His repertoire started with an opening of HETO NA NAMAN followed by his 80’s hits with signature moves strutting on stage only Gary V can do, then rebuilding the crowd’s energy up with GROWING UP where the audience started to sing with him. His fans never stopped glowing with HOW DID YOU KNOW, DI NA NATUTO, PAANO, NARITO, EACH PASSING NIGHT, elevating the momentum one after another. He went down the memory lane singing the theme song of his first movie “Hotshots” – the Cecile Azarcon composition hit, REACHING OUT sending shrieks from his loyal fans. There’s one seated on our row, in her 50’s who can’t stop screaming from the start of the show until the end, jumping, standing up, dancing and stomping on her feet during upbeat songs and continues to apologize to me the whole night. She admitted there are moments she wanted to cry but shy to do so (sabay kain ng mani!).
Gary recalled how he met, and got discovered by his manager and wife, Angeli Pangilinan, before singing an Al Jarreau (his personal favorite singer) song/ Chick Correa hit, SPAIN. He said it was the piece he performed after Angeli invited him to perform in a big event. This performance and own version set the audience in awe and last night received a standing ovation from the crowd, chanting his name “Gary! Gary! Gary! …
Kiana V sang, wowed the audience with her smooth vocal prowess, grooving onstage while Gary stepped on the side accompanying her on drums and other instruments. Gary did a duet with Kiana with SANA MAULIT MULI, a song originally written in English but was translated into Tagalog by his wife, Angeli (a trivia Gary revealed).
Yeng Constantino sang one of her hits “Ikaw,” followed by a duet with Gary with “Hawak Kamay,” which Yeng commended her gratitude to musical director of the show, Mon Faustino for his great arrangement. Yeng sang “Babalik Ka Rin” accompanied by Gary with a certain kind of drum-guitar instrument he called “zen-drum” (or something like that).
More hits like HATAW NA wouldn’t be complete in a Gary V concert. The momentum kept going higher and the spectators kept clamoring for more. Gary accepted a few requests singing bits of chorus. You’d have to check out what’s his finale and encore song so i encourage you to watch the show in person.
We all know that when it comes to Gary V’s concerts, it’s actually a party, packed with energy and loaded with emotions. He is one amazing performer and an international artist we are proud of. At last night’s concert, Gary V delivered a super-charged, intimate reaction with the crowd, proving that he is “THE TOTAL PERFORMER.” He is a humble, very generous, appreciative person we all know. An all-around performer and after a long hiatus because of the pandemic, he is RE-ENERGIZED, ready to mount the seven-city U.S. Tour in cooperation with Starmedia Entertainment and Manila Genesis. Last night’s show was in collaboration with producer Music Arts International.
So far, all four first legs have been sold out! You can catch the rest of the Re-Energized U.S. Tour in Dallas Texas (Texas Hall) on October 15 (Saturday). It will continue in Anchorage, Alaska (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts) on October 21st, and lastly in New York at The Town Hall on October 23.