You don’t hear the Mall of Asia Arena rumble only when Barangay Ginebra is playing on the hardcourt. When the “original loveteam” of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion appeared together onstage and sang their signature song, “Come What May,” the Sharon-Gabby fans went wild.
The shrieks and screams of the nearly 20,000 fans at the Arena were non-stop. It was understandable, because the last time Cuneta and Concepcion were seen together, live onstage, was perhaps more two decades ago. Last Sunday, they surprised thousands of teachers who attended the Gabay Guro event, now on its 12th year, as the education advocacy of PLDT-Smart.
Cuneta sauntered onstage in her red pants and blazer, just as Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez ended their duet. Cuneta even acknowledged the couple as the original Concert King and Concert Queen, the popular tag of Nievera and Fernandez.
However, Cuneta immediately apologized, too, and said, “I’m sorry, hindi kayo ang original love team. Late kayo.” Then, she prompted the show’s musical director, Mel Villena, who was on the keyboards, to play a familiar tune. “Ipapa-alala ko lang sa kanila kung sino ang original.”
When the Megastar sang the first few familiar strains of “Come What May,” the audience at the Arena was thrilled no end. Concepcion joined her onstage, as Fernandez giddily made her exit with Nievera.
Concepcion was a true gentleman when he sang with Cuneta. Aside from merely putting his left arm around her waist and on her shoulder, Concepcion didn’t buzz Cuneta even on the cheek.
The song, “Come What May,” got embedded in pop culture as the theme of the first movie together of the loveteam, “Dear Heart.” The song became strongly identified with Cuneta and Concepcion rather than with the original singers – Lani Hall and Herb Albert – of the romantic ballad.
“Original,” Cuneta shouted, referring to both of them, as the bridge of the song played on. To which Concepcion readily answered, “Oh yeah!”
The song ended and the erstwhile loveteam and couple greeted the teachers in the Arena. “Ito po ang regalo namin sa inyo,” Cuneta said, referring to their duet. “Sana natuwa kayo.”
Then, she introduced her former partner, “For the first time in forever, Mr Gabby Concepcion, ladies and gentlemen.” The latter was quick to retort, “And Ms Sharon Cuneta Concepcion, noong araw.” And there were more shrieks again from the constantly adoring crowd.
The actor thanked all the teachers present in the event. “Maraming salamat po. Kayo po ang teachers na nagturo sa amin at nagturo kay KC kung ano siya ngayon. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng guro.”
KC, short for Kristina Cassandra, is the only child of the couple.
Their stage reunion was strongly hyped since last year, when teachers who attended the Gabay Guro event anticipated their appearance together. However, although they both graced the 2018 event, they delivered individual performances. They undoubtedly delighted the teachers this year when they performed together.
Early last year, Cuneta and Concepcion appeared together in a McDonald’s TV commercial. Not a few anticipated their big screen reunion after that. However, the film project didn’t push through. Thousands still remain hopeful that the Sharon-Gabby reunion movie will happen soon.
Back in 2009, Concepcion made a brief, special guest appearance at the end of the drama-comedy movie, “BFF: Best Friends Forever,” that topbilled Cuneta and Ai-Ai de las Alas. That early, fans were already anticipating the Sharon-Gabby reunion movie.
Meanwhile, the star-studded Gabay Guro event had more than two dozen stars in its roster of performers this year. Aside from Cuneta and Concepcion, Nievera and Fernandez, other artists included Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Piolo Pascual, Jaya, Jay-R, Jason Dy, Jed Madela, Angeline Quinto, K Brosas, Jona, Klarisse de Guzman, Zephanie Dimaranan, the Broadway Boys and comedians Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.
Luis Manzano led a “Family Feud” game portion with the teachers, while DJ Jai Ho hosted the early part of the program. Dimples Romana hosted the middle part of the show, with Ruby Rodriguez and Andrew Wolff.