Last Sunday, after weeks of bated breath and endless excitement, Darren Espanto finally took the stage, performing his much-loved singles, as well as a few covers. He kicked off the concert with a medley of Justin Timberlake (“Can’t Stop The Feeling”) and Fleur East (“Sax”), complete with a vibrant and energetic dance number from him and his backup dancers. At that moment, I realized that this was going to be a terrific show, and was pleased that, in the end, I was right.
SET LIST: “The Other Side of Darren” Digital Concert
Though Darren started energetically, that vibrancy steadily decreased as he sang more and more mellow songs, such as a powerful rendition of Adele’s “Hello,” and Gary Valenciano’s “Gaya Ng Dati.” However, he soon brought that energy back when he shared the stage with his “Ate” Morissette, singing a duet cover of Sugarfree’s “Makita Kang Muli,” and that energy peaked the moment the piano started Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love,” showing a side of Darren that not many people see often, truly showcasing “The Other Side Of Darren.” Darren ended his terrific show with a soulful rendition of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?” closing the night, but not without making all his fans swoon and love him even more.
HIGHLIGHTS: "The Other Side of Darren" Digital Concert!
It was a night of fun for all of his fans, as they saw Darren like never before: laughing at the things he laughed at, and feeling the emotions that made him such an excellent performer. But more than that, it was a joyous and wonderful night for Darren Espanto himself, who never imagined that he would have his own Digital Concert, sooner rather than later. In his performance, he showed how disciplined he was, yet had an air of fun around him, which he exemplified with the people he shared the stage with. Overall, Darren Espanto, from his mastery of his singing to the way he interacted so happily and genuinely with his adoring fans, and the Digital Concert he so skillfully hosted and facilitated, would be something difficult to replicate anywhere else, and hopefully something we at One Music PH can top the next time we hold another concert!
WATCH: Darren, Morissette jam to "Makita Kang Muli"
Amidst all his vast talent as a singer and performer, there remains one particular trait about Darren that never seemed to change, no matter how much fame he amassed: he’s still that humble and God-fearing boy we watched grow and become a young man. Congratulations on your first-ever Digital Concert, Darren!
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