“Kaya ko pa ba ito? Tatanggapin pa ba ako ng mga tao?”
These were just some of the questions running through Sarah Geronimo’s head days before her April 14 Araneta Coliseum show, according to her concert director, Paul Basinillo.
Her apprehensions, however, were apparently unfounded as she staged on Saturday a record-breaking show with the “highest sales in local concerts to date,” according to Viva, citing data from the Araneta Coliseum.
Titled “This 15 Me,” the show was in celebration of Geronimo’s 15th anniversary in show business.
And while many are already familiar about her rise to stardom, Geronimo took it upon herself to tell her own story during the concert.
She began by recalling the days when her parents made her join amateur singing contests and pushed her to audition for commercials or acting stints.
To those who didn’t know, Geronimo was part of the movie “Princess Sarah” starring Camille Prats. She also joined Little Miss Philippines twice, but lost.
It was when she joined and won “Star for a Night” in 2003 that changed her life forever. Aptly, she performed on the show Celine Dion’s “To Love You More,” which was her winning piece 15 years ago.
She also narrated how Michael Jackson served as her inspiration even before she became a professional singer. Little did Geronimo know, she will also hear and see one day the screams and smiles from her own supporters, just like how Jackson experienced it.
“Posible pala,” she thought aloud.
Geronimo exuded confidence when she performed her original songs off her last albums such as “Dulo,” “Tala,” “Misteryo,” “Ikot Ikot” and “The Great Unknown” to name a few.
She likewise sang “Ganito,” “Sandata” and “Duyan,” which are all part of her latest album also titled “This 15 Me.”
True to her promise that her repertoire will be a mix of her originals and covers, she treated her fans to her own version of “Pray for Me,” “All the Stars,” “Wolves,” “Scared to be Lonely,” and “I Have Nothing,” among others.
Also among the highlights of the show was when Geronimo performed with special guests James Reid, Daniel Padilla, Xian Lim, Mark Bautista and Billy Crawford.
As expected, Geronimo left the audience screaming their lungs out and dancing as she delivered breathtaking performances from start to finish.
Towards the end of the show, Geronimo donned a white shirt and a pair of jeans – probably a statement reflecting the title of her show.
It was then when she delivered an emotional version of “Leaving on a Jetplane” that had the audience tighten their grip to their glowsticks. It was followed by her astounding cover of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
To close the concert, Geronimo sang “Kilometro,” a fitting end to her special celebration of her 15th anniversary.
Save for the interludes as Geronimo changed her outfits, there was never a dull moment during the show and the momentum was kept up throughout the night.
“Katulad ng parati kong sinasabi, akala ko hindi na kayo dadating. But you came, and talaga namang it feels good to see all of you tonight,” Geronimo said.