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EBE DANCEL's Concert Revelations Including "Love Letter" Song For SUGARFREE Fans

Renuel Fallore

Posted at March 02, 2020


Ito na ang gabing 'di malilimutan! Relive your awesome concert experience with the photos above!

Ebe Dancel's first major solo concert was indeed a grand celebration of different milestones and victories in the veteran singer-songwriter's life.

Aside from commemorating his 20-year music career by performing 20 songs, Ebe also celebrated the launch of his new album Baliktanaw, which served as a reunion with his original record label PolyEast Records. "This is probably my biggest album launch to date," he shared in his welcoming remarks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the entrance, fans had first dibs at signed copies of the 11-track album consisting of 10 re-recorded Sugarfree songs and his latest single.

Another merch fans lined up for was Ebe's collab with a popular local t-shirt brand. The creative design displays a white contour of Ebe's head filled with titles of songs he wrote, and most concertgoers immediately wore it, including huge fan, VJ Ai dela Cruz.

As he performed in front of loyal fans, friends, and family at the Metrotent Convention Center—which he sold out in less than 12 hours—Ebe was in his element and definitely in great form.

Wearing a bespoke suit, sporting a new haircut, and having an obviously buoyant mood, he didn't miss a beat. Ebe performed one nostalgic song after another but with beautiful twists in arrangement with the help of the Manila String Machine led by musical director Chino David of Hale.

He opened the night with "Prom" which easily made everyone scream in excitement. It was followed by "Hay Buhay," "Kwentuhan," "Dapithapon," "Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin," and "Kasayaw," which he personally dedicated to his mother in the audience who was a former dance teacher but had to sacrifice her job to raise Ebe and his five siblings.

"This one, Mama, is for you... I don't think I ever told you that this song is about you," he revealed.

Before performing his latest single "Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay," Ebe gave a nod to his concert director Paolo Valenciano, for whom he originally wrote the song five years ago.

After "Cuida," a short informative video about mental health awareness was played. Ebe revealed why the topic is of paramount importance to him: "I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2015. But I suspect I’ve had it since I was a kid."

"But I'm still here, and a big part of that is I know I am not alone... It's always very important to remind each other that we are not alone," he added before delivering an emotional performance of "Wag Ka Nang Umiyak."

A slow, stripped-down "Mariposa" was next, which tugged at everyone's hearts as it was transformed into a beautiful ballad.

Another revelation Ebe dropped was his two most favorite compositions—"Hangover" and the next song he played, "Wala Nang Hihilingin." Surprisingly, they're both from Sugarfree's last album Mornings and Airports and the latter was never even released as a single nor played live since 2009, until the concert.

Heart-wrenching "Kuwarto" was played next, followed by an adorable moment where Ebe invited his cute nephews and niece—Andres, Matias, and Isabella—to join him onstage for "Tulog Na."

"I have been receiving letters from Moms, thanking me for writing this song, because they sing it to their kids to make them fall asleep," Ebe told the crowd before bubbles soon filled the stage for the dreamy production number.

Ebe then performed the anthemic Sugarfree songs "Hari Ng Sablay" and "Makita Kang Muli" before delivering a short speech about what he had to go through after leaving his former band in 2011, which he rarely discusses.

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"Harsh words were thrown my way... I had no way of explaining my side," he calmly pointed out, since Facebook and Twitter weren't around back then. And so, he wrote the next song as his "love letter" to the Sugarfree fans who were hurt and wanted him to return to the band.

"I needed to be able to hear my own thoughts and this is the song that I came up with... It's a love letter to some of you guys here. Please forgive me," he ended the speech, before strumming the first chord of "Paalam Kahapon" which was part of his Dalawang Mukha ng Pag-Ibig solo album.

As the night neared its end with "Lakambini" and "Hangover," Ebe announced that he will be taking less shows starting this month. He admitted he feels exhausted from working non-stop since January 2019 as he finished Baliktanaw, but recognized that "it's all worth it, this is the dream."

Fans that night definitely enjoyed witnessing and singing along to his vast repertoire of masterpieces for the past two decades, and it felt just right to end the celebration on a high note with "Burnout" and "Bawat Daan."

For those who ran out of tickets to the leap-day show, don't worry. Ebe mentioned that there's a possibility for them to do a repeat concert, so just hang tight and wish for the best! Mukhang hindi pa ito ang huling gabi!

Check out Ebe Dancel's concert set list here:

Prom
Hay Buhay
Kwentuhan
Dapithapon
Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin
Kasayaw
Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay
Cuida
Wag Ka Nang Umiyak
Mariposa
Wala Nang Hihilingin 
Kwarto
Tulog Na
Hari Ng Sablay
Makita Kang Muli
Paalam Kahapon
Lakambini
Hang Over
Burnout
Bawat Daan

Browse through the MYXclusive photos from the unforgettable concert in the gallery above!

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