Sweet @ 18 was a riot!
Its main man John Lapus successfully filled the venue, Music Museum, on May 14, 2011, with people guffawing nonstop and almost falling off their seats.
He emerged on stage in a debutante’s ball gown, feeling like a "ganap na babae" and "hubog na at hindi na nene."
To the tune of Rihanna’s "Only Girl," Universal Sweet danced and reminisced on his "journey that began in 1993."
A portion of his spiels went:
"Thank you for being here. Isa lang ang gusto ko.
"In the past 18 years, I know I did what was best and what was right.
"Collected along the way fame, fortune, fans, awards, experiences—good and bad—I know, I deserved."
And as a way of giving back, the host-comedian treated the huge crowd to a night of fun and entertainment.
HIGHLIGHTS. His first guest was the talented Julie Ann San Jose, who dished out two songs, Evanescence’s "My Immortal" and Katy Perry’s "Hot N Cold."
Next, Kris Anino—John’s impersonation of his good friend Kris Aquino—showed up in a bright yellow Veejay Floresca dress.
This segment was hilarious. From the tone and sound of voice to the facial expression to the hirit, Sweet was "so Kris."
One portion which had the audience in stitches was when Kris Anino revealed her desire to become the Darna on one condition: "Dapat si Bimby ang Ding."
Kris Anino, showing that she’s very capable of taking on the Pinay Superhero’s role, said, "Bimby, ang stone!" Before swallowing it, however, she exclaimed, "Ay! Parang dirty," then went on to scream "Darna!!!"
She then proceeded to attack the enemies while reciting the lines, "Bad ka...Isa ka pa, naughty ka, hmpft [with matching sipa]...Ikaw, you’re so pangit talaga, nasa-sad ako sa ’yo [with tadyak]...
"Ayan, patay na yung mga bad guys, happy na ako! Hahaha. Di ba, nice naman pag ako sa Darna?" The viewers responded with rip-roaring laughter.
Just like the usual debut, there were also 18 candles, which showed video greetings of Kapuso female stars, and 18 roses.
The latter segued into the live appearance of the handsome Dennis Trillo, who serenaded Sweet with Elvis Costelo’s "She."
The stand-up comedian also introduced the new character, Hermana Moreno, whose hairdo could rival that of former First Lady Imelda Marcos’s.
But the most applauded was his repartee with Vice Ganda. It was a side-splitting Kapuso versus Kapamilya debate.
Here’s a sampler:
Vice Ganda: In fairness, ’te, ang ganda ng building ng ABS. Ang taas!
Sweet: Pero, Beh, di naman sa pagmamayabang, di nga masyadong mataas ang building ng GMA pero meron naman kaming sariling MRT station.. Pagbukas ng MRT, opisina na!
Vice Ganda: Pero, ’te, yung building namin, ang sosyal! Kasi pagbaba mo, andun na lahat ng mga resto—Dencio’s, Gerry’s Grill, Cibo saka Starbucks.
Balita ko nga yung mga taga-GMA, dun pa sa amin nagpupunta para magkape at tumambay.
Sweet: Beh! Modesty aside, may mga resto rin naman sa paligid ng GMA. Andiyan ang Lydia’s Lechon, 7-Eleven...O eto ka, kumapit ka, sunud-sunod na ’to...Adonis, Maginoo, Mankind at Gigolo.
At balita ko, yung mga bakla ng ABS, dun nagpupunta para tumambay. (CLICK HERE to view the video.)
For the finale, the Showbiz Central host did his much-awaited "buwis-buhay" dance with Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way" as the background music.
The show ended with a lot of thank you’s from the night’s performer, and a lot of applause from his supporters.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Sweet said, "I feel so blessed.
"Like a real woman, I think my career is now an adult ready for a new adventure.
"I’ll be bolder, spicier, and stronger as I face this next journey.
"Thank God for the talent, thank you my audience for the appreciation of that talent, and congrats to myself for a job well done."
At the beginning of the show, he promised, "I will do my best to entertain you tonight."
And he did...just as he has done all these 18 years!