Martin Nievera Goes the Extra Mile for Erik Santos
By JOJO P. PANALIGAN
September 16, 2010, 1:17pm
MANILA, Philippines – Martin Nievera has rearranged his travel plans to accommodate his guest performance in Erik Santos’ forthcoming concert, “The Power of One.”
“Martin was set to fly straight from Europe to the US between shows but he rebooked his flights to return to Manila in time for my concert,” Erik revealed in a recent interview. “Didiretso siyang airport for his flight to Europe pagkatapos na pagkatapos niyang kumanta sa concert.”
The Philippine Concert King signed up for “The Power of One” pro bono.
“Sobra po akong grateful kay Martin kasi everytime kinukuha ko siya sa conert, di siya nagpapabayad. We’re friends,” Erik said, smiling.
Other guests in the Prince of Pop’s two-night concert are Regine Velasquez and UP Singing Ambassadors. Rachel Anne Go (with Martin, Sept. 24) and Piolo Pascual (Sept. 25) are also featured.
The last two are not only friends with Erik but they are church-mates in Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF). Erik and Rachelle, despite her transfer to GMA-7, even have dinner together with other friends after worship service.
“Yung mga members ng grupo namin sa church, di kami naglalaban-laban,” he quipped.
The same goes for Christian Bautista who has been touted as Erik’s rival for years now. Recall that Erik beat Christian in “Star in a Million,” where both were discovered. Christian has since moved on to conquer Indonesia and has gone the sexy route lately if only for several projects.
“Dati very stiff si Christian, andaming limitations. Lagi din siyang balot na balot sa pananamit pero ngayon, go-go-go na siya. It has worked to his advantage. Napansin naman siya,” Erik noted.
Will he follow suit one of these days?
“Wait n’yo lang yan!” he exclaimed, laughing. “Malay n’yo makita niyo na lang ako next year sa…”
Turning serious, Erik added: “Di naman preparing para sa ganun kasi nag-gym naman talaga ako regularly. Pero hindi ako nag-gym dahil may pictorial na sexy or lalabas ako sa isang show na kailangan nakahubad, ha. It’s more for health reasons and it follows na lang na gumaganda din ang katawan.”
Erik needs the extra energy for “The Power of One.” The show’s repertoire, he said, will put his vocals to the test.
“Unang kanta pa lang, akala mo pang-finale na. At saka panay medley kami dito. I’ve long wanted to do a show like this. May kwento yung concert; that of a guy dreaming of becoming a singer one day at yung journey niya para marating ‘yon,” he said.
“The Power of One” is produced by Core Events Production and VTRANN in cooperation with La Carmela de Boracay and Good Earth restaurant. For inquiries and reservations, call SM Tickets and Ticketworld.