Startalkassertedanew its reputation as the country’s longest running showbiz talk show lastSaturday, October 24, in celebrating its 14th year anniversaryat Studio 7 of the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City.
Last Saturday’s presentation was billedunder the theme "Xiete Xiete: Seven Xclusive Xplosive and Xtreme"—representing theshow’s special lineup in line with the momentous occasion. Spicing up theanniversary special were features on Carla Abellana, Katrina Halili, MommyDionisia and Jinkee Pacquiao, and Kris Aquino.
Live studio guests included Ynna Asistio,Jewel Mische, JC de Vera, Allan K and Miriam Quiambao. Lian Paz personallydropped by to talk about her fourth month of pregnancy with boyfriend Paolo Contis’s child.
The entire Studio 7 buzzed withexcitement the moment Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, along with hisentourage, entered the room to grace the occasion. At the time of hisvisit, Manny was about to board his scheduled flight to the United States to continue his extensive training for his upcoming ring bout withPuerto Rican warrior, Miguel Cotto.
Manny showed no sign of worry orfatigue as he gamely sang his own single "Lahing Pinoy" while accompanied bynovelty composer and now good friend, Lito Camo, as well as a back-up band. Afterthe number, Manny sat down with Startalkhosts Butch Francisco, Lolit Solis, Joey de Leon and Ricky Lo to update themabout the progress of his preparations for the coming boxing match.
He obliged with another song number, joining ex-Britain’s Got Talent Pinoy contestant, singer Madonna Decena,in performing the classic ballad, "Sometimes When We Touch."
Startalk’s anniversaryoffering also unveiled the program’s new segment where the four hosts willfearlessly pick out truth and lies in each showbiz story of the week. Thenew segment also allows Butch, Lolit, Ricky and Joey to state theirpersonal point of view on relevant entertainment issues.
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After 14 years of delivering showbiz news tothe public, the hosts of Startalk were one in saying that there’s still a lot ofroom for exciting innovations and changes. But as veteran entertainmentscribe Ricky Lo pointed out, the program’s aim is just to continue givingcredible, accurate and substantial showbiz news every week to the viewingpublic.
Startalk airs every Saturday on GMA-7 right after Eat Bulaga.
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