Sexy, self-assured, in sleek vocal form, she brought the house down with her all-too-brief appearance at the recent Cinemalaya awards. Her Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin reaffirmed her absolute ownership of the song--and the superfluity of the pair of Ballet Philippines dancers in the background. Not their fault; the song needed only those pipes to ascend the heights.
The crowd demanded more, but apparently only one music track had been prepared for her! Talk about foresight. So with skill, poise and self-deprecating humor--Las Vegas seemed to have loosened her up--Lani improvised. Or at least appeared to, demands for encores presumably now par for the course with her. The audience loved the bit, and she exited to some of the night's loudest cheers.