Toni Gonzaga has proven once again her versatility as a performer in her 15th anniversary concert titled “Celestine” in the Mall of Asia Arena last Friday, October 3, 2014. The Multimedia star showcased her different sides as a performer and wowed the jam-packed crowd with her renditions of pop, ballad and OPM hit songs.
Toni started off the concert with a bang by singing her new pop single This Love is Like, Zedd's electronic dance hit song Clarity and her Himig Handog 2013 entry Kahit Na.
Toni also showcased her powerful pipes as she sang hit ballads like Starting Over Again and We Belong. The singer-host was then joined by The Voice finalists Paolo Onesa and performed Say Something by A Great Big World and Cristina Aguillera. She also sang Jason Mraz's popular hit ballad I Won’t Give Up which she dedicated to “the one who never gave up” on her. Everyone assumed she was talking about Paul Soriano who was part of the audience that night. Toni also unleashed her inner K-Pop goddess when she performed 2NE1's I Am The Best.
Other guest performers included Vice Ganda, who fired up the stage with Toni with his viral hit song Boom Panes. Richard Yap also graced the concert and performed Eraserhead's Huling El Bimbo with the multimedia star. But what seemed to be the major highlight of the concert was Toni's "showdown" with her sister Alex Gonzaga. Of course it wasn't a serious sing-off but a pretty comical one yet both successfully showcased their talent in singing when they belted out Celine Dion's It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. The Gonzaga sisters also showed their rap skills by singing Iggy Azalea’s Fancy. In her speech after their performance, Toni thanked her sister for supporting her for the past 15 years. “Honestly si Alex talaga malaking bahagi siya ng 15 years ko dahil hindi ko alam kung papano ako makaka-survive ng 15 years sa indsutriya ng wala akong kapatid na tulad niya kasi loka-loka, masaya, laging positive,” she said.
Toni paid tribute to God by singing Amazing Grace which according to her is one of the first songs she had learned. Recently, Toni has become not only a singer but also a song writer. She sang Awit ni Ginny, a song she composed for her movie Starting Over Again. Toni capped off her concert with the party song Neon Lights originally by Demi Lovato. With fans cheering her to perform one more song, Toni appeared back on stage for her encore performance, singing her hit song Catch Me I'm Fallin’.
In her interview backstage, she remarked that she is truly happy to be celebrating her 15th year in showbiz in a very successful concert. “Masaya, masarap, thankful and grateful sa lahat ng nakapunta na kahit umulan, traffic, naglaan sila ng oras. Kasi doon mo mare-realize na blessing sa Diyos na umabot ka ng 15 years, di mo naman alam na may 16 years pa but at least for this moment nakaabot ako ng 15 years.”