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Three powerhouse performers joined forces for a memorable night of music that touched hearts in Pangasinan

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Bulletin Entertainment and other members of media went all the way to Dagupan over the weekend to witness the second leg of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Julie Anne San Jose and Christian Bautista’s concert series, “3 Stars, 1 Heart.” The show coincided with the province’s annual Bangus Festival.

From left: Christian Bautista, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Julie Anne San Jose during '3 Stars, 1 Heart' concert in Dagupan City (mb.com.ph)

From left: Christian Bautista, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Julie Anne San Jose during ‘3 Stars, 1 Heart’ concert in Dagupan City

It’s not everyday that people get to watch three of Asia’s most sought-after performers. And, as expected, they didn’t disappoint. The moment we arrived at the CSI Stadia, we saw an overwhelming number of excited people, from kids to millennials to elderly. Why, the show practically became a family affair.

There was no grandiose stage setup, no flamboyant props, just creative lighting. At 9 p.m., the troika went up to the stage sans fanfare. Regine, Christian and Julie Anne opened the show with a powerful performance of U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” followed by a searing rendition of Bamboo’s “Hallelujah.” It’s a revelation seeing Christian do rock music considering he is best known as balladeer.

The cover of Gloc-9’s “Sirena,” wherein Julie Anne showcased her rapping abilities, got the crowd wild. It was trailed by her and Regine’s collaboration on Little Mix’s “Secret Love Song.” The performance was superb especially with the two ladies trading high notes while Christian provided the balance. His jazzy version of “Fly Me To The Moon” a bit later was something else. It was as if the actor-singer was in a high-end lounge. He looked so fresh in the black tuxedo he wore.

Christian also sang his latest song, “Kapit,” which is about holding on despite the many hardships in relationships. It is personal to him as he is set to exchange “I Do’s” with fiancée Kat Ramnani by year’s end.

At one point, Regine talked about their common traits and how happy she is sharing the stage with them. Say, did you know all three are products of TV singing contests?Regine sang her way to stardom by joining “Ang Bagong Kampeon” in 1994. Julie Anne and Christian joined “Popstar Kids” and Star In A Million,” respectively.

As their way of giving a nod to history, they sang did their contest pieces: Julie Anne belted Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice Within,” Christian sang Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and Regine gave her earth-shaking rendition of “In Your Eyes.”

In previous interviews, Regine often praised Julie Anne’s singing talent. At the concert, she gave the young singer a chance to showcase her other talents as playing the piano, while she (Regine) belted UDD’s “Tadhana.”

“Actually hanggang ngayon, kinakabahan pa din ako kapag nakaka-duet ko si Ate Regine. Sobrang iba po ‘yung feeling na makasama ko siya sa stage,” Julie Anne said.

They then performed some of Regine’s greatest hits like “Sana’y Maulit Muli,” “Ikaw,” “Dadalhin,” and “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.” The number got everyone nostalgic. It was so intense and emotional that some people in the audience ended up teary-eyed.

Julie Anne and Christian did their thing in the duets of “Suddenly,” “After All” and “I Finally Found Someone.”

A local singer performed that night. He is Pangasinan’s Renz Robosa, who represented Luzon on the “Bet Ng Bayan” grand finals in 2014. The four sang a touching rendition of “The Prayer.” Pangasinense designer Glenn Gonzales of G Couture was also acknowledged that night.

Julie Anne opened the second part of the concert with her new, danceable single “Nothing Left.” One of our favorite numbers, though, was her near perfect rendition of “The Greatest Showman’s” hit “Never Enough.”

Another highlight of the show was their exchange of hits. Christian sang Julie Anne’s first single “I’ll Be There.” Julie Anne belted Regine’s “You Are My Song.” Regine gave a new sound and feel to Christian’s “The Way You Look At Me.”

Regine’s solo spot was, as usual, amazing. Her version of “Go The Distance” – there are no words to describe how incredible it is.

The show ended with a George Canseco suite and an Eraserheads medley.

“3 Stars, 1 Heart” is presented by GMA’s Regional TV and Entertainment Content group. The series heads to Dubai on June 16. Proceeds of the most recent show goes to the construction of a Special Education (SPED) building in Dagupan.

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