Erik Santos ventures into acting

Singing is Erik Santos’ strongest suit as he knows perfectly how to express all emotions impeccably into his music. It’s like all he does is put his heart and soul into singing. I’ve been in love with his voice for years. It puts me in this trance, full of bliss as his voice reaches deep into my core. Undeniably, he’s one of the most relatable singers the world has to offer. So, I was pretty surprised when Erik broke the news that he’ll be doing his acting debut on MMK (Maalala Mo Kaya) entitled “Bus” last 2010. It took a really long time to finally convince Erik to entail himself into acting, and I’m talking about years. I was so enraptured for I was longing for this to happen, though it seemed to me that it would be an uncanny experience to see him expressing those deep emotions in a way more demanding job. I know it’s difficult in their business to try to move over from one area to the next, like when actors try to add singing into their profiles. Same goes with the singers turned actors and I was certain in the latter that with Erik, it’s going to work out.

And it did, when Erik proved that he can also execute well those deep emotions into acting when he played the role of an OFW (clifford) who was part of a band and applied as a singer at the Venetian hotel in Macau but became a housekeeper and met Shayne (Kristel Moreno) who will make his world turn upside down. I found myself in tears and moved by how Erik painfully delivered his lines with so much emotions just exactly like when he was delivering his songs. Here’s the full link of Erik Santos – Maalaala mo kaya Bus episode in case you missed it.

Here are some of my favorite scenes from his MMK “Bus” epi.

In late 2011, he then conquered the stage as Prince Eric in an Atlantis Production of a hit Broadway musical Little Mermaid. It was a delight to watch him on stage. He embraced the role all well maybe because this was in line with music. He has gained critical acclaim for his ability to jump in of both sides of the entertainment, acting and singing. He bagged the Best Crossover Artist Award in 2012 Broadway World Philippines Award which shows that he’s truly talented in all arenas.

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Erik’s acting gained positive feedback and so I wasn’t surprised when he had another MMK episode – “Puntod”, a year opener special last year. It was a heart-shattering love story when Roque (Erik Santos) whose love for Merlinda (Charee Pineda) was endless even after she chose to marry Roque’s brother Raul (Aaron Villaflor) and took care of their child after Merlinda died.

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Now, I’m expressing great amount of excitement as Erik’s next acting venture will be happening on the big screen, his first movie. He will be part of Cinemalaya 2014 New breed category, a prestige Philippine festival for Independent films who’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. He’s one of the main casts of “S6parados” along with Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, Anjo Yllana and Alfred Vargas. He also sang the themesong “Pangarap Na Ikaw”. This is a story of six men with different stories who have separated with their wives and I’m very much thrilled and looking forward for Erik’s tragic tale which is framed to be a battered husband and I’m emotionally preparing myself to be moved to tears

Don’t miss it on August 2-9 2014, CCP, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces.

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Hail to the King of OPM Themesongs: Erik Santos

Erik Santos has become one of the big names in the OPM scene today that has a long and storied career, One that has no sign of slowing down. Over the course of his career, Erik has been a favorite pick to sing Teleserye themesongs. He was kind enough to dissect his deepest soul to provide us original and new sounds of treasured old favorite OPM songs that are not limited to one style. His hypnotic soothing voice fits perfectly with each scene and will surely hit you in the feels, which made him the most consistently reliable singer who can seamlessly pull off a remarkable theme song.

Personally, It was Erik, who became my gateway to appreciate OPM songs that I used to skip listening, to rediscover OPM songs I didn’t pay a bunch of attention to before, and to fully conceive and appreciate OPM as a form of art. His passion for OPM seem to last forever and that’s why on April 7, 8pm at The Theatre at Solaire, Erik will continue to light the fire in solidifying OPM by taking us to a night full of well-crafted OPM classic songs.

What makes this concert even more exciting? It’s the thought that Erik will write and direct his own concert. I guess  it was “We Love OPM” that triggered him to try this new venture. His concept and ideas for each performance of his winning group “Tres Kantos” only showed how intense his love for OPM­ is, as well as how effective he was, as a mentor and a leader. Watch it here in my previous blog:  The Great Erik Santos: Champion Mentor  Nevertheless, I am so thrilled to witness the great potential brewing within Erik as a concert writer and director.

And, here’s a round-up of reasons why Erik is our King of OPM Themesongs.

Erik’s original songs are crafted to the utmost perfection with voice and lyrics that are crisp, a perfect fit into  different kinds of teleseryes.

Pagbigyang Muli (Maria La Del Barrio)

I Will Never Leave You (Green Rose)        

Erik has a skill that is able to crossover to different audiences because we can never go wrong with the fact that his heart-wrenching renditions of “I’ll Never Go” and “Say You’ll Never Go” have been consumed furiously as theme songs in various teleseryes and movies. It doesn’t take long to win the audience over and over again.

I’ll Never Go (Stained Glass)

I’ll Never Go (One more chance)

I’ll Never Go ( A Second Chance)

Say You’ll Never Go (Sana Maulit Muli)

Say You’ll Never Go (On The Wings Of Love)

Erik has an undeniable human connection. He sings wholeheartedly pleasant and has a delicate crystal clear message. That’s why he has been a favorite to sing the theme songs of some of our inspirational teleseryes.

May Bukas Pa(May Bukas Pa)


Lupa Man Ay Langit Na Rin (Nathaniel)

Sapagkat Diyos Ay Pag-ibig (Ikaw Ay Pag-ibig)

Lupa (Rosalka)

Erik continues to prove that he really is the King Of OPM Theme Songs as we hear his voice twice in a day (Daytime and Primetime) with a really dramatic sad scene that would definitely wreck you. Here’s how he reinvents OPM classics “Hanggang” (The Better Half) and “Sayo Lamang” (My Dear Heart).

Hanggang ( The Better Half)

Sayo Lamang (My Dear Heart)

Erik is a real innovator and a storyteller at the same time. There’s a serene naturalness with his voice that makes the scenes more romantic and sweet or heartbreaking.

Don’t Know What To Do, Don’t Know What To Say ( Til I Met You)

You Are My Song ( A Moment In Time)

Di Lang Ikaw ( Hiyas)

Erik would also not be out of place in a theme song for a heavy drama because a classic teleserye needs a classic theme song. His powerful rendition of these classic OPM songs stirring with powerful arrangements will surely leave you in awe.

Maging Sino Ka Man (Maging Sino Ka Man)

Ikaw (Ina, Kapatid, Anak)


Iisa Pa Lamang (Walang Hanggan)

Muling Buksan Ang Puso (Muling Buksan Ang Puso)

It was no surprise that Erik is the King Of OPM Themesongs because whether we like to admit it or not, these songs sneaked and stuck in our heads once in our lifetime. And, that’s the good thing about the kind of singer Erik Santos has gifted us.

So, let’s take a moment and celebrate OPM with the King of OPM Themesongs on April 7. See you there!

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The Great Erik Santos: Champion Mentor

I’m convinced that all his life, Erik wanted to be a singer. He finally got the chance when he joined and won as first Star In A Million Champion.. He has gone through hell and high waters to make his lifelong dream a reality.

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And, 12 years later,  he’s not even done yet when he posted this on his Instagram account as a guest mentor of “I Love OPM” last March.

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Then he became a Mentor of “Tres Kantos” of “We Love OPM”. He worked real hard just to make sure his group will shine every performance night and to give us an extraordinary OPM vibe week after week. He did whatever it takes to become not just a great mentor of his team, but an inspiring mentor to many. Tres Kantos hailed as first We Love OPM Grand Celebriteam and for that, I truly believe, Erik will always be the man of the MOMENT. It became more meaningful as he gets the same winning moment twice.

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This only proves that Erik did not just have a dream in his life. He knows what he wants and he’s tirelessly working to always make his dreams a reality. And yes, no amount of hate can ruin, nor stop him from doing great things because that’s what the heart of a true Champion is all about. Keep shining and winning Champion Mentor Erik!

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Erik Santos’ Champion Reborn: An ultimate “Hugot” album

Once again, Erik Santos handed me the best soundtracks of my life as he birthed beautiful gem of songs with his latest album Champion Reborn which recently bagged the first spot on Astroplus’ Top Selling Album, both in overall and OPM. In spite of him exploring new sounds and genres from the classic songs  to Pop-Rnb, there lies the secret of the King of Teleserye Themesongs, an innate ability to deliver insanely catchy and relatable tracks. Tracks that will nestle themselves deep into your heads, captures you and takes you on a musical journey.

Tandaan Mo ‘To feat. Gloc-9

“Tandaan mo to! Kung aalis ka, eh di umalis ka Pero ‘di ako maghihintay sayo. Binigay ang lahat ng pagmamahal. ‘Di mo ba naramdaman? Bakit bali binaliwala mo lahat ng pangako mong walang hanggan”

This song doesn’t sound like something you would expect from Erik. It proves to be intriguing as he really stepped out of his comfort zone. The lyrics are brilliant with a smooth groove, but it’s the emotions of these two obviously talented voices that makes this track remarkable, as this was stuck in my head for days.

I am half-tempted to say that this is his best album yet because there are plenty of “hugot” lines that will crash through your sensibilities.

Sino Ba Ako Sa’yo

“Sino ba ako sa’yo, paulit-ulit bumabalik kahit nasasaktan ako sa’yo, paasa-asa kahit iiwan oh nanaman.”

Sana Ikaw Naman

“Parang ‘di na tama to, paglimot mo’y kay bilis, Pano mo ko natitiis? Mali bang sabihin di kayang tanggapin, Ba’t di mo ramdam ang sakit?”

‘PagNapagod Na Ang Puso

“At ‘pag napagod na ang puso mo nandito lang ako, naghihintay nagbabantay na muli mong balikan. Karamay sa lungkot hingahan ng sama ng loob, ‘Pag wala na ang sakit sana ako ang ipalit.”

I love how these smooth sounding tracks feels so current. I have so many feels  with the songs  Sino Ba Ako Sa’yo and Sana Ikaw Naman and I’m pretty sure a lot of people can relate to these songs too, in so many ways.

Beautiful Baby

“I tell you I’ll be there for you any place, any time. But, you don’t wanna get your hopes up, you don’t wanna waste your time. But, baby believe me I take care of what’s mine”

One of my favorites, it reminds of his classic harana hit song Kung Akin Ang Mundo. It is such a romantic song and what is great about this track is that you can listen to it in any mood and pulls you over to its floaty sounding vibes.

This album is certainly a treat because it also includes a wide range of awe-inspiring  and classic revival songs.

Takbo Ng Mundo

“Tuloy ang takbo ng mundo ang puso’y uusad. ‘Di malulumpo sa bigat ng binubuhat at masugid na uulit kahit ulit-ulit pang  madapa, ‘Di patatalo”

This is a very well written and delivered with a highly optimistic vibe. It’s catchy and I can’t help but feel uplifted by it.

Don’t Tell Me Don’t feat. Kyla

“Whoever told me I can never be the one that I’ve dreamed of.What’s his business telling people off from doing their thing. Can’t stop me from doing what I’m doing. Get off my back, you can’t break down my spirit.”

This track  got all the energy with a very upbeat vibe. You can feel how much these two equally talented musicians have grown in terms of vocals and styles with their twist and turns of emotions that blends well. They provide us something  that ignites into an adrenaline feast of soaring vocals that will continue to rattle round long after the album concludes. So perfect!

Lupa Man Ay Langit Na Rin

“Nakita ko ang tunay na pag-asa natagpuan ang tunay na ligaya
Mahal naming panginoon ako’y sumasamba pagka’t sa piling mo’y walang kasing ganda”

Erik’s rendition of this gospel song, which became a theme song of the hit teleserye Nathaniel is just so stunning and powerful that will literally tear you up.

Sana Naman Sana Na Nga

“Sana naman, Sana na ng, Ibigin mong muli. Sana na nga, sana naman  balikan mo sandali. Kahit pigilin pa ang damdamin kong ito. Limutin ka’y mahirap na ituro sa puso ko.”

Beautiful track, but to be honest, I  don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I am not just massively keen on the song.  Thankfully, it was Erik who sang it because I think if  this was sung by another singer who doesn’t have a deep connection with it, It wouldn’t make much of an impact to me at all.

This I Promise You feat. Angeline Quinto

“I’ve loved you forever in lifetimes before. And I promise you never.
Will you hurt anymore  I give you my word, I give you my heart (give you my heart) This is a battle we’ve won And with this vow, Forever has now begun…”

I like that they made my favorite N’ Sync song more modern and way more romantic with their spine-chilling rendition which is perfect for a theme song in a teleserye or movie.

Narito Ako

“May luha sa iyong mga mata.  Naaalala mo ang nakaraan. Umibig ka ng tapat ibinigay mo ang lahat, ngunit iniwan ka nya, iniwan kang nagiisa. Alam kong kailangan mo ng isang kaibigan Kailangan mo ng masasandalan Bigyan mo sana ako Ng isa pang pagkakataon Upang tulungan kitang limutin ang noon”

I didn’t know that this was just a revival until a little birdie told me that It was originally sung by Ariel Rivera. This is a  different kind of friendship song that within seconds you are transported into memories of you and your best friend.

Say You’ll Never Go

“How can I make it through the day without you? You have been so much a part of me (and if you’ll go). I’ll never know what to do. How can I carry on my way the memories when all that is left is the pain of my history. Why should I live my life today?”

Expect more heart-wrenching version when Erik revived his own revival song. I never thought  he  could bring  out the most emotional depth of it to make the story of Clark and Leah  from  On The Wings Of Love painful to watch.

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

“I know it’s been some time, But there’s something on my mind
You see, I haven’t been the same since that cold November day.
We said we needed space, But all we found was an empty place
And the only thing I learned  is that I need you desperately”

You can really feel the pain with Erik’s aching rendition of this song. You can feel every emotion that went along with those lyrics.  I can listen to his version over and over again, even if it’s too painful to handle.

Champion Reborn is such an extremely great album. The overall sound of each song with Erik’s vocal cuddle for the ears will surely melt your heart and warm your soul. It was a perfect balance of what Erik was and what he has become.

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The reinvention of Erik Santos

Erik seems to love surprising his fans. Last week, his latest album “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 was launched on Spotify, showcasing some well-crafted tracks. To many, it seems that this will be a huge step-up from his previous albums and from the classic Erik Santos we have loved for the longest time. But, in the recent bloggers conference, Erik assured his fans that he would still stick to his core as a balladeer, and that this is only part of his reinvention as an artist. As such, his new sound was graciously embraced by his fans and by all the spotifiers making his new single “Tandaan Mo ‘To” feat. Gloc 9 all over the charts.  And as I’m writing this, the song already reached 115,481 plays since it was launched last week. According to Erik, Tandaan Mo ‘To is his personal favorite because he was able to collaborate with one of the best rappers in our generation. It was composed by David Dimaguila, while, Gloc 9 himself actually wrote the rap lyrics, making this song extra special.

The level of passion and skills he exerted in creating this album was nothing short of amazing. He shares that this album was 1 year in the making. He always makes sure that before every recording session, he conditions his lungs by running on the treadmill for about 45 minutes, and memorizes the song by heart. In an exclusive listening to the album, he also shares songs both from his new sound to melodramatic songs so the fans won’t miss his classic sound. This album focuses on the nature of reality and it shows on how he emotionally filters and interprets each song differently.

You can now purchase “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 on iTunes and watch out for the grand launch of the Music video for Tandaan Mo ‘To on MYX, Oct. 23,2015, 5pm.

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   Bloggers Conference & exclusive listening of #ChampionReborn

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Bts of the Music Video #TandaanMoTo

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      Erik Santos with Direk Paul Basinilio and Gforce.

Erik Santos: A Champion Reborn

There was one time I was randomly asked by a friend “What is your favorite Erik Santos’ song?” I must admit, one of the most mind-boggling questions to answer. I have a lot of favorite songs of Erik including songs that are not released. But, to answer the question, I gave five of my most favorites (Kung Akin Ang Mundo, I Will Never Leave You, Hindi Na Magbabago, Langit, Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin) because asking me to pick just one song is like asking me to choose between my Parents.

I would have the same answer if someone will ask me “What is your favorite Erik’s album?” because he always made everything epic in his album. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when his albums sell like pancakes, always on the top-selling albums in record bars, received multi-platinum awards and used most of his songs in teleseryes and movies. It’s hard to say what my favorite album is, but I have two that are my most played albums – “Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman Songbook” and “Awit Para Sayo”. Maybe, because most of the songs hit me right in the feels with so much emotions. Well, that’s where Erik was good at after all, making us wish for a rainy day and a window to gaze out every time we listen to his songs.

Same thing goes with “What is your favorite Erik’s music video, concert, etc.,?” I can’t even sort it out in my mind because all of my favorites are subject to change as long as Erik creates great music. Just like the major change in his upcoming album and I’m talking about like a 360 degree turn. It is so inspiring and I feel proud at the same time that he took risks in doing this kind of album, far away from his comfort zone. I’ve been wanting him to do things that people don’t usually see, songs that have never been heard from him. I can guarantee, that this new sound of Erik is deliciously entertaining. I was over the moon with his new single “Tandaan Mo ‘To” along with its mind-blowing music video, absolutely unforgettable.

I am so beyond excited for everyone to see and experience the new Erik Santos. So, mark your calendar on Oct. 12. 2015 for the ESclusive grand release of the “Champion Reborn” EP Part 1 on Spotify.

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Last Concert Syndrome: #KQattheAraneta

There was a sense of longing and it was like it sneaked away leaving us wanting more. I actually didn’t even notice that the show ran for almost three hours because it’s true when they say time does indeed fly when you’re having fun. Erik Santos & Angeline Quinto at the Araneta was no doubt a huge success because it has all the magical ingredients of what a best concert should be. From well-chosen guests, to spectacular line-up of songs to absolutely brilliant pairing of great vocals of Erik and Angeline and an awesome crowd that filled the big dome.

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   Credit to Antonio Dimaguila for the photo @iamtheantonio

I must say, there wasn’t a single prod I didn’t enjoy. The concert was perfectly and meticulously divided into three parts. There were blazing solos first of KQ that prove  their staying power as singers. They respectively opened their show with fascinating performances. Angeline belted out “What I Did For Love” of Shirley Bassey, “A House Is Not A Home” of Luther Vandross and “All Of My Life” of Diana Ross, while Erik intensely opened his show with a Broadway medley, Corner Of The Sky/Defying Gravity.

           Credit to Qritiko for the vids

Many songs captured the energy and high of the crowd. It was Angeline’s 90’s hits medley songs of her idols such as Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On), Mariah Carey (Love Takes Time), and Whitney Houston (Where Do Broken Hearts Go). She sang it with full of swelling emotions which pulled me back to my childhood memories while Erik performed the current hits of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, and John Legend’s “All Of Me”. I was like gone gaga over it because I was really dying to hear his version. I remember, I was able to have a chitchat with Erik months before the concert and I shamelessly told him “Sana kantahin mo naman yung Thinking Out Loud or songs ni Sam Smith. Feeling ko mas maganda version mo. (Yes, dapat may kasamang pambobola.hehe)”. I know, I am not alone with this because I’ve been reading a lot of tweets asking him the same thing. And, Erik didn’t disappoint us. It was a heartfelt slower version with his own unique style.

Credit to Qritiko for the vids

In this age, it’s hard to deny the fact that International acts boost the music scene here in our country. So, I was ecstatic when I saw the vast of crowd that night who clearly still have an ear for OPM music. Their performances of OPM medley prove that beyond the shadow of a doubt, OPM is still on its game. Erik payed tribute to one of our OPM Icons, Basil Valdez. It was a mesmerizing 9-min medley. Angeline, on the other hand, beautifully sang the hits of Himig Handog; “Hanggang” of Wency Cornejo, “Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa” of Aiza Seguerra and “Hindi Na Bale” of Bugoy Drillon. They both performed with the right tinge of something sad and something sweet melodies.

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Angeline showed off her versatility with an explosively powerful performance of Barbara Streisand’s “Somewhere and Till I Met You”. It wrenched my heart when she dedicated the song “Wish Upon A Star/Somewhere Over The Rainbow” to her deceased Father. Despite being emotional inside she still managed the velvety allure of her voice throughout.

Credit to Qritiko for the vid

It’s funny when It only takes one great singer to shift my mood for one of my most irritating songs to one of my favorites songs to listen to because there was a palpable warmth in Angeline’ s “Chandelier” version. Her sugary-sweet voice made it remarkable.

Credit to Qritiko for the vid

Erik is known for as a fastidious attention-deficient perfectionist that has always been heard at its best in his performances. Great example of this was his acapella of “Pagbigyang Muli” with Thor, Brenan, Suy and Gail Blanco joining him onstage. During his SOLO concert way back then, in the same venue, Erik sang PM with a mix of Spanish. It got me thinking about the infinity of how else could he possibly sing this classic song in ways that it’ll still sound so enchanting.

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I was once again struck by Erik’s awe-inspiring rendition of “The Climb” while I have this anthemic  song/moment that keeps haunting me. Unquestionably, It was Erik’s flashlight moment. This was the most unexpectedly beautiful thing ever happened to him on stage while he was singing. I just want to share with you guys. Morning of that big day, I texted Erik with a good luck message and offered him a prayer which goes like this “ I pray that God’s grace for supernatural breakthrough will locate you today” and I believe, that “Flashlight” scene was God’s answer to my prayer (Well, aside from a jam-packed concert). He dedicated the song to his fans and never asked anything from the audience but when Erik started singing the crowd pleasantly surprised him by lighting up their flashlights using their cellphones, waving the lights and singing along with him. This brought packs of emotional punch out of him as he broke down and cried, but he always pulls back right at the moment, finished the song and burst out how touched he was.

Photo credit to Mike Sun & Miggy Rivera of ESFO

Photo credit to Mike Sun & Miggy Rivera of ESFO

                                              Credit to Cornerstone for the vid

Finally, Erik and Angeline reunited on stage. There was a light touch to their humor as they teased each other. It was real and easy onstage chemistry allowing the audience to be consumed by their wonderful performances. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without them singing their Teleserye themesongs. They can really make music that can connect to the audience without sounding unbearably bombastic making them worthy of the crown as King and Queen of themesongs.

Photo credit to Miggy of ESFO

Photo credit to Miggy of ESFO

There was an appealing romance underlying when they sang together “Can’t We Try” of Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard, “Just You and I” of Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gale and their extraordinary rendition of “This I Promise You”. Undoubtedly, there was really a stellar blend of musicianship with these two.

Photo credit to MyxPh

     Photo credit to MyxPh

One of my fave parts of the show is when THE original King and Queen, Mr. Martin Nievera and Ms. Regine Velazquez-Alcasid joined the stage with Erik and Angeline. They brought the house down as they breathtakingly performed Barry Manilow medley. It was a feast of gently squeezing harmonies. Regine and Martin then sang “Ikaw” together. It was my first time to witness them singing together and it was an unearthing treasure feels from the OPM archives. That moment was a real prize.

Credit to Qritiko for the vid

Erik and Angeline end the show with an overwhelming climax by singing the songs that perfectly placed them in the spotlight in a major way. Erik sang Angeline’s winning piece “Patuloy Ang Pangarap” while Angeline sang Erik’s “This Is The Moment”. Bravo!!!

Photo credit to MyxPh

            Photo credit to MyxPh

For me, there was never a showdown because this concert was just a story of two different personas who thrived hard and reached their dreams in their own unique ways, sharing, their inspiring stories thru their excellent music and these voices deserve to be heard all over the world.

Congratulations to the King and Queen of themesongs and to the team behind #KQattheAraneta. Care for a repeat? Yes? Thank you.

All Hail To The King..

This blog post is just to update you in case you haven’t been keeping track of the life of one of our most amazing singers that ever graced this earth. Don’t worry, I am not going to bore you with stats. The point of this blog is to remind you or should I say to remind myself all over again on how fascinating Erik Santos’ career evolution was. Looking back, I remember when a hopeful college student joined the singing contest called “Star In A Million”. It was before he got eliminated and then was called back for the wild card competition. It was the song “I Believe I Can Fly”  that brought him to the 10th and last spot for the semi-final round and led him to the day when he fervidly performed “This Is The Moment” and bagged the title as the first-ever “Star In A Million” grand champion. These turn of events became his life-changing moment and the beacon of his success.

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I remember when he was first dubbed as “The Rising Star”. As he was to build a life of a champion, a winner and a star. I remember when it was hard not to adore the over 11 year old classic hit “Pagbigyang Muli” that became an anthem for anyone who had a heartache which stayed on the 1st spot of WRR’s hit chart for more than 20 weeks. And over the course of his career, he has produced several top selling and multi-platinum albums along with his sentimentally beautiful gem of songs that are more than just a pretty song. He also has a collaboration with other artists like Regine Velasquez (Bakit Ba Iniibig Ka?) and Jim Brickman (The Jim Brickman Songbook). 11756462_10207668584100962_691765710_n

To celebrate his arrival as a bonafide star, I remember when he began appearing on various sold-out concerts which he garnered rapturous applause and standing ovations. His tale of success resulted in him being crowned as the “Prince of Pop”. It was Regine and Ogie Alcasid’s “The Songbird and the Songwriter” concert that gave him his first taste of performing at the Araneta Coliseum. He then staged major concerts alongside with other great artists at the Big dome and I remember when he held his first major jam-packed solo concert entitled “Erik Santos Solo at the Coliseum”. Erik became unstoppable, doing concerts here and abroad and a demand for corporate shows gaining him a large fan base in different parts of the world who have been captured to his charismatic stage presence. 11739745_10207668583660951_945047133_n He became one of the most popular recording artists and a respected performer, having received numerous prestigious awards like Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist, Favorite Male Artist, POP Male Artist, Artist Of The Year, Best Male Performance in a Concert, Most Popular Song By A Male Performer, Pop Movie Theme song etc..etc..too much to mention. You can check his Wikipedia for the complete list of his awards. 🙂

I remember when he walked across the stage, but not to give us astounding performances, but to receive his noteworthy diploma. Indeed, plenty to be proud of with this man because in the midst of all inescapable pressure and the demands in his career, he still managed to finish his degree.


I remember when the opportunity of a lifetime knocked at his door, when he was chosen to perform and represent our country for the Beijing Olympics Cultural Closing (Asian Night). He soulfully sang two of the most meaningful songs for him, I Believe I Can Fly and This Is The Moment.

And, just recently, he was picked to sing the Responsorial Psalm at a concluded mass in Quirino Grandstand with millions of people watching. It was a performance of a lifetime because not many artists get to perform in the presence of our Pope.

Undeniably, he was blessed and I was moved by his generosity when I remember how compassionate his heart was, not just in his craft but the way he was towards other people. There was genuine kindness when he showed empathy for the less fortunate people, like doing fundraising shows, donating to those families who have been affected by calamities. He also visited different hospitals and celebrated his birthday in an orphanage. I know, some people will doubt and say this is just for publicity. But the truth is, he’s actually not fond of showing these acts of kindness in any social media platform. One thing that strikes me the most, his sincerity about having a charitable heart because even when he was surrounded by bright lights, he never forgets his simple upbringing. He might just hate me for posting this, but I’ll post it anyway. I’m sorry. Not sorry.:) (because in this crazy stir world, we need more people like him).

I also do remember when he was so determined to showcase his versatility not just in singing, but his knack for acting as well. He successfully broke the mold and did his acting skills flawlessly from the long time drama anthology (Maalaala Mo Kaya) to Broadway (The Little Mermaid as Prince Eric) to Indie film (S6parados).

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I remember the time when he hosted singing competitions like “Search For A Star In A Million”  and “Star Power”. It was in the latter show where Erik and Angeline crossed their paths. Like Erik, Angeline has been through tough times also while joining singing contests, but her serious staying star power made her a winner. Sharing common experiences, they developed a connection and became close friends.

Then, suddenly it’s magic when things are about to get real and they started creating great music together.

                      OST from the movie “Suddenly it’s magic”

In a romance aspect, I was never sure where things were going, but their story will surely pull you along making you need to see where things are heading between them.
                        OST from the movie “Unofficially Yours”

Again, I know some people will say this is just for publicity, but whatever because we can’t take away the fact that there’s an appealing connection between them.

They both have natural gifts of constructing music that’s so powerful in its simplicity and there’s a sense of rawness that allows their soothing voice shine on their own. One of my favorite theme songs of them was the song “Forever”. it was like they gave extra meaning to the lyrics that maybe resembles on what they feel for each other.
                     OST from the teleserye “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon”

Speaking of theme songs, both of them became the most favorite to take a more defined role of reimagining a songs to their matured and powerfully intimate pieces of their own. Maybe, because their angelic voices were so engaging and entirely relatable as to what a teleserye or movie was all about and as to what the viewers feel. It’s safe to say they earned the right to be hailed as King and Queen of Theme songs. And so, I remember when “Maging Sino Ka Man” was Erik’s first teleserye theme song. It was so intense and perfectly arranged that proves his mastery of the craft. One of his phenomenal OST was the song “I’ll Never Go” from the blockbuster movie “One More Chance”. His version was so emotionally painful which reflected the depth of the movie and felt like it was a beautiful heartbreak. His ability to transfix and blend an inspiring but often heartbreaking melodies allow him the opportunity to create more than 30 of exceptionally notable teleserye and movie theme songs, making him worthy of the title. Here is Erik’s breathtakingly performance of some of his teleserye theme songs.
                                                 Credit to Qritiko for the vid

On top of all of these, I came to an end when I remember I used to call him POP (Prince of Pop) and the letter K in his name Erik has no meaning to me at all before but now it does, King.
Now, I’m wildly excited for a spectacular night on August 15 at the Araneta Coliseum, a royal treat from the King and Queen of theme songs you won’t want to miss out. It’s about time to experience those heartfelt background songs we usually hear on a teleserye or movie live in the Big dome. 11749267_10207655508254074_345144780_n