(MANILA) Singing superstar Charice rocked Manila, after performing as the top bill in the sold-out Philippine installment of the David Foster and Friends Concert. She received multiple standing ovations from the typically hard-to-please Filipino audience.
The 10,000-seater Araneta Coliseum turned neon blue when the capacity crowd lit thousands of glow sticks as soon as Charice went up on stage for her turn to shine. Charice sported a picturesque look with curly hair, a classy pink dress, and her signature Sennheiser Swarovski crystal-studded bling-bling mic.
Christmas came early for the people in the Big Dome.
Charice started with a heart-rending, pitch-perfect version of Celine Dion’s “Power of Love” that made the audience go wild. She followed it with another Celine Classic, “To Love You More” and then her own Billboard hit single, “Pyramid”.
Next, she sang another Celine Dion Classic, “All by Myself”, where she hit the mind-boggling high F note that, as David Foster himself said, was the same thing that irked Celine when the latter first knew about the song.
The crowd went crazy, giving the young artist a heartfelt, scream-filled standing O. She received yet another standing O after singing her trademark song, the Bodyguard Medley.
Filipino audiences rarely give standing ovations to artists. Most of today’s biggest international stars start and end their concerts in the Araneta without getting a single one. Even most local singers do not elicit such a reaction.
Earlier in the show, Charice and David Foster spared a few minutes to personally thank Dave Duenas, a.k.a. Youtube’s False Voice, who was instrumental in introducing the Pop Princess to the international community,
David Foster also invited random members of the audience to sing for half a minute. Some local celebrities like Randy Santiago and Pilita Corales each received a 30-second opportunity, much to the audience’s delight.
Incidentally, David Foster spotted Journey Lead Singer Arnel Pineda, and requested him to sing on-stage. Pineda sang Chicago’s “Hard Habit to Break”.
Right before the last note, ace balladeer Peter Cetera walked onto the stage, and the crowd burst into thunderous applause.
The crowd cheered and sang with Peter Cetera’s “You’re the Inspiration”, “If You Leave Me Now”, and the all-time favorite, “Glory of Love” from the original 1984 installment of the classic blockbuster movie, “The Karate Kid”.
Other performers in the excitement-filled three-hour concert were the Canadian Tenors; Natalie Cole (“Hallelujah” and “The Prayer”) and American Idol’s Ruben Studdard (I Swear).
Video Playlist: David Foster & Friends Manila, October 23, 2010
To move to another video, click the right- or left-pointing arrows
Video upload by manette153
After this concert, Charice and the rest of the performers will have three more stopovers: Bangkok (October 25th), Jakarta (October 27th), and Singapore (October 29th and 30th). After Singapore, she will fly back to the US where she’ll record new songs and resume taping for the FOX hit show “Glee”.
Charicemania.com will post video clips, pictures, and other updates about the said concert as soon as they become available.
By RJ Nieto, charicemania.com
Sunshine Arrives in Manila
A typhoon blew through here a few days ago, and now it’s Charice’s turn to stir things up. Charice arrived back in the Philippines and you know it’s all a big deal, here. People are going crazy. Can you blame them? >> continue reading
Blue Glowstick Campaign
This is the first time that David Foster is coming to Charice’s hometown! So let us show how much we love Charice in the upcoming David Foster and Friends Concert. How? Through cracking a blue glowstick when she comes out of the stage. >> continue reading
Charice in Sold-out Manila Concert Tonight, Talks About Glee
As of press time, tickets for the concert have been sold out, much to the dismay of avid fans. Avid Fan Abilidades tweeted, “Sad for those who couldn’t get tickets anymore for the David Foster-Charice concert @ Araneta tonight. You missed big time.” >> continue reading