Darren Conquers the Philippines

darren in lagunaNamed as a runner-up in the recently-concluded The Voice Kids Philippines, Darren Espanto’s solid supporters and fans rapidly grew because of his exceptional talent in singing and dancing. His fans all over the country can attest that Darren, who trends on Twitter every day, also has an excellent personality which was first noticed by his coach, Sarah Geronimo, in the competition. Without a doubt, the pop royalty was not mistaken.

Shortly after the competition, Darren was offered a myriad of opportunities including TV guestings, concerts, and mall shows. This made the 13-year old and his family decide to have him stay in the Philippines to forward his career in the country. One of his pioneer projects is an album. The Voice Kids: The Album is produced by MCA Universal. Invitations to perform in shows are also plenty. Darren travels a lot in the different provinces in the Philippines to see his loyal fans.

Let’s revisit his tours all over the archipelago.

Before anything else, Darren gave back to his hometown. He had his first provincial tour in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, on July 28, 2014. A motorcade was organized by the city government who has been supporting Darren closely from the beginning of the contest. He visited main roads and schools such as the Muñoz National High School and the Central Luzon State University. Darren waved to the many proud Novo Ecijanos who came to watch him.Darren in San Mateo, Isabela

Going up North, he also went to San Mateo, Isabela, where he filled up the San Mateo Community Center. Darren said he didn’t expect that his simple visit to his family and relatives would turn into a mini concert. The entire municipality prepared a program just for him. He serenaded his eager fans with his own renditions of the songs Ngayon by Basil Valdez, Listen by Beyonce, and the popular Domino by Jessie J.

Next, he went to Tanauan, Leyte, during their Annual Fiesta Celebration last August 13, 2014. It was a free concert showcasing The Voice Kids Top 4. The crowd couldn’t stop cheering for him when he sang Ngayon and Domino.

Celebrities were also awed by his powerful voice. Darren was invited by “Asia’s Nightingale,” Lani Misalucha, to join her on her Philippine tour. Who would ever turn down such offer? First stop, the Queen City of the South, Cebu. It was on August 22, 2014 when DARRENatics from Central Visayas travelled to watch their idol. The Voice Kids album were also sold at the concert venue, Waterfront Hotel and Casino. He sang “One Moment in Time” and “Somebody to Love” during the concert. Additional treat was when he sang “Love on Top” with Lani Misalucha and Lyca Gairanod.

After Cebu, Darren headed to the South of the Philippines for an Album Promo Tour with the rest of the TVK Top 4 in KCC Mall of Gensan Convention Center. Darren belted out “Listen,” Somebody to Love,” Ngayon, and Domino which turned the crowd crazy, last August23, 2014.

darren espanto koronodalThe following day, Darren and the rest of the Voice Kids Top 4 visited the neighboring City of Koronadal for the Concert which was made possible by KCC Mall of Marbel on August 24, 3014. Darren showcased his ability to lure the audience and to keep the performance leveled-up.

The Davao tour of Lani Misalucha on August 29, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center were also packed with DARRENatics. Same series of songs were appreciated by the Davaoeños. Lani Misalucha made Darren shine in her concert! His admiration for Darren was very evident based on how she introduced him to the crowd as “One of the CHAMPIONS in The Voice Kids 2014….”

They headed back to Luzon to catch another performance on the 30th of August, 2014 at the Robinsons Mall in Lipa, Batangas. Darren together with Edray and Darlene got the TVK Album sold out that day. The overwhelming reaction of his fans echoed all over the mall. His songs Ngayon and Domino garnered the loudest shriek.
On Septmeber 6, 2014 , Darren went to another provincial tour, this time in Los Baños, Laguna. He promoted the album together with JK and Darlene. Robinson’s Town Mall was swarmed with DARRENatics from Laguna and nearby places. The crowd couldn’t stop screaming and shouting out Darren’s name.

You can see that Darren’s passion in singing was top-notch as he is always willing to visit one place to another. That’s why last September 7, 2014, together with Edray, Lyca, and JK, they visited The District at Imus, Cavite for the TVK Album Promo Tour. This was by far the most creative pack of DARRENatics. They prepared banners, pompoms, balloons, and dressed up in green, Darren’s favorite color.

The two-week preparation of the DARRENatics in Iloilo was all worthwhile when Darren’s Mall Show in Robinsons Iloilo was a success. September 16, 2014 also happened to be Iloilo’s Green Day, becoming a double celebration for the DARRENatics. The mall was literally overflowing with wild fans shouting from the top of their lungs. It was so loud that people can no longer hear Darren’s voice. Darren was with Tonton and Edray to promote their Album. The show started at 6 PM and lasted until forever in the hearts of the Ilonggos.

September 18, 2014 was Malolos Bulacan’s Beat Eat Concert for a Cause and First Bulacan Food Truck Exposition. It was more exciting with the presence of the Total Performer. He kept the crowd in high spirits with his enticing voice. Malolos Sports and Convention Center was drowned by the fan’s clamor for Darren.

nccccEven the weather couldn’t stop Darren and the DARRENatics. On September 19, 2014, he visited Davao for the second time during the the Kanegosyo Congress at NCCC Mall Davao. Their flights were delayed due to uncontrolled weather conditions but as the saying goes, “The show must go on.” And it did, the fans waited for him patiently and at the end, the show was fruitful and worth the wait.

At a young age, Darren has displayed professionalism. Despite not feeling well, he managed to give an all-out performance for his supporters on September 20, 2014 when he was invited at the Sunstar Mall in Laguna. His dance moves gave an exciting jolt to his fans. Now who would think he is sick?

From Laguna going South to Naga, everyone was thrilled to see Darren at Robinsons’ Supermarket Kid’s fair last September 21, 2014. The Nagaland Emall Activity Area was filled. The 4-story venue was flooded with DARRENatics. Some write-ups said a stampede was eminent because of the non-stop fan invasion. The management saw it fit to cut the show short for security purposes. Nonetheless, Darren rocked Naga City!

Darren will continue to explore the rest of the Philippine archipelago. Comments, reports, photos, and footages taken from all provincial shows have manifested all over social media and have captivated many hearts.

In a short span of time and for a beginner, he has achieved so much. The influx of fans and supporters from all walks of life who went extra miles to watch his shows indicate how good of an artist Darren is. He’s just started and he’s not going to stop. On to conquering the Philippines!

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  1. Ariel Matias says:

    Malakas ang karisma niya sa masa, siya ay isang modelo ng mga kabataan ngayon….thumbs up! to the writer…

  2. Ferje says:

    He is really a rising star here in the Philippine music industry. He deserves all the support from the darrenatics, like me! Go Darren, reach for your dream, inspire everyone with your talent and humility. To God be the glory!

  3. NO doubt.. Darren Lyndon Espanto is an amazing Kid :)
    His wholebeing is a total package that made him THe ONE.

    GOdbless you my Idol :)

  4. Guys please click and go to this page. Yan po ang official webpage ng RiteMed. Pinost ko po kc yong post sa twitter ni kuya Jed, kasi naisip ko dapat gawan nila ng commercial si bebe darren. Then nakita ko ngayon na inacknowledge nila by posting it on their wall thanking kuya Jed and Darren. LIKE AND SHARE guys para malaman ng RiteMed gano kalakas si bebe Darren natin. The last brand ambassador nila is Judy Anne Santos-Agoncillo. Whos knows piliin nila si Darren


  5. Ariel Matias says:

    Siguradong malayo ang mararating ni Darren…

  6. Jazrelle Jungco says:

    Will never forget when I met and greeted him at The Port, where they had their dinner together with Lyca before their concert at Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City. I got a chance to meet him, talked to him, he even said to me when we had our picture-taking “nanginginig pa si kuya” because my left hand was in his back and it was like I’m hugging him. kaso hindi ko na naisip yun sa sobrang starstrucked ko sa kanya after that, I was like *speechless. :D His voice and looks as he said that to me really stunned me. grabe talaga ang moment na un, parang sa akin lang si Darren :D kasi talagang private ung restaurant at tsaka wala masyadong tao or fans na nakapansin na nandun sya, kami lang at konti lang kami ang nandun. I was also able to walked with him all the way to their hotel. I was like his escort/bouncer that time and a lot of fans really came towards him, to have a selfie. tinanong ko pa nga sya kung yun na ang susuotin nya, natawa lang sya at sinabing hindi po. at na.gets ko na bakit sya tumawa syempre naman simple lang suot nya nun, of course magbibihis pa sya. at tinanong ko rin sya kung ilan ba ang kakantahin nya, dalawa raw. pero nagulat ako na kinanta nya ung Love on top na favorite ko rin. Oh Darren, please come back here in Cebu City. Cant wait to see you and meet you again. I’m longing for you to be my younger brother, kanta tau agad. :D Til here nalang. Always here for you. Take care. Love you! :-* :)

  7. ang dami nang nagmamahal kay darren kay wish ko lang darren wag mo kaming iiwan dito kalang at wish ko para sayo sana mag stay na mommy mo at lilltle sister para my magalaga sayo :)

    • Ang daming nagmamahal kay Darren ang wish ko para sa kanya sana huwag siyang magsawang kumanta alang-alang sa mga taong sumusuporta sa kanya at bigyan siya ng lakas ng loob at tibay ng katawan go Darren nandito lang kmi pra iyo ..

    • Ang daming nagmamahal kay Darren ang wish ko para sa kanya sana huwag siyang magsawang kumanta alang-alang sa mga taong sumusuporta sa kanya at bigyan siya ng lakas ng loob at tibay ng katawan go Darren nandito lang kmi pra sa iyo ..at sana marami kpang mga blessing na makukuha sa panginoon dahil sa kabaitan mo kahit Hindi pa kta nakikita nararamdaman ko na mabait ka dahil isa ako as nagsusuporta sa iyo.

  8. Walang katulad total performer our baby ;)

  9. Mavik Lustre says:

    Yes! :) I will never forget that very moment when I saw him in MOA for the album signing :) Kahit maipit ipit na ako run! Go pa rin for Darren. Kahit ang haggard ko na nung makita sya.. atleast nakapagpapicture pa rin ako. Kahit di ka man lang nakatingin nung album signing okay lang kasi nakaharap ka naman nung nagpicture na ako :))) Love you Darren! You’re beyond amazing!

  10. Ang swerte talaga ng iba, kasi sila nakapagpapicture kay kuya darren!

  11. Venus Gordo says:

    Sana makita rin kita balang araw Darren! #Darrenatics

  12. deo says:

    Darren is so magical…a multitalented kid from Calgary who shows a modest style of living, is a down to earth and a very respectful kid. Although he is from Canada, he never show a sense of hypocrisy … Hope he would be able to pursue his singing career up high not only in the Philippines but globally. Congratulations! and wish you all the best… We will wait for you here in Toronto, Canada as you venture your talent in many of the Filipinos here. Good Luck! Darren.

  13. Rochelle Olan says:

    Congratulations Darren for the success of your First Solo Concert!!! :-)
    You did a great job ;-)

  14. luna mae betito says:

    congrats baby darren for ur solo concert u deserve whatever you had right now??? :) :) :) sobrang humble mo tlga!! :) :) :)

  15. myrna jacinto says:

    Hi Darren, I have never admired an artist like this before going into social media site. you are really an excellent singer and performer. At a young age, grabe na ang achievements mo. I will always pray for you and will support you through out . may GOD bless you always.

  16. grace ssantiago says:

    Di man kita nakikita in person nakikitanaman kita sa youtube….kaya completo na araw ko pag napanood kta evry day nag sesrch ako ng mga bago mong vedios..evry night kahit pagod at antok na ikaw padin pinapanood ko kahit ilang besses ko nanang napanood ung vedios di padin ako nagsasawa…ganyan ak kaadik syo.

  17. hadji mendoza says:

    pa acknowledge naman po, o kaya pa cite yung video kung san niyo nakuha yung pic ng mini concert sa san mateo. sakin po kasi yun eh. salamat!

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