After a long wait, Filipinos had a chance to watch the golden girl Celine Dion perform live in the Philippines.
For two nights, the singing icon filled up the Mall of Asia Arena for her Manila concert.
Witnessing the spectacle was an opportunity to watch one of the greatest divas of all time belt and sing with that distinct sentimentality continuously influencing aspiring performers all over the world.
It was also a chance to see how the older generation behave in a concert of such magnitude. For one, the audience is not singing with the featured singer unless Celine herself signaled them to sing.
Celine did say “it's your night” to the crowd but everyone in the packed MOA Arena knew to whom the night belonged.
REACHING PHILIPPINE SHORES.
During the second night of Celine Dion Live 2018 held last July 20, the Canadian singer spoke in Tagalog to express her gratitude for her Pinoy fans.
Celine said, “It’s my first time in the Philippines and it feels amazing. We finally made it. I’m very happy I’m here with all of you. Maraming salamat! [Thank you!]”
PLDT Home and Smart Music Live are the main presenters of Celine Dion Live 2018, a two-night event produced by AEG Presents and Ovation Productions.
It was a production of high class and superb talent. From the “Power of Love” opening number to the party-mode tailend comprised of Michael Jackson and Prince medleys, Celine let everyone feel satisfied whether the songs were major hits in the country’s airwaves or seldom heard by regular listeners.
Her skill in singing and dedication to her act that makes Celine in a level way up compared to most world-renowned artists.
She quipped, “You are supporting my music for nearly three decades now. It’s either you are extraordinary or a little crazy.”
ONE MORE SONG.
Celine clearly felt the admiration from audiences that she couldn’t leave right after the encore song: “My Heart Will Go On,” her signature. The people wouldn’t let her go.
She did cover a capella the classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to express her appreciation. She pointed out, “The show is supposed to be over but you are not making it easy for me to go.
“It’s hard to travel the world to sing and organize shows. But I’m not complaining. I want to sing to people. Let me tell you how much I love you in my own way.”
HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES.
Top comedian Vic Sotto watched with wife Pauleen Luna-Sotto that night and they were seated just a few rows from the stage.
The Eat Bulaga hosts were seen clapping for Celine, the voice behind hits such as “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and “Because You Loved Me.”
Vic was also intently looking at the big screen watching Celine deliver some of her numbers’ highlights.
Celine herself had the skill in delivering good punchlines like her famous Pinoy fan. When she spoke in Tagalog, she joked, “I took the chance and I hope you understand.”
In her first spiel, she uttered in a Russian accent: “Don’t ask me why it took so long for me to get here. I don't know.”
She even teased the crowd, “Can you sing? If yes, let’s go out on tour. You guys are the best.”
Perhaps her most unforgettable number is her take on Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” On record, Celine owned the song.
Live, she proved it could be done note for note. She even pointed that out by making a shoot-the-pianist gesture after the vocal highlight.
“Even if this is just the first time we meet, I feel like we know each other,” she told delighted fans, most of them growing gracefully old listening to the iconic singer.
In her Instagram account, Celine posted this thank you message for Filipinos:
"Maraming Salamat, Manila. What an unforgettable weekend! Tonight, it’s your turn Bangkok, I can’t wait to see you all!
"Maraming Salamat, Manille. Quel week-end inoubliable! Bangkok, c’est votre tour ce soir, j’ai hâte de vous voir!" – Céline xx…
See Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna on a date during the July 20 concert of Celine Dion: