The Kapuso network celebrates its 59th anniversary with One Glamorous Night

by Erwin Santiago
Jun 20, 2009
(Clockwise from top right) Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann of Rosalinda; Marian Rivera of Darna; Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica of All My Life; and Dingdong Dantes of Stairway To Heaven are just some of the stars who graced the 59th annivesary special of GMA-7.

More than 100 Kapuso stars lit up the sky to celebrate GMA-7's 59thglorious anniversary. The grand event, titled One Glamorous Night: Greater and Grateful at 59, was held last night, June 19, at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was an evening of high style and glamour with the Kapuso stars parading in a flamboyant fashion show.

The special featured the 10 elements of TV: color, moves, style, image, heart, sound, numbers, power, soul and reach.

COLOR. Kyla and Jay-R opened the show with a colorful production number featuring the massive pool of more than 100 Kapuso talents.

Leading the artists were veteran stars Eddie Garcia, Celia Rodriguez, Leo Martinez and German Moreno; dramatic stars Jean Garcia, Eula Valdes, Lani Mercado, Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, Angelika dela Cruz, Angelu de Leon and Mark Anthony Fernandez; hunks Victor Aliwalas, Arthur Solinap and Boom Labrusca; beauty Abby Cruz; StarStruck graduates Prince Stefan, Jewel Mische, Dex Quindoza, Jade Lopez, Kevin Santos, Stef Prescott and Vivo Ouano; and Survivor hunks John Lopez and Jace Flores.

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Showbiz talk show hosts Butch Francsico, Ricky Lo, Jan Manual and Paulo Avelino of Startalk; and Raymond Gutierrez and John "Sweet" Lapus of Showbiz Central.

Musical-variety show regulars Ruby Rodriguez and Daiana Menezes of Eat Bulaga!; Jackie Lou Blanco, John Nite and Mariz Ricketts of Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman; the SOP gang composed of Mico Aytona, Aicelle Santos, Bryan Termulo, Chynna Ortaleza, Gerald Santos, Gian Magdangal, Harry Santos, Jonalyn Viray, Julie Ann San Jose, Krissa Mae Arietta, Maricris Garcia, Ryza Cenon, Mart Escudero, Mark Herras, Matteo Guidicelli, Nicole Angela and Miggy Tanchangco; and Keempee de Leon and Ms. Regine Velasquez of Are You The Next Big Star?

2009 Bb. Pilipinas winners Pamela Bianca Manalo (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe), Marie Ann Umali (Bb. Pilipinas-World), Melody Gersbachand (Bb. Pilipinas-International), and Rich Asuncion (1st runner-up); game show hosts Janno Gibbs of Power of 10, and Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. of Hole In The Wall.

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Comedy stars Wendell Ramos, Francine Prieto, Moymoy Palaboy, Paolo Contis, Boy2 Quizon, Ryan Yllana, Bearwin Meily, Diego Llorica, Mang Enriquez, Tess Bomb, John Meier, Arnell Ignacio, and the comic tandem of Ariel & Maverick.

Stars in drama shows: SexBomb Girls led by Rochelle Pangilinan of Daisy Siete; JC de Vera, Arci Muñoz, Dion Ignacio, Luis Alandy and Joanne Quintas of Ngayon at Kailanman; Maxene Magalona, Glaiza de Castro, Patrick Garcia and Jackie Rice of Kung Aagawin Mo ang Lahat Sa Akin; Rhian Ramos, Michelle Madrigal, Bubbles Paraiso, Epi Quizon, Ricky Davao and Sheena Halili of Zorro; Ehra Madrigal, LJ Reyes and Ian Veneracion of Totoy Bato; Charisse Solomon, Mosang, Chanda Romero, Dang Cruz, Vaness del Moral, Iwa Moto, Benjie Paras, Pauleen Luna, Marvin Agustin, Jennica Garcia and Dennis Trillo of Adik Sa 'Yo.

The men and women of GMA News and Public Affairs: Kiko Rustia of Born to Be Wild; JC Tiuseco, Regine Tolentino, Rhea Santos, Suzi Entrata-Abrera and Arnold Clavio of Unang Hirit.

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The stars of upcoming GMA-7 primetime soaps: Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal of All My Life; Carla Abellana, Geoff Eigenmann, Ariel Rivera, Sheryl Cruz, Manilyn Reynes, Jessa Zaragoza, Marco Alcaraz, Sherilyn Reyes and Gary Estrada of Rosalinda; Marian Rivera of Darna; and Dingdong Dantes of Stairway to Heaven.

MOVES. Janno Gibbs introduced this segment to show the force that radiates emotion into artistic action. This was through back-to-back production numbers from GMA-7's dance royalties—the boys of SOP composed of Felix Roco, Mico Aytona, Mart Escudero, Miggy Tanchangco, Rainier Castillo and Mark Herras; sexy and beautiful ladies Krissa Mae Arietta, Rich Asuncion, Sherilyn Reyes, Regine Tolentino, Iza Calzado and Sunshine Dizon.

The boys danced to the tune of Black Eyed Peas' "Boom, Boom, Boom" while the ladies gyrated to a samba medley. They later shared the stage for a fusion of the old and new dance moves.

STYLE. As presented by Raymond Gutierrez, this segment featured the glamorous portrayal behind the Kapuso network's image as represented by the roster of GMA's Kontrabidas as they introduced the idea of nostalgia of high glam.

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Pinoy Idol winner Gretchen Espina took the stage with a medley of songs as the following Kapuso character actors and actresses walked the ramp: Polo Ravales, Gabby Eigenmann, Paolo Contis, Angelu de Leon, Angelika dela Cruz, Jackie Lou Blanco, Sheryl Cruz, Jean Garcia, Celia Rodriguez and Eddie Garcia.

IMAGE. Mike Enriquez introduced the segment which highlights the element of image, as represented by the most respected personalities of GMA News and Public Affairs, who exemplify hard work in delivering a comprehensive and balance reportage of the truths of the times.

While Jett Pangan sang "Lumiyab Ka," the following men and women of GMA News and Public Affairs, wearing newspaper-inspired suits and gowns, took their individual walks on the stage: Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, Susan Enriquez, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Kara David, Pia Arcangel, Kiko Rustia, Love Añover, Rhea Santos, JC Tiuseco, Connie Sison, Mariz Umali, Howie Severino, Sandra Aguinaldo and Mel Tiangco.

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HEART. Marvin Agustin spoke about heart that embodies the Kapuso network's achievements and downfalls. This segment features the ensemble of GMA-7's top-caliber comediennes (Tess Bomb, Ruby Rodriguez, Dang Cruz, Mosang, Alyssa Alano and Manilyn Reynes) with the Kapuso child stars (like Buboy Villar, BJ Forbes, and the StarStruck Kids), and the comic duo of Yaya (Michael V) and Angelina (Ogie Alcasid).

With Moymoy Palaboy's lip-synching video as background, the following male Kapuso comedians also took center stage: Ariel & Maverick, Benjie Paras, Gene Padilla, John "Sweet" Lapus, Arnell Ignacio, Diego Llorica, John Feir, Bearwin Meily, Keempee de Leon, Boy2 Quizon, Mang Enriquez, Epi Quizon and Leo Martinez.

SOUL. Dingdong Dantes was greeted by wild shrieks from his fans as he introduced the next segment focusing on the Kapuso network's principle of enriching the lives of Filipinos through superior delivery of news and entertainment.

With Gian Magdangal bringing so much life while performing "Bring Me To Life," the following Kapuso winged gods and goddesses strutted on the catwalk: Bubbles Paraiso, Victor Aliwalas, Bianca Manalo, Luis Alandy, Charisse Solomon, Dex Quindoza, Sheena Halili, Matteo Guidicelli, Jan Manual, Rich Asuncion, Pamela Bianca Manalo, Kevin Santos, Marie Ann Manalo, Mike Tan, Daiana Menezes, Boom Labrusca, Krissa Mae Arietta, Dion Ignacio, and Marian Rivera.

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POWER. This segment, as introduced by German Moreno, centers on the GMA's resident athletes and sports enthusiasts who stand for the element of power that radiates truth and beauty in modern times.

Janno Gibbs provided the music while some Kapuso stars performed tai-chi and capoeira with dancers and athletes. These stars were Chynna Ortaleza, Pauleen Luna, Vaness del Moral, LJ Reyes, Ryza Cenon, the SexBomb Dancers and Rhian Ramos.

Senator Bong Revilla almost went unnoticed as he appeared on the stage before the end of the production number.

We were expecting boxing great Manny Pacquiao and basketball heartthrob Chris Tiu, hosts of Pinoy Records, to appear on this segment but they were nowhere to be found.

SOUND. The next segment, as introduced by Ogie Alcasid, encapsulates the Kapuso network's true formula for producing trendsetting and cutting-edge programs for all Filipinos. Performing the Oscar-winning song "Jai Ho" were the Kitty Girls and Rochelle Pangilinan; while the following sexy Kapuso stars made their moves on the catwalk: Arci Muñoz, Iwa Moto, Arthur Solinap, Glaiza de Castro, Jace Flore, Francine Prieto, Paulo Avelino, Bianca King, John Lopez, Akihiro Sato and Dingdong Dantes.

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NUMBERS. Michael V provided the intro for this segment, where the element of numbers gave the chronological narration of GMA-7's 59 resplendent years in the broadcast industry, as represented by bridal fashion featuring the top Kapuso love teams.

With the beautiful harmony of La Diva (Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, and Maricris Garcia) singing Filipino love songs, the following Kapuso pairs took centerstage: Marvin Agustin and Pauleen Luna representing the '20s, Dennis Trillo and Jennica Garcia representing the '40s, JC de Vera and Michelle Madrigal representing the '60s, Mark Herras and Jackie Rice representing the '70s, Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal representing the '80s, Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana representing the '90s, and Marian Rivera and Mark Anthony Fernandez representing the 2000s.

REACH. Respected broadcaster Mel Tiangco provided the intro for the last segment, the element of reach which marks GMA-7's growth and development as it connects to Filipinos across the globe through its international channels: GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.

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Leading the finale was none other than Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez as she sang a medley of inspirational songs, while models wearing Filipiniana costumes designed by three Filipino designers walked the ramp followed by all the Kapuso stars.

After this, Sen. Bong Revilla provided the farewell message as all the GMA-7 executives, led by CEO and Chairman Atty. Felipe Gozon, joined the Kapuso stars on the stage.

MISSING THE ACTION. Noticeably absent at last night's grand event were Robin Padilla, Richard Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, Jolina Magdangal, Joey de Leon, Vic Sotto and girlfriend Pia Guanio, Carmina Villarroel, Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Nadine Samonte, Katrina Halili, Alfred Vargas, Paolo Bediones, Allan K, Jaya, Eugene Domingo, Jan Nieto, and most of the stars of the late Douglas Quijano, like Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres, Joey Marquez, brothers Anjo and Jomari Yllana, and sisters Janice and Gelli de Belen.

It was understandable that most of the talents of Tito Dougs skipped the GMA anniversary presentation since it was the last night of the talent manager's wake at the Heritage Memorial Chapels, although some of his other talents, like Wendell Ramos and Ryan Yllana, still showed up at the Big Dome.

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Richard Gutierrez, one of the biggest stars of the Kapuso network, was also spotted at Tito Doug's wake, along with parents Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama and sister Ruffa. Unknown to many, Richard was co-managed by the late talent manager, who was cremated today.

Paolo Bediones is reportedly in Australia for the taping of Survivor Philippines Season 2; Heart Evangelista is currently in the U.S.; Jolina Magdangal is in Hong Kong for a personal appearance; and Yasmien Kurdi and Nadine Samonte are in Dubai for a show.

SOME SIDELIGHTS. While waiting for his cue for the next segment, Ogie Alcasid gave probably one of the most entertaining moments of the program. Standing on the side of the stage for more than 10 minutes, Ogie entertained the audience and himself by singing a line or two of different songs while cracking jokes left and right. Too bad that this part won't be aired on TV.

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Based on the applause and cheers last night, there is no doubt that Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are still the most popular Kapuso stars. Coming in second is the pair of Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, who will soon be seen in the primetime series All My Life.

Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana looked really good together. But their appearance on stage did not elicit the same response as Dingdong and Marian or even Aljur and Kris, probably because the viewers have yet to see their chemistry on screen. But if everything works on their side, then their tandem will also become one of the most popular in no time.

Dingdong and Marian never appeared on stage together as they now have different projects, Darna for Marian and Stairway To Heaven for Dingdong. But during the finale, one of the country's most popular love teams made their entrance together.

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One Glamorous Night: Greater and Grateful at 59 will be aired on June 28 on SNBO.

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(Clockwise from top right) Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann of Rosalinda; Marian Rivera of Darna; Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica of All My Life; and Dingdong Dantes of Stairway To Heaven are just some of the stars who graced the 59th annivesary special of GMA-7.
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