MYXclusive: DARREN ESPANTO Surprised As GARY VALENCIANO Attends His 'Unstoppable' Concert!
Karen Jane Ng
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’.”
My husband wasn’t feeling well today but he made it a point to go to the concert of this young man who gave such a beautiful dance tribute to him with his surprise guest our son Gab. Darren you truly are unstoppable. You have a beautiful voice and a pure spirit! Your performance was so good that Tito Gary stayed till the end ... congratulations and hope you had a very happy birthday celebration! God bless you and your talents! We are blessed to have been part of this concert! Tito Gary thought all he was doing was arranging your opening countdown at home. He didn’t know you had a special number for him! Direk Paolo surprised him!!! And you’re just like him! So many gifts! Dancing, singing, playing the piano, writing songs, playing percussions... you did it all! We are so proud of you! To God be the glory! Congratulations to the MCA Team and #TeamUnstoppable !!! 🙏🏻❤️ #darrenespanto 🕺#darrenunstoppable #garyvalenciano #paolovalenciano #gabvalenciano #mcamusic #darrenatics
See more of our MYXclusive photos from Darren's Unstoppable concert here.