Music Business — June 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Manila’s Araneta Center to Bring Even More Music and Attractions


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Jorge Araneta, owner of the 18,000-seat Araneta Center and ‘crown jewel of Manila’, announced the appointment of Chip Rachlin as his exclusive representative in dealing with and securing artists and performances for his venue.

Industry veteran Chip Rachlin has been brought onboard to market the Coliseum to artists, managers, agents and both national and international tour promoters. “Manila is a perfect play when bringing a tour to Southeast Asia or en route to Australia,” Rachlin said. Elton John, Maroon 5, Sting and Jason Mraz are among the artists who’ve performed there recently.

The Araneta Coliseum, aka ‘The Big Dome’ is considered the crown jewel of Manila and is located in the city’s most vibrant district, Quezon City. The Araneta Center is a multi-function building that can hold up to 18,000 patrons. Most famous as the venue for the “Thrilla’ in Manila”, the final and greatest of the three Ali-Frazier fights. The Dome hosts a wide range of events from basketball, concerts, pro-fighting and the annual run of “Disney on Ice.” Even the Pope has held mass at the Big Dome.

Rachlin has been providing similar services for most of the last decade to Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas. Rachlin brings over 30 years as an artist manager, artist agent, touring executive for the Rolling Stones and programming executive for the start-up MTV and VH1. Rachlin also served as producer of the “All Star Tribute to Brian Wilson” taped at Radio City with stars including Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Simon and Vince Gill.

“We have upgraded and modernized The Coliseum as the touring business has grown both artistically and as an industry. We feel the Philippine market is poised to become a regular play for the top artists and tours. We’re fortunate to bring in Chip Rachlin and his lifetime of experience in the music business to help us achieve our goals,” said Jorge Araneta.



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