Despite suffering from major cramps during his final run-through before his first ever dance concert titled King of the Gil on Novemer 29, Kapamilya heartthrob Enrique Gil nevertheless pushed through with the show and even managed to exceed his own and the others’ expectations by filling up Araneta Coliseum to the brim.
“Sobrang saya. Kasi nung una nung sinabi nila na magco-concert ako sabi ko talaga hindi ko alam kung kakayanin ko. Pero at least dahil sa lahat nakaya naman,” exclaimed an ecstatic Enrique in an interview after his debut concert.
Staying true to his word of allowing the audience to experience what he enjoys a lot, Enrique’s almost two-and-a-half-hour concert had a huge clubbing vibe. The Araneta Coliseum was turned into a huge dance club where laser lights and strobe lights as well as a gigantic LED screen that dominated the back of the stage transported the audience to the theme of each performance.
But more than the effects, what really shone throughout the show was Enrique’s dancing skills as well as those of his chosen guests. Like his krumping performance with ASAP co-stars Rayver Cruz and Arron Villaflor, his sizzling salsa number with Kim Chiu, and his sultry interpretative production number with Angel Locsin to the tune of Miley Cyrus’s hit Wrecking Ball.”
His former leading ladies Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo each showed that they could also impress with their dance moves to the tune of Zedd’s “Clarity” and Christina Aguilera’s “Feel This Moment,” respectively.
Meanwhile, Enrique’s dance idols Vhong Navarro and Jhong Hilario welcomed him to the league of dance icons in the Philippines. In a lengthy dance set, the three shared the stage for well-loved period dance hits like Erasure’s “Always,” Backstreet Boys’ “Get Down,” Ace of Base’s “I Saw the Sign,” Los del Rio’s “Macarena,” Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” among others.
Enrique likewise showcased his singing skills by performing original hits from his King of the Gil album such as “Ikaw Lamang” and “Rocking Them Jeans” as well as his own medleys of VST & Co. originals “Magsayawan” and “Rock Baby Rock” together with comedian Vice Ganda.
Shocking and delighting everyone that trooped to the venue that night, Enrique did a shirtless performance of the Hagibis originals “Katawan” and “Legs” and punctuated it with an even sexier towel scene where he left quite little to imagination.
Other guests also include Young JV and rapper Gloc-9 who each had their own song numbers and Martin del Rosario, Arjo Atayde and Ejay Falcon, with whom Vice had a hilarious conversation.
Even if he admits that the entire show was really exhausting starting from the preparations down to the actual performance night, Enrique says he would gladly do it again. “Sabi nga nila gusto daw nilang maulit eh. Pwede. Sobrang nag-enjoy ako, gusto kong maulit ito siyempre,” he quipped.
To those who missed the show, is there a possibility for them to see King of the Gil concert on tour? “Maguusap pa raw kami eh, pero pinaguusapan na. Gusto ata nila, gusto. So sana,” he supplied.
Now that he has successfully staged his debut dance concert and finished it with flying colors, at least according to ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, does he have anything to say to his naysayers who doubted him right from the get go? “Hindi ko alam. Basta masasabi ko nalang sa lahat ng nagmamahal at sumusuporta, thank you guys so much,” he ended.
Check out photos from the concert!