Sam Milby's first solo concert last night, October 25, at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, was a "dream come true."
The concert titled The Rockoustic Heartthrob offered a glimpse of Sam's three-year career in show business. Although his first introduction to the public was via a toothpaste ad on TV, Sam's career really took off when he joined ABS-CBN's primetime reality show Pinoy Big Brother back in 2005. He stayed inside the house for 49 days before being evicted due to a low turnout of text votes from the viewers. Many surmised that Sam's poor showing was a deliberate maneuver on the part of the fans to help speed up his official entry in showbiz.
Milby's failure to win the contest did nothing to slow down his popularity, as proven by his fans' warm reception during and after his PBB stint.
Juggling his time between acting and singing, the 24-year-old Filipino-American clearly indicated his decision to pursue a music career and have a major concert in the near future.
Last night turned out to be the realization of that dream.
PAST AND PRESENT LOVES. Sam stayed true to his preferred music genre during the concert by dishing out his favorite rock tunes. He also sang familiar singles found in his self-titled debut album released in 2006 and second record, A Little Too Perfect.
Sam's special guests that evening included Pinoy Dream Academy alumna Yeng Constantino, comedienne Pokwang, and Piolo Pascual. Journey frontman Arnel Pineda unfortunately decided to pull out from the show to rest his vocal pipes. He had recently gone on a grinding world tour with the legendary American rock band.
The fans eagerly awaited the appearance of the two women who figured prominently in Sam's romantic life. Actress-host and singer Toni Gonzaga joined Sam in delivering a medley of songs used as soundtracks to local and foreign telenovelas.
Sam reportedly courted Toni in the past. Although signs at the time suggested a possible romance, friendship became the order of the day. Toni announced her affair with director Paul Soriano early last year, in effect canceling Sam's chances.
But the loudest cheers were reserved for Sam's recent love interest. Singing a duet of the song first popularized by Mariah Carey, then by American Idol winner David Cook, fans screamed in delight as Anne Curtis emerged from the side of the stage to join Sam in singing "Always Be My Baby."
In the past months, Sam and Anne denied being an item although they admitted going out on dates. A few weeks before the concert, Sam confessed that being romantically involved with Anne was largely remote, owing to their "respective busy careers."
With Anne's participation in the concert, it is safe to conclude that the friendship between the two remains intact and tight despite the spoiled romance.
"Congratulations and I'm very, very, very happy for you. I'm very, very, very proud of you... I wish you all the best," Anne told Sam after the number.
After handing her a bouquet of flowers, Sam planted a kiss on Anne's cheek and then gave her a tight hug, to the delight of the fans.