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edited May 2006 in Special Features
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Sarah Geronimo and the Night of the Champions
by Manny Masongsong
Philippine Showbiz Today
British Columbia, Canada
April 22-May 7, 2006


I sat there mesmerized, almost speechless. My mouth was wide open. It was an awe inspiring moment. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “Wow!” “How can anybody perform like that?” It was indeed a very powerful performance by anybody’s standards.

That was my first reaction after Sarah Geronimo finished her medley of Celine Dion songs during the Night of the Champions concert held at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver last Friday, April 14, 2006. Not only did Sarah sound like her world-famous Canadian idol, down to Dion’s bit of French accent, to me, she sounded even better. You may ask, how can an imitator do better than the original? You had to be there to see for yourself. Besides, Sarah already claims a number of her very own hits in the Philippines. The Celine Dion performance was just an icing on the cake, to demonstrate that, as young as she is, Sarah Geronimo could match what the best of the world could offer.

This piece is my first person account of my first exposure to this wonderful young lady. Unlike many of the other shows recently, we never heard of this concert, nor did many of out friends. I don’t think it was well advertised. That is probably one of the reasons for the less than ideal turn out. I would estimate that the audience was just over half the capacity, if not slightly more. We were invited by Mr. Vic Del Rosario, the kingpin, the super boss of Pinoy Cinema, to attend the concert which was produced by Adanac/Phil Promotions of Vancouver. My wife, Cora, and my business partners, Eric and Jojie Domagas and myself sat in the front row with Mr. Del Rosario or Boss Vic, as he is lovingly referred to. Mr. Del Rosario is the manager of Sarah Geronimo and the owner of the Viva Films, among the most famous movie producers in the Philippines. Boss Vic also holds the official title of Presidential Consultant on the Entertainment Industry of the Office of the President of the Philippines. My partner, Jojie, and I are co-producers of “Pinoy Cinema”, a two-hour program featuring tagalong movies from Viva Films on the Shaw Multicultural Channel in Vancouver. We are Mr. Del Rosario’s partners here in Canada with regards to the showing of his movies on Canadian television.

Earlier in the day, we had lunch and went sightseeing to show Mr. Del Rosario the beautiful sight of Vancouver. It was the first time that Mr. Del Rosario has ever been to our great city. During the time that we were together, we talked about Canadian life and nothing about Sarah or the concert that was happening that evening.

So when the concert began, it was a very pleasant surprise, a reminder that the Philippines still harbours some of the finest talents the musical industry has to offer. Having lived in Canada almost all my life since 1967 has detached me from the Manila entertainment scene so much that I can barely recognize the current showbiz personalities there today. So I didn’t know what to expect. To me, Sarah Geronimo was just another name, an upcoming star, another kid among the many. To me, she was just one of the four featured performers that night. So when the four opened their show with Queen’s famous, “We are the Champions”, an anthem to almost all sports fans around the world and heard their power rendition, I knew I was in for some very entertaining evening.

Although the three other performers were all champions in their own rights, Raymond Manalo and Mark Bautista equally having powerful voices with great tonal range, and the upbeat Rachelle Ann Go in her eye-catching outfits, Sarah, inspite of these outstanding talents surrounding her, stood out. Her youthful looks, innocence and angelic features disguised the dynamic in her. Her voice’s seemingly endless range had me on the edge of my seat, anticipating her voice to break at any moment, or that she would run out of breath during those difficult numbers. But she managed with apparent ease. While she sang, the audience paid full attention feeling the emotions conveyed by her songs. Being mesmerized by Sarah’s performance is an understatement. As a fan of music, especially live performances and having been a musician myself playing as a member of a rock band during my young days in Toronto and having even backed up those Philippine artists coming to that city in the 70’s and 80’s, I could appreciate a great performer when I see one. I am also a follower of the famous American Idol show and adore their champions. In my assessment, after having experienced her presence on that stage, I can truly say that you can put Sarah Geronimo among the best of the best and she would still outperform them all. This is one very elegant, super performing young lady; a true champion. There are just not enough words to describe her.

As Sarah performed, Mr. Del Rosario narrated to me her background. Although her musical skills are more than enough to impress, knowing about her past, her climb to the top, how she, at age of 9 was already touring the country to earn a living as a performer, made her more an inspiration and a subject of admiration. I am glad Mr. Del Rosario has adopted Sarah among the talents he is personally managing. At this tender age of 17, Sarah will definitely have a long successful career ahead of her. She deserves every inch of the way to the top.

As musically matured as she is, Sarah Geronimo is still a young precious kid who will continue to serve as a model and an inspiration to countless hopeful youths for many years to come. To her country men, she is a national treasure that must me protected. After witnessing a class act that she is, Sarah has made me proud to call myself a Filipino. Yet, as high as she gotten at her age, Filipinos should not be satisfied where she is now; the world ought to discover her. As her performance in Vancouver has demonstrated, the sky would be the limit to her success. She is capable of being at the top of the music world just like her idol, Celine Dion. The world deserves to be entertained by her. At her young age, there is still plenty of time for that.

I congratulate and thank the Adanac/Phil Promotions for putting together a wonderful, memorable and enjoyable show.


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Comments

  • edited 2:11AM
    wow.

    teka, i have to read that again.
  • edited 2:11AM
    wow thanks lovejoy

    congrats princess sarah worship.gif worship.gif worship.gif
  • ChairCChairC Bungi Fanatic
    edited 2:11AM
    rolleyes.gif starstruck!
  • edited 2:11AM
    Thanks for shariN!!!!!!!!!
  • edited 2:11AM
    lovejoy wrote on Apr 27 2006, 12:40 PM:
    There are just not enough words to describe her.

    true. but she did say a mouthful biggrin.gif alt=':D' ] medyo mahaba yon ha.. newlaugh.gif alt='<))' ] when i run out of words to describe her, i'd go - basta! gusto ko sya. hehehe... bleh.gif
    thanks for posting lovejoy.
  • AshYeLLowAshYeLLow Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    very nice article!! naman!! salamat sa pag puri..agree ako sa lahat ng sinabi nya...galing spoton.gif thanks lovejoy!

    thanks din jordan sa siggy...
  • myraluzgmyraluzg Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    Wow! Super true... - "THERE ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER."

    Kakaiba talaga si Sarah. We can't help but love and adore her!!! anggaling.gif
  • maeganmaegan Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    Sarah, worship.gif .... we are truly proud of you!... iba ka!!! sarah4ever.gif
  • myraluzgmyraluzg Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    Thank you lovejoy for the very nice article you've shared... cloud9.gif cloud9.gif cloud9.gif
  • jonalynjonalyn Certified Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    i might sound weird or OA pero naiyak ako.. true! i'm so proud of our sarah.

    and thanks for that article lovejoy! kaka-uplift tlg. haay.. langit na langit feeling ko while that writer kept on praising our princess. cloud9.gif alt=':9' ] rolleyes.gif
  • edited 2:11AM
    AshYeLLow wrote on Apr 27 2006, 01&#58;59 PM:
    very nice article!! naman!! salamat sa pag puri..agree ako sa lahat ng sinabi nya...galing spoton.gif alt=':T' ] thanks lovejoy!

    thanks din jordan sa siggy...
    wala po yon ate dance.gif dance.gif dance.gif
  • teytey
    edited 2:11AM
    Grabe, ang galing galing galing galing (to infinity) ni Sarah!!!!!!!!!!! Kinikilabutan ako habang binabasa ung article. We're so proud of you, Sarah! Miss ka na namin dito sa Pilipinas.
  • edited 2:11AM
    "She is a NATIONAL TREASURE that must be protected."

    that my co-popsters said it all!!!


    thank you very much Mr Manny Masongsong...

    you made my day today.


    lovejoy, thanks for posting this exceptional article
  • ChairCChairC Bungi Fanatic
    edited 2:11AM
    megan wrote on Apr 27 2006, 03&#58;17 PM:
    "She is a NATIONAL TREASURE that must be protected."

    that my co-popsters said it all!!!


    thank you very much Mr Manny Masongsong...

    you made my day today.


    lovejoy, thanks for posting this exceptional article


    ya, thanks Lovejoy.. pang Home page [img]https://sarahgeronimo.com/uploads/ipb/style_emoticons/legacy/smile.gif - Sarah is indeed a National Treasure![/img]
  • AshYeLLowAshYeLLow Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    sana yung mga writers dito makapag sulat din ng ganito kagandang article par a kay Sarah... 33.gif
  • mp3mp3 Popster
    edited 2:11AM
    goodpost.gif alt=':good:' ] GRABE WALA AKONG MASABI!! WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU Sarah!!! spoton.gif alt=':T' ] THAT'S OUR BABY! worship.gif alt='worship' ]

    That's why I'm proud to be a POPSTER!!! (Filipino narin.....) yahoo.gif

    Thanks for posting sis !!!
  • JoeJoe
    edited 2:11AM
    Scully wrote on Apr 27 2006, 01&#58;32 PM:
    lovejoy wrote on Apr 27 2006, 12&#58;40 PM:
    There are just not enough words to describe her.

    true. but she did say a mouthful biggrin.gif alt=':D' ] medyo mahaba yon ha.. newlaugh.gif alt='<))' ] when i run out of words to describe her, i'd go - basta! gusto ko sya. hehehe... bleh.gif
    thanks for posting lovejoy.

    read it 4X!!

    we've all had our share of being stumped by how great this person is, you got "basta", and I have my "hanep"... you really run out of words to describe this young lady!.

    Filipino pride at its best!

    thanks lovejoy, time to copy and paste and send via email....
  • ate Gate G Popster
    edited April 2006
    WOW!!!..speechless ako sa article... yikes.gif alt=':yikes:' ] ..GRABEEH...di ko alam kung ano sasabihin ko...kundi...

    Thank you Lovejoy for posting and THANK YOU TO MR. MANNY MASONGSONG!!.


    .....di mawala sa isip ko..." SARAH is a NATIONAL TREASURE THAT MUST BE PROTECTED",
    ........................................ THERE ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER,
    ....................................... THE WORLD DESERVES TO BE ENTERTAINED BY HER,
    ......................................SARAH HAS MADE ME PROUD TO CALL MYSELF A FILIPINO....


    ..SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU SARAH!!!!! worship.gif worship.gif ...and I'M PROUD TO BE A POPSTER and a FILIPINO!!!
  • edited 2:11AM
    wow,yes Sarah is the best! and the world should be her stage!!
  • alamatpaulalamatpaul Bioman
    edited 2:11AM
    worship.gif Manny Masongsong hands down!
    dapat sa 'yo mr. manny dito ka na sa forum [he he he
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