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Friday, March 14, 2014

#FlashbackFriday My Mega Valentine Two (2007)

Originally posted on February 11, 2007

My Mega Valentine Two started late and slow even though Sharon opened with an upbeat song. She went on stage by herself without any dancers to back her up. Maybe due to the fact that the show was an hour and a half late, the opening was not well-received by the audience. Or maybe it was just because the song sounded unfamiliar. It was only during her Isn't It Romantic? medley that the crowd started to warm up. We sang along with her. That first act felt very intimate and could've worked better in a smaller venue. Besides, Mega wasn't in her bubbly and lively self then. As it turned out, she got sick days before the concert.

However, the show picked-up when Pops Fernandez entered the stage with her '80's-'90's dance hits medley. Even with no back-up dancers to accompany her, she was able to put the audience on their feet. From then on, the fun and entertainment didn't stop. Sharon also started to warm up; cracking jokes every now and then as she always does in her shows. (Sumusundot siya nang nakakatawang pangangampanya paminsan-minsan.)

Apo Hiking Society's medleys were also a blast! Napaluha kami sa kakatawa.

The show had its memorable moments. First was Mega's letter to Pops. It was so heartfelt and touching that Pops (and some of the audience) couldn't help shedding some tears. She said that it was the best appreciation she got from anybody. True enough, Sharon wrote the letter so beautifully that any heart could melt even if it wasn't about them.

Second, Vilma Santos' appearance in the audience. S'ympre, laking pasasalamat ni Mega at nandun ang idol niya para panoorin siya. She and Pops reminisced the times when they used to look inside Ate Vi's backyard just so they could get a glimpse of her. Stalking mode ang mga hitad! Back then, magkalapit lang ang mga bahay nila sa Dasma. Then Shawie made one of the funniest remarks that night: "Alam ko, Ate Vi, ikaw not just once but twice... Pero wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!" Humagalpak kami sa kakatawa sa mga salitang 'yun! She apologized afterwards saying that it was a part of her job. 

Third, the wonderful medleys that Sharon and her guests did. Better selections than the first MMV concert. Sharon and Pops's "Where Do I Begin" duet was to die for! (Incidentally, a favorite song of mine.) Ganda talaga! Swak na swak sa gabing iyon!

Kahit late nagsimula ang palabas, bumawi naman si Mega! She gave us a two hour and a half show that ended at 12:00 AM. Nag-alisan na 'yung iba sa pag-aakalang tapos na 'yung show after singing "To Love Again". But then, tuloy pa rin si Mega ng pagkanta ng dalawang awitin pa. Her final song was "Friends", a fitting tribute to all her fans who supported her - she'll be celebrating her 30th year in the business. According to her, it was the first time she ever sang it in a concert.

MMV2 was even better (and memorable) than the first one. I am so glad that we didn't miss this one! (Muntik na!)

Anyway, here is the two-part video I took with Sharon and Apo singing the latter's medley of songs.

During the concert also, Shawie talked about the duet that she did with her musical director, Louie Ocampo, in passing. It was from the album "Sharon" called "Ewan". Ah, si Louie pala 'yun. Nice! :-)

Shawie, thank you for such a memorable night! T'was a money well spent. 


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