Faith Cuneta was positively blooming in her birthday concert. The Diva with a voice of radiance, Faith celebrated her birthday with her concert titled Celebrate Faith before a packed Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan.
Her repertoire, comprised of classic OPMs and familiar foreign love songs she grew up with, reflected her innermost feelings. She looked back at the past with Ariel Rivera's "Photograph" as a background slide of her pictures from the past were displayed in a dramatic way. Being a diva fan herself, she paid homage to songs sung by her idols Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Regine Velasquez. As expected, her proficient take on the Sharon Cuneta original "Pangarap Na Bituin" received the loudest claps, along with her rendition of "Mahal Kita" which was the moving theme of GMA-7's Marimar series that catapulted Marian Rivera to stardom.
"It's the blessings and memories that you count, not the years," said Faith at the start of the standing-room only show. It featured unforgettable surprises especially towards the end of the show, especially when Gabby Concepcion suddenly appeared and sang a duet with her for the song "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang." His presence showed how much he's been missed by Filipinos that ladies were volunteering to be picked up and be brought up the stage by the comebacking matinee idol.
Comedienne Joy Viado provided wackiness for the show while singing politician Bayani Fernando found a way to crack some jokes for the audience.
As for the birthday girl, she reminisced how she used to do three sets in one night in lounge bars. It's a wonder that she is loveless at this stage of her life when she is, in any way you view it, lovable. Sensibly she managed to capitalize on her being unattached (as of yet) since her most amusing number of the night was her version of Gary Granada's Metropop-winning composition "Mabuti Pa Sila" which is lyrically (and ridiculously) a perfect anthem for the loveless.
During the concert, Faith sang "One Hello", "Someone That I Used To Love" and Joey Alberts' "Memories." As a way of telling the audience they'll see more of her, she sang her upcoming single "Next Time I Love" a preview of an album to be released in the near future. As an encore, she sang "Pangako Sa'yo" as if she was promising she would continue singing touching songs.
Being a perfect occasion to look back at significant points in her life, Faith did not forget to thank people who helped her achieve a place of her own in the world of showbiz.
In the end, it's great talent that counts more than anything. That simply brought her to that special night and in return she gifted the audience with something worth watching.
Faith will have the same show staged at the Anniversary of The Library in Malate on June 18, 2008.