Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo revealed three birthday wishes on the first evening of her two-night birthday concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, yesterday, July 7.
During a birthday concert dubbed 24/SG, Sarah invited the audience to enter her dream.
Here, a wicked witch, played by comedy actor Jon Santos, gave her three wishes. She was warned, however, that if these three wishes do not come true, she would forever be damned in her beautiful nightmare.
This signalled the start of a three-hour entertainment program by the singer-dancer, who will turn 24 on July 25.
Dramatically, Sarah appeared on the stage via a hydraulic lift, while singing the slow version of Beyonce’s Sweet Dream.
She wore a two-piece, brocade cloak over a dress embellished with Swarovski stones. Her outfit was designed by Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne One.
In her second song, Eurythmics’s “Sweet Dream,” Sarah danced in time with the computer-generated background. She also removed her cloak, revealing a sexy outfit.
There was a slight problem removing her lapel mic, but she went on with her next number, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,” which she performed with the G-Force dancers.
The strobe lights on the stage helped set the party mood of the concert.
Before formally welcoming her audience to her birthday concert, Sarah sang Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”
“Happy 14th birthday to me!” she announced to the audience in jest.
Sarah explained that she was 14 years old when Viva Artists' big boss, Vic del Rosario, discovered her from the defunct singing talent show, Star for a Night.
Since this was her 24th birthday celebration, she teased her avid fans, “This is my 24th birthday, 24 na ako, pwede na!”
The crowd started to scream, thrilled at the thought that Sarah may be hinting that she was now free to be in a romantic relationship.
After all, romance has been everyone's wish for the Popstar Princess.
However, Sarah broke the “kilig” feeling with her next line: “Pwede nang maging 25, 'tapos 26!”
She sang three of her favorite songs, and dedicated these to her audience: Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” The Script’s “Breakeven,” and Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts.”
The first gap ended with a performance from former Little Big Star contestants Sam Concepcion and Ayen Aguila. Little Big Star was hosted by Sarah.
THE THREE WISHES. The second gap was opened once again by the brilliant Jon Santos, who imitated Manny Pacquiao’s mother, Mommy Dionisia.
Channeling the mother of the Pambansang Kamao, he revealed Sarah’s three wishes: “Family, freedom, and love.”
He then swore to help Sarah fulfill her three wishes by getting help from other mothers.
Sarah returned to the stage wearing another Furne creation, a baby pink outfit of flowing French tulle studded with Swarovski crystals.
Sarah belted a popular song from the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, titled “And I am Telling You.”
Then, seamlessly, she sang a medley of her hit songs: “Forever’s Not Enough,” “Sino Nga Ba Siya,” and “How Could You Say You Love Me” with The Company.
The Company, a vocal ensemble, also performed their lively version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”
WISH FOR THE FAMILY. Comedian Jon again returned to the stage imitating another very well-know personality, showbiz mom Annabelle Rama.
As Annabelle, Jon gave advice to Sarah's mom, Mommy Divine, on how to guide a daughter through showbiz.
Jon said, “Ilayo mo ang mga anak mo sa mga tsismosong paparazzi. Huwag mong payagang mag-‘papa’ si Sarah.”
With that last tip, a collective sigh of defeat and loss rose from the audience. Everyone, after all, has been wishing for a love life for the Popstar Princess.
Then Sarah went up the stage again, this time in a turquoise outfit studded with Swarovski crystals.
Her mood was light as she performed '90s songs like “No Scrubs” of TLC, “Mmmbop” of Hanson, and “Wannabe” of Spice Girls.
Sarah did a duet with fellow Viva talent Anton Alvarez, and also with musical icon and balladeer Basil Valdes, who made everyone sing along with the immortal “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan.”
“It’s an honor to share the same stage with you,” Sarah told Basil, who also performed a solo number.
The highlight of this segment was a heartwarming performance from the birthday girl and her father, better known to the public as Daddy Delfin.
With his guitar, Daddy Delfin serenaded his daughter. As background: he always accompanied her in singing contests when she was just starting out.
For Sarah, Daddy Delfin is the perfect father and the good husband. If she marries, she says she wishes the guy would have the same qualities as her Daddy Delfin.
FREEDOM. Jon was at his funniest in his impersonation of another famous female figure, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
The audiences laughed real hard the very moment he started speaking in the senator’s distinct voice and enunciating in the senator's unique mix of English and Visayan accents.
“I am not going to allow an evil stepmother get in the way of Sarah’s dreams!" Jon said as Miriam.
Then, still as Miriam, he reminded Sarah, “There is no such thing as absolute freedom. We have to learn to accept that there are limits, boundaries to this freedom.”
When Sarah came back to centerstage, she talked about her wardrobe for the concert. Indeed, she looked stunning in her yellow outfit studded with Swarovski crystals.
“Hindi ako sanay magsuot ng ganito… fasyon na fasyon!” she said.
Then, shifting into a serious mood, she sang the classic OPM (Original Pilipino Music) titled “Anak.”
After this, Sarah performed Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris,” with Pinoy rock star Bamboo.
Sarah and Bamboo did a couple of duets on the ABS-CBN Sunday variety show, ASAP, before Sarah got her own Sunday evening show, Sarah G Live!
LOVE. The last fairy godmother that Jon imitated was the mother for all seasons, Vilma Santos.
As Ate Vi, Jon announced that the young singer-actress will soon have a special someone in her life.
Playing to Sarah's fans, Jon turned to the Popsters (the name Sarah's fans are collectively known as) and asked them to always pray for their favorite celebrity.
As Ate Vi, Jon said: “Kailangan ng panalangin natin kasi minsan 'yang love-love na ‘yan, kasama ng ngiti, mayroon ding lungkot. Kaya’t sana’y lagi kayong nariyan para lagi siyang ipanalangin at suportahan.”
The audience cheered Jon loudest when he stand-up artist announced that Sarah would have a a special someone this year.
“Well, dahil ganyan ang attitude, positive, magkaka-love life siya this year.
“Kung sino man ang hindi naniniwalang magkaka-love life siya this year, panoorin na lang ang pelikula kong Bata, Bata [Paano Ka Ginawa]: ‘Akala n’yo lang wala pero meron, meron, meron!’”
The kilig moments continued when Sarah went onstage and personally thanked her guests while singing the romantic song, “It Might Be You.”
Her guests included fellow singers Erik Santos and Rachelle Ann Go, Viva Entertainment’s big boss Vic del Rosario, and Dr. Vicki Belo, who was seated beside her daughter Cristalle Henares and Vicki's rumored boyfriend, Al Galang.
She also thanked her former movie partner, John Lloyd Cruz, and fellow ASAP performer Maja Salvador.
Of course, Sarah also approached her former onscreen partner Gerald Anderson, whom she once called “Babe” on her show, Sarah G Live!
He watched the whole concert with his younger brother, Kenneth, fellow Pinoy Big Brother housemate Fred Payawan, and talent handler Nhila Mallari.
Fans screamed nonstop for five minutes as they watched Gerald escort Sarah back to the stage.
Sarah wrapped up the show by reminding concert-goers that dreams come true if they believe and surrender everything to God.
She then sang Celine Dion’s “I Surrender,” Mandy Moore’s “Only Hope,” and Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You.”
The final number left the audience in a happy mood as Sarah and the G Force dancers ended the concert with the dance songs “’Til The World Ends” and “Overprotective” by Britney Spears, and “Superbass” and “Starships” by Nicki Minaj.
For those who were not able to see the show last night, you can still catch the second night of Sarah's birthday concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on July 21.