WITH the plethora of world-class singers in our midst, it is hard for Caveat to listen to the 12-time world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao’s repertoire even if it was for free.
This was the touted first major concert of Pambansang Kamao “Manny Pacquiao: A Concert for Champions (The Grand Pac T
oken Launch)” held September 1 at the Araneta Coliseum. Naturally it was filled to the rafters despite the inclement weather.
Actually, said concert was the launching pad of a new cutting-edge social media platform the boxer endorsed to the tune of a few billion dollars.
We were assured however by the media coordinator Anna Lou Chua-Olivar of Filipino Artist Musician Entertainers Society (FAMES) a ringside view of a totally comforting show, adding the prize fighter’s good friend Lito Camo (also founder of FAMES) was in-charge of coaching Manny to the last note to elude slurring flats and sharps so to speak. So we did watch.
Bare bones and all, said show was more than an elevating class act of its own. It was pumped- up with world class singers comprised mostly of grand champions albeit underrated from the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA).
Prior to this the country’s most-sought after talent manager of ALV Talent Circuit Arnold Vegafria took to the stage for the show. He is Manny’s manager and the new franchise holder of Miss World & Mr. World Pageants in the country.
The WCOPA champions went on to belch forth one after another in what sounded like an electrifying showdown of rare and real talents galore.
They were led by new R&B Prince Kris Lawrence with tenor Renz Fernando of Tawi-Tawi; operatic pop HK Sisters from Iloilo; Cebuano hip violinist Jake Juleous Brian Gacang; Fil-Canadian singer -beauty queen Kimi Mugford; Reina Hispanoamericana Philippines Alyssa Muhlach; and Gerphil Flores who was as usual incomparable in her divine operatic voice. The refreshing pro-environment video of El Gamma Penumbra highlighted the show.
Manny Pacquiao emerged too enthused in his first finale number he came slightly one bar ahead of his cue but no one minded it at all. The small faux-fas was drowned in the sea of forgiving, ululating and shrieking fans.
Manny after all has admitted to himself that he is no singer in some sense although he can carry a tune gamely like a pro karaoke singer. Lest he forgets he called on wife Jinkee onstage for their obligatory duet which threw the crowd all the more to near madness.
A bitchy fan at our back was heard tweeting, “Sila pa rin pala?” It seems the gossip about Manny having had an alleged shortlived clandestine affair with movie star Krista Ranillo about a decade ago wouldn’t go away even if she is now into her fourth child by a Fil-Am husband.
What prize glory? Charge it to Manny Pacquiao being a world property and Filipino’s pride of the highest order, singer or not. Bravo!