In celebration of its 58th anniversary, GMA Network Inc.held its second Kapusolympics in a grand festival of brotherhood andcamaraderie among its Kapuso stars during the day-long sports festheld at the Golden Sunset Beach resort in Calatagan, Batangas. Highlights ofthe June 17 event will be aired on Sunday, June 22, at the Sunday Night BoxOffice (SNBO) time slot.
Kapusolympics: Watermania gave the network's stars a chance to unwind inthe resort owned by Ricky Reyes. Alfred Vargas, once again served as Makulay,the torch bearer who went around GMA programs during the past days to promotethe event.
To wrap up GMA-7's summer campaign, water was chosen as the main theme ofthe Kapusolympics, signifying a fresh display of flowing ideas and surge ofmodernism during the network's almost six decades in the broadcasting industry.Last year's Kapusolympics gathered the stars at the Marikina Sports Complex,featuring land-based sports activities.
Six teams, each representing a color of the rainbow, competed in the games thataimed to bring out the competitive spirit of the network's celebrities. Theteams were composed of the Blue Team, led by Richard Gomez; Red Team, led byJoey Marquez; Green Team, led by Wendell Ramos; Yellow Team, led by PaoloParaiso; Orange Team, led by Marco Alcaraz; and Violet Team, led by MikeNacua.
After lighting the Kapuso torch, the GMA-7 stars gave a grand opening numberfor all spectators and televiewers. Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez, togetherwith the Pinoy Idol 12 finalists, were part of the festive opening number.
GMATelebabad's celebrities—Dyesebel stars Dingdong Dantes andMarian Rivera, Magdusa Ka stars Dennis Trillo and Katrina Halili, BabangonAko't Dudurugin Kita lead characters Marvin Agustin and Angelika dela Cruz,as well as Asero love team Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista—werealso part of the grand production number.
The Golden Sunset Beach resort was the venue as well of S.O.P.'s newestconcert act, "Three of a Kind." The Constellation of Stars also delivered anelectrifying musical production number to the delight of everyone. Capping the water festival of GMA-7 was an upbeat dance number featuring the artists of StarStruck.
It was during this number that StarStruck 4 AvengerJan Manual suffered burns from the torch that he was holding. According tocorporate communications head Angel Javier, this accident allowed thecelebrities to show their concern for their fellow artists.
"Mas lalo pang lumabas ang spirit of camaraderie ng mga artista kasi everyonerushed there. Hindi mo maiiwasan, sa lahat ng sports activities, maymasasaktan. Walang napabayaan kahit sino. Nandun agad yung ambulance, may firstaid agad na binigay.
"But more than anyone, it was Richard Gomez who respondedthe fastest, siguro kasi sportsman siya kaya alam niya yung gagawin. Ni-rollniya si Jan sa buhangin," narrates Ms. Javier.
Other artists who suffered injuries during the event wereBubbles Paraiso, who accidentally bruised her leg, and Wendell Ramos who dislocated hisshoulder.
GMA-7's Kapusolympics: Watermania airs on Sunday, June 22, at SNBO.