It was truly a night of unexpected events when Alex Gonzaga held her April 25 concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum titled AG From The East: The Unexpected Concert.
The 27-year-old TV host-actress experienced a wardrobe malfunction when her bra suddenly peeked out from her blue midriff top.
As the night progressed, it became a running joke as Vice Ganda teased Alex for being flat-chested while Toni said that their mother, Mommy Pinty, was upset because her daughter’s underwear was seen by the public.
During the first portion of the concert, Alex wore a blue midriff top as she performed songs from her debut album I Am Alex G. While singing her song “Panaginip Lang,” she asked one of the back-up singers to fix her top but to no avail. The unexpected happened: her bra slipped down, allowing concertgoers to see her nude-colored bra.
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She tried her best to fix her bra as she continued singing but the cups remained visible to audiences. Floor directors tried to come to the rescue by fixing her top as Alex kept right on singing. After several minutes, they decided to cover her up with a leather jacket. However, the bra cups still slid down and became visible underneath her black leather jacket.
Finally, Alex excused herself to go backstage. “May tatanggalin lang ako, kita n’yo na rin kung ano yun,” said the ABS-CBN star.
Despite having a wardrobe malfunction, Alex was unstoppable from entertaining fans and concertgoers at who attended her Big Dome concert that lasted from 9 p.m. until midnight.
BRA MALFUNCTION. Alex’s bra malfunction became the subject of fun and humor in separate segments.
Alex asked Vice Ganda, who was seated in the audience area, what he thought about her previous production numbers.
The comedian said that he was late so he did not see the previous numbers but he did watch the one where her bra became visible.
“Kadarating ko lang at bra mo agad ang nakita ko. Makutim! Iyan pa rin ang suot mo simula noon,” said Vice Ganda, eliciting chuckles from the crowd.
He also poked fun at Alex’s updo by saying, “Mas makapal pa nga yung hair mo kaysa sa dibdib mo!”
Alex managed to joke, “Yung nasuot ko nga palang bra kanina, kay Mommy Pinty [Gonzaga],” referring to her mother.
Their banter had the crowd in stitches.
Vice: “Ilang taon ka na?”
Alex: “I’m twenty-seven, why?”
Vice: “Bente-siyete ka na hanggang ngayon baby bra ka pa rin!”
In another portion, Alex was also not spared from teasing from her older sister Toni.
The soon-to-be-married Toni told Alex that their Mommy Pinty was mad because of the bra malfunction.
“Hoy, mainit ang ulo niya! Sobrang init ng ulo niya! Lumabas kasi yung bra mo!”
Toni then revealed that their mother is always concerned about the outfits that they wear. “Alam mo yung mommy namin laging ganyan.
“’Pag halimbawa lalabas kami sa ASAP tapos sexy kami, shorts, sleeveless, backless, te-text niya kami, ‘Ano mag-bold star na lang kayong dalawa!’
These conversations drew so much laughter from the audience that resonated in the whole Big Dome.
AG FROM THE PHILIPPINES. The Unexpected concert last Saturday started with a VTR showing a deglamorized Alex cleaning the Big Dome in preparation for the big event.
For her opening number, Alex came out in a silver, sparkling dress as she sported a high-ponytail hairstyle, similar to the look worn by American singer Ariana Grande.
She then performed a medley of Ariana’s songs “Break Free” and “Problem” as she did the singer’s signature dance moves.
She then greeted the audience just like an international artist.
“Good evening, Araneta. Hi Manila! So happy to be here, Manila!
“I’m so tired Manila! Give me water.”
She instantly shifts back to being Alex.
“Actually this is not Manila. Hi Cubao! How are you Cubao?
“Did you enjoy my first song? Because that’s my second to the last song, so I hope you did,” she jokingly told the audience.
She recalled the sacrifices that she did to prepare for her Araneta concert.
“Alam niyo ba, before the show, I did not talk or anything. I was just myself.
“Grabeng hirap ang dinaanan ko. Two months walang tsokolate! Two months walang malamig [na inumin]! Ganon! Alam niyo yun guys, para sa inyong lahat yan.”
RECALLING HER EX-BOYFRIEND. One of the highlights of the evening was the time when Alex shared her realizations about her love life, which is actually related to her next set of songs.
“Practice ako ng practice tapos narealize ko rin do’n sa aking practice, may kulang. Kulang ako ng someone to text...napakasakit. Someone to call. Kulang ako ng ganun. So recently lang din, meron akong nalaman.”
She continued talking about her ex-boyfriend whom she did not name.
“Meron kasi akong isang ex. Si Mommy Pinty pwede niyong palabasin muna. Parang nagho-hope pa ko na magkakabalikan kami. So parang naghohope pa ko. Recently parang may nalaman ako na hindi na kami magkakabalikan.
“Nahihiya ako kay Lord kasi nagtatanong tanong pa ko kay Lord, ‘Lord sana po magkabalikan kami.’ Tapos no’ng nalaman ko yung dahilan ba’t hindi kami magkakabalikan, as in recently lang, mga February, parang nahiya ako sa sarili ko kasi ang panget ng reason talaga.
“Siguro inisip ni Lord, ‘tong batang ‘to request ng request.’ Pero narealize ko naman, na parang alam niyo talaga pag merong tinanggal sa inyo si Lord, ‘wag niyo na siyang habulin, ‘wag niyo na siyang i-wish. Kasi kaya siya tinanggal ni Lord dahil may tamang rason si Lord. ‘Di ba?”
A grand piano was then put on the stage to serve as her prop for her next performance, which is inspired by Ariana Grande’s performance with David Foster during her Honeymoon tour.
Alex then declared: “I will now unfold to you my deepest secret, my voice.
“It’s a secret that I haven’t been telling people but Kuya Jimmy, our musical director knew it, because of our rehearsals narinig niya.
“So itong kanta ko dine-dedicate ko sa mga taong naghahabol pa, na hindi naman kailangang maghabol. Pag iniwan na kayo ng lalaki, ‘wag niyo nang habulin. O iniwan kayo ng babae, ‘wag niyo nang habulin. ‘Wag ganon nakakapikon. Dapat hayaan niyo na lang kasi kaya tinanggal sila sa buhay natin, dahil may kapalit. O kita niyo na sa ‘kin, wala pa ring kapalit!”
She then dedicates the songs to herself! “So my next song, it’s dedicated to myself. I dedicate it to myself and if you know the song, please don’t sing it with me. Appreciate it. Because this is music, what I'm giving you.”
She then gives a soulful rendition of Ariana Grande’s love songs: “One Last Time” and “Love Me Harder.”
LOVE ADVICE. In the next segment where her wardrobe malfunction happened, Alex came out wearing a sparkling blue midriff top that exposed her tummy area. Despite the malfunction, she continued singing cuts from her album: “Panaginip Lang” and “Bye Bye Baby.”
After the performance, Alex actually became a saleslady!
She went down the stage and pulled a trolley containing copies of her album, I Am Alex G, and her book Dear Alex, Break na Kami, Paano?!? Love, Catherine. She quipped, “Mall show talaga ito, guys.”
It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda then received a dare from Alex who stated: “Makikita natin kung sino maganda mag-advice: Madam Bertud or Dear Alex!”
They asked an audience member to consult with them regarding love problems.
After the segment, Alex gave the floor to Vice for her to change her outfit. Vice then told his friend, “Alam mo bago ka magbihis, meeting-in mo muna yung wardrobe [team] mo, sabihin mo ibuhol yung bra bago ka palabasin.”
Alex: “Hey, it’s strapless.”
Vice Ganda: “Strapless?! E, boobless ka rin!”
The TV host-comedian again channeled his persona as Madam Bertud by dispensing advice to a lesbian having problems with her girlfriend.
THE VOICE SHOWDOWN. The next segment featured Alex with two The Voice PH divas – Klarisse de Guzman and Leah Patricio.
As the V-reporter of the talent search, Alex used to monitor the comments made on social media regarding the performers.
She asked the alumna of The Voice, “So Klarisse, Leah, as you know, alam na natin, i-bulgar na natin, tuwing nagla-live ang The Voice, sino ang una niyong kinukuhanan ng mga comments, suggestions and everything?”
Klarisse then answered, “Siyempre ikaw.” Before proceeding with the showdown, Alex first asked for salabat, she gargled right there on stage and spit out the ginger tea in a tabo!
Alex and Klarisse performed “To Love You More” together while Alex and Leah had a duet for “I Have Nothing.” What made the segment hilarious what the fact that when it came to the high notes, Alex would simply point at the two singers so they would sing the difficult portions!
MAJA THE SINGLE LADY. Another highlight of the evening was when Alex had a Beyonce medley sing-and-dance showdown with fellow ABS-CBN talent Maja Salvador. During this portion, Alex changed her wardrobe at least four times, one of which was a bellydancing dress.
They ended with Beyonce’s hit “Crazy in Love.”
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After their dance showdown, Alex said that she forgot to add a song suited for Maja.
“Hindi ko naisama ‘tong kantang to. Kuya pa-play nga.”
The band then played the Beyonce hit, “Single Ladies,” alluding to the fact that Maja has ended her relationship with Gerald Anderson.
Maja quipped, “Kasi naman, hindi mo nabalitaan agad! Hindi kasi na-announce agad!”
Alex asked her former Pangarap na Bituin co-star, "Kamusta ka naman ngayon?
Without missing a beat, Maja replied in an upbeat tone, "Maganda."
Alex agreed by saying, "Totoo, maganda siya ngayon." The audience showed its approval by cheering out loud.
When they talked about their production numbers, Alex reminded Maja about their previous agreement. “Maja, di ba sabi ko sa’yo, ‘O Maja, sa showdown natin, concert ko ‘to, alam mo na, dahan-dahan.’”
Maja pointed out that she made a slight mistake earlier.
“Oo, nagkamali nga ako, e, nahulog ako,” said Maja, referring to her dance move involving a chair wherein she almost lost her balance. “Pero hindi halata, siyempre in-emote ko.”
Alex blurted out, “Talaga? Parang ngayon hindi halatang nasasaktan ka,” seemingly referring to Maja’s breakup.
The ex-girlfriend of Gerald stressed, “Hindi naman talaga.”
Alex then praised her friend, “Ang ganda-ganda ni Maja. You’ve never been this happier, this beautiful, and single. I’m so happy may kasama na ‘ko.”
Maja admitted, “Alam mo, tinanggap ko agad maging single kasi sabi ko, ‘kailangan ng kasama ni Cathy [Alex’s real name].’”
GUY POWER. The guys in the life of Alex made their presence felt through their song numbers.
Her TV leading men – Matteo Guidicelli, Joseph Marco and Ryan Bang - entertained concertgoers by performing Pharrell’s “Happy” as bubbles floated around the stage.
A jukebox set was then brought out onstage, signaling the arrival of her next guest – her Kara-okay partner Luis Manzano who was wearing a Barong Tagalog. Luis sat down onstage “para swabe lang” while singing Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” He got a negative score of -02! Alex showed her flair for theatrics when she had lifting stunts for “Let’s Get Loud.”
Since they promised guests from “Hollywoods,” contenders from ABS-CBN’s game show Your Face Sounds Familiar came out onstage to impersonate foreign artists. Karla Estrada transformed as Adele, Jolina Magdangal became Cher while Melai Cantiveros dressed as Britney Spears.
SISTER ACT. The biggest showdown of all was reserved for the Gonzaga sisters.
Alex started singing the theme song of the animated film Frozen “Let It Go” when suddenly, her sister Toni came out on stage to help her finish the song.
Since she entered showbiz first, Toni recalled that her younger sister would always be so supportive of her when she performed in big venues such as the Araneta Coliseum.
“Before ‘pag may show ako dito o kahit sa’n mang show, alam niyo kung nasaan si Alex? Nando’n sa side, magpi-picture, ta’s sisilip. Before I would always say, ‘Cathy pahinging tubig’, ganyan. And you always share the stage with me. But tonight, you owned the stage.”
Alex then replied, “Sis, alam mo dati, lagi may magsasabi sa ‘kin ‘Uy, ang galing galing mo na, nalagpasan mo na ate mo.’ Alam mo hindi totoo ‘yan kasi hello you’re such a big star!”
Toni reminded her, “At least, nagawa natin na kantahin ‘yong dream mo kasi alam niyo ang OA niyan! Nanuod kami ng Frozen iyak ng iyak, sabi niya, ‘Ako si Anna! Ako siya! Ganyan ka sa ‘kin!’ Tapos no’ng nalaman niyang ikakasal na ‘ko, wala kang ginawa kung ‘di mag MMS ng mga pictures natin.”
Alex then disclosed that she wants to be the singer for the wedding of Toni to Direk Paul Soriano.
The younger Gonzaga then gave a comical rendition of “Ikaw” as she played a ukulele, drawing laughter from the audience.
Toni, who was trying to hold back her laughter, marched slowly as if walking down a church aisle until she finally said, “Si Alex ang maid of honor ko pero pagkatapos ng gabing ito, parang puro dishonor ang dala niya.”
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The Gonzaga sisters then changed into sexy outfits for their performance of “Bang Bang.”
When Alex went backstage, Toni was left behind to share some “unexpected” stories about her sibling.
“Alam niyo, natutulog na kami mga 15 minutes na kaming tapos mag-usap, bigla siyang kakanta [ng ‘Bang Bang’].
“’Yon ‘yong sabi ko sa kanya: ‘No wonder wala ka pa talagang boyfriend or suitor na tumatagal kasi na-e-enjoy nila ‘yong company for a while, tapos mga after one day, two days, ingay na ingay na sila sa ‘yo.’
“Alam mo ‘yong mommy ko, nag-uusap kami sa balcony. Nag-uusap kaming ganyan, pumasok siya ng bahay, kumakanta ng ‘Pangako Sa’Yo’, gagayahin niya si Vina [Morales]. Alam mo sabi ng mommy ko, ‘Uy andiyan na si Catherine!” Pati mommy ko pinagtataguan siya. Tignan mo mommy ko ngayon nagtatago.”
But what makes Toni proud of her younger sister is the confidence that she always exudes.
“Tapos nakakatuwa kasi everytime nga na magko-concert ako, lagi niyang iniisip, ‘Kaya ko kayang gawin yang ginagawa mo? Oo, nauna ka lang ma-discover.’ Pero feeling niya kayang kaya niyang din ‘yon.
“So may one time na tinawagan siya na sige magkaka-concert ka, tuwang tuuwa siya. Tapos sabi niya sa’n ‘yong venue, sabi sa Araneta. Siyempre ni-nerbiyos ako. Pero ‘yong mukha niya ‘kala mo, sold out na yung tickets. Kasi nga naman for the longest time, hindi lang siya nanunuod, kaya rin pala niyang mag-concert ng sarili niya.”
For her finale, Alex wore a skin-tone outfit that was equipped with a harness.
She fulfilled her promise of doing a “buwis-buhay” number by singing “Chandelier.” At one point, she was spun around by a backup dancer.
Alex ended the number by being suspended high up in the air!
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As she was hanging from the ceiling, she thanked everyone who watched her Unexpected concert. “Thank you so much! Maraming salamat mag-ingat po kayo pauwi. Pumapayag talaga ako na ‘yan na last song ko.”
After a pause, she scolded the crowd: “Hoy, mag more kayo! Paano ako bababa dito? Nakuha niyo na kasi yung tawa, pagod na kayo, gusto niyo nang umuwi. Ano ako dito mag-aantay mawala kayo lahat? Mag-more kayo nababastos ako!”
Concertgoers followed her instructions by shouting “More!”
Finally, her harness was lowered so she could sing her final song “Blank Space.” As midnight approached, Alex ended the concert comically by asking the audience to go home already as pink confetti fell down from the rafters.
(View Part 1 of photos: Alex Gonzaga has wardrobe malfunction at Araneta concert)
(View Part 2 of photos: Vice Ganda teases Alex Gonzaga for being flat-chested, Toni chides sister for bra malfunction)
(View Part 3 of photos: Alex Gonzaga teases Maja Salvador for being part of "Single Ladies" club)