Words by RA Librando
Photos by Kris Rocha
Last November 29, 2015, "The Rockoustic Heartthrob" Sam Milby, celebrated his tenth year in the entertainment industry at the Kia Theater. His solo show, The Milby Way, was his way of giving back the support that his fans, friends and family had given him for the past decade.
The show started with the Academy of Rock rap duo Sam and Kelcey singing "I Only Need You". Followed by a song written by Yeng Constantino for Kelcey's solo rendition of " Sana Mapatawad Mo" and ending the front act with Sam's audacious rapping of "I Won't Give Up".
Sam Milby opened the show with LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and Ariana Grande's "One Less Problem Without You". It is important to take note that mid-song, he lifts his shirt and his abs was able to steal the show and his fans willingly screaming for more. He told his fans " Nararamdaman kong mahal na mahal niyo ako at hindi niyo ako iiwan" and he started to sing his early hits "Mahal Pa Rin", "Hindi Kita Iiwan" and ended it with Britney Spear's "One More Time", with his guitar on tow. He later on showed his physical prowess to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" by doing all sorts of stunts -- a headstand, pull-ups and a lot of gymnast moves during this daring dance.
Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino and him sang two soulful songs of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One". She also sang Aerosmith's "Crazy" and he sang a mashup of Eraserheads' "Huling El Bimbo" and Top Suzara's "Sabihin Mo Na".
His next guest created a lot of screams from fans when Anne Curtis, his ex-beau, graced the stage and they sang a duet of both Lionel Ritchie and Adele's "Hello" . He had to clearly explain that the song was what Anne wanted to sing. He follows it with Alanis Morisette's "You Ought to Know".
Soul Supreme KZ graced the stage and they both rocked out to The Beatles' "Come Together" and Eminem's "Lose Yourself". She proceeded to sing her version of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and he sang 3 Doors Down's "Here Without You".
He shared that when Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) came into his life, it was a game changer for him because he learned Tagalog and it opened up a lot of opportunities for him to act and to sing. To celebrate this, he sang songs from his hit shows and movies from "And I Love You So", "Only You" to "My Girl". Then, Angeline Quinto sang with him on "Maging Sino Ka Man" and Kyla sang with him on "Forever and a Day". The trio sang "You Are The One", "Close To You", Freddie Mercury's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" for "You Got Me". Kyla and Angeline sang a mashup of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go".
During the show, video snippets were shown by various artists, sharing their personal experience with the actor. From his leading ladies to his acoustic show colleagues, they all shared that beyond the facade of a "suplado" looking man, is a guy full of warmth, wit and undying love for humoring his closest buddies.
To make it all hot and steamy, Sam danced half naked and proceeded to DJ. His guests, Enchong Dee, John Prats, Rayver Cruz and Gerald Anderson danced to the song of Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean".
Then Piolo Pascual emerged and sang "It's My Life" by Jon Bon Jovi.
At the end of the show, he was able to say a heartfelt message to his fans, ABS-CBN, Direk Lauren, Star Cinema, Star Music, Mother Lily, Regal Films, Sir Deo and whole Dreamscape team, Star Magic, Sir Emman, Tita Lulu and most especially his Cornerstone Talent Management Center which he treats like his family. Speaking of family, he confesses that a lot of him today was because of his family-- especially his sister who prodded him to learn to play the guitar. He tearfully told his father "I hope I make you proud". He ends his show with a moving rendition of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
The Milby Way is presented by Cornerstone Concerts.
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