Jake Zyrus was overwhelmed by the support shown by fans at the Music Museum last night, October 6, for his first concert since coming out as a transgender.
"Ang tagal ko nang pangarap 'to. Kumportable lang. Parang nakikipag-usap ka lang sa audience.
"Yung feeling na freedom, ramdam na ramdam. Ito, parang celebration, celebrating who you are and celebrating each other.
"Surreal. Hindi ko matanggap na natapos na kasi hindi ko napapansin ang oras," Jake enthused in an interview held after the concert.
Jake's mother Raquel Pempengco and his brother Carl were noticeably absent during the concert.
When asked about this, Jake said, "Malayo yung mommy ko, nasa province siya.
"Kasi sa totoo lang, yung lola ko, kasama niya ang tita ko na pumunta dito. Nag-commute sila kasi wala pong available na magda-drive sa kanila.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Nay [referring to his grandmother], kung ako po ay maraming sasakyan, ipapa-red carpet kita.'
"Pero malayo po yung mommy ko. Pero alam niya."
The singer clashed with his mother following the August 26 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, where Jake tells the life of Jake Zyrus.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last August, Raquel said: "Sa umpisa pa lang puro kasinungalingan na.
"Walang katotohanan. Sa buong storya na sinabi ni Charice, lahat ito walang katotohanan, puro kasinungalingan ang lahat ng sinabi ni Charice dito."
Question now is: Did Jake invite his mother Raquel and brother Carl to watch the concert?
"Of course, of course. Pero naiintindihan ko naman kasi nasa Quezon province siya with my brother.
"Actually, ganun lang kami. Sabi niya, 'Next time na lang. Next show mo na lang.'"
At the height of the Maalaala Mo Kaya controversy, Raquel told PEP in an exclusive interview that she was considering filing a libel case against Jake and the people behind ABS-CBN's drama anthology show.
In the MMK episode titled "Jumper," Raquel was shown hitting Jake, who was known then as Charice.
Today, when Jake is asked if Raquel would file this libel case against him, he responds, "I'm sure it was just an initial reaction na...but alam naman po niya and, in the end, na-realize rin po niya ang mga bagay-bagay.
"I don't think she'd ever do that. She's my mom."
How did he feel when he got a kiss from his maternal grandmother Tess Relucio Pineda during the concert?
"Hindi ako makalapit, sa totoo lang," Jake admitted. "First time kong makita uli siya after how many years.
"Parang hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala. Parang tumigil ang mundo ko for how many minutes.
"Parang sumakit ang ulo ko, pero in a good way. Kasi nabigla ako.
"Ever since na hindi maayos ang family, ilang concerts na wala sila, hindi sila nanonood. So ngayon, nanibago ako na nandiyan ang tita ko, ang lola ko."
Jake is also thankful that he got the chance to reestablish ties with the relatives on the side of his late father, Ricky Pempengco.
"Yung support rin ng [relatives] ko sa dad ko, nag-reconnect rin. Mayroon kaming chat sa Facebook na Pempengco clan."
The 25-year-old singer revealed that he used to be jealous of his girlfriend Shyre Aquino because she could communicate freely with her relatives.
"Yun yung sinasabi ko sa partner ko. Sabi ko, 'Naiinggit ako sa iyo kasi hindi ako nakakaranas ng ganyan na nag-uusap kayo, nag-a-update kayo.'
"Nung first time na 'sinali ako [sa chat] nung mga pinsan ko, nandun yung mga tita ko na hindi ko nakakausap for how long since namatay yung daddy ko."
Ricky Pempengco died of multiple stab wounds on October 31, 2011.
Jake recalled a comment from an aunt regarding his masculine looks now.
"Yung isa, nagkita kami sa Hong Kong, at sabi miya, 'Kamukhang-kamukha mo ang daddy mo.'
"Sabi niya, 'Kung buhay raw si Daddy, he would be very, very proud.'"
In an interview after the I Am Jake Zyrus concert, Jake's grandmother said that she now accepts Jake's transgender identity.
How does Jake feel about this?
"Siyempre, iba yun. Para sa akin, kahit na anong sabihin ng tao, pag tanggap ka ng family mo, hindi mo na papansinin ang iba.
"That makes me complete. Kumpleto na."
The artist formerly known as Charice also revealed that he was taken aback when he heard his grandmother call him by his new name.
"First time na tawagin ako ni nanay na Jake—parang, hala!
"Bigla akong kinilig. Alam ko naman na ganun si Nanay kaya thankful ako. Salamat," he said about the grandmother he calls Nanay.
In his Instagram account, Jake posted a photo of his grandmother kissing him.
In his caption, the singer wrote: "My favorite. Love u nay."