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             Pops' `Shindig' concert a success

 MANILA, July 6 (Sunstar) -- Despite the rain, people trooped   to the Ultra to partake of the fun that Pops Fernandez's comeback  concert (after three years) promised. The venue was full, tickets were sold out, though there were scalpers offering tickets for those who didn't have any.
        
Pops' repertoire was a mixture of old and new songs, of slow  and fast, of hers and Martin's. The set was stunning-a burned   down three-story edifice and Pops' opening number immediately  set the mood.

It was a grand party, but the audience only got the swing on the closing and encore numbers. The most applauded was Pops' rendition of the "Notting Hill" theme song, "When You Say Nothing At All," with son Robin accompanying her on the guitar.

"Guwapo! We did something right, huh?" Pops said as Robin   vanished out of the stage. She was talking about the right thing that she and Martin did, of course, as evidenced by the handsomeness and musicality of their first son.

She then told the audience that Robin is already on the wings  of puberty. "May mga tumatawag na," she laughed. Youngest son Ram joined Pops dancing to the beats and rhythm of a fast-song medley, that also made the crowd roar with approval.

Numbers with guests Keempee De Leon, Franco Laurel and Carlos Agassi were likewise well-applauded, but it was when she sang Martin's songs, particularly "Pain," that the crowd clapped the hardest.

No, Pops did not cry in any segment of her show. "You're here to have fun, right?" Pops reminded the audience. The crowd refused to leave when Pops said bye-bye.

As expected, she came back when the clamor for "More!" became louder, doing Gloria Estefan songs, starting off with "Get On Your Feet."

Then the confetti was released, ending the concert in a real festive air and on a high note.

The guy in the motorcycle turned out to be Diether Ocampo, and not Robin Padilla as earlier hyped. (SNS)