MANILA, Philippines – It was a night of epic proportions for 14-year-old rising star Darren Espanto, who performed for his devoted fans Friday, May 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Special guests like The Voice of the Philippines winners Mitoy Yonting and Jason Dy, and finalist Alisah Bonaobra, joined Darren onstage, as did TV host Robi Domingo and Bimby Aquino-Yap.
Actress and TV host Kris Aquino was among those present to support Darren and watch her son Bimby.
Darren also invited his family onstage, performing a playful dance number with his little sister Lynelle and a cover of "You Raise Me Up" with his dad Lyndon.
His mom Marinel gave an emotional birthday message for Darren, telling him to stay strong and humble as he grows his career.
Darren then dedicated his cover of "Home" from the musical The Wiz for his family.
The evening's most solemn moment came when Darren performed an a cappella version of "Tell The World Of His Love," the same song he sang during the January visit of Pope Francis. (READ: Darren Espanto on the honor of singing for Pope Francis)
Let's take a look at photos from the show below, as well as a few clips from the show.
. @rapplerdotcom opening seconds. Go Darren! pic.twitter.com/L6WsV3cr7K — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
Domino! This was Darren's unforgettable Voice Kids audition song. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/DNQmbpYeEz — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
Darren invites his dad onstage. They're singing a sweet version of "You Raise Me Up." pic.twitter.com/unceCFSyJ5 — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
Darren's little sister joins him onstage! pic.twitter.com/snKej9wb7l — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
Beautiful family moment. Darren's mom tells him to stay humble as it's only the beginning. pic.twitter.com/uf6gy7eHOM — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
Here's a snippet of his cover of "Tell The World Of His Love." pic.twitter.com/jodaCKzueF — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) May 29, 2015
We're ready for #TheBirthdayConcert! @fordlella is here to support @darrenespanto1 & Bimb A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on May 29, 2015 at 5:36am PDT
There will be a flood- #ProudMama! @darrenespanto1 & BIMB! A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on May 29, 2015 at 6:58am PDT
Were you at the concert? What was your favorite moment? Let us know in the comments below. –Rappler.com