After the press interviews and cocktails, it was time for the main event. Around 7:00 pm, the guests flocked to the Newport Performing Arts Theater for the program. Little did they know that they were in for a star-studded treat:
Kanta Pilipinas host Rico Blanco kicked off the proceedings with a rousing song performance.
Some of the talents I worked with in Faces of 5 took part of the futuristic opening number. (From L-R): Artista Academy alumna Malak So Shdifat, Victor Silayan, Ritz Azul, Daniel Matsunaga, Arci Munoz, model Gerard Sison, Valeen Montenegro and John James Uy
Derek Ramsay then made his dramatic entrance in full Kidlat costume. Appropriately enough, his appearance as the lightning-themed superhero was greeted by thunderous applause.
Edu Manzano and Paolo Bediones delivered the opening remakrs. The former grabbed the opportunity to flaunt his avant-garde choice of accessory, the latter merely showed mild amusement.
Timeless beauties Alice Dixson and Lucy Torres-Gomez then sashayed onstage to introduce a sneak preview of Wowowillie
After which, Comedians Arnell Ignacio and Tuesday Vargas delivered a performance akin to an Oscars opening number.
Marvin Agustin and Alex Gonzaga then stepped out to talk about the upcoming drama series Never Say Goodbye
Offstage, Gelli de Belen and Wendell Ramos talked about the achievements and upcoming projects of TV5′s film outlet, Studio 5
The audience was then serenaded by the contestants of Talentadong Pinoy Kids (left) and the Kilyawan Children’s Choir with an uplifting rendition of Smokey Mountain‘s “Paraiso“. Musical accompaniment was provided by Ryan Cayabyab
And who else can talk about the impact of TV5′s news platforms than the Head of News and Current Affairs, Luchi Cruz-Valdez, herself?
Arguably one of the night’s funniest moments: PBA star Benjie Paras tried to keep up with Phil and James Younghusband’s thick British accents during the Sports segment.
Talentadong Pinoy host Ryan Agoncillo then stepped onstage to talk about TV5′s increasing global and online presence…
…followed by a quick imaginary tour around the world with The Company and Talentadong Pinoy champs Astroboy and Joshua the Yoyo Tricker
Derek Ramsay, now sans Kidlat outfit, was then joined by Ruffa Gutierrez and Divine Lee to talk about TV5′s accessibility through gadgets
Joey de Leon then previewed his upcoming show Hayop sa Galing. He was joined onstage by Daniel Matsunaga’s sister Vanessa Matsunaga and their family dog.
The contestants of Kanta Pilipinas performed their take on “Happy Maging Kapatid“. The song may have been used in the network’s Christmas 2013 station ID, but it’s a sentiment everyone wishes to uphold all year round.
Superstar Nora Aunor then thanked the network for all the opportunities and second chances given to her
Eula Caballero and Edgar Allan Guzman performing a dance number together with the network’s other young talents
After the curtain call, it was time for TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan to give his inspiring closing remarks.
A shower of confetti to close the show