While every celebrity were busy for the 8th Star Magic Ball, Toni Gonzaga is preparing for her upcoming self-titled major concert this October 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in celebration of her 15th anniversary in the industry.
“Madalas niyo kaming nakikitang magkasama ni Alex but on a regular day to day basis, mostly talaga may kanya-kanya kaming schedule,” said Toni. “Katulad ngayon sobrang busy niya dahil gumagawa siya ng soap, ‘yung ‘Pure Love’ na halos araw-araw nagta-taping. Ako naman, right after ‘PBB’ right after nung everyday show ko medyo hectic kami ngayon kasi nga preparation na for the concert.”
Meanwhile, her sister Alex prepped up for the ball and had her “Pure Love” co-star Joseph Marco as her date.
“Happy naman tayo na may nakasama tayo kasi ‘yung ball gown natin nakakahiya masyadong malaki for me, nabobonggahan ako sa ganyan,” confessed Alex. “Pero nahihiya ako sa ganyan kasi parang gusto ko lang fun fun lang. So, hindi ko alam baka hindi talaga ako pwede sa mga seryosong bagay.”
Alex revealed giving herself a chance to get to know Joseph more, instead of faking and forcing themselves to act like they’re close when they’re actually not, as of this moment.
“Pero nakapag-usap naman kami don sa loob kasi getting to know [each other] palang kami, siyempre ayaw mo naman na i-push ‘yun na i-fast forward na ‘tara sobrang close na tayo.’ Kaya we take it little by little,” she explained.
Days after the ball, Toni met up with the concert producers such as the concert Queen Pops Fernandez, concert director Paolo Valenciano, and musical director Homer Flores.
“Siyempre thankful and grateful na hindi naman lahat nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na mag-celebrate ng 15 years sa industriya sa ganitong pamamaraan. I’m just really thankful na si Ms. Pop [Fernandez] e talagang out of nowhere she called up and she’s just really got so aggressive to produce the concert,” expressed Alex. “Si Paolo [Valenciano] nakakatuwa kasi when I was doing ‘Wazzup Wazzup’ 2005 sumasama siya kay Tito Gary [Valenciano] sa mga shows nakikita ko siya.”
Meanwhile, Paolo lauded Toni for being game to trying new things for her concert.
“Super excited ako kasi nakikita ko siya parang marami kaming gagawin na ‘di pa niya nagagawa. It’s not often that many artists are willing to take risks or try to new things. It’s very exciting for me to work with her kasi nga she’s willing to take all those experiments. I think matutuwa ‘yung fans niya and she seems to like the ideas naman,” Paolo said.
Toni then recalled that she used to be tight-lipped in contributing ideas for her previous concert because she was shy but now, Toni became more open in sharing what she wants for her big day.
“Kasi ikaw ‘yung tatayo sa stage, two hours kang nakatayo doon, ikaw ‘yung gagalaw sa buong entablado mo e parang ikaw ‘yung may-ari ng stage,” she explained. “So I wanna be hands on, I wanna be in control na just so meron akong grasp ng buong concert.”
That evening, Toni went straight to her concert’s musical director Homer Flores house to rehearse. She texted Alex to join her in the rehearsal and then told her that they will have a special “showdown” number.
“Kasi for the longest time ‘yung mga tao, ewan ko kahit saan puro rivalry, hindi ba kayo nagkaka-inggitan, hindi ba kayo nagkaka-anuhan, so sabi namin ‘bakit kaya lagi tayong pinagtatapat?,” said Toni.
Alex then shared not having enough confidence to flaunt her singing prowess out of fear that people may think that she was just impersonating her sister.
“Hiyang-hiya siya na kapag kumanta siya ng maganda iisipin ng iba ‘o ginagaya ‘yung ate niya’ so ‘yung ginagawa niya ico-comedy niya kahit may boses siya,” stressed Toni. “Sabi ko ‘yung boses mo ayusin mo ‘pag pinakanta ka kumanta ka ng tama.’ Sasabihin nun ‘e sasabihin ginagaya kita.”
Yet in the end, Alex returned from being perky and even expressed excitement over Toni’s concert.
“Maganda ‘yung ginawa ni Sir Homer, parang patikim palang ‘tas naimagine ko ‘yung live ‘yung ideas ng Ate ko. Sobrang magiging maganda ang concert na’to,” exclaimed Alex. “So excited na ako kasi ang tagal itong pinangarap ng Ate ko, naabot na niya.”
Toni then took pride with the kind of bond that they have.
“Kahit magkahiwalay kami ng schedule ni Alex, kahit paghiwalayin mo kami, iisa pa rin ‘yung utak namin parang magkadugtong parin kami,” she said.
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