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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Two views of the Divas’ concert in Atlantic City

The more than three hours Divas 4 Divas concert at the Boardwalk Hall of Fame in Atlantic City last March 21 was SRO and, according to Funfare contributor Bobby Yalong, “simply fabulous!”

Each of the divas — Regine Velasquez, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Pops Fernandez and Kuh Ledesma who’s also the producer of the concert’s US tour — gave individual numbers before they did a production number together “that sent the audience into a thundering, endless applause.”

Added Bobby, “One of the highlights was when the divas borrowed each other’s hit songs. They were a hit when they came out in golden silk kimonos with matching rhinestone-crusted headdresses and did a couple of Madonna songs.”

The guest performer, Gabby Concepcion, was a real crowd-pleaser when he sang two songs, Iisa Pa Lamang and Mula sa Puso, from his album.

Concluded Bobby, “The producer Mely ‘Bing’ Pechangco Gabriel of MPG Global Productions, was very happy. The show was successful.”

The feedback from another Funfare informer who was there was something else.

“The shows started at 9:15 p.m., more than one hour behind schedule,” said the informer. “Many of those in the audience started boo-ing dahil naiinip na sila. Many of them came from New York; others came from other places. Kaya daw na-late ang mga divas because they just came from another state but they still went shopping daw and were so tired that they overslept. Di tuloy nakapag-sound check, so the sound system was not good.

“But you know how Filipinos are. They make fun of even a most inconvenient situation. Joked one of them, ‘Siguro nirayuma dahil mga aging diva na sila.’ Nakakatawa, ‘no?

“It was Gabby who won the audience’s heart. When he was called to the stage, many people rushed forward to take his pictures. They also enjoyed his singing. Talagang pinagkaguluhan siya.”



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