WATCH: What’s next for Kamikazee’s Jay Contreras after emotional #HulingSayaw?

Marga Deona
Kamikazee vocalist Jay Contreras talks to Rappler after the band's farewell concert 'Huling Sayaw'

HULING SAYAW. Kamikazee vocalist Jay Contreras. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – It was an evening of bittersweet emotions brimming to the surface, spilling over to create a charged, powerful atmosphere for Kamikazee’s farewell show Huling Sayaw Thursday night, December 10 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (READ: IN PHOTOS: Kamikazee says goodbye with ‘Huling Sayaw’ concert for fans)  

For Kamikazee vocalist Jay Contreras, the decision to go on hiatus was for his kids – and his health. 

Kailangan kong magpa-opera. May cyst ako sa lalamunan,” he told Rappler. “At marami akong atraso sa pamilya ko. Dahil sa banda, maraming birthday, maraming okasyon akong na-miss. So ito yung time na babawi ako sa kanila.” 

(I need surgery. I have a cyst in my throat. And I have a lot to make up for. Because of my work with the group, I’ve missed a lot of birthdays and occasions. So this is the time for me to make it up to them.) 

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Jay is a family man. He has been married to former child actress Sarah Jane Abad since 2009, with whom he has two children.

Gusto ko nariyan ako para sa mga anak ko,” he said. “‘Yung naroon ako sa mga okasyon gaya ng mga contest, plays.” (I want to be there for my kids, I want to be there for those moments, like contests, plays.) 

During the concert, Jay posed for selfies while performing, ran to the crowd to give as many high-fives and hugs as he could, and profusely thanked fans. “Isa ito sa mga araw na naramdaman ko na mahal ako ng buong mundo,” he said. 

(This is one of those days where I just feel like the whole world loves me.)

FOR THE FANS. Jay makes it a point to interact with the thousands-strong crowd. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Listen to them perform their hit “Narda” – and listen to the crowd singing right along with them, too. 

Kamikazee performing their biggest hit "Narda" #HulingSayaw

Posted by Marga Deona on Thursday, December 10, 2015



Marga Deona

Marga leads digital and product management for Rappler’s multimedia expansion. Sometimes, she writes about the intersection of technology, culture, and business, as well as the occasional sports and music features.