JULY 20 UPDATE – CONCERT REVIEW OF SRO CROWD; NEW VIDEOS at Venice Piazza and Eastwood Mall.
MANILA – Charice continues her Asia Tour from Korea to the Philippines for the next 3 days. First stop in the 3-day series is her show at Newport Plaza, Resorts World, July 15th at 8pm. Tomorrow, the 16th, she will be at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill. And on Saturday, July 17th, she will perform at Eastwood Mall. All shows begin at 8PM.
Charice also made appearances at several television shows: UKG Morning Jam to perform “Pyramid Dance Mix”, Eat Bulaga where they gave her a warm welcome, and at E-Live.
Charice’s Standing Room Only Crowd
Charice was scheduled for three gigs as part of a five-leg Asian tour to promote the 18-year-old Filipina international singer’s self-titled US debut album on Warner Music.
The first show, held Thursday night at the Newport Plaza of Resorts World Manila, attracted an SRO crowd, which spilled over the 800-capacity venue.
Charice was in high spirits, matching the upbeat tempo of the opening number, “I Love You” (a track from her album), with energetic vocals amid snappy stage moves with four dancers.
A cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” followed—the song’s spiritual-inspirational bent serving as prelude to a song Charice personally dedicated to her audience: “In This Song.” The tune, co-written for Charice by her album producer and musical mentor David Foster, captured the confidence-building scenario which the singer is currently engaged in, and had enough musical bombast to win over first-time listeners.
Although she had to perform the album’s first single “Pyramid” alone (the original studio version is a duet with Virgin Islands singer Iyaz), Charice was never at a loss; she even comfortably filled in for Iyaz’s rap parts.
For the finale she did a lighthearted cover of Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” as well as a short medley of hits by Miley Cyrus and other teenage pop stars. A couple of videos were shown, one about Charice’s dizzying ascent to fame, the other highlighting Foster’s topnotch reputation as songwriter-producer—both apparently prepared by Warner’s promotional team to drum up more interest for the Charice CD.
A press conference was held at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel a few hours before the show at Resorts World during which reporters kept fishing for more details on Charice’s coming appearance on the US musical-comedy-drama TV series “Glee.” But she herself couldn’t divulge anything other than her shooting schedule which starts July 28.
Raquel had one other bit of info: First on the shooting sequence is Charice in a scene with one of the lead characters, Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele).
Charice will reportedly shoot 10 episodes for season 2 of the series, which airs this September.
In the meantime, she proceeds with the Asian leg of the album promo tour to Japan (July 19-21), Thailand (July 21-23) and Malaysia (July 24-26). She returns to Manila in October for the “David Foster and Friends” concert, which she said will also include Natalie Cole and Peter Cetera, among others.
.By Pocholo Concepcion, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Newport Plaza, 7/15
PLAYLIST: (1) I Love You and Halo, (2) In This Song, (3) Pyramid, (4) Baby (acapella)
Charice – Umagang Kay Ganda 07/16/10 (English Subtitles)/PYRAMID DANCE MIX
Video uploaded by CTV Crew
PYRAMID ON EAT BULAGA-w/ English Subtitles
Video uploaded by n0yp1
Charice Pyramid at Eat Bulaga (Studio view)
Video uploaded by Charaqster
PYRAMID REMIX ON E-LIVE July 17, 2010
Video uploaded by ocyrnets
Venice Piazza 7/16
PLAYLIST: Halo, In This Song, Baby (Charice ventures into the crowd), Pyramid
videos uploaded by rsmmagno and soursweetie1291
Eastwood Mall 7/17
The Eastwood Mall concert was by far the biggest and the best concert of the 3-day series. Not even a damp and rainy evening prevented an estimated crowd of over 10,000 fans from coming to witness Charice performing LIVE with her powerful vocals.
video upload by tdo888
PLAYLIST: (1-4) Charaqster vidz: I Love You, Halo… (2) Halo (pop version) (3) In This Song, Pop40 Medley, Somebody to Love (Justin Bieber cover) (4) Baby, Pyramid (5) Halo (6) Pyramid
Videos uploaded by Charaqster and D4Dona
Fan Talk: Asia Tour – Philippines
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