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TJ Monterde, KZ Tandingan stage first Davao concert

Disclaimer: I do not own the photos used in this article. They are grabbed from Renelyn Barbarona and the Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc on Facebook. 

What happens when a sweet, endearing crooner and an edgy, soul royalty share one stage?

TJ Monterde and KZ Tandingan showed it is so far the most unique blend ever.

The real life couple artists just enthralled and kept their Davao fans swooning throughout their TJxKZ Live in Davao concert Sunday, August 06 at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Gymnasium.

It is TJ and KZ’s first concert together and first in Davao.

“Gipili namo nga diri sa Davao kay taga diri mi (We chose to perform here in Davao because it is where we came from),” said KZ in one of chat with the audience. Both artists are from Mindanao. Monterde hails from Cagayan de Oro City while Tandingan is a pride of Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Soft and sweet ballad

At the start of the show, TJ Monterde set a lovely mood by singing Sa Tuwina, a hit from his 2014 album Ikaw at Ako followed by Imahinasyon from his self-titled album in 2016.

TJ Monterde x KZ Tandingan Live in Davao
TJ Monterde Photo courtesy: Renelyn Barbarona

Despite his fame, the musician still humbly introduced himself to the shrieking crowd. “Hello po. Ako nga po pala si TJ Monterde,” he said and went on telling the stories behind his songs. Monterde is known for his serenading approach to songs. His lyrics, which most of them he wrote are also quite unorthodox compared to most of the OPM songs.

WATCH: TJ Monterde intro performance

Monterde, after a few chats, sang the soothing Majika, one of his latest songs which he said is dedicated to his partner.

“Sa kada album nako, naa gyud koy kanta para kang KZ (I always have a song for KZ in every album),” the 28-year-old crooner, who spoke all throughout the show in Bisaya, shared to his avid supporters. He said KZ is also his inspiration of his song Ikaw at Ako, the song that catapulted him to popularity. “Mao ni ang kanta nako katong nanguyab pa ko sa iyaha (That was my song for her when I was still courting her),” he said.

Aside from that, he performed his only Bisaya hugot song Kung Siya Man, and other hit songs such as Dating Tayo and capped his set with Tulad Mo.

WATCH: Kung Siya Man, TJ Monterde sings Kung Siya Man

Edgy and beastly soul

From the sweet atmosphere, the mood gradually shifted into something heavy and soulful as KZ had her dramatic entrance. Her edgy style – blue, baggy top, glittery boots and bleached thinly braided hair, demands attention as her voice crept into senses. She is doing yet a breathtaking act. Not until she displayed her rapping prowess in her rendition of rap icon Gloc-9’s Sumayaw Ka. She seemed to have transformed into a beast.

It was about three minutes of awe.

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Photo courtesy: Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc.
TJ Monterde x KZ Tandingan Live in Davao cornerstone entertainment inc
Photo courtesy: Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc.

WATCH: KZ Tandingan’s amazing performance

Tandingan was taken far from by her jazz rendition of the 1955 Judy Garland song Over The Rainbow as her audition piece in the Philippine franchise of the singing reality show X Factor in 2012 and became its very first grand winner. Since then, she had been performing pop-belting songs but after she established a name in the music industry, she realized she can do better than just hitting high notes. She followed her heart’s delight and finally evolved into a soul and contemporary R&B royalty, with rapping on the side.

What is being concealed by her strong image is her comical demeanor. She, an effortless comedienne, lightened the ambiance with her usual Davaoeno humor.

Being an alumna of the university where the concert was mounted, she felt comfortable “catching up” with her fans in between her songs, retrospecting her memorable experiences in her school days and perpetually thanking the people behind her successes. She also granted hugs and selfies to few of her fans on stage and messed around with them at the same time.

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KZ invites fans to have selfies with her on stage. Photo courtesy: Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc.
TJ Monterde x KZ Tandingan Live in Davao cornerstone entertainment inc
Photo courtesy: Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc.

Despite having members of the band coming from places other than Mindanao, Tandingan loosened up by sharing stories in Bisaya. She remarked that those who can’t understand the dialect should be the one to adjust since the concert is in Mindanao.

“Kanang mga katapad nga bisaya sa mga tagalog, kamo na bahala og explain unsa akong ginapang-ingon diri. Magbisaya ta. Naa ta sa Mindanao (To those Bisaya people beside those who can’t understand our dialect, just explain to them what I am talking here. We should speak in Bisaya. We are in Mindanao), ” she jested. The empowered fans cheered loudly.

Among the songs she sang in the show is Labo from her latest album Soul Supremacy. Aside from that, she performed her version of Tadhana by UDD, the OST of the prime time teleserye Ang Probinsyano, Wag Ka Nang Umiyak, electrifying renditions of a Parokya ni Edgar hit Bagsakan and Teeth’s Laklak, and finally, her one of the most requested song, Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako. She also granted the fans’ request to sing a sample of Two Less Lonely People, the official theme song of the high-grossing film Kita Kita.

Extraordinary harmony

Two different genres. A balladeer and a soul supreme. A romantic and an edgy.

They may, at some point, have contrasting appeals when it comes to their music but it only made them the most interesting couple there is. It is their love for music that kept them in harmony.

The moment the couple ruled the stage, it became a celebration of Vispop (Visayan pop). TJ and KZ sang few of the famous Cebuano songs to the delight of the audience. On top of the lineup are the frequently requested songs Hahahasula by Cebuano artists Kurt Fick, Pero Atik Ra by Jacqueline Chang, Balay ni Mayang by Martina San Diego and Kyle Wong, and Ay Labyu Langga by Jerika Teodorico. The two capped their show with their song, “Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin“, leaving their awesome fans a kilig-filled night.

TJ Monterde x KZ Tandingan Live in Davao
Photo courtesy: Renelyn Barbarona
TJ Monterde x KZ Tandingan Live in Davao cornerstone entertainment inc
Photo courtesy: Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc.

WATCH: TJxKZ, TJ and KZ join together on stage

But more than the blissful songs are the sweetness of the lovebirds. KZ fondly teased and messed around with her partner in front of the swooning crowd. The couple became official since January 28, 2015 but their relationship became public in February after they guested on a morning show in Kapamilya network. They considered themselves an inspiration to each other, especially to their music.

It was an awesome and love-filled concert. Aside from TJ and KZ, Mark Carpio serenaded the audience with his song Hiling along with few Davaoeno artists Rexvin Galang, the band Footwear, and Zhalia trio. The show was organized by the Positive Impact Productions.

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EARWORM: Kung Siya Man | TJ Monterde

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What I know about Titus John “TJ” Monterde is that he is the voice behind the hit OPM songs “Ikaw at Ako”, “Tulad Mo”, “Treat You Right” and “Sa Tuwina”. These were my earworms back then, the kind of songs that I never get tired listening. The kind of musicality that soothes yet excites my blood streams. Every time I blast his music in my earphones, it feels like I am being lulled to sleep. No wonder these songs earned him the popularity and won the hearts of many Filipinos from all over the country.

What I know is he is currently, as of this writing, in relationship with X Factor winner and Dabawenya KZ Tandingan (she is from Digos City).

What I DIDN’T know is that he is a BisDak (Bisayang Dako). TJ Monterde hailed from Mindanao, specifically Cagayan De Oro. This is the reason why he was able to effortlessly pull-off “Kung Siya Man”, my featured music for this week. To my curiosity, I shamelessly tweeted KZ and asked her about TJ which they both replied. He kid that KZ only taught him Bisaya but his girlfriend reacted and told me where he really came from (They are so down to earth.). But I was able to find good pieces of information about TJ. Thanks to The Daily Pedia (www.thedailypedia.com). Know more about TJ Monterde here.

Anyways, here is “Kung Siya Man” which literally mean “If it is him you choose”. It is a Bisayan or Cebuano song, new from TJ Monterde taken from his self-titled album. It is produced by PolyEast Records which also takes care of artists like Martin Nievera, Bamboo, ZsaZsa Padilla, Kyla, Karylle, Zia Quizon, Isabelle De Leon, Angela Torres, MYMP, P.A.R.D., Sandwich and Ken Chan.

Here is the rough translation of this song:

Nakapili na ba ka
(Have you chosen)
Kung kinsa sa among duha
(Between the two of us)
Ang pilion mong makauban
(Who you want to be with)
Ug ipailailas ginikanan
(Introduce to your parents)

Gihatag ko na ang tanan
(I have given all that I have)
Ug ihatag ko pa ang tanan, apan
(And I will still give my all, but)

Kung siya man ang mapilian
(If you choose him)
Wa koy mahimu ana pero
(There is nothing I could do)
Sakit lang jud kaayo
(It is just painful)
Kung siya man ang maswertehan
(If he is lucky to have to)
Mupalayu nako ninyu
(I would keep myself away)
Ug ihilak na lang sa tago
(And cry in silence)
Pero og iya kang byaan
(But the moment he leaves you)
Ug iyang binuangan, pag mahitabo
(The moment he hurt you)
Wala na siya’y balikan
(He will have nothing to return to)

Kung pananglitan sa iya
gyud mas giganahan ka
(If you really like him)
Maghulat lang ko diring dapita
(I will just wait here)
Basin diay og mubalik ka
(Hoping you’ll come back)

Gihatag ko na ang tanan
(I have given all that I have)
Ug ihatag ko pa ang tanan, apan
(And I will still give my all, but)

Kung siya man ang mapilian
(If you choose him)
Wa koy mahimu ana pero
(There is nothing I could do)
Sakit lang jud kaayo
(It is just painful)
Kung siya man ang maswertehan
(If he is lucky to have to)
Mupalayu nako ninyo
(I would keep myself away)
Ug ihilak na lang sa tago
(And cry in silence)
Pero og iya kang byaan
(But the moment he leaves you)
Ug iyang binuangan, pag mahitabo
(The moment he hurt you)
Ang reyna sa’kong damgo
(The queen of my dreams)
Tua sa laing palasyo
(Is in the other castle)
Ug iya kang byaan
(If he will leave you)
Lingi diri kay ako kang pakaslan
(Just turn here, I will marry you)

Kung ikaw man ang magustuhan
(If she chooses you)
Wa koy mahimo ana
(There is nothing I can do)
Pero ampingi siya palihog
(But take good care of her)
Kung sa imo man siya maganahan
(If she likes you)
Mupalayo nako ninyo
(I will keep myself away)
Ug hatagan ta mo’g respeto
(And respect you)

Hangyo lang ay s’yag pasakiti
(Just please, don’t hurt her)
Ug ayaw jud siya biya-i
(Or leave her)
Og imong sayangan
(Because if you take her for granted)
Buhaton ko ang tanan
(I will do everything)

Wala na kay balikan
(So you will have nothing to return to)

It is a kind of a painful song but it is worth my shrieks. When I introduced it in a radio show, I just can’t keep my hairs from standing. This could be one of those ultimate “hugot” and “martiran” songs. Added to that is his sweet, endearing voice that intensifies the hurt feeling. Just the right mix.

 In his interview with The Daily Pedia, he described himself as a haranista.

“Sweet? Haha. I treat every performance na parang harana e, haha. I’ve always been a fan of the idea of harana, sana nga maibalik natin yun e,” he said.

True enough, this song serenaded me for, again, weeks. Perhaps, few views of the videos in YouTube were mine. I hope you enjoyed this music. This could be your earworm too. Thank you for stopping by!