Last Sunday, July 5, the stars of ASAP '09 paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson as Kapmilya starsdanced and grooved to King of Pop's famous hits. PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) was there when they dedicated different segments to the musical boywonder who grew up to be a global pop superstar.
The seventh of nine brothers and sisters, Michael Joseph Jackson started hiscareer as the youngest member of the Jackson5. When he launched his solo career in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, he released astring of hits like "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There," "Billie Jean," "Healthe World," and "Black or White."
MJ also popularized dance moves such as the moonwalk, the anti-gravity lean andeven the grabbing of one's chest and crotch. All these became part of theMJ-inspired dance numbers prepared by the ASAP‘09 stars as well as their guests that day: Charice and Lea Salonga.
The first segment dedicated to the late American recording artist showcased hitsingles culled from his best-selling albums Thriller(1982), Off the Wall (1972), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory(1995).
Yeng Constantino rocked the stage as she gave her rendition of"Black or White," taken from Jackson'sDangerous album.
Audience members yelled their lungs out as Piolo Pascualcame out onstage singing the R&B ballad, "You Are Not Alone" from MJ's HIStory. As the song ended, Kapamilyastars Rachelle Ann Go, Christian Bautista, Nikki Gil, Billy Crawford, MarkBautista, Yeng Constantino and Nina joined Piolo in singing the touching song.
THE GROOVE. Sporting a single white glove and a blackhat, Gary Valenciano grooved to the beat of "Man in the Mirror," "SmoothCriminal," and "Billie Jean." Mr. Pure Energy brought the house down as hemoonwalked and showed off fancy footwork for the benefit of the viewers.
ASAP's UD4(Ultimate Dance Four) females, Shaina Magdayao and Maja Salvador, then shakedtheir booties to the tune of "Rock With You." This song helped Jacksonscore one of the first Billboard number-one singles in the 1980s,as well as one of the last big hits of the disco era.
Gab Valenciano and Rayver Cruz dominated the stage as they heated up the stagewith "Dangerous," culled from Jackson'salbum with the same title.
Mickey Perz and John Prats had a dance showdown as they performed the 1987 hit,"Bad." This song was the second of five Billboard Hot100 number-one hit singles from the album Bad, and was MJ's seventh number-one singleoverall.
Wearing an all-white ensemble, Vhong Navarro pulled off Jackson's "SmoothCriminal" with his own smooth moves, including the famous anti-gravity leanthat had the crowd cheering and clapping for more.
Billy Crawford and Sarah Geronimo were pumped up with energyas they snapped their fingers and twirled around to the tune of "Beat It." Oneof the most lauded songs in history, "Beat It" was certified platinumin 1989.
They then segued to Michael Jackson's 1984 hit single, "Thriller." The songremains popular as proven by sales of over 1,159,000 digital downloads in theU.S. aloneand regularly returns to the Billboard Hot DigitalSongs chart, since the chart's inception in 2005.
THE HEART. Michael Jackson wasn't just known for hisrock and roll songs, he also popularized a lot of inspirational songs.
During the latter part of the July 5 episode, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Sarah Geronimosang "Will You Be There," a song released by MJ in 1993. The single was takenfrom the 1991 album Dangerous and also appeared on the soundtrackof Free Willy(1993). Further enhancing the rendition of Zsa Zsa and Sarah was the singinggroup The CompanY.
Right after that, Charice Pempengco and Lea Salonga led themin singing "Heal the World," also from the hit album Dangerous. In a 2001 Internet chatwith fans, Jacksonadmitted that "Heal the World" is the song he is most proud of.
Gary Valenciano returned onstage to sing "Man in the Mirror,"the song earned for Jacksona nomination for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
For the finale, Zsa Zsa, Charice, and Lea Salonga joined Mr. Pure Energy in askingeveryone to "make that change."
For all his contributions to the world of music and in pop culture, Michael Jacksonis indeed an icon worthy of being remembered in this grand fashion.