Jake Zyrus teary-eyed over his family; admits, "Natakot ako na walang manood because I'm a transgender"

IMAGE Mark Atienza

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Jake Zyrus held a concert for the first time since changing his identity and coming out as a transgender.

On Friday night, October 6, the Music Museum was filled with fans who dubbed themselves members of the JZ Army.

JZ is, of course, for Jake Zyrus, the new name adopted by internationally known singer Charice.

Fans actually wore camouflage fatigue shirts to show support for JZ.

Many were curious to know whether his mother, Raquel Pempengco, would attend Jake's concert after their very public spat after Jake told his story on ABS-CBN's MMK.

Jake's mother and brother Carl were not present at the concert, but Jake's grandmother, Tess Relucio, attended the concert titled I Am Jake Zyrus.

While introducing his grandmother, whom he adressed as Nanay, Jake revealed,"First time na manood ni Nanay ng concert ko. I'm so proud na first time niya 'ko mapanood at ganito na ako.

"I love you, Nanay."

Before performing the song that he dedicated to his family, Jake revealed that he deliberated whether or not he would perform "Maghintay Ka Lamang" because of all the struggles in the past.

"Hindi ko alam kung kaya kong kantahin ito nang hindi umiiyak," admitted the 25-year-old singer.

In the middle of his performance of "Maghintay Ka Lamang," Jake became teary-eyed and motioned for his relatives to come up the stage. But in the end, he went down from the stage and sang in front of his grandmother who was seated in the middle of the Music Museum.

His grandmother sang a few lines from the song, earning cheers from the crowd. Lola Tess held Jake's face and whispered in his ear while the singer appeared to be holding back his tears.

One of the highlights of the evening was Jake's duet with a recording of Charice.

A video of Charice singing "Before It Explodes" was shown on the big screen, while Jake performed the single composed by Bruno Mars.

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Here are snippets of Jake Zyrus's performances during his concert #IAmJakeZyrus:








Here are scenes from the concert of Jake Zyrus:



All photos by Mark Atienza


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