Had YES! editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon and her team of nine had their way, the magazine's 15th anniversary would have come and gone sans a grand party.
First of all, it was not easy inviting and gathering celebrities with busy schedules.
Second, the staff was already saddled with the daunting and time-consuming task of putting together a monthly issue and a special issue, the YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars, which was also launched at the anniversary party that evening of July 27, at the Crowne Plaza.
The staff led by Jo-Ann decided to brazen it out, and the party pushed through.
Did you know that most invites were sent with a personal note from Madam (how the staff addresses Maglipon) herself?
All their efforts were richly rewarded when almost a hundred stars from all three networks accepted the YES! invitation and showed up.
Yup, ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV5 were all there. The bosses even shared one table.
1. LOOK: NETWORK WAR SET ASIDE!
(L-R) TV5 Chief Entertainment Content Officer Wilma Galvante; GMA President and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon and his wife Teresa; ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio; ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Choa, and Madam.
He did pose with the movie producers then remarked, "I'm sure you guys will crop me."
But, hey, Martin, look we didn't!
Martin once called YES! a "No!" magazine after a tell-all interview of his ex-wife Pops Fernandez in 2007 that made him feel "ugly."
That he agreed to host the event was proof it is all now water under the bridge. A round of applause for him, truly a professional star!
Regine Velasquez sang "Shine" in the finale.
5. KZ TANDINGAN'S "READY OR NOT" COVER EARNED A SHOUTOUT FROM LOVI POE ON INSTAGRAM!
6. SENATOR GRACE POE DROPPED BY EVEN IF...
9. REUNION OF SORTS
Marian had the chance to chat with TV5 lady boss Wilma Galvante, one of the people responsible for giving Kapuso Primetime Queen's biggest break, Marimar.
The host was given a plaque of appreciation by YES! for being the only cover to breach the highest circulation—300,000 copies—in magazine publishing history.
Part of Willie's speech was addressed to the younger stars. Here's an excerpt:
The party was filled with fun, camaraderie, and nostalgia.
While Madam and YES! managing editor Anna Pingol were reminiscing about their most notable covers and stories, the crowd and stars were cheering, some exclaiming, "Uy, ayun ako."
That the YES! party pushed through was more than a good thing. It made 15 years of chronicling showbiz and the life of the stars an endeavor worthy of a grand celebration!