi and sake...
23 June 2013 HERE I GO AGAIN... Checked in, awaiting to board my Delta flight to Manila via Tokyo. Am psyched to reunite with my Manila ROCKERS OF AGES and start the ball rolling. Melting faces all around the world!!
20 June 2013 YANKEE DOODLE DO OR DIE So first day back in New York, I go with my cousin Aldo (aka 'Alegar') to see the Yankees get their butts whooped by the LA Dodgers. But hey, it was a glorious night, the sushi was delicious and the beer was cold. What more could you ask for?...maybe a win?!
15 June 2013 BELFASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS! It's time to take this bad boy all the way home. Last show in Belfast, last show in the UK, last show of the WE WILL ROCK YOU World Arena Tour!! It's been the experience of a lifetime and I have loved every second of it. I will miss every single person who has been a part of this journey and I take you home in my heart... Xxx
4 June 2013 June 4, 2013 Well, I have to say it's been a long time since I have written an entry into this journal. So much has happened in so little time, I scarcely had the time (and internet reliability!) to post anything substantial. But as we are drawing close to the end of this amazing tour, let me fill you in on what's been going on since I last wrote from Istanbul...
After Turkey, we found ourselves in Sofia, Bulgaria. I had visited there once before on a promotional tour, but this time we were here for business and we were in for the biggest surprise of the tour. The local promoters in Sofia really had done their homework, and the results were evident of their brilliant and enthusiastic work. The crowds in Sofia were large and so appreciative, to the point that we thought we could crowd surf, even in the matinees! The Bulgarians LOVE their rock, and so wanting to show us their appreciation. Some of our biggest performances were here. Sofia itself, is a beautiful city, with so much evidence still there from the communist days. The people are warm and friendly and so wanting to show us a good time. They have a fantastic standard of living...the restaurants and cafes and bars were so cool and beautiful, and it was clear that Bulgaria was still on its way up, and was definitely going places. It was one of the most surprising delights of the tour.
MiG on the rooftop bar of a hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria with the majestic Alexander Nevski Church in the background
Then we hop on board our chartered jet to Zagreb, Croatia, where upon arrival I flew to the magical city of Dubrovnik, where only by coincidence, my parents were holidaying! So I spent a few days traveling with their tour group around Dubrovnik and over the border to Montenegro. Despite some absolutely drenching heavy rain, the scenery was breathtaking, and walking the streets and the walls of the old towns was unforgettable. I truly want to go back to the Croatian coast when it gets warmer to really appreciate the beauty of it all.
MiG and the chartered WE WILL ROCK YOU jet, en route to Zagreb, Croatia, while on the tarmac in Sofia, Bulgaria
Then Zagreb itself, was another wonderful surprise. The audiences lapped up everything we did! They totally got all the humour and jokes and were quick to respond to everything that we were hoping for. Some of our most memorable shows were in Zagreb. The Croatians are amazing, beautiful people and I was so impressed with my whole Croatian experience. I am SO coming back for a proper holiday next time. It was way too short a time to spend in such a beautiful country.
MiG on the wall of the old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
So that ends the European mainland part of the tour. Our next stop is back in the UK. Sheffield. We are taking WE WILL ROCK YOU home for its final weeks. Every show counts...yikes!! xxx
7 May 2013 ISTANBULIEVABLE So we find ourselves in incredible and insane Istanbul! The pulse of this city is electric and crazy, and also deeply spiritual. The history screams from every cobblestone, every wall and every mosque...literally...five times a day!! The city is breathtakingly beautiful, as are the people. So friendly, so humble, so willing to go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time. We visited the Blue Mosque, the New Mosque, the Aya Sofia (or the Hagia Sophia), the Grand Bazaar, the Spice markets...and that was just one day! So much more to see. We have a pretty grueling performance and promo schedule, so we need to pace ourselves, but when in Turkey...xxx
MiG in front of The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
28 April 2013 PRAGUE, CZECH ONE-TWO!! So here we are in possibly the most beautiful city I have ever seen...Prague. I have always dreamed of coming here and have been looking forward to this leg of the tour since it was first confirmed. We were actually supposed to have 3 days off here, but the promoters decided to send us to Ostrava for one show only. This is all fine and good, as we had a fine time in Ostrava, but the charm and magic of Prague is hard to compete with. Prague has even exceeded my very high expectations, and is more spectacular than I have imagined. I think I am getting arthritis in my over-active shutter trigger finger...I need to get a new external drive to store all my shots!!
The crew have been stretched to the limit this week with a load-in, load-out, travel day and more load-ins and outs every day...yet they do so with a smile and a song and tell me that it's what they love to do. I am so in awe of this group of people as they have a mammoth task and do it with such expertise and professionalism and with good humour and enthusiasm. This week definitely belongs to them.
We find ourselves at the half-way point of this world tour and we are feeling the change of the seasons from Arctic winters to Mediterranean summers. We are off to Istanbul on Monday, and am so excited, but will miss Prague with all my heart. I am coming back for sure...xxx
11 April 2013 Just finished soundcheck. It's time to rock Holland to the core, Amsterdammit!!!
2 April 2013 You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why...WE WILL ROCK YOU'S coming to town...SOFIA, Bulgaria is ready to ROCK!!! xxx
1 April 2013 LEAVING THE HOOD So we're done with naughty-Nottingham...Robin Hood country! What a week this has been!! It was so cool for the cast to touch base with home, and with loved ones again, and great to have such appreciative and HUGE audiences all week at the Capitol FM Arena here. And on top of all that...The 'Hairy God Of Rock' himself, Brian May came to blow the roof off with us on opening night!! I always have to pinch myself when I perform with Brian. Moments like these just do not get any better. His humble nature and loving spirit accompanied by his incredible talent continues to inspire me. But alas, we move on!! I travel to Sofia, Bulgaria today for a short promo trip and then to Dublin, Ireland for a pint of Guiness...and I might even do a few shows there too... xxxx
MiG, Brian May & Lauren Samuels on the set of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Nottingham, UK
27 March 2013 Just sound checked BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY with Brian May!! Rock n roll fantasies don't get bigger than this!!!
25 March 2013 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE HORSENS FORUM. Finland: Done. Denmark: Done. Nottingham, England, here we come! Two countries, five cities, and we've only just begun. This tour is massive! And loving it...
20 March 2013 So we opened last night in Horsens to roaring response. It has been snowing steadily since we arrived here from Copenhagen and the wintery landscape is breathtaking. Copenhagen was a complete delight. I might even want to move back there one day...when it's warmer. Can't get rid of any jackets and sweaters just yet! But Scandinavia is definitely rocking our world right now!!
Our modest little cottage in Horsens, Denmark
12 March 2013 Opened WWRY in COPENHAGEN tonight!! This place is wonderful, wonderful... And so beautiful in every way...and they know how to ROCK!!! (also the Danish word for "ME" is "MIG") This place has my name all over it!!! xxxxx
7 March 2013 GREAT DANES! So we are in Denmark now, about to open in Aalborg tonight. We have had a chance to re-charge and re-group, ready for another opening, another city, another country. Scandinavia has truly been showing off how beautiful this part of the world is. Now to see how hard they rock!
Aalborg, Denmark in sight, we invade and take no prisoners!
4 March 2013 We are so FINNISHED!!! Goodbye FINLAND!! What an amazing experience you have been! I'll be back...maybe when it's a little warmer...Lookout Denmark, Finland has set the bar very high. Here we come, ready or not...xxx
4 March 2013 So buzzed still from the near capacity crowd last night in Helsinki, which included Queen's very own ROGER TAYLOR... we're in the middle of a 5 show weekend at -8ºC outside, it has been snowing all night, and I cannot wait to get out there to do it all again!!! ROCK ON, FINLAND!!!! xxx
2 March 2013 Time to give 'em HELL, Helsinki!!! City #2 ROCKS HARD!!! Xxxx
27 February 2013 So...Opening night was a huge success! The crowd and producers all very happy. Very proud of the awesome WWRY team!! Despite me cracking my head open early on in Act 2, I managed to finish the show and no-one would have been the wiser, if it weren't for the blood trickling down the back of my head...THE SHOW MUST GO ON!! Paramedics, hospital and then off to the after-party. Now THAT is ROCK'N'ROLL, baby!!!!! xxxx
MiG @the HK Areena, Turku, Finland
26 February 2013 THIS IS IT! We flew into a snow covered Helsinki yesterday and a breathtaking bus ride to Turku gave us at least a quick look at this amazing Northern country called Finland! We are just about to head off to HK Arena for our sound checks and final preparations for our OPENING NIGHT TONIGHT!!! This has been a long-time in the planning and we are finally here. I can't wait to finally perform this amazing show in front of an audience. CHOOKAS everyone, and fasten seat-belts...HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo.......!!!!
22 February 2013 Loved THE BODYGUARD with Hannah and Bianca @hannahjanefox @heatherheadley...AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!
21 February 2013 GOODBYE WEMBLEY We are now at the end of the rehearsal period for WE WILL ROCK YOU. We have been working on getting this monster off the ground, and it's time to let it fly! It has been such a joy working with old friends Tony Edge, Mike Dixon and Giorgia Barberi. The whole process has been a dream from the beginning, and so full of laughter and positivity. Now we have to put all this training into effect. It has always been a dream to play Wembley, and although it was to an empty arena, still, I count that box ticked! Everyone is in such high spirits and are taking the next few days to pack and say goodbye to friends and family. I have in effect, been touring already since early January, but still am taking this time to say goodbye to my beloved London.
20 February 2013 MiGalileo Figaro!! Last day at Wembley...Finland, here we come!
19 February 2013 HELLO WEMBLEY!! What a magnificent sight first thing in the morning!!!
15 February 2013 The WWRY boys get their assigned robes and are ready to...ROCK!
14 February 2013 OUT INTO THE NIGHT, DOWN ON THE STREETS We have finished our first day of tech rehearsals on the new set of WWRY. The cast are buzzing with excitement as we put all the elements together: the band, the sound, the lights, the set, the props...It's all coming together so well. This is a sure-fire hit, and we just have to keep bringing our A-game. Four weeks at the picturesque 3 Mills Studios will soon seem a distant memory as we surge forwards to cities around the world. We are all in high spirits and I am confident the show will be AWESOME!! Day 2...here we go...xxx PS: Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!! There's a lot of love in the room....xxxx
MiG in front of 3 Mills Studios, Bromley-By-Bow, London
13 February 2013 1st day on the WWRY set! Tech rehearsals are GO!!
11 February 2013 At sound check at the Hippodrome, about to sing with @TheNathanJames!!
10 February 2013 Back in the studio with Simon Pinto!!
9 February 2013 Last day's rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios for WWRY, with Ben Elton upping the ante and putting lead in our pencils!!
3 February 2013 I am so blown away by the talent at West End Fest tonight!!
29 January 2013 AUSTRALIA DAY We’re well into our third week of rehearsals for the tour. It’s all going incredibly well. Much better than I even hoped. It feels great to be back as ‘Galileo’. He fits me like a nice comfortable pair of jeans. What makes it even better is the great people I am working with. The new cast of this production have surprised me every day with their talent, and unbridled enthusiasm. They are a wonderful group of people and I grow fonder of them every day. I do feel very blessed to be given this opportunity. I was also very fortunate to have been involved in the Australia Day edition of SUNDAY IN THE APARTMENT at Australia House over the weekend. It was such a spectacular venue for a wonderful event. I am sure this weekend’s WEST END FEST will be just as awesome. I just need to get new super cold weather gear for Finland. Within a couple of days last week, I split my jeans, punctured my boots and broke my jacket zipper. There will be no room for wardrobe malfunctions in Turku, where it was -21ºC last week.
27 January 2013 Loving Australia House. Very noice...
18 January 2013 Am in love with everyone on stage at the Dominion Theatre tonight. WWRY just keeps getting BETTER!!
14 January 2013 Starting rehearsals today for WE WILL ROCK YOU and after all this time I am still a MUPPET!! A great, vibrant young cast of rockstars. So thrilled to be a part of this...And the snow is falling thick. Xxx
12 January 2013 Just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the birthday wishes from all over the world! You have made my day. Xxx
11 January 2013 Thank you all so much for all your birthday wishes!! I feel so loved and special today! Thank you from a very happy, yet older man! Always love, MiG X
11 January 2013 January 10, 2013 VIRGIN ATLANTIC ACROSS THE POND Today my journey begins. Today is the beginning of a new chapter. A new volume. A new dawn. A new life. I am on board a Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK to Heathrow, to start rehearsals for the new World Arena Tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU. I start rehearsals on Monday. I am excited and scared at the same time. This tour is massive and there is a lot of pressure to get this right. I have to play all my trump cards. I need to bring my A-Game. A lot is expected. Much is on the line. I have left behind a life I have loved and I look ahead to a life of much upheaval and instability. I am open to the Universe of Possibilities & Abundance. This is an opportunity of a life-time and I plan on giving it everything I’ve got. I do not take this challenge lightly. I have only dreamed of a situation like this and I will give it my all. Here I go again on my own…and I’m feeling good.
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