Charice's 'Infinity' concert underscores greatness

MANILA, Philippines - It takes no genius to figure out how much of a world-class talent Charice truly is. And though she really need not establish that fact to her countless fans here and abroad, she has nevertheless proven herself to be so all the same with her "Infinity Tour" concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 9.

Rocking her new and much-debated look-she now sports a cropped and dyed hair as well as a tattoo-Charice came out onstage looking consistent with the "edgy" new persona she's going for, donning dark-hued leather vests, jackets and gloves together with tattered pants.

The international singing sensation opened her one-night only performance an hour later than expected to the tune of Usher/David Guetta's pop hit "Without You." Quite a bizarre choice of opening song for someone who is touring her own album, if you ask me; nevertheless, she turned things around with her second song "Lesson for Life" from her sophomore album "Infinity."

Banking on her pure and intense singing voice alone, Charice and her production team opted for simplicity-the stage was largely unadorned save for a mesh curtain as a backdrop and two small LED TVs flanking both sides. There were practically no high-tech special effects, no overrated dramatic videos; it was just Charice, the audience and her undoubtedly beautiful voice.

Although confessing that she's "more pressured" when performing in front of her kababayans, it hardly ever showed throughout the night as she showcased her wide vocal range with a variety of covers, medleys and originals songs she performed.

Charice turned down her vocal power a little when she went soulful singing Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away." The covers that stood out the most, though, were her version of Adele's "Someone Like You" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," a song that, according to her, she dedicates to her late father Ricky Pempengco who passed away last year.

The concert was laden with mashups and medleys of hit songs as well, like Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" and Journey's "Faithfully;" as well as Michael Jackson classics "Billie Jean" and "The Way You Make Me Feel," which merited a loud applause from the audience as Charice busted out the famous dance moves of the late superstar.

Naturally, there were her original hits from her "Infinity" album such as "In Love So Deep," "Take You Down," "Bounce Back," "Heartbreak Survivor" (which was composed by pop star Jojo) and "Lighthouse" (which was written by Natasha Bedingfield). Though, the aforementioned songs were nothing short of perfection in terms of rhythm, appeal and performance, the best one in the lot would have to be the Bruno Mars-written "Before It Explodes," with Charice practically breathing so much life into that song that it blows American singer Alexandra Burke's version out of the water!

Among the other sidelights of the show was her performance of Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" with her "Little Big Stars" Big and Little division co-alumni Sam Concepcion, Rhap Salazar, Makisig Morales, Kyle Balili and Gian Barbarona.

The crowd favorites were definitely her performances of her chart-topping songs "Louder" and her duet with American rapper Iyaz for "Pyramid," which elicited a sing-along with the audience. Iyaz himself performed three of his hit songs at the concert.

Charice also made good her promise of staging a "special tribute" to the late legendary singer Whitney Houston in her tour, performing Houston's 1985 hit "Saving All My Love For You." And for her finale song, the 20-year-old singer sang the classic "I Will Always Love You," a song that she had always sung in the past four years of a thriving career in the international scene.

Although the crowd certainly turned up to appreciate Charices's talent, perhaps it wouldn't have hurt had Charice and her team been more flexible about her "solo concert." Because while Charice's performance level shot through the roof, there was an obvious lack in the production side as characterized by the underdressed stage and the absence of backup dancers and even backup singers, which, whether they admit or not, could've enlivened the show a little bit more.

More, Charice's recorded voice that played in the background in between performances whereby she recounted the journey and trials before she landed in the limelight could've used a little tweaking here and there. The photo/video montage that played on the LED TVs probably could've added a little life to those gaps, just so the audience would have something to watch instead of staring blankly into the darkness.

All in all, though, the nasty blind items were right in their prediction that Charice wouldn't be able to pack the venue (the number of concert attendees are subpar compared to Vice Ganda's and Anne Curtis' shows at the same venue, in fact), it doesn't necessarily mean that her concert was any less successful. Because, to be perfectly honest, it's the audience's loss to not have not seen Charice pour her whole soul into her first-ever solo concert in the country as international star.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Isuzu PH announces new President
    Isuzu PH announces new President

    Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) formally announced the appointment of Hajime Koso as the new president replacing outgoing president Nobuo Izumina, who will be assigned as the Director of Isuzu Body Corporation, an affiliate of Isuzu Motors Limited (IML) in Japan. A native of Okayama Japan, the 57 years old executive has been working for IML for 35 […] The post Isuzu PH announces new President appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather
    Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. Except the world got to him," Soriano said of Pacquiao's …

  • Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz
    Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz

    Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is starting to roll out their limited edition models—the all-new Jazz and CR-V. The 20 units of all-new Jazz Cool Blue Limited Edition will have refreshing Brilliant Sporty Blue paint color and factory-installed Modulo accessories while the 10 new CR-V 2.4 SX units are available with limited edition Gold Brown […] The post Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Celebrities urge Australia PM to do more to save execution pair
    Celebrities urge Australia PM to do more to save execution pair

    Celebrities including Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush released a video Tuesday urging Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fly to Indonesia to help save two citizens facing execution, forcing the government to defend its tactics. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within hours, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. Australia, Indonesia's close neighbour, has mounted a sustained diplomatic …

  • ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP
    ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP

    Security officials yesterday maintained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not penetrated the Philippines following an expert’s warning that the group poses a threat to the country. Abu Sayyaf, BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters), private armed groups to our knowledge are the people making problems down south,” Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. said. The BIFF and the Abu Sayyaf have pledged allegiance to the ISIS but it remains uncertain whether they are …

  • Cerbo named national police intel chief
    Cerbo named national police intel chief

    Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina yesterday ordered the appointment of PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. as chief of the Directorate for Intelligence. …

  • Pump prices up anew
    Pump prices up anew

    Oil companies announced yesterday another round of price hikes with independent oil firms among the first to issue their respective announcements. PTT Philippines, the local subsidiary of Thailand’s biggest oil firm, and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, another independent oil company, were among the first to issue their respective advisories. Seaoil Philippines also issued its announcement. …

  • PNP to ease rules on gun permit processing
    PNP to ease rules on gun permit processing

    The Philippine National Police will simplify requirements for getting a firearm’s permit under the new gun control law, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said yesterday. Espina said they are working to simplify the process to secure a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) amid complaints of excessive requirements from gun holders. Espina directed the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to make it easier for legitimate gun owners to comply with the …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options