Usahay version ni Ice, nag-viral!

Usahay version ni Ice, nag-viral!

February 8, 2023 @ 3:00 PM 2 months ago

Manila, Philippines – Finally, the complete lineup of performers sa concert ni Ice Seguerra in Cebu reveals Cebuano musicians as featured guests.

Incidentally, Ice is in the spotlight recently after becoming viral with his rendition of the popular Cebuano love song “Usahay,” which has now garnered 4 million views and over hundred thousand reactions as of early this week on FaceBook.

With many fans from the Visayas commenting on the post to express support, Ice Seguerra has nothing but growing anticipation to perform for the Cebuano crowd.

“I am so excited to bring Becoming Ice to Cebu. Sa totoo lang, I love performing for the Cebuanos. Yes, medyo nakakakaba kasi in my many years of performing there, makikita mo na they really know what they want out of a performance. They really listen, kaya pag nagkamali, lagot. Pero kapag na-appreciate nila ‘yung music and performance, sobrang all out din sila para ipakita ‘yung enjoyment nila.”

Aside from getting his first guitar from a visit to Cebu many years ago, there is another fond memory with his mother when he was still a child performer which inspired the singer-songwriter to include the well-loved songs in the evening’s repertoire.

He shares, “Itong Usahay kasama ng Matud Nila ang mga una kong natutuhang kanta nu’ng bata pa ako.

“Naaalala ko, nu’ng mga six years old ako, nag-show kami sa Cebu.
“Medyo nabaluktot talaga ang dila ko nu’ng inaaral ko ‘yung lyrics … pero nang narinig ko ‘yung music, sobrang nagustuhan ko na ‘yung mga kanta. Since hindi ko siya maintindihan, tinanong ko ‘yung mga kaibigan kong Bisaya kung ano’ng meaning. Nu’ng nalaman ko, lalo akong na in-love. Mas masarap nang kantahin.”

For Becoming Ice, the versatile performer will be sharing the stage with up-and-coming VisPop idols from Cebu’s vibrant music scene, including the crowd favorite, Oh! Caraga band and Jerika Teodorico of “Labyu, ‘Langga” fame.

Oh! Caraga was chosen as one of the finalists in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2020, getting selected from more than 26,000 entries from 158 countries.

The group is composed of Kenneth Corvera, Adam Corvera, and Sherwin Fugoso.

On the other hand, Teodorico has established herself as a singer-songwriter and a household name in Cebu’s music scene after winning the top prize in Vispop 2.0 in 2013.

In addition to Cebu’s homegrown talents, Becoming Ice will also be flying in special guests to make the post-Valentine event extra special, including Concert King Martin Nievera, Bayang Barrios, Mike Villegas, Cooky Chua, and Frenchie Dy.

There will also be special participation from Sylvia Sanchez and Bossing Vic Sotto.

While admitting the challenges in staging an event far from his home base, the singer-songwriter is ecstatic from the outpouring of love from the Cebuanos — from radio stations playing songs from lesser-known albums such as the song Lupang Ipinangako to encounters from fans belting out his own songs to him to prove that they are truly avid listeners.

“Na-miss ko yung ganito! Yung umiikot talaga sa radio stations para mag-promote. Ang sipag ko before sa mga ganitong promotion because I feel closer to the fans,” he shares.

“Before social media and Spotify, we used to go to different provinces to promote our albums. Sa isang araw. Tapos meron pang record bar tours and mall tours kung saan pagkatapos ng performance, the fans who who bought my album will have their copies signed. Minsan tumagal ng more than four hours yung album signing, nagsara na ‘yung mall, nandu’n pa rin kami. It’s definitely more tiring, yes, but the experience, not just for me but especially for the fans, is more memorable. Iba pa rin talaga ang physical connection.”

The concert series is also the artist’s return to the concert stage after ten years. His last foray into the major concert scene was in 2014.

With a career that spans three and a half decades, Seguerra’s longevity in the business may lie in his songs that ring with genuineness and vulnerability that perhaps can be credited from not just his growth as an artist but also from his personal journey of becoming, his lived experience of life’s highs and lows, and in learning to dream and love again.

Experience Becoming Ice, the milestone concert celebrating multi-platinum artist Ice Seguerra’s 35 years in show business at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino in Cebu City on February 18, 2023. JP Ignacio