The passing of international pop icon Michael Jackson affected singer Aiza Seguerra. Last night, June 26, at the Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan, Aiza paid her own little tribute to the man dubbed as the King of Pop by performing an impromptu inspired yet poignant rendition of Jackson's 1988 hit single, "Man in the Mirror."
"Biglaan lang na tribute yun, hindi talaga [planado]," Aiza told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) later in the evening.
Michael's sudden death came as a shock, according to Aiza, who learned about the sad news through a close friend in a text message.
"Hindi ako dancer pero gusto ko kung sasayaw ako parang si Michael Jackson. Pero lucky din ako kasi I've seen two of his concerts."
Aiza was referring to a concert in Singapore back when she was still in grade school and the one held here in Manila—Jackson staged a two-day concert at the Asia World City open field in Parañaque in December 1996 as part of the Asian leg of his HIStory world tour.
Michael Jackson, 50, collapsed yesterday (Manila time) at his rented home in Los Angeles, California. Initial reports pending official autopsy findings indicated that the enigmatic superstar suffered a heart attack. Authorities had already ruled out the possibility of foul play behind the incident.
Jackson's death came two weeks before a grueling series of concerts designed to serve as the singer-performer's late-career comeback after years of inactivity plagued with scandals, financial woes and erratic tabloid-worthy antics.
LIVE ALBUM. Aiza's special Teatrino engagement was staged as a live recording for her upcoming album under Star Records, slated for a July release. The intimate performance was also documented and will be shown soon in the music channel, MYX.
Aside from saluting Michael Jackson, Aiza paid tribute to the music of OPM's own legends, the Eraserheads, by performing three of the band's popular songs—"Magasin," "Huling El Bimbo," and "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong."
Eraserheads ex-drummer Raimund Marasigan gamely showed up to play the drums in the three numbers.
A self-confessed fan of the legendary Pinoy quartet, Aiza was present at the band's two reunion concerts held last year, August 30, in Taguig City and The Final Set staged last March 7 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.
Some of the songs performed by Aiza last night included Seal's "Kiss From A Rose," VST & Co.'s "Ipagpatawad Mo," Janet Jackson's "Every Time," Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Color It Red's signature mainstream hit "Paglisan," Rizal Underground's "Bilanggo," and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's "Anything For You."
Aiza also performed her own composition, "Tanging Ikaw," which she openly confessed writing for a special someone.