Happy, playful, intimate gigs for love season
MANILA, Philippines—Every year, Inquirer Entertainment helps readers pick a show for that special day, by asking the concert artists to talk about their gigs…and romance.
“Ai Heart Papa”
Ai-Ai de las Alas with Aljur Abrenica and JC de Vera; Feb. 12, 8 p.m., The Theatre at Solaire
“Oo Na! Ako Na Mag-isa! Samahan N’yo Naman Ako!”
Jennylyn Mercado; Feb. 13, 7 p.m., SM North Edsa Skydome; call 4702222
Which of your love songs do most fans connect with the most, and why do you think that is?
Ai-Ai de las Alas: Well, usually, they don’t really care about my song numbers; what they look forward to are things I will say and my antics. The great thing about doing an intimate Valentine show, especially when it’s not meant to be aired on television, is that you can do and say more. It’s going to have a comedy bar routine vibe.
Jennylyn Mercado: “Kahit Sandali,” from my first album with GMA Records, “Living the Dream.” I’m sure all of us want to spend time with the person we love, even for a while.
What’s the most important thing to remember when doing a Valentine show?
ADA: That the people want to be entertained and to have fun, and you have to give it to them.
JM: To always keep in mind that all aspects of love are celebrated…from the bad to the good.
What’s the sweetest thing a fan has done for you? Has anyone dared to ask you out on a date?
ADA: My boyfriend is the jealous type! But yes, I’ve done shows wherein fans hug me—and they’re hot! My fans are all sweet, and they really chase me at times. One time while at a mall, a mother dragged all her grown-up kids to have a photo taken with me. It was the mother who was the big fan, but the kids had no choice!
JM: None yet. But I find everything they do sweet.
What can we look forward to in your concert?
ADA: There will be a lot of electronic dance music and party songs. But of course there will also be love songs—empowering songs! I will have about eight costume changes, and all of them will be fabulous! And you have to see what I’ll do with Aljur and JC!
JM: Whether you’re single, in a complicated relationship or taken, you’ll be able to relate to this show. If you want something new for a change, watch my show!
Robinsons Malls shows
Robinsons Malls will be treating its shoppers to a variety of shows. On Feb. 14, Top Suzara and Jinky Vidal will perform at Robinsons Galleria, while Hajji and Rachel Alejandro will have a show at Robinsons Place Manila. Both shows will start at 5 p.m.
On Feb. 15, 5 p.m., “Love Duet” at Robinsons Place Manila will feature Noli Aurillo, Maegan Aguilar, Kat Alano, Maki Ricafort and Aliyah Parks.
“Wave 89.1 Love Jones” will feature Urban Nation, Thyro & Yumi and Pao Chavez; and “Jam 88.3 214 Valentine for All” will feature Hale and Up Dharma Down at Robinsons Magnolia on Feb. 14 and 15, respectively.
Dominic Roque and Paulo Avelino will serenade shoppers of Robinsons Place Dasmariñas and Robinsons Place Santiago, respectively on Feb. 14. Shows will start at 5 p.m.
‘Reunited in Love’
Circus Band and the New Minstrels will have an all-new repertoire for “Reunited in Love: The Gratest Hits Concert,” to be held on Feb. 13 at the Plenary Hall of the PICC. Hajji Alejandro, Pat Castillo, Jacqui Magno, Tillie Moreno and Basil Valdez of Circus Band will team up with Chad Borja, Ray An Fuentes, Ding Mercado, Louie Reyes and Eugene Villaluz of The New Minstrels. Singer Celeste Legaspi will join the groups in the show mounted by Viva.
For tickets, call SM Tickets (4702222), TicketWorld (8919999), TicketNet (9115555) and Viva Live (6877236).
‘Love in the South’
The Vue Bar of The Bellevue Manila will have its own Valentine concert, “Love in the South,” on Feb. 14, 8 p.m. It will feature Daughters 5 and Flinstones & The Gang. Tickets are available at The Bellevue Manila front office. For inquiries, call 7718181.
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