Coming on the heels of his much talked about "Hindi Ka Nag-iisa" video for presidentiable Noynoy Aquino, Ogie Alcasid took time to team up with Ryan Cayabyab, the multi-awarded composer/songwriter of many memorable OPM hits, for a benefit concert. The two recently showcased their talents in a night of memorable classics and harmonious ballads in a concert entitled "Ogie in the Key of C."
Mr. C, dapper in a coat and tie, opened the show at the Manila Polo Club wishing everyone well after the onslaught of the floods from Ondoy and Pepeng. He then went on to introduce Ogie as a "multi-talented personality—a songwriter, comedian, and artist, bordering on schizophrenic."
"If he [Ogie] had a Facebook status, it would probably say 'I'm growing up, getting down,'" Ryan quipped, as he sat down to play the grand piano and Ogie took to the stage to sing the song "Growing Up" popularized by Gary Valenciano in the movie Bagets.
The concert was organized by the high school class of St. Scholastica's College Manila 1985 to raise funds for the school's Gawad Kalinga village and other outreach programs. In tribute to the Class of '85, also the year in which Ogie graduated high school from La Salle Greenhills, Ogie segued into songs from the '80s such as the popular dance tune "Just Got Lucky," another Gary V ballad "Reaching Out," then on to Sharon Cuneta's "To Love Again," and Raymond Lauchengco's "Farewell." The brief trip down memory lane got the well-heeled crowd singing along with Ogie.
Ogie, whose talent as a comedian is undisputed, placed the audience at ease with his one-liners. "The greatest tragedy for me, was Ateneo winning the UAAP," Ogie said in mock sadness, in reference to the La Salle Archers' loss to the Blue Eagles last month.
The rapport between Ogie and Ryan was palpable, considering the show didn't have a script, except for the lineup of songs that the two agreed to perform. "It's an honor to be with Mr. C," Ogie told the audience. "When I grow up I wanna be like you," he said. To which Ryan deadpanned, "Ogie, you'll never grow up."
Both artists expressed their mutual admiration for each other's songwriting skills. Ogie did a medley of Ryan's hits, such as "Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka," and "Nais Ko."
For his part, Ryan praised Ogie's musical skills, saying the melodies of his songs were universal. "The melody can be applied to any language like Italian," Ryan enthused, as he played the opening strains of another one of Ogie's hits "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala."
Among the night's surprises were the impromptu appearance of Ogie's sweetheart, Regine Velasquez, who gamely did two duets with Ogie including the song "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang."
Ogie also did a duet with Liza Fernandez Martinez, a personal friend and a member of the St. Scho class of 1985. Liza is the younger sister of the late singer-activist Susan Fernandez Magno, also an alumna of St Scholastica's.
The show, which ran for over an hour and a half, included an encore by Ogie—two of the classics that helped cement his status as one of the country's popular singers, "Nandito Ako" and "Sa Kanya Pa Rin."
The Ogie-Mr C tandem yet proved to be another successful collaboration with the St. Scholastica's Manila High School class of 1985.