Toni Gonzaga will be staging an anniversary concert at the Araneta Coliseum on her 39th birthday on January 20. Titled, I Am Toni, it will highlight the actress-singer-host’s two-decade showbiz career.
“Actually, it will be a recollection of everything that happened in those 20 years: how I started, what happened in between, and where I am today. The concert is like a journey, more of a story of everything in my life,” she states.
Why is the concert titled as such?
“I opted for ‘I Am Toni’ because, during the pandemic, I realized the power of affirmation. I read a book that says that anything that you say after ‘I am’ follows you and you become. You have to say out loud what you want to become,” Toni shares saying that she’s been doing that “words of affirmation” for almost two years now.
“I look at myself in the mirror and say the things I want to hear like, ‘I am beautiful, I am blessed, I am grateful, I am confident!’ There are so many things that I recite to myself. But overall, what I always say in the morning is that I’m blessed and grateful. Grateful that I’m still here, grateful that I am still alive, grateful that I can still do what I love to do.
And I’m grateful that every morning I’m given another chance and opportunity to change people’s lives because of my job.”
The talented actress-host-singer is thankful to her fans who continue to support her all these times.
“Most definitely. I want to express my gratitude to them for their love, support, and belief in me. I consider them as one huge blessing in the showbiz industry. It gives you a different high knowing that people believe in you.”
What can she say to her detractors?
“To my bashers, I just want to keep quiet. Silence is the best answer. I just don’t want to comment on negative things. As I’ve said, I’m not a fighter but a lover. I just want to speak about the things I love. I don’t like to speak about hate. The energy you give is the energy you will receive. In the end, love always wins!” ends Toni.
Mel Tiangco’s drama anthology show Magpakailanman is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the veteran broadcaster-host is happy and proud of this.
Asked as to what’s the secret of the show’s success, she says: “I think, it’s the sincerity of the program more than anything else. The viewers see the sincerity of the show, that we really dedicate each episode to them. For one, we present true stories. It’s the story of each and every one of us.”
“All of you, your story can be featured in Magpakailanman. Why? Because each of us has our own story. We have our own challenges and personal triumphs. We all go through something. So, I think that’s what viewers see,” the seasoned broadcast journalist added.
Interestingly, why is the popular drama anthology titled as such and the background is the sea?
“Because the body of water never ends. When the show came back on air after five years, we brainstormed on what’s the apt background. I suggested that apart from water, the only thing I can think which is forever is the sky. So, that’s how it is. We are forever looking at the body of water!”