Thousands of fans and spectators filled the Ynares Center in Antipolo City to witness Showtime's All-Star Barangayan finals last Saturday, May 14. Twelve extremely talented groups from all over the country competed neck to neck to claim the ultimate title as the grand champion for Showtime Season 3.
Invited to judge were past "hurados" Zsa Zsa Padilla, Marissa Sanchez, Maribeth Bichara, Kay Brosas, Kiray, Queenie Padilla, Black Jack, Derek Hubalde, Borgy Monotoc, Ryan Bang, Mura, Aaron, Carl, Gie and Ogie Diaz.
Season 2 grand champion Laoag City Gymnastics group was not around to grace the occasion. The talented gymnastics group is currently competing at the Palarong Pambansa held in Dapitan City.
Apart from the twelve grand finalists' competition, their respective barangays who serve as their cheering squads also competed with each other. At stake is a cash prize worth P100,000.
Kicking off the competition was a vibrant number from ANONYMOUS EDITION of Binangonan Rizal clad in eye-catching warrior-inspired outfits. The group displayed funky hip hop movements.
Gorgina Wilson remarked, "Sa music ninyo pa lang, panalo na kayo sa akin."
Basketball player Derek Hubalde shared his opinion by saying, "I was looking pa for konting energy. Okay ang costume ninyo parang 300 [the movie] .
On the other hand, Vice Ganda stated, "Magaling kayo kaya lang parang di pang Grand Finals...kulang sa preparation."
A score of "7" was given to the group.
COOL GUYZ from Majayjay, Laguna was next in line. Funky and hip hop steps comprised their dance routine. Borgy Monotoc was visibly impressed. He said, "That is the energy. This is the finals."
Gie noted, "From the concept na nagche-cheer, tahing-tahing sa performance ninyo."
Vice Ganda pointed out, "Napakahusay ng konsepto." The group is also dubbed as the mayamang magsasaka. They got a score of "8".
Strutting their stuff à la Korean pop was ASIAN PRIDE of Mandaluyong City. Garbed in "fashionista" attires, the group incorporated a singing segment in their dance number.
Zsa-Zsa Padilla expressed "I loved it at yan yung energy na hinahanap ko."
Vice Ganda pointed out: "Bonggang energy. Sana pinerfect ninyo yung kanta. Success is the preparation of hard work." The resident judge gave them a score of "8".
Every person inside the Ynares sports center surely had a clear vision of VISION 20. The group's horrific act was an outstanding zombie showdown. The flying "bat" or "phantom" was an added plus to their routine which further impressed the judges and the madlang pipol. "Pinakasabay-sabay" was Ryan Bang's observation.
Vice Ganda believed that the group is "sadyang napakatalented, buong-buo ang puso ninyo manalo." A perfect score of "10" was given to them by Vice Ganda.
Fifth in line was an extremely talented group based in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City called TRIBONG HUMANIKAS. Their ethnic-inspired "theater play" showcased death defying jumps and flips. Maribeth Bichara regarded the performance as "very ethnic/ theatrical" and Vice Ganda described the act by saying "maganda yung konsepto."
Another contender from Caloocan was BTLA KIDZ who happen to be the only "kiddie" participant. The group wowed the Showtime crowd and the judges with their charm and cute skit and dance antics. Ogie Diaz remarked "napakasimple ang inyong performance." Vice Ganda gave the kiddie group a "7". He said that he finds the group "mahusay pero cute kayo."
ARTIST YOUTH OF THE PHILIPPINES from Sta. Maria, Bulacan was the seventh grand finalist who dazzled one and all with their unique "club" concept, juggling act and funky hip hop moves.
Jimmy Bondoc observed, "Kitang-kita ko yung focus ng nagju-juggle." Comedienne K Brosas, on the other hand, casually stated, "Simple pero rock."