Mixed emotions on live comeback

Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid can hardly believe he will soon be singing in front of a live full-house audience. The OPM icon, who should be halfway across the Pacific Ocean by now, is bound for the West Coast, where tickets have almost sold out to his three night-concert for Filipino-American communities starting Sunday, March 26.

The multi-awarded singer and composer is pulling all the stops to make the three-night concert a memorable one for Filipinos in California.

The multi-awarded singer and composer is pulling all the stops to make the three-night concert a memorable one for Filipinos in California.

“It's been two years na tayong lahat ay nasa bahay lang and, of course, working under very, very strict health protocols. But as far as the live entertainment is concerned, ngayon lang talaga nagsisimula for us,” Ogie da Pogi, as one of his famous nicknames go, enthused in a pre-departure digital media conference.

“So after two years, ngayon lang ako magpe-perform nang live sa harap ng ating mga kaibigan sa Amerika. So, the anticipation is grabe,” he admitted with hand on heart.

“Alam n'yo naman na iyakin ako. Sabi sa akin ni Vice [who was the first to hold a concert in America again last October], nung pakanta na raw s'ya at naririnig na niya yung mga tao, grabe raw yung iyak niya.

“I'm pretty sure mararamdaman ko rin yun, so I will try to keep it together,” Ogie promised.

Laughing sheepishly, he confessed again, “Sa totoo lang kinakabahan ako, sa totoo lang excited ako — samu't saring mga emosyon ang nararamdaman ko. But I feel blessed and favored that God gave us this opportunity to be able to perform again after such a long time.”

Janine Gutierrez and Paolo Avelino

Janine Gutierrez and Paolo Avelino

Asked why the mixed emotions instead of enjoying just sheer excitement at this crossroads, the multi-talented Filipino artist confessed he had been worrying for quite some time now if the industry he loves so much has the capacity and determination to bounce back.

“Sino ba mag-a-akala? Ano ba? Babalik pa ba tayo sa dati? Makaka-perform pa ba tayo? Tinamaan talaga ang entertainment ng pandemic, at lahat yun bitbit ko [as we leave for these live concerts in the States] when we sing for our kababayan.”

Nevertheless, Ogie is hopeful that given this opportunity to travel and mount a production abroad again, this — as they say — is really, really it!

As expected, the multi-awarded singer and composer is pulling all the stops to make the three-night concert a super memorable one, particularly for the OFWs watching. So besides his greatest hits like “Nandito Ako,” “Dito sa Puso Ko,” and “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” sure to send shivers up the spine, Ogie decided to bring more love from home by sharing the stage with rumored couple Janine Gutierrez and Paolo Avenlino.

They're as much a hit in the States as the Philippines because of TFC, so viewers in North America would have also seen Janine and Paolo fall in love in their hit teleserye, “Marry Me, Marry You.” And maybe, it will be the Filipinos in California who can get these beautiful celebrities to admit the same has happened in real life.

With all this love for craft, industry, OFWs, and one another, there is certainly no better title than “OA sa Love in the USA” for the OPM superstar's much-awaited return to the live concert stage.

To our readers in North America, try to find tickets if you still can and catch Ogie, Janine and Paolo at Alex Theatre in Glendale on March 26, the Sycuan Casino Resort in San Diego on April 2, and the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon on April 3, live!

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