By Jeffrey O. Valisno, Sub-Editor

Small man, big talent

Posted on August 16, 2013

Ogie Alcasid: I Write the Songs... The 25th Anniversary Celebration
Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
Mall of Asia Arena, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

OGIE ALCASID is the perfect poster boy for the adage “Big things come in small packages.” What he lacks in height, he makes up for with his talent. After all, not everybody can claim to be a respected balladeer, effective comedian, prolific songwriter, and reliable TV host all rolled in one.

In a span of two and a half decades in the local entertainment industry, the diminutive vocalist has collected eight gold records, three platinum records, and three double platinum records. As a funny man and TV host, he has appeared in 35 blockbuster movies, and 15 top-rated TV shows, including the long-running Friday night gag show Bubble Gang.

Clearly, Mr. Alcasid has achieved a lot in the past 25 years. To celebrate the milestone, the multi-hyphenate performer will have a concert tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Called Ogie Alcasid: I Write The Songs... The 25th Anniversary Celebration, the star-studded concert will trace Mr. Alcasid’s musical journey from his beginnings as a member of La Salle High School’s glee club Kundirana, to his ascent as one of the pillars of Philippine pop music.

Armed with his Kundirana experience, Mr. Alcasid went professional in 1989. He debuted with the single “Nandito Ako.” The love song became an instant hit and was declared “Song of the Year” by FM radio station Magic 89.9.

Mr. Alcasid followed it up with “Sa Kanya” and “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang?” and his career soared. He has since come up with memorable tunes that are genuinely charismatic and reflective of Filipino sentiment including “Pangako,” “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw,” and “Hanggang Ngayon.”

He has so far recorded 20 albums including his latest, The Songwriter and the Hitmakers, which is a collection of his hit compositions as interpreted by some of the country’s most popular singers.

His TV career began in 1992 with a musical variety program called Small Brothers with Janno Gibbs. He went on to appear in various comedy programs including Mana Mana, Tropang Trumpo, and Ay, Robot! He branched out as a game show host in 1995, starting with Game Na Game Na, co-hosting with Roderick Paulate and Panjee Gonzalez. His other shows include the Philippine version of Family Feud in 2001 and the daily contest Da Big Show in 2008. He was also the host of the Philippine editions of Celebrity Duets and Hole and the Wall.

But before he went on the small screen, he already had a big screen career, appearing as a leading man opposite singer-actress Manilyn Reynes in the 1990 fantasy-comedy flick Feel na Feel (I Really Feel It). He made his mark in the movies more as a comedian, appearing in films like Si Ayala at si Zobel, Isko Adventures in Animasia, and Bestman: 4 Better, Not 4 Worse. He recently appeared in Raketeros, together with Dennis Padilla, Andrew E. and Herbert Bautista.

For tonight’s concert, Mr. Alcasid will be joined by 30 of the country’s most popular performers -- most of whom he was worked with in the last 25 years -- led by industry heavyweights Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, and Mr. Alcasid’s wife, singer Regine Velasquez. Also set to perform are: Anne Curtis, Dennis Trillo, Dingdong Avanzado, Ebe Dancel, Gloc 9, Jamie Rivera, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Kuh Ledesma, Kyla, Lovie Poe, Manilyn Reynes, Michael V., Noel Cabangon, Pops Fernandez, Rachel Alejandro, Randy Santiago, Rico J. Puno, Ryan Cayabyab, and Zsa Zsa Padilla.

Rowell Santiago is the concert’s stage director, while Marc Lopez is the musical director.

Tickets for Ogie Alcasid: I Write The Songs... The 25th Anniversary Celebration cost P5, 280; P3, 700; P2, 640; P1, 590; P1, 060; P530; and P320. Call SM Tickets at 470-2222 for details.