FIRST READ ON PEP:Taylor Swift charms Pinoy crowd; thanks SamConcepcion for "awesome" performance
Karen A. Pagsolingan
America's teen sweetheart Taylor Swift's one-and-a-half-hour, one-night-only concert at the BigDome last night, February 19, was a huge success!She received a warm welcome from thousands andthousands of Pinoys²ranging from 5 to 15 yearsold²who marked the concert date on theircalendars as early as December 2010, when theannoucement was made that the pretty andpopular Taylor was arriving.
At exactly 8:00 p.m., SamConcepcion²who was handpicked by Taylor forthe front act²owned the stage with his renditionof Chris Brown's "Yeah 3X," Carl Douglas's "KungFu Fighting," Katy Perry's "Firework," and his song"Even If."Judging from his performance, spiced up by well-choreographed dance moves, the 18-year-oldsinger came well-prepared.Another unforgettable moment for Sam was meeting Taylor backstage.His manager Carlo Orosa related, "Very tight ang security. Pagkatapos nung meet-and-greet ng mgaorganizers, yung charities, at mga taga-Araneta, muntik nang hindi makalapit si Sam. Buti na lang,mabait yung manager."Next thing Sam knew, he was face to face with the the dad of the 21-year-old country pop singer, Mr.Scott K. Swift.The two had a brief chat, where Sam related that his career started in theater, and that he is now thecountry's Peter Pan.Mr. Swift's face lit up and said his daughter trained in theater as well.After a few minutes, Sam finally met the star of the show, whose greeting was, "You're awesome!They love you out there. Thanks for tweeting." Apparently, Taylor had read Sam's posts about herconcert.The blonde singer asked, "Are you going to watch the show?"Sam replied, "Of course, I will."Orosa witnessed the backstage scene, and described Taylor as "very lovable."He added, "Nakita ko yung closet [niya], puno ng gitara. Ang dami!"
Forty-five minutes after Sam's set, Taylor emerged on stage.