Angeline Quintos is a living proof that dreams do come true. She is so relatable which is why her adoring public continues to grow exponentially.
Before she became the grand winner of Star Power: Sharon’s Search For The Next Female Pop Superstar some 11 years, she had her first brush of recognition and curiosity with her short stint as a singing contestant in the short-lived This Iz It. In the musical variety program then, Quinto wowed with her Regine Velasquez covers.
A decade since that television exposure, Quinto still carries the distinction of being dubbed as the “Philippines’ Queen of Teleserye and Movie Theme Songs” and reigning still as the “Power Diva” of the local music industry for her singing prowess and belting ability. Without a doubt, she is a certified Filipina popular music superstar.
Recently, Quinto who has earned her niche as one of the most important and most bankable musical artists of her generation, showed her gratitude to her legion of fans via the concert, 10Q, with the rhythm and blues Filipino trio con brio Bugoy Drilon, Daryl Ong, and Michael Pangilinan collectively called as BuDaKel at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.
The cavernous venue was packed and the eager crowd enjoyed their repertoire of contemporary ditties and song choices that highlighted the strengths of Quinto and her three gentlemen guest performers.
My top pick for unforgettable number Quinto was her divas medley, a tribute to her beloved idols, specifically Jaya, ZsaZsa Padilla, Velasquez, and Sharon Cuneta. What makes this portion a remarkable one was the song choices, they were the not so recognizable anthems of her idols and it showcased her range, vocal calisthenics and the ability to tell the story behind the lyrics of songs.
Another significant moment was her performance of “Till I Met You,” a Kuh Ledesma classic made as a theme song for a James Reid-Nadine Lustre for the fans and kilig movie based on a Wattpad story.
The most impressive and truly pulling the heart strings segment of the night, was Quinto sharing the stage with “Tawag ng Tanghalan” first season runner up Sam Mangubat and Idol Philippines sophomore edition Victor Khimo as they sang Quinto’s most iconic ditty, the song especially written for her by Jonathan Manalo, “Patuloy Ang Pangarap.”
It was like a passing of the torch moment, with the Power Diva, anointing the two singers as worthy of a place, love and support in the highly competitive Filipino singing industry. With her blessing, plus the duo shared the spotlight and center stage with her as they sang Quinto’s dreamer’s hymn, as an spectator, you give them the most thunderous applause.
Adding more feels to the 10Q shindig are the song numbers of Drilon, Ong, and Pangilinan. The trio had their individual times to shine, did cover versions and their hit songs that make you appreciate their different styles, authority on stage and their command of their extra special quality that they unleash every time they sing.
Amongst the three, Drilon lorded the stage and when he did his signature hit, “Paano Nga Kaya,” it had more achy breaky component to it. Ong slayed with “Stay”, complete with all the nuance and texture especially with the questioning lyrical parts, “Why did you have to leave me? When you said that love would conquer all. Why did you have to leave me? When you said that dreaming was as good as reality.” And Pangilinan’’s top 40 choices hits the heart big time.
Undoubtedly, 10Q’s queen of the night was Angeline Quinto. Brave song choices that demonstrated her abilities and maturity as a singer. Emotional commitment and truthfulness are not only apparent but felt in songs, especially the ballads. And confidence, thanks to a decade filled with tribulations and triumphs that makes her sing with passion that stirs the soul and emotions.
Thank you Angeline Quinto for the songs that you sing and the joy and feels they give to all.