Darren Espanto proved he was an unstoppable force in the music scene during his birthday concert at the Kia Theatre! Among his special guests were bestfriends Kyle Echarri, AC Bonifacio and Jayda, Queen of R&B Kyla, and MYX Magna awardee Martin Nievera.
Now 17, the young artist showed what it truly means to be a total performer!
Aside from the overwhelming support of his loyal Darrenatics, the singer was overjoyed to see his idol cheering for him from the crowd – the one and only Gary Valenciano!
“Kahit hindi pa po siya 100 percent okay he went pa rin and it meant a lot to me,” Darren said. “Sina Direk Pao (Valenciano) and Direk Gab (Valenciano), they’re like, ‘We don’t know if our dad’s coming’. Tapos biglang sabi nila pag pasok nila sa dressing room ko, ‘Gary V is here!’. Sabi ko, ‘Oh? Nandiyan si Sir Gary?’.”
But we bet Mr. Pure Energy, who was slated to be a special guest performer before his heart surgery, was just as surprised when Darren and Gab grooved to “Hataw Na” and “Di Bale Na Lang” as a tribute to the OPM icon!
“I saw him nung closing na po. Nilapitan ko siya from the stage and he went close to the stage din. ‘Yun, medyi nag-usap po kami and it’s another moment that felt surreal,” Darren shared about his encounter with Gary V that night. “Sabi niya po sa’kin, ‘God bless and you keep it up’.”
See more of our MYXclusive photos from Darren's Unstoppable concert here.