By Rica Arevalo
Tomorrow as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Christian Bautista joins top OPM singers Hajji Alejandro, Ariel Rivera, Joey Generoso, Jinky Vidal, and Nina in a ballad-filled concert entitled, #LoveThrowback 2 at the PICC Plenary Hall.
Couples will surely swoon at the group’s serenade of iconic popular hits. The 35-year-old balladeer shares, “I’m looking forward to hear them all sing. These are icons, friends of mine and to be on one stage as a singer is an honor.”
The concert is about, “Great artists singing their hit songs, collaborating with each other through medleys of your favorite love songs, duets, and more, that’s what the concert will be about. I’ll be singing my hits and I am very excited to participate in the group numbers,” he adds.
Christian started in the entertainment industry as a finalist of a reality singing competition, Star in a Million, 14 years ago. He grew up in high school listening to bands like Eraserheads, Riyermaya, Nirvana, and Boyz II Men.
He is considered as an Asian Pop Superstar known for the songs, “Color Everywhere,” “The Way You Look at Me,” and “Hands to Heaven.”
What are his greatest life lessons? He beams: “To keep on believing in what you can achieve, know when to start, know when to stop, work with people who believe in you, take risks, and block negative people from your social media and from your life.”
The concert is filled with timeless cover songs. Cover songs demonstrate an artist’s homage and admiration to another singer or songwriter.
“The most important lesson I learned came from Jose Mari Chan. Originals are important, definitely. You are giving new blood to the industry. But throwbacks and covers are also important. One will not forget all the great songs from way, way back. With hope, some day, my songs will be covers, too,” says the UP Diliman graduate.
Nowadays, with the digital technology, it is easy to compose and record songs. He thinks, “You can make a song with your phone. It’s very, very exciting. Ang dami ng original na lumalabas ngayon (They are creating more original songs). It’s great! I think we are going to a new golden age.”
It is possible to see Christian not only as a singer and actor but as a songwriter in the future. He confesses, “I’ve been singing other people’s songs for so long. I want to write songs as well. That is one of my goals this year.”
Are you in a relationship now? He smiles, “Yes, I am. Love is a verb. The most romantic thing I’ve done or have been doing is to keep on surprising the one that you love.” The lucky woman is non-showbiz professional who Christian describes as, “someone who likes God, family, country, people, is fun, and has wisdom.”
He has tried acting in theater, movies, and television. We saw him perform lead roles in West Side Story and The Kitchen Musical. He has an upcoming soap opera with GMA 7. “I still prefer singing but I’m enjoying acting. I still have a lot to learn in acting but it has really helped me a lot as a person and as a performer. The highs of performing or acting come when you know you’ve done a good scene or when you feel that you’re so connected with a song performance and the audience feels it.”