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.

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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.

Credit to Qritiko for the vid

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.

Credit to Qritiko for the vid

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.
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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

Erik Santos in “S6parados”

Gala night of Cinemalaya’s New breed category “S6parados” was held last Sunday, Aug 3. It was a huge success from a bunch of different people who came to watch. Some of them are families and friends of the casts, most respected film critics, supporters of Cinemalaya and Indie films as well as the solid supporters of the artists and then there’s the first timers. Raising my both hands for it was my first time and I came to support Erik Santos. Yes, after 10 years of Cinemalaya’s existence, this was my first time to see an Indie film. Glad that “S6parados” was my first indie film experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It was a superb acting from all the casts. The lead casts gave justice to their characters. Quite a surprise to see staggering Victor Neri, Anjo Yllna and Ricky Davao in a serious yet laugh-worthy quip roles. Both Jason Abalos as a drug addict and Alfred Vargas as an alcoholic husband did a notable performances while Erik Santos gets nothing but love and sympathy from me for a well portrayed role of a battered husband (which kinda bothers me watching him being beaten up by Iwa Motto). With his remarkable breakdown scene, I somehow forgot that I’ve first known him for singing. His acting connects to me in a deeper and more profound way. It’s like he was tailored to fit effortlessly into acting.

“S6parados” has a solid job delivering a relevant plot and an origin story of six men who have a bittersweet separation from their wives that will lead you to a roller coaster of emotions. There was a lot to like about it like how the way they intertwined the six tragic different stories seamlessly that doesn’t need much of critical thinking. It was indeed a great movie. And more than that, a great reminder. It’s no wonder, the movie was getting well deserved praise.Congratulations to all the casts and to Direk GB Sampedro!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it on the following screening dates.

*Extended screening on Aug 10 Sunday/3:30 pm /MKP Hall

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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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credit to the owner of the pic

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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ESFO is Erik Santos’ song

Party preparations could be the most tiring, dreadful and exhausting yet fun part of being an ESFO. Last week (Dec 15), I let the ESFO’s 10th Christmas-Anniversary Party get the best of me with less than a month of prepping. It was stressful but it was well worth it most especially seeing everyone embracing the wilderness of the night. ESFO party wouldn’t be possible without these people to Ate joan, Tita Bam, Ate wheng, Ate Ej and Ate Marvey thank you for doing all the logistics and to all ESFO who came early at the party and helped us with the preparations and to Queenz who started it all, thank you for your wonderful videos that brought us into tears and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this never again to do last-minute shopping on the day of the party itself. Never! Right Ate Ej? Haha.

Of course, this party wouldn’t be complete without celebrating it with the man of the hour, Erik Santos. It was a perfect time to look back at those 10 wondrous years with his presence who always made our party extra special.

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Showing ESFO’s Christmas parties in the past 9 years during dinner time while it was an emotional and touching part when the video of Esfo-Erik was shown on the latter part of the party.

Erik – ESFO’s 9 Christmas Party

In our previous parties we usually do games that needs to exert some energy and body movements, but this time we decided to have mind games namely Name that tune with Erik being so competitive and Fyi, his team effortlessly won. Thanks to Erik.haha and the Trivia-hEStory game which shows who among the fans knows every single details about Erik’s personal life and career history. Erik wasn’t allowed to join in this game:) Below is Erik’s answer sheet during Name that tune.

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These cool prizes made our games even more exciting: engraved pencils, magazines, inTENse exhibit photos, towels and starbucks cards. Thanks to Tabam, Ms. Cyndy of Cornerstone and to Erik for some of the prizes.

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while the theme for our exchange gift is something intense and another time capsule is ready to be sealed up again which we already did in our first Christmas party. We asked everyone to bring something they treasure that will represent Erik or them as a supporter of Erik or an ESFO and this will be open after 10 yrs. Here’s Erik explaining his item saying that this is so memorable to him, not his iphone but the polo he wore in his first ever pictorial during Star in a million by showing the picture coz he failed to bring it that night.

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It has been our tradition to give an ESFO awards every party. Congrats to Mr. inTENse of the Night (Yvan), Ms. inTENse of the Night (Yijen), inTENse Vocal (Arlene), inTENse echosero (JM), inTENsely on-the-go (EJ) and inTENsely Trending (Jhane).

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The loyalty awardees who has been there since Erik’s career started, special awards to Ate Joan and Ate Wheng, certificates of appreciation to Cornerstone for loving, believing and supporting Erik’s career and to Santos family for their love and support for ESFO through the years, Queenz as Lifetime achievement awardee and Tita Bam as Hall of Fame awardee.

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and the Gawad ESFO lifetime Pogi Award is *drum rolls* Erik Santos coz it’s pretty much a fact that his handsomeness is for lifetime.

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Followed by his heartfelt speech that put a big smile in our faces while the lyrics of “You are my song” have a completely different meaning to all of us now when he sang and dedicate this song for all of us, ESFO.

Thanks Queenz for this vid

then there you go, ESFO’s group pic with our lifetime Pogi awardee.

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And this picture honestly says a thousand words. I’m actually expecting this loyalty award, prepared my speech already but when I come up on stage I didn’t expect that I will get lost and officially run out of words maybe because I was so overwhelmed. So staring at this photo now gives me intense flashback 10 years ago when all I wanted is to see Erik in person and hear him sing live. I still remember I was saying “Lord, makita ko lang po siya in person pwede nyo na po ko kunin.” You know, we all have that kind of fan moment but it was more than an answered prayer, a life-turning event when I became part and befriends with ESFO and was able to know Erik and his family personally. I never imagined that I will get to that point of my life of knowing who really Erik was off-cam from ESFO’s simple dinner-out and doing activities like outreach program, spending quality time with him or with his family at his house, goofying around with him and I must say, his sense of humor is really perfect like all the rest of him and also details like witnessing how handsome he was when he has just woke up. hehe. Those are one of the priceless moments as a fan would never think of experiencing even in a million years. And for that, I will be forever grateful to God for he has given me more than what I asked for. Erik’s voice is equally beautiful as his personality, a heavenly gift that is so easy to love and worthy to be adored. So thank you Erik for touching my life in so many positive ways and know that my love and support for you has no end.

I also didn’t expect that my ESFO life would be this meaningful than ever. Group that I considered family who has changed me for the better coz I grew up being with all of these people and who contributed in molding me as who I am today. We had this precious bonding moments that I will cherish forever like summer outings, isaw bonding at UP, ESFO drive and of course bonding over Erik’s music is one of the best. Being with ESFO and Erik for almost a decade now, I experience things that I never felt before like to be involved in a group with full of exciting surprises and every time there’s a newbie and you’re one of the reasons why they got to meet Erik in person then after that they will say or message you saying “Thank you Ate dahil sayo nameet ko na si Erik..ang saya-saya ko..”.  It’s like one of the best feelings na ang sarap-sarap sa pakiramdam na naiishare mo yung happiness na meron ka sa ibang tao most especially sa kapwa fan mo ni Erik.

So to my ESFO family, thank you for the friendship, love and for making my fan girl life awemazing and filled with fond memories. You guys are my beautiful distractions.

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It was one of a hell of great learning experience with you guys. Happy happy 10th Birthday/Anniversary ESFO!!! Cheers to more intense years and wonderful memories with all of you.

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and still a mERIKrismas everyone from ESFO fam with love.

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