It is a rare occasion when a TV network features a past or present rival TV show in one of its programs.
Last night, March 19, this happened in ABS-CBN's late night comedy talk show Gandang Gabi Vice when it featured singers Jaya and Lani Misalucha as guests.
Jaya and Lani were part of GMA-7's defunct Sunday noontime variety show SOP, where their friendship also first blossomed.
Lani revealed during their guesting that it had been 13 years since she and Jaya last bonded, after the former left SOP to pursue a career in Las Vegas.
However, Jaya thought it had been 16 years since they talked this long.
Vice Ganda then quipped, "Nabuking tuloy na may alitan sila, sa SOP pa lang!"
The two laughed off Vice's joke and Jaya said, "Wala talaga kaming alitan, tayong… ilan na ba tayo? Ang dami na kasi natin, e!"
Aside from Jaya and Lani, SOP's original roster of main hosts also included Regine Velasquez, Cacai Velasquez-Mitra, Ogie Alcasid, and Janno Gibbs.
Lani disclosed that she used to go home early after their show since she had little kids back then.
Vice Ganda also poked fun at their friendship with Regine. The ABS-CBN TV host asked if they used to talk a lot inside their dressing room.
Pointing at Lani, Jaya said, "Ito kasi, tahimik!"
Vice then remembered, "Alam mo nagconcert ka [Lani] sa Amerika, ang daldal kaya niyan!
"Ang daling makuha ng ugali ni Miss Lani, so kung tahimik siya sa inyo, baka hindi niya talaga kayo gusto."
Jaya then continued, "Ang totoo po, ito at saka si Songbird…"
Vice then blurted out, "Magkaaway talaga?"
Laughing, Jaya clarified, "Ay nakakaloka! Ganap na tahimik 'tong dalawa, ako yung madaldal.
"Hindi naman madaldal pero, 'Uy, kamusta ka diyan, kape halika sa labas."
Asia's Nightingale confirmed this by saying, "Ito kasi, siya yung tipo ng tao na kahit sino kausapin niya, swak. Kahit sino kausapin nito, okay."
Playing around, Vice told Jaya, "So si Miss Lani, tahimik. Si Reg, tahimik. Ikaw lang madaldal.
"Ah, baka ikaw yung ayaw nila. Kasi sila yung tumahimik, e. Hindi kaya isang pamamaraan yun ng pagbibigay sa 'yo ng mensaheng, 'Uy hindi ka naming gustong kausap.' Hindi mo yun nafeel?"
The comedian's remark then drew laughter from the audience and his guests.
Jaya then rode along with Vice's jokes and said, "Ito na nga, nafeel ko yan! Hindi hindi, joke lang ito!"
The two singers recalled their SOP days when they used to share a dressing room which Jaya described as "alige ng liit."
The Queen of Soul then reminisced, "Naalala mo yung dressing room natin, alige ng liit, di ba?
"Alige talaga ng liit. Ito na po yung toilet, ito na po yung sink, ito na po yung bihisan.
"Una po, dun ako sa sink kasi nga, makulit ako, e. Yung tahimik doon sila."
Jaya then turned to Lani and narrated how they traded places with Regine.
"Tapos hindi ko alam kung anong nangyari, nagpalit tayo, 'Sige mare, dun ka na sa sink, dun na lang ako sa…
"Naglipatan kami, tabi na lang kami ni Songbird. Doon ka na sa lababo, magulo kasi kami."
Vice Ganda saw this as an opportunity again to poke fun at his guests. He told Lani, "Ay, tignan mo inilayo ka, o. Tabi sila ni Songbird."
Riding along with his jokes, Lani said, "Doon ko na talaga naumpisahan na pinagkakaisahan ako… charot!"
Jaya also recalled one moment when a misunderstanding happened in the dressing room between two guys she refused to name.
She narrated, "Marami kami, Si Ogie, ako, si Cacai, si Regine, si Lani, so lima. Assistants pa, hair, make-up.
"Tapos nagaaway-away pa minsan doon. Hindi kami, ha! Kilala mo yung lalaki na yun, yung dalawang lalaki nayun, hindi ko na lang sabihin yung pangalan.
"Tapos nag-aaway sila doon, may naglock ng pinto at pinagtripan talaga na, sige mag-away na sila. So kami naman, 'Oy, ano yan, anyare?"
However, Lani cannot remember this certain incident.
Vice then joked, "Tignan mo pati yan inilihim nila sa 'yo."
Lani replied with a laugh, "Sabi ko na, e. Wala kina-cast out talaga ako."
BACK TO BACK TO BACK. Aside from recalling their SOP days, Lani and Jaya also performed snippets of their songs from a songwriting competition.
Jaya performed the song "Sometimes You Just Know" while Lani sang a snippet of her famous Tagalog song "Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw."
It may be recalled that "Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw" was used as a theme song of the 2002 GMA drama series of the same title which starred Alice Dixson, Christopher de Leon, and Richard Gomez.
Before the episode ended, Vice asked Lani and Jaya if they can do their own version of SOP's popular segment "Back to Back to Back."
This segment used to showcase the powerful voices of SOP's main hosts with music legends serving as guests such as Sharon Cuneta, Rey Valera, and many more.
He told his guests, "Namimiss talaga namin yung ginagawa niyo dati, yung 'Back to Back to Back!'
"Yung nasa gilid lang tapos yung kumakanta, siya talaga yung nasa gitna pagkatapos iikot."
Lani and Jaya then performed the song "And I Am Telling You" with Vice Ganda impersonating Regine.
SOP is considered as one of the longest-running Sunday noontime variety shows in the Philippines. It aired from 1997 to 2010, going head-to-head against ABS-CBN's ASAP.
Most singers who started their careers in SOP, including Sarah Geronimo (after winning Star For A Night), Jay-R, and Kyla, are now regular performers of ASAP, which is still airing until today.