5 Reasons Why Tickets To HITC Are The Best Early Christmas Gifts

5 Reasons Why Tickets To HITC Are The Best Early Christmas Gifts

Give (yourself and, maybe, your loved ones) the gift of music at HITC Manila



Didn’t we all somehow go through a phase of envy when 88rising’s Head In The Clouds was well underway in the United States? We all watched recaps, waited for live updates and replayed our favorite songs from the participating artists while they had fun at the large-scale Los Angeles stop in 2021. But the flagship music and arts festival had its own hiccups with the onslaught of the pandemic, such as a canceled debut in Indonesia. Nonetheless, 88rising and HITC stepped back before reviving themselves stronger than ever. The music and arts festival, dubbed as the “Asian Coachella” now has two installations in the United States, the long-awaited Jakarta debut this weekend and finally, a Manila stop to seal the sweet, sweet deal.


So we’re all buzzing with excitement for HITC Manila’s debut on December 9 and 10 at the SM Festival Grounds, all made possible by LIVE MNL, Globe and GCash.


As December begins and we’re looking left and right for gift ideas (for yourself or your loved ones), Wonder suggests going down the experiential route with HITC Manila. While material things might be the most natural choice because of longevity, memories might outlive them by much more. Who can forget their first music festival? Or how about celebrating another holiday season with your best friends? The experience will give you cool stories you can tell your future children, much-needed bonding sessions that strengthen a relationship and bragging rights that you got to witness your favorite artist perform live. Doesn’t that sound like the best gift ever?


If you need more convincing, we give you more reasons to cop tickets to HITC for Christmas.


Lose yourself to 18 hours’ worth of music


A glance at the updated lineup shows that HITC will be filled with great tunes. Whether you’re vibing by the Double Happiness Stage or securing your spot by the 88rising stage, HITC promises over 18 hours of live music brought to you by some of the best Asian and Asian American acts. Dance Zoom with Queen Jessi or vibe to Elephante’s electric set. From the iconic headliners Joji, Rich Brian, NIKI and Jackson Wang to our very own SB19, HITC will have you singing (read: yelling) your heart out. A perfect way to cap off another challenging year.


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Enjoy carefully curated food and beverage experiences


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HITC Manila isn’t just a feast for the eyes and ears but a feast for the rest of the senses, too. Much like its counterparts in LA and Jakarta, HITC Manila will be an all-around festival experience because favorite tunes are best enjoyed with tasty bites and a drink (or two). So aside from live music, concertgoers can enjoy installations, merch booths, food kiosks and beverage stalls throughout its entire run. Just look at Johnnie Walker’s limited edition drinks; who wouldn’t want to sip on those while dancing to BIBI’s set? We know we do.


Flexible payment options


We all know that hard-earned money is hard to let go of almost all at once; that’s why installment plans help us enjoy ourselves without the fear of denting our savings. So let yourself have fun with HITC Manila, which offers flexible payment options for eager festivalgoers. BDO cardholders who purchase their tickets IRL can pay in three-month installments for 0% interest. Meanwhile, GCash users can use GGives for lengthier installment plans through online and QR code transactions. 


For a more detailed walkthrough, check out Head In The Clouds Manila's Instagram page.


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Merch—‘nuff said


Next to photos and memories, a once-in-a-lifetime experience is best remembered with memorabilia. Rep the best festival of your life with HITC Manila’s exclusive merch. Plus, you might get to cop releases by your favorite artists—minus the shipping fees, long waiting games and vague sizing. Inspect, fit and check them out through the exclusive merch booths in the festival, accessible by both General Admission and VIP holders. 


Witness the homecoming of Paradise Rising artists


Allow us to be sentimental, but 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival has also become an avenue to elevate all kinds of Asian talent—Filipino names included. Some years have already passed since Globe and 88rising established PARADISE RISING, and their artists have repped our flag by performing on different world stages. So why not have a proper homecoming with your own people at HITC Manila? After all, there’s no crowd like the ones from the Philippines. Where else can you find an audience with enough energy and firepower to sing the entire setlist with the artists? Lose yourself to Ylona Garcia’s anthemic Entertain Me, fall in love again with Guapdad 4000’s Chicken Adobo, feel each beat of MANILA GREY’s Island Baby (Maarte) and create better memories to Manila Killa’s Reminisce.


Next to this historical homecoming, local talents will also rock the stages. Imagine having R&B newcomer Denise Julia and most-streamed singer-songwriter Zack Tabudlo in one lineup—HITC is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.


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Thinking about which pass to get? We break down the perks below:


General Admission (P12,888) VIP (P15,888)

  • 20+ live performances featuring 88rising, Filipino and International artists
  • Immersive art installations
  • Curated food and beverage vendors


  • Wristband valid for Friday and Saturday
  • Viewing areas at 88rising and Double Happiness Stages
  • Festival merch booths

  • Curated food and beverage vendors
  • VIP festival merch for purchase
  • Limited premium VIP merch
  • Expanded seating and shaded rest areas


  • Early entry
  • VIP entry lanes
  • VIP restrooms
  • VIP viewing area next to 88rising and Double Happiness Stages


Already excited? Check out our dream lineup—most of which we got correct—and listen to the playlist we curated just for you.



Head In The Clouds Manila will happen on December 9 and 10 at the SM Festival Grounds, Parañaque. Purchase HITC Manila tickets online through SM Tickets or IRL at your nearest SM Tickets outlet. 



Art Macky Arquilla


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