"Wowowee" Tragedy 1st Anniversary

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PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) recalls that ill-fated date—February 4, 2006—and commiserates with all the families and friends touched by the Wowowee tragedy.


An intro drums in upbeat sounds, the stage lights flash, a hyped-up audience cheers. Then out of the smoke, like a messiah, Willie Revillame emerges on stage, except that this messiah sings: "Wowowee, sinong di mawiwili? Dahil sa game na ‘to hindi ka magsisisi..."

He walks briskly toward the audience and asks: "Sinong guwapo?"

The crowd answers in unison: "Ang guwapo mo, Pappi Willie!" For each adoring scream, a hundred peso bill is handed out. A group of elderly women wore personalized shirts that said "Ang guwapo mo Pappi!" Even staff members, cameramen, and dancers join in the fun. Some would get P20, some would get as much as P2,000.

After all, as Willie would say, "Wala kaming ibang iniisip kundi ang pang-araw-araw ninyong pangangailangan..."

Scanning the crowd, he chooses the "undesirables"—as the Indian caste system would call the lepers, the handicapped, and the poorest of the poor. This time, it's a young boy with Down Syndrome and a young girl with speech deficiency. They are asked to sing and dance, and even when the two bomb out, Willie gives them a thousand pesos each.

The crowd is entertained with the sight of celebrities Nikki, Basti, and Angel from Goin' Bulilit playing "Willie of Fortune" against Dagul, Mahal, and Mura. Choosing sides, Willie expectedly helps out midget comedian Dagul. The show also presents big-name guests like Sarah Geronimo, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and the Viva Hot Babes.

After two hours of fun and games, Willie announces that after the commercial break he has an important message to his audience all over the world.

A couple of minutes later, the lights dim. The music stops. The crowd falls silent.

A now-somber Willie intones: "Mga kapamilya, mga kababayan, mga mahal naming kapamilya sa buong mundo—bukas po, February 4, mag-iisang taon na po ang trahedya na nangyari sa Ultra.

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"Kahapon po, dito ang inyong mga Kapamilya, sa pamumuno po ni Mr. Gabby Lopez, Ms. Charo Santos, and Ms. Cory Vidanes, at ang lahat po ng staff... ang management ng ABS-CBN ay nagpunta po sa isang misa. Nakapiling po namin ang mga pamilyang naulila.

"Kahapon po ay napakaganda ng misa. Ang mensahe ng mga pari—dahil talaga naman po ang sinasabi ang pagkakaisa—'yong pagbibigay po ng pagpapatawad sa bawat isa. Napakaganda po ng misa dahil napaka-solemn. Punong-puno po ng pag-asa at paghilom.

"Hindi lang po isang araw ang pag-uusap namin sa mga pamilya at sa mga biktimang nadamay po diyan sa Ultra. Buong taon po ay gumagawa po ng paraan ang management para po magawan namin ng paghilom ang mga sugat sa puso. Pero ngayon pong araw na ‘to, atin pong gunitain at ipagdasal ang mga naging biktima. Sana po ay mahanap na nating lahat ang tunay na katahimikan para sa lahat.

"At gusto din po naming magpasalamat sa bumubuo ng Eat Bulaga, kay Tito, Vic, and Joey, dahil sila po'y nakikiramay rin po sa amin.

"Sa atin pong lahat at sa inyo po, nandito po kami at sana po'y maintindihan niyo po ang lahat ng pangyayari na wala po isa sa amin na nag-iisip na mayroon pong mangyayari na ganoon. Bawat Pilipino po ay mahal na mahal namin. Ang tanging gusto lang po ng Wowowee, magpasaya at mabigyan po kayo ng konting kaligayahan sa inyong mga puso. Hawak-kamay magsasama-sama tayo hangat nandito pa po ang Wowowee."

Studio lights are switched off. Lighted candles are distributed among the audience. Then a single spotlight focuses on Pinoy Dream Academy Grand Star Dreamer Yeng Constantino who sings her hit single "Hawak Kamay."

After the song number, the lights turn on again, as bright as ever.

"Thank you very much! We'll see you on Monday! Hawak-kamay, tuloy-tuloy ang saya! Thank you so much!" says Willie, who is back to his jolly old self.

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A year after the tragedy that took 74 lives, Wowowee is dramatic proof that the show does go on.

Photos of the Wowowee Tragedy (http://www.pep.ph/gallery/245/).


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