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SB19’s Powerful Performance on Day Two of Our Zone

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

Day Two of Our Zone promised to bring even more than the previous day -- more new guests, new songs, new choreography, and new feelings -- because it was also the last day of an entire month of celebrations. Neither SB19 nor A’tin could have guessed how much of that promise was going to come true.


Opening Act by Josue

OPM Artist, Josue opens Ozone Concert Day 2

Leading out the evening, Josue performed two numbers, including his original single, 'Agos.' This distinct piece perfectly highlighted his vocal and rapping ability. In a full show of support, behind-the-scenes footage showed Pablo and the other members of SB19 in the audience pit, singing along with him and cheering him on during his performance.


Though Josue didn’t share any plans for future releases, fans can only hope that the official audio of his collaborations with brother Pablo, such as 'Determinado,' 'Kelan' and 'Akala' will be released to the public soon.


SB19 Takes the Stage for their First Set

There were fewer jitters from SB19 after the success of Day 1, but the undertone of sadness was felt, that it was the last day and the performances would soon be over.
SB19's first set of the night including the powerful vocals of SB19's Stell during their debut single, Tilaluha

Following the opening act, SB19 kicked off the night with the same set as Day 1, but what a difference! It seems that no choice of entrance song could be better than 'Mana' for getting A’tin into the mood of excitement and welcoming them into The Zone. There were fewer jitters from SB19 after the success of Day 1, but the undertone of sadness was felt, that it was the last day and the performances would soon be over.


For the second song in the first set, No SB19 concert would be complete without a performance of their debut ballad, 'Tilaluha,' and no performance of 'Tilaluha' is complete without Stell’s distinct vocals. The musical arrangement served to highlight his unique vocals -- a pattern seen repeated throughout the evening by Musical Director Adonis Tabanda (@adonis_tabanda).


Finally, long-time fans of SB19’s live performances might remember the arrangement of 'Go Up' that was played as the closing number to the first set. Beginning as a ballad and transitioning to the upbeat rendition we know, this arrangement was also used in the Bye 2020 concert and is the perfect metamorphosis of the song that propelled SB19’s career.


A Long-Awaited Joint Performance with The Juans

Overall, the joy and friendship from the long-awaited collaboration of SBJuan9, now collectively known as Mahalampu (Loving the Ten), could be felt throughout the audiences, both live and virtual
OPM group, The Juans take over the stage performing five of their songs, the last with SB19

As SB19 stepped off stage to prepare for their next set, their special guest, The Juans, took to the stage. It was a special night for members RJ, Josh, and Chael as they also celebrated their third year with their own band, and they were happy to add to the celebration of SB19’s final night. Starting off with an emotional rendition of their hit song, 'Hatid,' The Juans brought their unmatched vocals and harmonies forward. The Juans can truly take over a stage!


Segueing into a medley of 'Hindi Tayo Pwede' and 'Dulo' highlighted The Juans’ gift of melody and lyrics. For newcomers to the band, they would not have known where one song began and the other ended. Keeping the surprises coming, they then made a complete turn-around as 'Anghel'’s bouncy, hopeful sound brought the atmosphere up. This fun song and latest hit would have had the entire audience dancing in The Big Dome.


A seamless transition into 'Atin ang Mundo' was everyone’s signal that a joint performance was coming up. Another monster hit for The Juans, this song of hope could not have been a better choice for them to end their set and bring back SB19.


Overall, the joy and friendship from the long-awaited collaboration of SBJuan9, now collectively known as Mahalampu (Loving the Ten), could be felt throughout the audiences, both live and virtual. Theirs is truly a brotherhood that is defining the industry and how artists (and their fandoms) can interact and lift one another to greater heights. A’tin, Juanistas, and Jua'tinistas can only hope and look forward to more collaborations in the future.


Where You At?

All in all, 'WYAT; holds the promise to be SB19’s next hit, with the limitless potential to propel them further onto the world stage.
P-Pop group, SB19 performs new retro-inspired song, WYAT with accompanying disco-style choreography

Revisiting the cover from the previous evening, SB19 took to the stage again to perform an often-requested medley of songs by 90’s American pop group, N’Sync. Their high energy persisted through the classics: 'It’s Gonna be Me' and 'Bye Bye Bye,' as they paid homage to one of the groups that defined the genre and set the standard for boy bands throughout the world.


Following their cover performance was one of the highlights of the night: their live comeback with another of their three new songs, 'Where You AT,' or 'WYAT.' The song was introduced by Ken’s sudden disappearance and everyone yelling, “Ken, where you at?”


Ken was, of course, already on stage having entered with the dance crew in the background. His signature falsetto was the introduction for their latest, retro-styled, English song which brought the audience into full party mode. SB19 and their dance crew utilized the entire stage, showcasing dynamic, disco-inspired choreography to match the tone of the new song. Each member had the chance to highlight their skills: Pablo’s lyricism and vocals, Stell’s impressive vocal runs, Justin’s charisma, Josh’s rapping skills, and Ken’s ability to lead a dance crew during his own solo. All in all, 'WYAT; holds the promise to be SB19’s next hit, with the limitless potential to propel them further onto the world stage.


SB19’s Powerful Third Set

'Bazinga' and 'What?' also served as reminders of SB19’s dynamic and diverse style and musicality.
SB19's Costumes, Designed by Mark Ranque's perfectly captured the post-apocalyptic feel of What?

This time around, SB19 opted to tap into the post-apocalyptic feel of their 'What?' music video and bring it to the stage. As usual, Lead Stylist, Mark Ranque (@markranque2) captured the mood of the reimagined single perfectly, combining earth tones with aggressive accessories. The highlight of the performance, however, was the new dance break which was based on stomp dance, hip-hop, and krump. The assertive style brought a new feel to the second comeback song that made the band into a monster hit both at home and abroad.

Their newly formed dance crew, HS Zone, are composed mostly of old friends and colleagues, and 100% World Champions. Not a wonder that the already energetic dance routine of What? shot up to even higher levels. Led by Dance Master and choreographer Tank Bautista, the next performances are sure to be nothing short of amazing.


Combined with an equally high-energy performance of 'Bazinga,' their latest Billboard hit, this last dance set hammered home their message of turning negatives into positives. 'Bazinga' and 'What?' also served as reminders of SB19’s dynamic and diverse style and musicality.


'Ligaya' and SB19’s Final Set

It was clear that they were still riding on the high of having been greeted and serenaded so warmly by their former colleagues, friends and A’tin in the previous show.
P-Pop group, SB19 wish their A'tin a Merry Christmas in the afterglow of performing their new song, Ligaya.

The joy (and suspicion) was evident on their faces as they began the performance of 'SLMT,' their song dedicated to their fans. After the events that happened on day 1 of the Ozone Concert, the members of SB19 were anticipating further surprises. It was clear that they were still riding on the high of having been greeted and serenaded so warmly by their former colleagues, friends and A’tin in the previous show. The surprise, however, was still yet to come.


Before that, however, their comeback song, 'Ligaya,' made a repeat appearance as SB19’s first true holiday song and underscored the joy everyone was feeling at the start of the Christmas season. With its potential to be a new holiday favorite, hopes are high that this song will be launched in time for the holiday season.


An Emotional Conclusion to Ozone Concert

[...] it was several moments before [Ken] was able to compose himself and continue the song.

SB19’s tribute to their parents will always take a life of its own and the performance on this night was no different. Before Ken could round out the bridge with his low-register solo, a change in the melody signaled the entry of Josh, Pablo, Justin, and Stell’s parents. Little did Ken know that his own sister and uncle were standing behind him. Their sudden appearance sent Ken to his knees, and it was several moments before he was able to compose himself and continue the song. The families of the members joined them for the final chorus before a deeply emotional Stell made a sudden lyric change in the final moment. In the line, “MaPa, pahinga muna, ako na” (Mom, Dad, Rest First. Let Me), “ako na” (Let Me) was replaced with “kami na” (Let Us), signaling to their parents that the song had taken on a more personal meaning for their sons. What a perfect reminder and inspiration for A’tin and SB19 to appreciate family.

SB19, The Juans, Josue and all the members of HS Zone bid A'tin an emotional and heartfelt farewell at curtain call.

Never one to miss an encore opportunity, 'Go Up' will always be the song that marks SB19, the reminder that giving up is never an option. Like the previous day, they went off the stage, around the technical team and into the small audience that was allowed to watch them. As they struggled to come to terms with the conclusion of their anniversary concert and the uncertainty of future face-to-face performances, it was clear that the members of SB19 wanted to make the moment last forever. SB19 and their A’tin anxiously wait for the moment they can all be together, under the lights of Araneta stadium, recreating the blue ocean of Cuneta Astrodome.


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