One of the biggest concerts ever held at the Big Dome has just wrapped up, and we're still reeling!
Legendary R&B group Boyz II Men made a memorable return to the Philippine stage at the Araneta Coliseum on December 15, where they were joined by the Divas KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, and Kyla in a back-to-back concert titled "BOYZ II MEN with DIVAS: Live in Concert."
The night started with an epic opening number by the DIVAS, where they sang the Gloria Gaynor hit "I Will Survive," effectively getting the crowd pumped up for the rest of the night. Each Diva had a turn in the spotlight to showcase their unique singing styles; Yeng with the rock n' roll energy, Angeline with her powerhosue vocals, KZ with her swag and soulful word play, and Kyla's effortless runs.
These ladies sound amazing on their own, but once they come together, it's a whole different story. They exuded "girl power" in their medley honoring the late Aretha Franklin, as well as their performance of Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" to end their set.
Just shortly after the Divas' set, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman announced their comeback by opening with "Motownphilly," where they literally sang "Motownphilly's back again" in the first line of the song. They immediately followed with the crowd favorite "On Bended Knee."
Throughout the night, there was an endless roar from the crowd as Boyz II Men took the audience back in time with their greatest hits such as "The Color of Love" and "A Song for Mama." Some of the most memorable moments include their acapella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," and when they gave out long-stem roses to their fans when they sang "I'll Make Love to You."
But the most memorable moment would have to be when they called out the Divas to join them onstage, because not only did they take time to get to know them, they even hinted at recording an album together! Nathan Morris addressed the crowd saying "Just in case you guys want something different, we were actually in the dressing room talking about how it might be kind of interesting one day to maybe do an album... tour... or something. What do you guys think about that?" leaving Yeng, Angeline, KZ, and Kyla visibly awestruck.
The ladies were cheered on by the crowd into deafening applause, which prompted KZ to say "If you say that, we will believe you. All these people heard what you said." She then proceesed to make each member pinky promise. With thousands of people bearing witness, all Nathan could say was "We can't back out now, then." Here's to hoping this collaboration happens in the near future!
After that happy surprise, Boyz II Men and the Divas delivered showstopping duets of Journey's "Open Arms" and of course, "One Sweet Day." One word for this performance: Goosebumps.
As they've done all of these years, the boys ended the night with "End of the Road," where they were accompanied by the whole audience at the Big Dome. Even after 27 years, the boys from Philly sound just as fresh as when they started in 1991. It's no wonder they're considered the best R&B group of all time.
Boyz II Men with DIVAS: Live in Concert is definitely one for the books, and we're lucky to have witnessed such an amazing show. Watch out for the concert highlights on the One Music PH YouTube channel coming out soon!
Were you able to watch Boyz II Men and the Divas perform? What was your favorite moment? Comment below!
A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 7 nephews and nieces.