Kapuso artists get sporty in "Kapusolympics: Watermania"

(From left) Antonio Aquintania, JC de Vera, and DennisTrillo of the Violet team hurriedly swim to the other side of the poolafter finding a piece of the puzzle underwater. This pool game was just one of the events in the recently concluded Kapusolympics: Watermania held at Calatagan, Batangas, last June 17.

GMA-7 executives issued a "no taping day" memo for the Kapusostars last Tuesday, June 17, to give way for the second Kapusolympics held atthe Golden Sunset Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas. The said sports event marked the 58thanniversary celebration of GMA network.

Newbie celebrities were given a chance to bond with thesenior stars by putting them together into six different teams—Blue, Green,Orange, Red, Yellow, and Violet.

Darling de Jesus, GMA-7 assistant vice president formagazines, musicals, variety, and specials, said that after their firstKapusolympics last year, more celebrities showed their interest in joiningsuch an event. "When we started it last year, 'yong after the games, maraming mgastars na, like, express their desire to participate so we were encouraged naituluy-tuloy."

Held at the Marikina Sports Complex last year, this year's Kapusolympics: Watermania was held in Calatagan, Batangas. Ms. de Jesus said that the 8-hectare beach resort of the well-knownhairdresser, Ricky Reyes, was the right place for this year's theme, watersports.

She told the entertainment reporters, it was suitablebecause, "One, kasi we're doing a water sport event. So, suitable kasi maraming pools at hindi lang pool kasi maydagat. Aside from having a venue forthe games, aesthetically din, maganda siya to do our production numbers. And most of all kasi ito 'yong buong pusoat buong palad na tinatanggap kami."

Ms. De Jesus related to the press that it took them almost amonth to prepare for this big event. "Before the games we're conceptualize, pinadating muna dito 'yong mgawriters." After this, they also didsome ocular inspection and several test games. A week before the actual date, several staff and crew came to the resortto arrange the necessary settings for the program.


The GMA-7 executive also clarified that Kapusolympics wasjust part of a bigger anniversary celebration that the network has prepared forits audience. She said, "Parang itokasi, it's fun. Parang medyo mahirappero it's fun."

FUN AND EXCITING GAMES. The Kapuso artists weredivided into six 10-member teams. Theseteams competed with each other in the opening game called "Tuloy-Tulay," whichis a raft race held at the resort's lagoon.

Then, two teams were paired to compete in the six middlegames, which determined the bottom three and the bottom three games. These games include "Sisid Run," "Pasa Puzzle," "Monkey Bars," Bi-sikad,""Ski-papano," and "One...two...stop. One...two...go."

After that, the three bottom teams in the middle games battledfor the third runner up place through a game called, "Batya By Golly Wow." On the other hand, the top three teams competed forthe championship through a game called "Karerang-karera."

After all the nine games, the Blue team emerged as the grandchampion of the second Kapusolympics. The team led by Richard Gomez took home P100,000 and several gift packs fromthe sponsors of the games. The winning team was composed of Michelle Madrigal, Regine Tolentino, MargaretteWilson, Carlos Concepcion, StarStruck alumni Aljur Albrenica, Arci Muñoz,Jan Manual, Jesi Corcuera, and Kevin Santos.

Following the blue team was Marco Alcaraz's Orange team, whichtook home the P50,000 cash prize. TheOrange team members were Eula Valdez, Sandy Tolentino of SexBomb dancers,Krissa Mae Arieta, Bruno Folster, Diego Llorico, and Jeremy Marquez.

The Violet and Red teams tied in third place so each of themreceived a P25,000 cash prize. The Violetteam was headed by Mike "Pekto" Nacua and his members were Dennis Trillo, RhianRamos, JC de Vera, Antonio Aquitania, Kris Bernal, Prince Estefan, JenRosendahl, and Chariz Solomon.

Former Parañaque mayor Joey Marquez led his Red team members, namely, Bubbles Paraiso, Keempee deLeon, Luis Alandy, Marco Morales, Rochelle Pangilinan, Joseph Bitangcol, SheenaHalili, Rich Asuncion, and Mang Enriquez.


The Yellow and Green team took home 10,000 pesos for placingfourth and fifth, respectively. PaoloParaiso of the Yellow team cheered for his team members Ehra Madrigal, John"Belli" Feir, Stef Prescot, Glaiza de Castro, Paolo Ballesteros, and TessBomb. The Green team, on the other hand,did not lose hope even though their team captain, Wendell Ramos, got a dislocated shoulder while playing a game in the Kapusolympics. Wendell's teammates—Chynna Hortaleza,Arthur Solinap, Rey Talosib, Abby Cruz, and Jay Aquitania—continued playing thegame even without their leader.

Special awards were also given to Richard (Clear PrecisionAward), Eula (Fitrum Looking Wow Award), JC (Happee Toothpaste Happee Smile Award),Luis, (Extra Joss Extra Strong Performance Award), and Marco (Wings ActiveGuard Performance Award).

Although everybody competed seriously during the games, theKapuso artists did not forget the real purpose of the event—to have bonding time with fellow Kapuso stars and to promote unity and brotherhood.

In fact, Blue team leader Richard said, "I think it's veryimportant for the Kapuso network na magkaroon ng ganito [event] kasi it'ssupposed to bring everybody together, camaraderie. Once in a while may magandang outing that makes everybody happy."

In a separate interview, Ms. De Jesus added, "It's also oneoccasion when you get to mingle with other stars from different shows, so hindisila naka-cluster per show. So, mas may interaction."

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES. The Kapusolympics was not all about the games, of course. There were also production numbersduring the event.

Opening the program was Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez who sang "Celebrate the Day." Ati-atihan dancers and poi spinners added color and festivity to the opening number. Each team had colorful platforms where they danced in time to the festive music. After the GMA-7 theme song was performed, the Kapuso stars let loose balloons that represented their team colors.

Asia's Songbird waslater joined by the Pinoy Idol top 24. Then, the Telebabad love teams—Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes of Dyesebel,Katrina Halili and Dennis Trillo of Magdusa Ka, Angelika dela Cruz andMarvin Agustin of Magdusa Ka, and Heart Evangelista and RichardGutierrez of Codename: Asero—sang "The Tide is High."


Alfred Vargas reprised his role as Makulay, thetorchbearer. On the other hand, SOP'sThree-Of-A-Kind—La Diva (Jonalyn Vira, Aicelle Santos, and Maricris Garcia),You've Got Male (Gian Magdangal, Jan Nieto, Harry Santos, and Bryan Termulo),and Sugar Pop (Rita Iringan, Pocholo Bismonte, Vanessa Ranghadol, Julie Ann SanJose, and Renzo Almario)—performed a medley of songs.

The hosts for the games were Iza Calzado,Arnel Ignacio, Raymond Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, Katrina Halili, and thecomic duo Ariel Villasanta and Maverick Relova.

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