Wil Time Bigtime celebrated its first anniversary in a grand event held Saturday, October 22, at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
As early as last week, almost 30,000 people reportedly lined up for free tickets at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.
However, only 10,000 tickets were released for the general audience and about 3,000 tickets were distributed to special guests and sponsors.
TV5 and Wil Productions took steps to ensure that fans and followers of the show would get inside the venue safely. As early as Friday night, more than 2,000 combined policemen, security personnel, and medical staff were deployed in the area.
Everyone was inside the coliseum—now officially named Smart Araneta Coliseum—before noon. However, the show started at 4 p.m., which was earlier than its regular schedule on Saturdays.
THE ENTERTAINMENT. The crowd screamed as the Kapatid stars opened the show with a carnival-like production.
The 20-minute opening number featured Alex Gonzaga, Carla Humphries, Arci Muñoz, Valeen Montenegro, Dianne Medina, Wendy Valdez, and Regine Angeles.
Mariposa, Luningning, and Milagring, former dancers of the defunct noontime variety show of ABS-CBN Wowowee, also joined Wil Time Bigtime’s sexy dancers WW.Girls.
The lights went out after this and Willlie’s voice welcomed the audience to his show.
A few moments later, Willie, who was in an all-white ensemble, appeared on the seven-foot high hydraulic stage and showed off his drumming skills.
Then Willie started giving away P5,000 to people in the audience who can do the best dance version of "Kendeng-Kendeng," Willie’s newest novelty song.
After this, the program followed its usual game segments. In between were performances from special guests.
The audience sang along with Pinoy rock bands Juan dela Cruz, Aegis, and rock chicks Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis who performed their hit songs.
Willie’s female co-hosts—Mariel Rodriguez, Valenzuela councilor Shalani Soledad, Sugar Mercado, and Babisaya—also entertained the audience with a production number.
Sugar and Babisaya had a dance showdown. Mariel and Shalani sang an upbeat song.
Pinoy Explorer host Aga Muhlach came next and sang three songs.
Rapper Andrew E. performed his popular songs and congratulated Willie on the first anniversary of his show.
Of course, the show would not be complete without Willie’s mini concert.
The main host serenaded the audience with his hits, "I Love You," "Ikaw Na Nga," and "Kanlungan."
Later on, he called onstage the kids from the Kite Foundation and Make A Wish Foundation. Wil Production donated P250,000 to each charity.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spotted talent manager Annabelle Rama, actor Jay Manalo, and actress Assunta de Rossi in the audience.
TV5 bigwigs, on the other hand, was led by President Manny V. Pangilinan. Seated with him were Senator Manny Villar with his kids, Atty. Boy Reyno, and TV5 vice president and COO Bobby Barreira.
BIGGER PRIZES. Since this was Wil Time Bigtime’s first anniversary, the show gave bigger prizes to contestants and home viewers.
Aside from its usual game segments, "Red, White, and Blue," "Baligtaran," "Family Apir," and "Wil-i-Stick," the show also gave away raffle prizes.
Earlier in the show, Willie picked 10 lucky winners from the audience who were given P50,000 each.
Another five people were picked by his female hosts and given the same prize.
Then Willie called five text players who were also given P50,000 each.
Before the show ended, Willie raffled off five P100,000 cash prizes and two P500,000 cash prizes.
Two fully-furnished Camella home units and 5 Foton vans were also given to lucky viewers.
Everyone with a ticket to the show last night was given a loot bag which contained five kilos of rice, canned goods, medicine, and other products from the show’s sponsors.