Kapamilya stars party with the entertainment press at 9501, ABS-CBN Compound, Quezon, City, on December 4.
Pokwang played emcee to the event with stand-up comedian Terry, raffling off prizes and hosting games like “Biga-ten” (from noontime show Wowowee). There was also a dance showdown with the ASF Dancers, which included backflips, splits, and cartwheels.
Through the night, several more ABS-CBN talents showed up.
Eliza Pineda rendered the theme song of her upcoming soap Maria Flordeluna. Former Pinoy Dream Academy scholars Davey, Kristoff, and Joan gave an acoustic performance. With Davey on guitars, Kristoff sang his rendition of Neyo’s “So Sick,” while Joan serenaded the crowd with “O’ Holy Night.” And Let’s Go stars Dianne Medina, Mikel Campos, and Bangs were seen mingling and chatting with the media.
At some point, pockets of the hard-to-please entertainment press began mumbling that they were being entertained by the talents that ABS-CBN needed more media exposure for. Not totally baseless chatter, considering that the station could have invited its bigger stars to perform if it had wanted to. Still, the chatter was hushed by three things: One, the gift prizes and raffles; two, the recognition that the network did not have to throw a party if it didn't want to; and three, the Christmas spirit that prods that all complaints cease and goodwill prevail.
In that spirit, some members of the press didn't mind making merry by showing off their dance moves, even if it was only to grind their hips to the tune of “Boom Tarat Tarat,” the novelty song made famous nationwide by ABS-CBN and in parts of the world where the network's The Filipino Channel (TFC) beams Wowowee.
ABS-CBN top executives Charo Santos-Concio, Cory Vidanes, Deo Endrinal, Enrico Santos, and Linggit Tan dropped by to greet their press guests with warm Christmas cheer.
As the Kapamilyas say, “Tuloy tuloy ang Pasko!”