When celebrities, artists, singers, and other famous personalities are discovered, their fan clubs and supporters gain popularity as well. As the road to stardom becomes imminent, there can only be two paths: a stronger fan base or a frailer one. They say that one cannot stay at the top consistently without its fans sustaining the status. This fittingly applies to the rising singing star, DARREN ESPANTO.
Despite his being born and raised in Canada, he was able to captivate the hearts of his kababayans through his astonishing talent and good-natured personality. He never ceases to leave a pleasing and sentimental mark in one’s heart when he sings.
Just about one and a half months ago, the so called “DARRENatics Fever” also started to trend simultaneously with Darren’s fame in the social media scene. Fans from all over the globe followed Darren’s journey in The Voice Kids and showed their relentless support through text and online votes. Many may have been disappointed or frustrated when Darren was not proclaimed as the grand champion, but it did not hinder them from expressing their outpouring love for him. It just wouldn’t stop. Fans are eagerly looking forward to his every appearance in television programs, mall shows, and concerts. Plus, his Twitter posts and endless updates in Facebook and Instagram made him even closer to his fans.
Let me share a story from one of his solid, and I mean SOLID fans. She calls herself a TRUE DARRENatic. Creating a Facebook account, posting on Instagram, using twitter, and even coming up with a blog were just few of the many things she did ALL FOR DARREN ESPANTO. Never did she realize that one of her Tweets will be featured in one of SUN STAR Manila’s article dated August 4, 2014 entitled “Darren Espanto’s performance hooks Kris TV viewers.” When asked, she said, “Once you start Tweeting for Darren, you’ll never stop. Unconditional support comes out naturally from a solid DARRENatic!” Furthermore, “Darren is like an all-in-one medication that heals pain, sorrow, depression, stress, and loneliness.”
From then on, she kept a close eye on all of Darren’s activities. She couldn’t stop hoping that someday she will have a son like Darren.. Until surprising news blasted out in public that Darren will be one of the guest performers in Lani Misalucha’s Philippine Concert Tour at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City. She did not waste a moment and immediately grabbed a ticket.
The feeling of anticipation that she will meet her idol soon enough couldn’t stop her from sharing it to everyone else. Flooding her social media accounts with comments and likes, she managed to meet all other DARRENatics in Cebu. Because of the high regard that she has for this phenomenal singer, she saw herself buying a simple keepsake for him and printing out a tarpaulin banner. Good thing that Astroplus sponsored a meet and greet session after the concert which was as a great avenue to see him up close and hand over the keepsake.
The venue was overflowing with DARRENatics on the night of the concert. They spread themselves all over the hotel and crowded the lobby.The fan met a lot of fellow DARRENatics ranging from all age groups. She secured a copy of the “The Voice Kids: The Album” sold at the entrance of the Pacific Grand Ballroom.
The concert was mesmerizing. Lani truly deserves the title, “Asia’s Nightingale” and Darren was just beyond compare. His enthralling voice and fascinating presence on stage kept the crowd screamingand shouting out his name. A TOTAL PERFORMER indeed! I heard her shout her heart out for Darren and made me wonder what kind of bewitching power this kid has on all his fans.
When the concert ended, she lined up for the “meet and greet” session, tagging along her daughter and niece. It was dumbfounding to see kids thrilled to see Darren. Their ability to distinguish real talents were quite keen.
This DARRENatic approached the table where Darren and the rest of the kids were seated. Mikah, her daughter handed the CD that Darren signed right away and Portia, her niece, gave the simple keepsake. She herself was stunned by the presence of her idol. The angelic and handsome face she used to see on YouTube and photo galleries were right there right in front of her. With gratitude in his heart and endless “Thank yous,” Darren stood up and leaned forward to have his picture taken with them. That was the only time that he actually stood up.. She was blown away by Darren’s kindness and affability. Unfortunately, the photo was cut and the kids were not seen on the photo besides their heads (camera was zoomed). Anyhow, the kids were exalted to see Darren and repeatedly saying his name out loud. Not being reprimanded by the crew since they were kids, they moved back and forth to the table which satisfied their reason for coming over.
As Darren and the crew left and headed to the backstage, the kids followed, where some fans took “selfies” with him. One of the production staff then handed the tarpaulin to Darren and had him sign it. Before the staff and crew assisted Darren to the exit, he left his flattered fans with a sweet smile.
Although Darren was no longer in sight, his aura and charming façade still lingered on. His cheerful guise and cordial demeanor was everyone’s word of mouth. She came home with spirits soaring high with gladness and contentment.
That lucky fan was actually ME! I should say that was an experience that will stay forever in my heart, a meeting that gave me so much happiness. This I will share to my children and grandchildren that at one point in my life, I have met an amazing kid who’s not only talented but with an amiable personality. I am confident that DARREN ESPANTO will make it BIG in the limelight! The gorgeous face behind the voice, the well-mannered personality behind every dance move will surely give him unbeatable success in life!
Thank you for the memorable night and soar higher, DARREN ESPANTO!
– Elisa Marie Lim