Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nuvali Sings for the Earth

“I was walking along, minding my business, When out of the orange colored sky, Flash, bam, alacazam, Wonderful you came by,” so goes the lyrics to the first solo song by Kyla and, which proves to be a great welcome song to the people who came during the Green Freedom concert celebrating Earth Day held at the Evoliving Center Dockside grounds of Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last April 21.

Watching a performance in the great outdoors always brings together people, and for a community, it also brings neighbors together. And while the rest of Metro Manila was withering under a 35 degree weather, people who watched the said concert experience a cool night as the Evoliving Center is wonderfully located by the southern end of the Nuvali lake.

Nuvali, the 1,840-hectare mixed-use property that spreads over the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna has been on the lips of people who are on the lookout for a place that balances both nature and city life. And who would not want that if it is possible, right? Nuvali has been developed by Ayala Land, Inc. together with the Yulo family owners to be a wholly sustainable eco-city with its design rationalized by its economic, social, and environmental sustainability, coupled with programs on energy efficiency, water conservation and re-use, and waste management.

Not surprisingly, Nuvali’s concert to celebrate “Earth Day” is titled “Green Freedom.” The concert pooled the talents of warblers Kyla, Juris, Zia Quizon, and crooners Christian Bautista, and Jed Madela who opened the concert with the song “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.  After that, was Kyla’s solo turn on the Natali Cole classic  “Orange-colored Sky” before she paired off again with Madela next for the brilliant “Colour of the Wind” number, and where Madela’s tenor rang clearest.  Madela’s solo turn for the song “Change the World” definitely floored the crowd. Zia Quizon, that young goddess of a singer, and daughter of Zsazsa Padilla, emerged back on stage in a yellow summer dress to the delight of the crowd. Quizon, a self-confessed Carole King fan, released her honey-colored voice in the songs “You’ve Got a Friend,” “So Far Away;” and “It’s Too Late.” Quizon sizzled right on to the songs “I Feel the Earth Move” before cooling down to her currently popularly requested song: “Ako na Lang.” Other high points of the concert include Juris’ version of Side A’s “Forevermore, and Christian Bautista’s version of Michael Jackson’s classic “Earth Song” before the group rejoined for the last song. It was indeed a well-thought out concert with the spiels on the songs being turned smoothly towards caring for the environment.

Backstage, two of the singers in the concert share their “Earth” moments. Kyla remembers that growing up, she experienced the joys of climbing up a tree, an Aratiles or Cherry Tree, back in their home in Bulacan. Jed Madela, on the other hand, admits to being a lucky “probinsyano,” having spent his childhood in Iloilo. “Umaakyat kami ng puno. Pumupunta kami sa dike. Gumagawa kami ng bola mula sa dahon ng niyog” (We climb trees. We go to the dike. We make a ball from coconut leaves).  

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