The first-ever GMA Thanksgiving Gala was a rousing success!
More than the glamour, the event was a fundraiser for the benefit of the GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Days after, fans still couldn’t get enough of the highlights and side happenings—and there were lots—from the star-studded affair.
Here, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) recalls some of those heartwarming moments at the gala last Saturday night, July 30, at Shangri-La The Fort in BGC, Taguig City,
Anthony Pangilinan meets HIS wife'S tormentors
Actress Maricel Laxa’s date that evening was no less than her husband, Anthony Pangilinan.
Anthony was in a playful mood and had fun interacting with Maricel’s co-stars in the drama series, Apoy Sa Langit.
He finally met Lianne Valentin, who portrayed Stella, the rival of Maricel’s character Gemma in the series.
In Anthony's Instagram Story, it would seem like Anthony was about to slap Lianne, but they actually shared a high five.
Zoren Legaspi, who plays Maricel’s devious husband, Cesar, also didn’t escape Anthony’s attention.
“Isa ka pa, Cesar,” Anthony wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of him with Maricel and Zoren all with animated expressions.
Needless to say, Anthony and Maricel had a wonderful time at the event.
Julie Anne introduces RayveR to “ate” Marian
Are they a couple or not? Kapuso stars Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz continue to play coy in revealing the true status of their relationship.
But actions speak louder than words.
Whether it’s posting dancing videos on TikTok, sharing a duet, or exchanging sweet messages on Instagram—Julie Anne and Rayver would rather let their kilig moments do all the talking.
It was no surprise that the rumored lovers were each other’s date at the GMA Thanksgiving Gala Night.
In a moment captured by PEP.ph, Julie Anne was seen introducing her date to her “ate,” Kapuso Primetime Queen, Marian Rivera.
Marian told Rayver, “Alagaan mo, ha,” referring to Julie Anne, who was wearing a Mark Bumgarner creation.
Marian added, “Pinagtatanggol ko iyan.”
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Rayver, who looked dashing in a Francis Libiran suit, could only flash a smile through it all.
Adorable Scarlet Snow gives daddy Hayden a kiss
The father and daughter tandem of Scarlet Snow Belo and Hayden Kho looked both cute and stylish that night.
Scarlet came to the glitzy event wearing a Marchesa white dress.
Hayden, meanwhile, was clad in a sleek Tiffany and Co. black suit.
Game as always, the two tried the kiss cam for fun, with Scarlet kissing her daddy on the forehead. Sweet!
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Jean Garcia flexes “gwapo” son, a LOOK-ALIKE OF V
Season actress Jean Garcia is and will always be a stunner, everybody knows that.
But how about her striking date that night?
Jean brought along her son, Kotaro Shimizu, as her wingman to the star-studded occasion.
Many gushed at Kotaro’s looks, pointing out his resemblance to Kim Taehyung, or V, from the popular K-pop boy band BTS.
Jean could only thank her son for joining her at the special event.
Like any typical mom, she couldn’t help but also compliment her son’s good looks.
"Flex ko din lang po yung date ko sa GMA Thanksgiving Gala guys,” Jean wrote on Instagram.
"Thank you honey for being with me last night, this means a lot to me. Thanks a million for always having my back. I love you son! Gwapo po ng anak ko di ba?!!! Proud mom here."
ANDRE PARAS'S DATE
For Andre's showbiz comeback, one of his dream projects entails working with his dad in a series or movie or sitcom.
In the meantime, walking together on the red carpet will do.
What a stylish father-and-son duo!
Alden Richards, always the gentleman
Kapuso heartthrob Alden Richards once again showed why he’s more than just a pretty face.
The lead star of the upcoming Philippine adaptation of the hit Korean series Start-Up was seen guiding Heart Evangelista by the hand as she was getting down from the podium.
Waiting for them was Heart’s husband, Senator Chiz Escudero, whom Alden graciously acknowledged with a handshake.
Happy reunion of friends and former co-stars
The glamorous occasion also brought together former co-stars and friends under one roof.
TV hosts Iya Villania and Solenn Heussaff got together in public for the first time since their Taste Buddies days.
The two co-hosted the now-defunct lifestyle show from 2014 to 2016.
Iya and Heart Evangelista got to work with each other in 2017 series My Korean Jagiya, which was top-billed by the latter.
Solenn and Heart were co-stars in the 2011 version of the movie Temptation Island.
Meanwhile, stars who crossed over from ABS-CBN to the Kapuso network were also reunited after a long while.
Bubble Gang mainstay Paolo Contis told PEP.ph, “I’m very happy I saw Mr. M [Johnny Manahan, Sparkle GMA Artist Center consultant].
"Very, very happy to see Mr. M. Actually, isa siya sa talagang pinunta ko dito, gusto ko siya makita.
“Of course, my good friend, sila Dong [Dingdong Dantes]. If I’m not mistaken John Lloyd [Cruz] is arriving. He messaged me, so I’m waiting for him as well.
“Magandang reunion ito with my friends kahit sa kabilang network. Magandang makita ko sila rito.”
GLAMOUR FOR A CAUSE
The GMA Thanksgiving Gala was a fundraising event for the benefit of the GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Part of the proceeds reportedly would go to those affected by the recent earthquake in Abra, and for building and renovating school buildings in Southern Leyte.
Kapuso stars Heart Evangelista and Alden Richards handed the donation to GMA Kapuso Foundation founder and ambassadress Mel Tiangco and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rikki Escudero-Catibog.