IMELDA Papin the Undisputed Jukebox Queen is celebrating her 45 years in the music industry (hence the title IMELDA PAPIN QUEEN @ 45) at the Philippine Arena on October 26, 2019.
By sheer coincidence, October 26 happens to be the birthday of Vic Del Rosario Jr., a titan in the recording and movie business who once produced a record-breaking album for Imelda decades ago. Some call this a 'suicidal' concept because the Philippine Arena is so big a venue to fill up. Kaya ba itong punuin ni Ms. Papin?
At the presscon proper, Imelda announced that 80 percent of the tickets are sold out at baka magdagdag pa ng seats. She made sure that very affordable ang ticket prices. Well this is good news, indeed.
Most of guest singers are advocates of OPM like Claire Dela Fuente, Eva Eugenio, Marco Sison, Darius Razon '(a favorite of Dr. Love, maliban kay Dulce) April Boy Regino, Sonny Parsons (remember Hagibis?) and the Undisputed Jukebox King Mr. Victor Wood. Sayang at hindi napasama si Ogie Alcasid.
All of them are friends of Imelda at hindi pinag-uusapan ang pera regarding talent fees. What are friends for, anyway?. It will be an evening loaded with one hit song after another. Kung pwede nga lang awitin ni Mel all her hits and how she wished na libre silang manood ng concert. This is Imelda's way of giving back the love that her followers have shown her through her musical journey sa loob ng 45 years.
As bonus, daughter Maria France (Maffi) with her kids Kerf, Zach and Xavier, sisters Gloria Ana Aileen, Garry Cruz and millenial artist LA Santos, have prepared special numbers to enliven the show more.
Someone at the presscon asked Mel kung wala siyang balak pang mag asawa muli. "Merong nagpaparamdam but honestly I don't need a husband to be happy, I am fulfilled and very happy."