Years of experience and number of hit songs may be an issue for some artists, but Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, and Ogie Alcasid happily welcomed Erik Santos to their core group headlining the pre-Valentine concert #paMORE at the MOA Arena on February 10.
According to Martin, billing is not even an issue among the four of them.
“This is the era that there’s no more rankings, there’s no more billing billing problems anymore—I think, ha?
“Because with the social media and all, he probably has more following than us.
“Everyone today—whether they started five years ago, 30 years ago, or 15 years ago—we are all pantay now because of social media.
“Wala na yung labanan sa mga artists. And to mix and match them today is not a hard thing to do.”
Regine, for her part, considers Erik an asset in their lineup.
“I’m always happy to work with new artists.
“Actually, si Erik hindi naman siya new artist kasi 15 years na siya in the business.
“And he’s such a great singer. Alam ko na in this concert malaki ang mako-contribute niya.
“So, I’m really happy that he’s with us.”
She went on to say that the producers of #paMore concert Anna Puno and Kakai Velasquez were the ones calling the shots in choosing the artist lineup.
“Pinili talaga siya to be in this concert. Just as pinili ako to be part of it and Ogie and Martin.
“The producers naman, well my sister Cacai, will always naman ask if I want to do a concert with whoever.
“Ako naman, palagi naman ang sagot ko ‘yes.’ Hahaha!”
Regine, Martin, and Ogie are undeniably certified OPM icons.
But even Ogie agreed that even he has no qualms about co-headlining a concert with Erik, who has his fair share of accomplishments in the music industry.
“Alam mo, wala akong pakialam sa mga icon icon na ganyan. I’m just being open about it. I can sing with anyone.
“Obviously, makasama mo si Martin at Regine sa isang concert, malaking bagay yun.
“Ngayon itong si Erik, parang kapatid na namin and at the same time ilang beses na naming nakasama sa concert.
“At ilang beses naman din niyang napatunayan na talagang mahal din siya ng mga nanoonod sa kanya. May title nga siya na King of Teleserye Theme Songs.”
Then Ogie jokingly added, “E, ako naman, e, Toyo at Bangus King lang. I’m so happy for him.”