Bilang Kapamilya talent, hindi rin naiwasang matanong ang singer-actor na si Sam Concepcion tungkol sa nangyaring gulo sa pagitan nina Matteo Guidicelli at Coco Martin noong Sabado ng gabi, September 3, matapos ang Star Magic Ball sa The Peninsula Manila. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Dumating si Sam sa naturang ball bilang escort ng young actress na si Julia Montes.
Ayon kay Sam, wala na siya sa Manila Pen nang naganap ang sinasabing "altercation" between Coco and Matteo sa Salon de Ning ng five-star hotel.
"Nabalitaan ko po yung nangyari, but I don’t know much about it.
"Wala na po ako sa Manila Pen nung nangyari ’yon, pero nabalitaan ko kaagad sa usher natin.
"Well, for someone who is out of it, [I’m] just a little sad na may nangyaring gano’n sa special night, na kung saan we [Star Magic stars] are trying to promote camaraderie with each other. Alam mo yun?
"Pero, ayun, things happen talaga. I hope that everything turns out for the better."
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang media si Sam sa sneak peek ng musical na Peter Pan ng Repertory Philippines at Stages sa 5th level function room ng Waltermart Mall, Pasong Tamo, Makati City, noong September 5.
As to Sam’s own experience attending the Star Magic Ball, maganda naman ang mga nai-share niya sa PEP at iba pang media people.
"Sobrang saya!" smiled Sam.
"Minsan lang mangyari sa Star Magic Ball yung... just magsama-sama kaming lahat and bond with each other.
"It’s a special night, just for us in the business."
For his date, "Yes, I asked Julia Montes," sabi ni Sam, referring to his leading lady in the Star Cinema movie Way Back Home.
"It was really fun! Ang lahat ay naghanda. Pinaghandaan talaga. Everyone looked fabulous!
"My suit was done by Pepsi Herrera. Very nice!"
EXCITED TO FLY. Samantala, simula sa September 30 ay "lilipad" na onstage si Sam bilang si Peter Pan.
Ang produksiyon ay mapapanood sa Meralco Theater hanggang sa huling linggo ng October, 2011. Directed by Jaime del Mundo and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.
Excited nang lumipad si Sam.
"Yes, for a musical," nakangiting sambit niya.
"Dun din ako very excited, kasi yun talaga yung isa sa mga inaabangan ng mga tao."
Magmumula pa sa London ang mga flying machines na gagamitin nina Sam at mga kasamang singer-actors.
"Medyo kinakabahan ako," pag-amin niya.
"Kasi may mga instance na ako yung nagkakabit dun sa ibang tao [in similar flying scenes], while onstage sila ang nagkakabit sa akin.
"So everything has to be precise, has to be right. Kaya may rehearsals kami doon.
"We have someone from abroad who will be flying in with the machine.
"May training din kami for that. Malaking risk, pero maganda rin yung kalalabasan."
As Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, nakaka-relate ba si Sam sa kanyang role?
"In a way," sagot niya.
"Right now, kasi siyempre, nasa tail end na ako ng teenage years ko.
"I’m in that stage na... magtu-twenty [years old] na; I’m turning 19 this year, tapos 20 next year...
"Getting older, di ba? More serious about things, siyempre. Whether we like it or not."
Sam or Samuel Lawrence Lopez Concepcion, born on October 17, 1992, was the big winner of the Little Big Star search in 2006.
His winning the title served as his passport to a singing-acting career, first on television, then modeling, recording and the movies.
Sa theater musicals mas unang nagsimula si Sam, having done roles in a musical, playing the young Jose Rizal in Sino Ka Ba, Jose Rizal? at the age of five.
He was doing other musicals before joining the Little Big Star search.
After winning the LBS search, Sam did a major role in Disney’s High School Musical for Stages Productions, which has signed him up to a contract.
Now, at 18, the little boy of theater, who was cut-out for the role of Peter Pan, seems to have lived it and indeed "refuses to grow up."
Sam smiled at the thought.
"So, maganda for me yung Peter Pan because it will always remind me na I once was Peter Pan.
"Parang last ko na rin nga, to portray something like that—as a child!"
FULL CIRCLE. With his Peter Pan role, Samuel Lawrence Lopez Concepcion has indeed come full circle.
"This production marks my 10th year in show business. Ten years ago, sa stage din ako nag-start," he recalled.
"After 10 years, I’m back to where I did [it] first, professionally.
"Yeah, I’ve come full circle since.
"And in those 10 years, so many things have happened.
"Hindi ko alam na ten years after, dito rin pala ako mag-e-end, in the same place, at the Meralco Theater.
"So I’m very excited!"
Has he any other dreams and aspirations for himself, like an international singing-acting career perhaps?
"Oo naman po. Definitely," said Sam.
"Kasi siyempre, I’d like to continue to challenge myself into doing bigger things and it’s a given naman that we do projects like that... abroad, go international, release albums abroad.
"As the years progress... especially this year, it has been one of the best years for me kasi lahat nagawa ko."
And Sam enumerated his numerous career accomplishments, such as:
"In the music side, I was able to record an album. And into releasing a single this month.
"Sa TV, I did Good Vibes [for ABS-CBN] Sa movies, Way Back Home..."
And now, he’s back into the theater musical with Peter Pan.
"Nagawa ko siyang lahat! Lahat ng... different media na kaya kong gawin, I was able to do.
"It’s good na nagawa ko siyang lahat especially this year!" masayang sambit pa ni Sam.