All roads led to the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, last Thursday, November 30, for the celebration of Piolo Pascual’s 10 fruitful, exciting years in showbiz.
The concert, TEN, was a night of reminiscing and cheering for the showbiz heartthrob’s successes in showbiz. A video presentation narrated the Top Ten highlights of his career—his past TV series with ABS-CBN, movies with Star Cinema, best-selling songs, the people he worked with, and the awards he received.
The 30-year-old actor-singer expressed complete joy for the blessings and opportunities that came his way. “Masayang-masaya po ako dahil nagagawa ko ngayon ang dalawang bagay na malapit sa puso ko, ang pag-arte at pag-awit.”
Piolo opened his concert with an upbeat rendition of Wency Cornejo’s Mangarap Ka and Kitchie Nadal’s Bulong. The simple stage design and his wardrobe matched the Ultimate Dreamboy’s “down-to-earth” personality.
SPECIAL GUESTS. The show gathered most of Star Magic’s roster of talents for a dance extravaganza. A member of the press commented, “It’s like watching a grand production of ASAP minus the main hosts.”
The Big Dome vibrated with loud shrieks from fans when Sam Milby and Piolo perform a “Narda” duet, with Pokwang—in her very tight and short outfit and ash blonde wig—spicing it up by assuming Darna’s character. After the number, Piolo tells Sam, “Bro, ayun si Attorney Joji [Alonso]. Batiin natin. Hi, Attorney.” The audience laughs.
After a few solo numbers, Piolo introduced his next guest as “My idol, my favorite singer, my mentor—Mr. Ogie Alcasid.” (It was the songwriter who produced Piolo’s two multi-platinum albums.) The two singers rendered a medley of “Kung Mawawala Ka” and “Kailangan Kita.” It was one of the most applauded parts of the concert. Afterwards, Ogie did the reggae version of “Nandito Ako.”
Piolo also shared the stage with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. Together they gave a soulful rendition of the theme song of their movie Paano Kita Iibigin. And then, Regine sang her current hit “Love Me Again,” which had the crowd gaping in awe.
Showbiz’s most eligible bachelor also serenaded his leading ladies, Claudine Barretto with “The Gift,” and Angel Locsin with “Ikaw ang Aking Pangarap.”
Judy Ann Santos, one of Piolo's perennial screen partners before, was not present. He dedicated the song "Till There Was You," also the title of one of their movies, to director Joyce Bernal instead. After the song, Piolo jokingly called the director, “Juday,” adding, “Ikaw ba ‘yan?”
The concert’s finale had Piolo, and the entire Big Dome, singing and dancing to Pinoy dance hits, such as “Rock Baby Rock,” “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka Day,” among others.
The concert, directed by Louie Ocampo, was a blast. The repertoire and Piolo’s performance sent the fans screaming “I love you, Piolooooooo!” most of the time. Regine Velasquez remarked, “Ang galing kumanta ni Piolo, ano! Grabe!”
And we agree.