I felt so bad when i saw the westlife’s statement (20th oct 2011) on westlife.com that they’re splitting up. I’m still in tears. It’s ridiculous but an honest feeling. I thought i could see them perform live once again when they promised during their gravity tour in manila that they’re coming back soon. Now, i feel like my world gone down. :(
I was still in grade school when i first liked them. I was moved when i heard their songs from my sister’s cd (she’s the original fan) along with vcds of their concert in taiwan and the westlife story. I think i’ve watched them for a hundred times (without exaggeration). When i was in high school already, ive never been into crazy teenage stuff. I saved money to buy music magazines as long as they’re featured on them, posters, vcds, cds, and everything about westlife.
Every Christmas party in school, i always received the current westlife album from exchange gifts. It won’t be hard for whoever grabbed my name to decide what to give me. That time, it was still in cassette tapes. My friends, family and classmates know me as the westlife fan. I even get into arguments defending westlife over n’sync and a1. Haha. I’d rather memorize the lyrics of their songs instead of doing my homework. My notebooks were filled with lyrics of their songs, and i wrote their names on papers during classes. My mom scolded me for behaving like that but i was too stubborn and continued my crazyness over them. Nobody could stop me. (fierce haha)
My obsession really manifested all over me. The walls on our room were filled with westlife posters. My notebooks and folders/binders were covered with westlife photos. I made a westlife scrapbook. I created an alias ‘marshanickrian’ out of their names (mark, shane, nicky, kian & bryan). I always stayed up late whenever there were westlife specials on tv. I researched how they were formed and ive stalked their personal backgrounds. I mean, i know their full names, birthdays, where they were born, where do they live, their schools, their parents’ and siblings’ names, their girlfriends, their favorite movie, their favorite tv show, etc etc etc. I even celebrated their birthdays rather than mine :p i know the lyrics of their songs by heart. I know every single detail of their music videos. I think i learned more about westlife than algebra. :p
That time, i always include in my prayers that someday i could watch them live. They already came on May 29, 2000 (mark feehily celebrated his 21st birthday in our country). Then After 6yrs, westlife came back to the philippines for their face to face tour on sept 4 2006. I was so excited! But, i was young and manila was quite far from our province so my mom didn’t allow me to watch. Since then, i’ve lost hope of seeing them. I also became passive with my obsession because i was already too busy in college.
Years gone by, i was still updated about their latest songs and music videos. Until one day, i was working in singapore when i heard that they’re coming to the philippines again! Exactly during my vacation! It was a great blessing! I told myself that i’m gonna be there no matter what happens and i did.
I can’t describe how glorious it was! Since they stepped into the stage, it felt like heaven! Goosebumps! Now i know that God’s answer is ‘wait’ and not ‘no’. 29th of sept 2011 will always be so memorable for me. I was singing, screaming and jumping the whole time! I actually had an aching throat for 3 days. I got teary-eyed when they sang ‘when you’re looking like that’ which i had been singing everyday since i knew about their gravity tour and it was my favorite song too. It was their opening song. I was so grateful. I even planned to check in to edsa shangrila hotel just to try my luck on peeking on them. Haha. But I never did.
Westlife will always be a great part of my life. And one thing’s for sure, mark feehily is truly my first love. :) no matter how many years would go by, i will listen to their songs and watch their videos over and over again, follow them on twitter and visit westlife.com. ‘we are one’, as i promised myself when i was 14, will be played on my own wedding. Westlife is my childhood, my adolescence and my lifetime. Mark, Shane, Nicky, Kian and Bryan will always be my favorite boys. They are my family. Westlife will always be number one in my heart. WESTLIFE FOREVER.