Daniel Padilla on digital concert: "Pero bakit ayoko? Dapat ba iniisip ko yung sarili ko sa panahon ngayon?"

by Rachelle Siazon
Oct 9, 2020
Daniel Padilla on staging Apollo: A Daniel Padilla Digital Experience amid hard times: "Ako ho, wala akong kikitain dito. Gusto ko lang ito gawin para sa mga tao."
PHOTO/S: @adrepublika Instagram

Daniel Padilla candidly admits that he initially refused to headline a digital concert because he felt like he's not in the right condition to entertain people.

The 25-year-old Kapamilya actor had previously staged four sold-out concerts, three of which was held at the Big Dome and one at the MOA Arena.

In all four concerts, there were reasons for him to celebrate a happy occasion. The event either coincided with his birthday or a release of a new studio album.

This year, however, is a different case.

For one thing, staging a live concert at a big venue is not allowed because of the pandemic.

This meant Daniel's concert will be mounted online via Apollo: A Daniel Padilla Digital Experience, happening on October 11, Sunday, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on ktx.ph.

"Iyan ang pinakamalaking tanong sa akin bago ko sinimulan ito. Tinanong ho ako kung gusto kong mag-concert ngayon," says Daniel.

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"Ang totoong sagot, ayoko ho talaga mag-concert muna.

"Parang una, parang feeling ko nauubusan ako ng kakantahin. Tapos parang wala akong energy na gawin yun ngayon."

He admittedly had doubts whether or not he can pull it off, at a time when he's also deeply affected by his home network's woes following its junked franchise application.

"Siguro ho, sa daming nangyayari, kaya ko ba talaga mag-focus dito ngayon?

"Kaya ko ba talaga kumanta? Kaya ko ba mag-handle ng isang concert?

"Sabi ko sa kanila, ayoko muna talaga, kasi yun ang nararamdaman ko nung time na yun."

But after turning down the offer to do the concert, Daniel can't help but check his reasons for saying no outright.

He ponders, "Pero bakit ayoko? Dapat ba iniisip ko yung sarili ko sa panahon ngayon? Ako ba dapat yung iniisip ko?"

Then it dawned on Daniel that mounting the concert was not just about him after all.

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He elaborates, "Pumayag na ho akong tanggapin. Na-realize ko na hindi ito para sa akin. Para ito sa mga taong makakasama ko dito sa concert.

"Unang-una, yung mga staff na kasama namin. Alam niyo naman ho ang estado ng ABS-CBN ngayon, so maraming nawala.

"Etong chance na may gawin kaming magkakasama ulit, why not? I will do it for them.

"Na may magawa ulit kami habang bumabawi tayo at bumabangon."

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A TREAT FOR KATHNIEL FANS

At the same time, Daniel also hopes to bring joy to KathNiel fans who has always been supportive of him and his reel-and-real-life sweetheart Kathryn Bernardo.

"Pangalawa, kumusta ba ang supporters natin ngayon? Kumusta ang kondisyon nila? Kumusta ang kondisyon ng pamilya nila?

"Ipagdadamot ko pa ba sa kanila ito? Ipagdadamot ko ba yung ilang sandaling kasiyahan nila?

"Na maramdaman nila na okay pa rin tayong lahat. Nandito pa rin kami naghihintay sa inyo na maging maayos lahat."

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Daniel goes on to say that he was spurred to go ahead with the Apollo concert after realizing that he's still in the position to bring hope to other people.

Speaking of his celebrity status, he says, "Gamitin natin meron tayo ngayon to inspire people. Hindi yung kung anu-ano lang na for the sake of money, for the sake of fame.

"We have to use this sa tamang bagay. Tinatrabaho ho natin yun ngayon.

"I'm not perfect, but I'm trying very hard para mailabas sa mga tao yun."

NOT FOR THE SAKE OF PROFIT

Daniel's digital concert is co-produced by Star Events, ABS-CBN's events arm, and Johnny Moonlight, a production company owned by Daniel.

Talking about the ticket price amounting to PHP499, Daniel says the event organizers are charging just enough to mount the digital concert.

"Siyempre ayaw naman natin maging manhid sa mga nangyayari ngayon.

"Gusto natin magbigay ng saya. Kung puwede lang gawin ko ng libre kaso hindi naman puwede dahil meron tayong binabayaran.

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"Yung mga kanta kailangan natin bayaran, yung production kailangan natin bayaran.

"So yung binigay natin na presyo, 'yan na yung pinaka-minimum para lang mabayaran namin lahat ng kailangan bayaran sa production.

He then candidly points out that he is not doing the concert just for the sake of profit.

"Pero wala na hong sobra diyan. Ako ho, wala akong kikitain dito. Gusto ko lang ito gawin para sa mga tao."

DANIEL'S PLAYLIST

On a lighter note, Daniel also shares some of his favorite songs that never fail to inspire him.

  • "Here, There, and Everywhere" by Paul McCartney is Daniel and Kathryn's personal theme song.

"I' m into rock and roll, e. Si Kathryn more on sa ballad, yung pambabaeng music. Pero nagkapareho kami sa gusto namin kasi si Michael Bublé.

"Nung nakuha ko na, 'A, mahilig siya sa Michael Buble, mahilig siya sa standard.' E, ako bata pa lang fan na ako ni Sinatra.

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"Nung pinakilala ko sa kanya mga kanta ni Sinatra, nila Nat King Cole, dun na kami nagkasundo sa music. Pareho na kami nang pinapatugtog."

  • "Smile" by Nat King Cole reminds Daniel of his grandmother's love for him.

"It's a very sentimental song for me kasi yun po ay kanta ng lola ko sa akin.

"Every time bago matulog or kung anuman ginagawa niya, yun ang kinakanta niya sa akin, dahil Lola's boy ako, e."

  • "One" by U2 is Daniel's current fight song.

"Sakto siya sa nangyayari ngayon. We have to be one. Hindi tayo puwede divided. The problem now is masyado tayong divided with our opinions and beliefs.

"Kailangan natin magkaisa sa ating mga beliefs, sa mga pinaglalaban natin, hindi lang para sa Pilipinas, kundi para sa buong mundo.

"Masyado magulo mundo. The problem is tayo, ang tao, masyado tayo makukulit with nature. We're working against nature. Why not work one with nature?

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"I think the song 'One' is perfect. Like si Bono na singer ng U2, maraming adbokosiya ang tao na yun. I look up to him."

  • "Panalangin by Apo Hiking Society is Daniel's go-to song if he will court Kathryn again because he believes it will surely win her over in an instant.

"Iyan ang gusto kong kantahin. O, tapos na! Akin na 'yan! Come here. Hahaha!"

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PHOTO/S: @adrepublika Instagram
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