Every Sunday night, the usually self-effacing and soft-spoken Kapamilya star Sarah Geronimo transforms into a more self-assured and unreserved woman for her own musical variety program, Sarah G Live.
When the show aired its final episode last February 10, it was understandable for the Popstar Princess to become emotional as she bid farewell to her weekly live show that seemed to serve as her comfort zone for a good one year—both on a personal and professional level, that is.
Tearful, but still composed, she thanked her fans and all the people who joined her in this “journey.”
“Mga Kapamilya, for the past year naging tahanan ko po ang Sarah G Live at buong puso niyo po kaming tinanggap sa inyong mga tahanan linggu-linggo. And for that, I give my sincerest thanks to each and everyone of you na sumama po sa amin dito sa napakagandang journey ng Sarah G Live. At muli po sa inyong lahat, hindi pa po ito ang katapusan.”
While it was a sad moment for her followers who had made her live musical program a staple in their Sunday night viewing, the show still managed to work on a “happy ending” via the Popstar’s unfailing full performances and special co-hosts, to boot.
Using modern technology, Sarah opened the show with a futuristic-inspired production, complete with laser lights and mirror-like LED screens, singing and dancing to Madonna’s “Music,” followed by her own rendition of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music.”
After the opening number, the high-spirited Sarah, for the last time, welcomed the audience composed mostly of her fans called Popsters: “Mga Kapamilyaall over the world, magandang gabi po and welcome to Sarah G Live!”
SIR MIGGY. Good friend and co-host Luis Manzano, whom Sarah said she misses so much, then joined her on stage to introduce their special co-host for the night. “Ang aking one and only, na Sir Miggy, Mr. John Lloyd Cruz.”
By “Sir Miggy,” Sarah was referring to John Lloyd’s character in their previous blockbuster romantic-comedy films, A Very Special Love (2008) and You Changed My Life (2009).
John Lloyd: Hello! Hi, Sarah!
John Lloyd: One year na ang Sarah G Live at ang dami mong napabilib ha!
Sarah: Sana nga!
John Lloyd: Every Sunday, ang dami mong napapabilib so before we go to the next level, sagutin mo muna ang mga unforgettable… memorable discoveries mo at mga natutunan mo dito sa show mo?
Sarah: Too many to mention. Hindi. Joke lang. Natutunan ko na hindi sapat yung inaaral mo lang yung choreography mo, nagpo-project ka sa camera, talagang you really have to give your heart when performing kahit na meron kang pinagdadaanan, meron kang problema, ang importante talaga bilang performer, binibigay mo ang lahat.
John Lloyd: The show must go on.
Sarah: The show must go on and self-control. Natutunan ko po ang self-control pero pag-pasensyahan niyo na po kasi sinabi sa ’kin when the show started ‘Sarah, just be yourself.’ Sinubukan ko pong magpakatotoo. May mga hindi tinanggap yung pagiging totoo ko, pero naging totoo po ako sa sarili ko.
John Lloyd: Okay ka lang?
Sarah: I’m okay.
John Lloyd: Okay ka lang ba? Ito na Sars. Let’s start! Sigurado akong excited na ang mga, hindi lang popsters, lahat ng mga sumusuporta sa ’yo sa unang pasabog…. From concert performer daw to a drama actress pala. Ganun ba?
Sarah: Alam mo sobrang excited ako para diyan. Sabi ko nga, after nitong journey ko sa Sarah G Live gusto ko naman ma-explore yung aking pagiging actor, yung pagiging actress ko. I feel na kailangan ko talaga mag improve at para mangyari yun.
As for this “new journey,” Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communications, said in a statement dated February 6:
“After a year of bringing world class performances to Filipino viewers in the country and in TFC markets around the world, Sarah Geronimo moves on to fulfill other commitments. The pop star, who recently renewed her contract with ABS-CBN, will sit as one of the judges of ‘The Voice of the Philippines,’ and will soon have her own drama anthology. Sarah is also busy filming her upcoming Star Cinema movie with John Lloyd Cruz, and is set to go on a Sarah G concert worldwide.”
MORE DUETS. The show went on with more performances from the Kapamilyastar—singing a duet with rock star Bamboo for the song "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls; and a dance showdown with Sam Concepcion, Robi Domingo, and Julia Montes on Gab Valenciano’s Smash Up segment.
Adding more spice to the episode, Sarah and John Lloyd performed together the theme song of their upcoming movie, It Takes a Man and a Woman, with shrieks and cheers from fans.
ANOTHER PHASE IN HER LIFE. When Sarah performed Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” it seemed quite evident that the Popstar Princess is indeed ready to break free as she prepares for new expeditions.
“Ito ay isang simula lamang sa mga bagong bagay na gusto kong gawin. Sana samahan niyo pa rin ako as I explore and discover new things and move on to another phase in my life. As the new journey begins, sana samahan n’yo ako.”
Capping off the show, a tearful Sarah addressed her viewers and fans, thanking them most especially for the acceptance, before finally belting out her signature song, “Forever’s Not Enough.”
“Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat mga Kapamilya. Mami-miss ko po itong sabihin, pero isasa-puso ko po talaga ito dahil totoo naman po talagang kulang naman po ang forever para pasalamatan kayong lahat dahil tinanggap niyo po ako. Bago pa lang po akong host, at marami man po akong pagkakamali, tinanggap niyo po ako, yung mga totoong nagmamahal sa akin,” said the Popstar Princess as she bid goodbye to her viewers.