FOR ONE night see singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid onstage with fellow Tawag ng Tanghalan judges as they sing songs they “always wanted to sing but haven’t,” according to Mr. Alcasid this October 10 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM), Pasay City.
“My fellow judges and I decided that it would make for a good change of pace if we get onstage and sing together,” Mr. Alcasid told the media in the vernacular during a press conference on September 19 at the El Calle Food and Music Hall in RWM.
Titled “Ogie and the Hurados,” Mr. Alcasid will be joined by Zsa Zsa Padilla, Randy Santiago, Karla Estrada, K. Brosas, Karylle, Jed Madela, and Rey Valera.
Mr. Alcasid started his sting judging the long-running Tawag ng Tanghalan competition in 2016. The show is currently being shown daily as a segment of ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime noontime variety show.
The amateur singing competition, he said, is one of the hardest singing contests in the Philippines because the format pits singers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao every day with the day’s winner having to defend their win for several consecutive weeks to be included in the semi-finals and eventually the grand finals.
“It’s hard. If I were a contestant, I would have already lost. It takes so much out of the contestants because they would have to wait a year before the grand finals,” Mr. Alcasid said.
The show was originally intended as a solo concert like his 2017 RWM concert, Soundtrack of My Life, but during his discussions on who to feature as guest in the concert, he had the idea of asking his fellow judges, many of whom agreed.
“They were very enthusiastic. There were even some last minute confirmations who weren’t able to add into the lineup,” Mr. Alcasid said.
He added that if the show goes well, he is thinking of making it a concert series to include other judges like Mitoy Yonting, Yeng Constantino, and Kyla.
During the conference, Mr. Alcasid said he will sing songs people aren’t used to hearing from him like Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and the same goes for the other performers.
They will also sing several Rico J. Puno songs as tribute to the singer, who also served as the show’s judge, who passed in 2018.
Mr. Puno popularized songs such as “Magkasuyo Buong Gabi” and “May Bukas Pa.”
“It’s going to be a fun concert,” Mr. Alcasid said.
Ogie and the Hurados is on October 10, 8 p.m., at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort World Manila, Pasay City. Tickets are available on TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph) or at the RWM Box Office. Ticket prices are from P2,000 to P7,500. — Zsarlene B. Chua