MANILA, Philippines – Her iconic presence in the entertainment industry has spawned numerous imitations, but nothing quite like Ate Gay's. Now, the original Superstar, Nora Aunor, is set to join her most popular impersonator in the latter's first major solo concert.
"Kinakabahan ako, at saka excited, kasi may mga tao namang gusto manood," stand-up comedian Ate Gay said of his upcoming concert "Ako Naman! Ate Gay sa Arena" to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 30.
In an interview on the late-night newscast "Bandila," Ate Gay said Aunor will make a special guest appearance at his concert, which owes largely to her being a local film icon.
According to the comedian-singer, comparisons to the veteran actress paved the way for his showbiz career.
"Na-discover ako dahil ka-boses ko raw siya pag kumakanta. High school palang ako sinasabi na nila na ka-boses ko raw siya, natural. Wala akong boses na lalaki, ganu’n talaga siya," Ate Gay said.
Apart from being an acclaimed actress, Aunor, throughout her decades-long career, was also a popular recording artist whose singing voice has been dubbed as "golden" by local music critics.
Aunor's presence in one of his shows, Ate Gay recalled, was a particularly humbling experience, especially with his knowledge of her longevity and success as the country's "Superstar."
"Isa lang ang narining ko sa kanya, parang, 'Ikaw na.' Ayaw ko kasi magmayabang, pero isa lang sinabi niya: 'Magaling ka,'" Ate Gay said.
Now with a little over two months before he comes face to face with Aunor again, this time on stage, the comedian-singer is only starting let his dream-come-true sink in.
"Akala ko biruan lang, ngayon nagiging totoo na," he said.