Erik Santos: inTENse Flashback

Ten years ago, I was like twelve years old back then and I still have nothing but gushing fan girl love for Erik Santos. I started to like him during his I believe I can fly performance in Star in a million but he was still not my bet. Maybe because, I was blinded by the singers who have a loud & proud voice that demands attention and not emotion. Erik is like a wake up call for me and a living proof that a great singer is not all about hitting the high notes but also hitting the notes from the heart in all the right places. It was during grand finals when he sang This is the moment that I can totally say l fell in love with him. He killed it. He nailed it. I am emotionally, physically unable to deal with how perfect he was that night and I certainly wasn’t the only one to feel that way. By far, one of the sweetest winning moments I have ever seen not to mention he came from a wildcard. His voice is so utterly and completely perfect, it entered my heart without permission and that is when my fan girl moments started and the rest is history. I have been blessed to become part of Erik Santos Friends Online (ESFO) family who never judge me and stand by me for what I believe in, even if it is about the greatness of my vocal prowess. Haha! And never in a million years did I ever think I will be able to know Erik Santos personally. I swear, he has flawless and amazing personality that makes me love him even more. He is not only a hell of a singer, he is one incredible man.

Time flies and I can’t believe it’s been a decade. The fond memories I have with Erik & ESFO along the way can never be replaced and that will last for a lifetime. (Omg! Tissue please!) Since were talking about memories, here are some of my unforgettable memories I have with him.

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I must say, looking through some old photos of me with him makes me so inexplicably happy for bringing me up on stage, serenading me and allowing me to sing even if it is just a few lines which I guess, I got my confidence in singing. Haha! The power hug (I don’t know, this is just so special for me maybe because, it’s power hug.).  Then there he was taking the time out despite his busy schedules just to celebrate with me on my debut and graduation dinner and makes me feel like a Princess and just recently we had an epic videoke session along with other birthday celebrants. Also one of the best memories I have is when ASAP goes to Boracay. Me and my other two ESFO friends decided to booked a flight to Boracay and surprise him with a banner during the show. I got sunburn and literally toasted but it is all worth it. I mean, It is not everyday that you get a chance to spend time and walk with him along the seashore.

So after all these years, I think no one can understand my excitement for Erik Santos’ “inTENse” which will be happening on November 9, 2013 at the PICC Plenary Hall. This is not only a celebration of his wondrous 10th year in the business but also for being an effective storyteller and been able to inject depth in every songs he does into the most seemingly basic way and for rapegasms my ears with his great music.

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