Singer and songwriter Maris Racal at One Music X Abu Dhabi on November 9, 2018.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – A massive crowd flocked Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Arena on Friday (November 9) for One Music X Abu Dhabi featuring a six-act concert of Filipino artists.
First up was Maris Racal, the other half of the popular tandem Marnigo. Cradling her guitar, Maris thanked the Abu Dhabi crowd for giving her a warm welcome on her first concert in the UAE.
Her repertoire was followed by singer-songwriter Inigo Pascual, who treated the crowd to plenty of song and dance numbers, before turning the beat down a notch to dedicate the song Mahal na Mahal to his mother who was in the crowd.
At the end of the song, Inigo told the crowd he was struggling not to get choked up with emotion that he almost forgot what his next song number was.
After consulting with his band, Inigo regained composure and excitedly introduced Maris back on stage for what he said was their first collaboration in a concert. The duo sang Havana with some hip dance moves.
Soft-spoken Moira Dela Torre then took the stage to tickle the crowd with her hit Titibo-Tibo, before going into some slow songs that put everyone in the mood for love. Moira was joined on stage by singer-songwriter and fiancé Jason Marvin Hernandez on guitar.
Next, came KZ Tandingan, who wowed the crowd with an electrifying performance of Eraserheads’ biggest hits. She also outperformed herself with a more amazing version of Rolling in the Deep with an extended Filipino rap.
Actress Maja Salvador also gave a surprise performance, showing that she doesn’t only have acting chops, but also great vocals and dance moves to boot.
Finally, iconic Filipino band Aegis took the stage to wrap up the show with their all-time hits, and some new ones, proving why they are still the Philippines’ top band in the last 20 years.
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