B is for Baihana? I say, B is for BRAVO BAIHANA!

I may have just learned about them lately, but seeing BAIHANA perform in the AKAPELA concert made me a fan in an instant! And just last night, I've witnessed yet another milestone in their career as they celebrated their 8th anniversary as a group through a concert dubbed as "B is for Baihana".

I really love listening to the classy sound of jazz music. If you're not too familiar with it, think Michael Buble or Richard Poon. Watching the girls having fun on stage as they blend a touch of their style to some of our favorite hits is truly entertaining for me. 

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In their one-night only concert, Baihana has showcased their impressive vocal harmony through series of covers and original songs backed by the amazing arrangements performed by the band.

They were joined by Nyoy Volante in the Jersey Boys medley, where the latter played as one of the leads in a recent Manila staging of the highly-acclaimed musical.

The girls also performed an a capella medley of some of the famous commercial jingles we often hear on television and radio. They already did it in the AKAPELA concert, but last night was a surprise as they called Myke Salomon on stage and asked him to join them in the number. Despite being caught off guard, Myke, who has already done several musical productions like Rak of Aegis and 3 Stars and a Sun, still did a great job providing accompaniment to the girls with his beatboxing skills.

One of my favorite performances that night is the Katy! the Musical medley. Joined by the maestro himself, Ryan Cayabyab, Baihana sang some of the popular songs from the Filipino musical that based on the life of Katy dela Cruz, the Queen of Philippine Vaudeville and Jazz.

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Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, father to one of the Baihana girls - Krina, has been very supportive of the group. He even made a new arrangement of one his popular songs, Mamang Kutsero. Compared to the original, this new version is more upbeat and lively.

Baihana isn't just a bunch of singers. Apart from singing, they also are into musical arrangement and composition. Isaw, one of their original songs composed by Krina Cayabyab, tells about her experience on eating this famous Filipino favorite streetfood. Listen to it and you might just get some tips on your next food trip.

They also gave us a glimpse of their album by singing more of their original songs.

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As the show is about to come to an end, the Asia's Nightingale, Ms. Lani Misalucha, joined the girls and shared to everyone her fun experiences with the girls during her concert tour abroad. 

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Together with them, she performed one of her new songs, for the first time on stage, Unbreakable.

And to cap the fun night of good music, Baihana ended the show with a festive medley of some of our favorite Christmas songs like Winter Wonderland, Pasko Na Naman, Frosty the Snowman, and Let It Snow. 

Spending the night watching these girls perform is truly worth braving the traffic of a Friday rush hour! Thank you so much Krina Cayabyab, Anna Achacoso-Graham, and Mel Torre, collectively known as Baihana, for, once again, sharing your amazing unique talent! 

Edward Santos

EDnything is a lifestyle and entertainment blog featuring great deals and happenings in the Philippines. It also features food reviews, gadgets, showbiz, movies and theater plays, and more!

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