I was on cloud 9 a few weeks ago! Some of the original members of popular Filipino R&B band South Border, known for their timeless hits such as “Kahit Kailan,” “Rainbow,” “Sa ‘Yo,” “Ikaw Nga” and “Wherever You Are,” flew here in New York City for a “South Border Project Live in NYC” gig and pretty much made my little fan girl heart so happy it was about to burst!
I’ve known Tata Balane, Paul Benitez, Ric Junasa and Vince Alaras for many years. I’ve traveled with them, worked with them, watched countless of their shows and most importantly, proudly supported them not just because I think they’re amazingly talented folks but also because they’re sincerely great people with good hearts. Although the other original SB members couldn’t make it (hi Jay Durias, Butch Victoriano and Duncan Ramos – I miss you!), the “South Border Project” show still made me feel like it was the good ol’ days.
And it really did feel like the good ol’ days because the NY venue was packed! Sold out and SRO! Imagine, the band and I arrived at past midnight (the front acts started at 7PM) but everyone patiently waited. When they finally took over the stage, there was that familiar sound of shrieking fans and I knew it was going to be a wonderful, memorable night.
Together with select members of LA-based Pocket band, the guys brought the house down with their own hits, R&B faves, pop medleys, old school rock and beautiful ballads. The audience sang along, danced to their hearts’ content and celebrated OPM music. I may have been a fan girl that night but it was also actually fun to observe others. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who missed South Border Project. I wasn’t the only one who missed real good Filipino talent.
Thank you Tata, Paul, Ric and Vince for always making me feel like family! That was truly a beautiful day. See you guys again real soon! My gratitude as well to Miss Minnie and Miss Tonette! Thank you for all the chikkas!
Special thanks to JC SID Entertainment and to VYNZ-NY’s Vince Gesmundo (belated happy birthday! Thank you for always being kind to me!)
Check out my SB Project video and other fun escapades on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/mindanaoan1
Til next ish! Safe travels, everybody!