Julie Anne San Jose's sold-out concert titled #Julie seemed like a pre-Valentine event as she used music to capture the life cycle of a relationship.
“Kumusta ang love life mo?” she asked fans who filled up the Music Museum last Saturday night, January 27.
The GMA-7 singer-actress was supported by her boyfriend Benjamin Alves who was present that night.
In his Instagram account, Ben boosted Julie Anne's confidence by giving words of encouragement and referring to her as his "love."
The Kapuso actor posted Julie Anne's photo and wrote the caption: "There is nothing you can’t do, love. I want you to know how proud I am of you. #julie"
During the concert, Julie Anne talked about the power of love.
“This is really emotional,” said the 23-year-old performer.
“Pero naiintindihan ko kung bakit nagiging emotional tayo pagdating sa love kasi parang rollercoaster ride 'yan.
“Parang sa Facebook, hindi mo alam kung ano ang isusulat mo.
“Ang gulu-gulo, minsan complicated ang status niyo.
“You have to dive into that feeling kasi alam natin kung gaano ka-powerful ang pag-ibig.”
To capture the kilig felt in the initial stages of love, Julie sang Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You."
This was followed her thoughts on the initial stages of a relationship.
“From being happy to in a relationship kasi proud kang ipakilala sa buong mundo kung sino yung taong nagpapatibok ng puso mo,” Julie Anne said with a smile.
She then asked concertgoers, “Sino ba ang in a relationship dito?”
The audience answered in unison, “Ikaw!”
Some people even shouted her boyfriend's name, Ben Alves, who was in the audience with GMA Network's senior vice president Lilybeth Rasonable and GMA's assistant vice president for alternative production Gigi Santiago-Lara.
In this segment, the young female singer performed a mashup of James Arthur's “Say You Won't Let Go” and Ed Sheeran's “Perfect.”
She also sang Bryan Adams's “Heaven” and Side A's “Forevermore,” which perfectly described couples who are madly in love with each other.
Unfortunately, no matter how happy a relationship is, Julie Anne said, “Nandiyan yung katotohanan na kapag ang isang bagay ay nagsimula, may patutunguhan itong katapusan. Hugot!
“Alam niyo ba usually kung ano ang pinanghuhugutan ng mga taong may hugot? Hopia.
“Hopiang-hopia tayong mga romantiko, as in hoping that everything will be all right, that everything will fall into its right place kahit minsan hopeless na ang sitwasyon.”
She added, “Kasi ang hirap naman talagang umasa, umasang maaayos pa ang lahat sa isang relasyon, na basta-basta na lang natatapos. O baka naman kasi hindi totoo na mayroon siyang iba o baka naman isang beses lang siyang nagloko, baka naman may magagawa pa.
“Pero ayun nga lang baka pinatatagal mo na lang.
“Ang totoo, tayo lang ang nagpapaasa sa sarili natin.
“Forever ba talaga ang love o sadyang dinadama lang natin ito hanggang sa mawala?”
The singer was able to communicate the pain of a breakup by performing a heartfelt number. This was reflected by a medley of power ballads such as “All Out of Love,” “It Must've Been Love,” “I'll Be Over You,” and “What About Love.”
In a pre-recorded video shown during the concert, Julie gave advice about knowing the end of a relationship.
She said, “You will know naman kapag hindi na kayo nag-uusap, lagi kayong nag-aaway, mas marami na kayong pinag-aawayan kaysa sa masasaya ninyong moments.
“Masakit, and yes, napagdaanan ko na siya.”
To move on, Julie sought help from God, her family, and her friends.
“Ang makakapagpagaan ng loob mo ay magdasal ka, humingi ka ng guidance kay Lord, humingi ka ng guidance sa mga magulang mo.
“It's really important that you tell them kung ano yung mga pinagdadanan mo para tulungan ka nila kasi they've been there.
“Siguro kaya tayo binibigyan ni Lord ng ganitong klaseng challenges kasi may mas okay pang darating.
“We have to tell ourselves also that we need to stop because we deserve someone better.”
Julie Anne gave a message for heartbroken people through her next performance, a medley of two songs with the same title “Stronger,” popularized by Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson.
Speaking of moving forward, she emphasized that it should start from the person who experienced the heartbreak.
She said in another pre-recorded video, “Declutter, lahat tanggalin mo—pictures, contact numbers, yung mga gamit sa bahay na nakapagpapaalala sa'yo sa kanya.
“I'll surround myself with people na alam kong makakapag-uplift sa akin, lalo na sa career ko sa work.
“Think about your parents. Nakaka-inspire kung iisipin mo kung paano ba sila nagsimula, paano sila naka-recover sa struggles sa buhay nila.
“Siyempre, heartbroken tayo, nawala sa atin yung kalahati ng sarili natin kaya kailangan nating buuin ulit para makapagmahal tayong muli.”
She then ended her spiel with this positive message, “I still believe in love, love is love, parang masaya lang. Masayang magmahal.”
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS. At her #Julie concert, the Sunday Pinasaya star looked back on the early days of her music career and performed her hit songs “Right Where You Belong,” “Naririnig Mo Ba,” and “I'll Be There.”
She performed her new song titled “Nothing Left,” which jumped up to the No. 1 spot on iTunes, thirty minutes after it was released.
Julie Anne heated up the night with her sexy “Havana” performance.
The GMA-7 singer also paid tribute to Philippine music icons—Sharon Cuneta, Lani Misalucha, and Regine Velasquez—who were her major inspirations as an artist.
Julie Anne was joined on stage by fellow singer Michael Pangilinan to perform a duet of “Too Good at Goodbyes.”
Julie ended her concert by singing Clean Bandit's “Symphony” while taking pictures with her fans.