Concerts have always been part and parcel of the whole Valentine celebration. Pinoys are ,by nature, sentimental and undoubtedly love to sing. So it’s not a surprise that all kinds of people – couples, friends, families , even the singles, end up spending the night listening to their favorite artists belt out love ditties.
At the Mall of Asia Arena, “Royals” gathered two powerful pairs of singers as headliners. The blended pairings brought icons Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez who shared the stage with the younger breed of performers, rumored-couple Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto. The quartet gave powerful performances one after another. They opened the show with songs from Queen (“Somebody to Love” and “Let Me Go) and ended the first set with “Shut Up and Dance”. The second set saw the girls bringing Adele songs “Hello” and “Sorry” to new heights.
The spiels were funny too. At one point, Regine motioned to the bleachers and said, “Akala ko ba mayayaman ang audience ko, bakit jan kayo bumili ng ticket???” Martin Nievera chided Erik Santos for stealing “his song” (referring to This is The Moment) prompting the latter to retort “Bakit? Ikaw kumanta ng original?” “Hindi.” “Eh bakit mo inaangkin?” These and many more exchanges drew laughter from the crowd.
There were emotional moments too. After Angeline and Regine did a series of Whitney Houston songs (which made the hair on my arms stand), the younger singer hugged the latter for a good two minutes. In tears, Angeline said that she could not believe that she was performing with her idol. Regine complimented her by saying “Pwede na ko mag-retire. You are so good!”
Highlights of the night included songs of Basil Valdez sang by the men and Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole sang by Martin and Angeline. The four also rendered a medley from Eraserheads (“Huling El Bimbo”, “Pare Ko and “Magasin”).
The singers also delighted the crowd by dong songs from the 80’s. At one point Vice Ganda and Ogie Olcasid joined them on stage. What an enjoyable concert! Was not aware that three hours had passed by. I must say though that Angeline Quinto made a fan out of me.
Up next — MADONNA!!!
With a pocketful of glitter,