Christian Bautista, first singer to use "Watchout" screen in the Philippines

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 28, 2007
Christian Inspired is staged for the benefit of Imus Unida Christian School. Above, Christian Bautista is photographed with the "Watchout" widescreen, which will be used at the Cuneta Astrodome during his October 6 concert.

As his way of offering something new to Filipino concert goers, Christian Bautista makes use of a state-of-the-art "Watchout" widescreen, making him the first singer to use this technology locally.

Christian Inspired, Christian's major solo concert at Cuneta Astrodome on October 6, will make use of the "Watchout" widescreen for the very first time in a local live concert.

Asia's Pop Idol explains why he chose to use this massive screen for his upcoming concert. "As a stage performer, ang gusto ko lagi akong nakikipag- usap sa mga audience...[yung] lagi akong nakaka-connect sa audience. Its easy if you're in a bar kasi lahat makikita mo, e. But what if it's Cuneta Astrdome with 8,000 people? How do you do that? You need to magnify yourself, you need a huge screen para makita ka nila lahat so that's what I'm gonna do."

"Watchout" is a multi-display production and presentation system. It measures 9 x 42 feet and combines multiple projectors and network technologies to create breathtaking presentations.

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Christian says, "Excited ako kung ano yung pwede naming ipalabas sa screen na yun and how we can magnify and project all the images and the songs. Every song will have something special, every line, every spiel."

The "Watchout" will surely contribute a lot to the exciting look of Christian's concert. "With this system, we are only limited by our creativity, and imagination," says Christian. His concert's treats do not end there. "I think people have yet to witness what real inspiration is all about. I will give my very best for everyone to feel that overflow," he reveals.

Other concerts are lined up this coming month—Mark Bautista's Simply Irresistible on October 13 at the Aliw Theater and Erik Santos at the Araneta Coliseum on October 19. Is he threatened by the stiff competition?

"Kinakabahan, kasi... October has a lot of concerts happening so I'm just glad na in a way ako yung nauuna sa October 6," says Christian.

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How does he feel about having the same concert date as Billy Crawford?

"Magkaiba naman [kami] siyempre. Ganito lang yun, if you want a dance concert, you go with his concert. If you want a non-dance concert, you go with my show.

"Nag-uusap nga kami [ni Billy] with Tita Virgie Ramos. Sabi ko, ‘Uy, paano ‘yan, magkasabay yung concert natin.' Sabi namin, ‘Ah, ganito na lang...Isa sa atin sa hapon na lang mag-concert tapos yung isa sa gabi para lahat makapunta.' Tawanan lang kami. We are aware of that pero wala tayong magagawa," he narrates.

Joining Christian in this groundbreaking concert are fellow ASAP '07 mainstays Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby as special guests, with the special participation of Kuh Ledesma, Joni Villanueva, Tricia Amper Jimenez, Sam Concepcion and Mr. Gary Valenciano. Mel Villena is the musical director.

Christian Inspired is staged for the benefit of Imus Unida Christian School.

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For tickets, call Ticketnet at tel. no. 9115555 or 9114087 or visit selected Odyssey Music and Video stores. Tickets are priced at PhP200, 600, 1,500, 2,000, and 2,500.

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Christian Inspired is staged for the benefit of Imus Unida Christian School. Above, Christian Bautista is photographed with the "Watchout" widescreen, which will be used at the Cuneta Astrodome during his October 6 concert.
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