TV host Willie Revillame (top), displayed his drumming skills while his female co-hosts (bottom, from left), Babisaya, Mariel Rodriguez, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, and Sugar Mercado, entertained the audience with a production number. Some 10,000 people watched the first anniversary celebration of Wil Time Bigtime last night, October 22, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Photo: Melo Balingit

Wil Time Bigtime celebrated its first anniversary in a grand event held Saturday, October 22, at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

As early as last week, almost 30,000 people reportedly lined up for free tickets at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.

However, only 10,000 tickets were released for the general audience and about 3,000 tickets were distributed to special guests and sponsors.

TV5 and Wil Productions took steps to ensure that fans and followers of the show would get inside the venue safely. As early as Friday night, more than 2,000 combined policemen, security personnel, and medical staff were deployed in the area.

Everyone was inside the coliseum—now officially named Smart Araneta Coliseum—before noon. However, the show started at 4 p.m., which was earlier than its regular schedule on Saturdays.

THE ENTERTAINMENT. The crowd screamed as the Kapatid stars opened the show with a carnival-like production.

The 20-minute opening number featured Alex Gonzaga, Carla Humphries, Arci Muñoz, Valeen Montenegro, Dianne Medina, Wendy Valdez, and Regine Angeles.

Mariposa, Luningning, and Milagring, former dancers of the defunct noontime variety show of ABS-CBN Wowowee, also joined Wil Time Bigtime's sexy dancers WW.Girls.

The lights went out after this and Willlie's voice welcomed the audience to his show.

A few moments later, Willie, who was in an all-white ensemble, appeared on the seven-foot high hydraulic stage and showed off his drumming skills.

Then Willie started giving away P5,000 to people in the audience who can  do the best dance version of "Kendeng-Kendeng," Willie's newest novelty song.

After this, the program followed its usual game segments. In between were performances from special guests.

The audience sang along with Pinoy rock bands Juan dela Cruz, Aegis, and rock chicks Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis who performed their hit songs.

Willie's female co-hosts—Mariel Rodriguez, Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad, Sugar Mercado, and Babisaya—also entertained the audience with a production number.

Sugar and Babisaya had a dance showdown. Mariel and Shalani sang an upbeat song.