Christian Bautista sings, dances and acts in his 10th anniversary concert

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“I’d like to say that I believe I somehow inspired others through my music. Sa dami nang nagawa ko in ten years, parang may gusto akong gawin sa concert na ito,” says Christian Bautista about his 10th anniversary concert X-Class.


Christian Bautista is ready to try new things.

The 30-year-old balladeer said so during the second night of his 10th showbiz anniversary concert, titled X-Class, at the Meralco Theater last Sunday, October 7.

“I’d like to say that I believe I somehow inspired others through my music.

"Sa dami ng nagawa ko in ten years, parang may gusto akong gawin sa concert na ito,” he said at the beginning of his concert.

True enough, Christian was able to show the audience his skills—other than singing—through this one-and-a-half-hour concert.

During his performance with brother Jordan Bautista, Kitchen Musical co-star Ikey Canoy, and fellow music artist Myke Salomon, Christian showed that he could also be part of a boyband.

Their group, which they called “Jordan and friends,” sang and danced to a mashup of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

Then, he turned into a rock star when he and fellow Stages talent Zia Quizon did a funky rock version of Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.”

He also had a duet with Broadway’s Rock of Ages star Mig Ayesa.

Christian joked that he and Mig have something in common—they both lost in the contest they previously joined.

Christian lost to singer Erik Santos in the 2003 singing talent search program Star In A Million.

Mig, on the other hand, failed to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS in the TV series Rock Star: INXS in 2005.

Concert and stage play producer Stages proved its capabilities to mount a magical setting by infusing technology and magical ideas into Christian’s following performance.

“It’s magic time,” Christian said while wearing a coat with built-in lights.

As he started singing Barry Manilow’s “Could It be Magic,” the Hot Legs dancers appeared on stage, lighting the slightly dimmed theater with their skirts that were accentuated by white lights.

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While above the stage, there were aerial acts that brought the audience into a world of fantasy.

On the acting side, Christian, who became one of the lead stars of the musical television series Kitchen Musical, reminded the audience that he could also do well in this area.

The singer-actor did a little drama sequence with popular cosplayer Alodia Gosengfiao, as he sang Josh Groban’s “Broken Vow.”

Christian then shifted to playing an action-movie character.

He sang the Guns ‘N Roses hit “Live and Let Die” while a short video of him, together with a lady companion, running away from goons played on the screen.

After that, Christian cracked another joke, “Action star is my next career... then politician.”

Apart from these performances, Christian did not forget to sing his chart-topping hits like “Unphotographable,” “Invincible,” and “Color Everywhere.”

He also paid tribute to the legendary singer-composer Jose Mari Chan, who was in the audience, by doing a medley of his popular songs.

Christian once did a tribute album for Jose Mari Chan in 2009, titled Romance Revisited: The Love Songs of Jose Mari Chan under Universal Records.

The second night of Chrisitian's five-night anniversary concert was capped with a strong performance of “I Am Already King,” which earned him a standing ovation.

For his encore, Christian performed his phenomenal 2004 hit “The Way You Look At Me.”

This song not only became popular in the Philippines but also in Indonesia, which earned him the tag "Asian Pop Idol."

Catch that last three shows of Christian Bautista's X-Class concert happening on October 13, 14, and 15, at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City.


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