Just when we thought that we had already seen the most amazing performances from our favorite Kapamilya celebrities in the first part of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2022, we indeed found ourselves in for another treat as we saw more astonishing numbers in the second half of the two-part spectacle aired and livestreamed on Sunday, December 18.
The powerful duo of KZ Tandingan and Morissette opened the Day 2 by belting out Doja Cat’s “Woman.” The Kapamilya homegrown Pinoy Pop groups BINI and BGYO joined forces in performing their first-ever collab “Up”, and was followed by the 58 “Dream Chasers” of Dream Maker: The Search For The Next Global Pop Group, who astonished us with their energetic presentation of their song “Take My Hand”.
As AC Bonifacio set the stage ablaze with her fierce dance routines to “Super Freaky Girl” alongside G-Force, talented young heartthrobs Inigo Pascual, Darren Espanto, Bailey May, and Kyle Echarri swooned us with their renditions of Harry Styles hits “As It Was” and “Late Night Talkin’”. The performers prior to them went back onstage to join them.
Pinoy Big Brother host Bianca Gonzalez-Intal was then joined by PBA stars Cris Newsome of Meralco Bolts and Tyler Tio of Phoenix Fuel Masters in introducing ABS-CBN Primetime King Coco Martin as he sang “Habang Buhay” and promoted his upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival 2022 entry “Labyu With An Accent” that he co-stars with Jodi Sta. Maria.
From one Kapamilya leading man to another, Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual graced us with his handsome visuals as he ushered in Concert King Martin Nievera’s song number with the gorgeous and versatile leading ladies of ABS-CBN. He sang Michael Buble’s “Sway” and “Save The Last Dance” with Mars Ravelo’s Darna lead actresses Jane de Leon and Janella Salvador, The Iron Heart’s Sue Ramirez and Sofia Andres, as well as with Jane Oineza, Elisse Joson, Michelle Vito, Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, Maymay Entrata, Kim Chiu, Janine Gutierrez, and Viral Scandal female stars Dimples Romana, Charlie Dizon, Kaila Estrada, and Karina Bautista.
Up-and-rising actresses Jayda Avanzado, Francine Diaz, Anji Salvacion, Alexa Ilacad, Kaori Oinuma, Daniella Stranner, Vivoree Esclito, Bianca De Vera, Heaven Peralejo, Barbie Imperial, Chie Filomeno, Belle Mariano, and Andrea Brillantes also gamely sang and grooved to Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita.”
He then shared the stage with Flower Of Evil lead heroine Lovi Poe and premiere leading ladies of their generation Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, as they performed the classic Santana hit “Smooth.”
In a rare opportunity, veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez was able to be on the same stage with her two children Arjo Atayde and Ria Atayde, as among the hosts of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2022. Being among the “suki” or artists to frequently appear in Maalaala Mo Kaya, the trio indeed befit the role of introducing the moving tribute to the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, which just ended recently.
A VTR of MMK host Charo Santos reminiscing about the successful run of the show and thanking those who ardently watched it in the past 31 years, as well as of the clips of the interview with its three letter senders Norman King, Timi Salapare, and Reming Reodiva was also shown.
The MMK tribute didn’t simply end there as Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid belted out its classic themesong “Maalaala Mo Kaya” along with a choir and an eight-piece string orchestra. She was joined onstage by some of the letter senders through the years, namely Marlon Fuentes (“Manibela”), Rosalie Mosende (“Bangketa”), Rommel Espera (“Gown”), Apollo Magno (“Flyers”), Joseph Soriano (“Armas”), Jayren Lom-oc (“Flyers” and “Bisikleta”), and Emma and John Tolentino (“Palay”).
Ang Sa Iyo Akin actresses Maricel Soriano and Iza Calzado also got reunited as they introduced the next segment, which was about “Pinoy Pride” and how Filipinos thrived and prevailed in the global stage this 2022. A VTR featuring Queen of Philippine Drama and 41st Cairo International Film Fest Best Actress winner Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo was also shown, wherein she talked about the success of Pinoys across the fields of arts, entertainment, sports, and beauty pageants.
Paying homage to the Pinoy global achievers was Venice International Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actor John Arcilla, who astounded us with his rendition of “A Million Dreams”.
Philippines’ Most Streamed Artist Moira Dela Torre led young singers Janine Berdin, Bryan Chong, Jeremy Glinoga, Angela Ken, SAB, Marlo Mortel, Lian Kyla, and Anji Salvacion in singing her current well-loved hits and 2 Good 2 Be True OSTs “Kumpas” and “Babalik Sa’Yo”
Enchong Dee then spearheaded the dance number featuring the Star Magic artists busting their moves to some of the TikTok dance crazes we grooved to this year. Also part of this set were Inigo, Maris, Chie, Jameson Jimboy, Vivoree, Jin Macapagal, Shanaia Gomez, and Igi Boy Flores.
Kapamilya leading ladies Janine Gutierrez and Kim Chiu then introduced the segment featuring some of the dapper and talented leading men and heartthrobs of ABS-CBN. Opening the set were The Iron Heart main hero Richard Gutierrez and A Family Affair main actor Gerald Anderson, who made us swoon with their version of “Always Something There To Remind Me.” They were succeeded by Paulo Avelino and Jake Cuenca who sang “Just Can’t Get Enough”, and by Carlo Aquino, JM de Guzman, Jake Ejercito, and RK Bagatsing, who charmed us with “Together In Electric Dreams.”
Young actors Tony Labrusca, Paolo Gumabao, Enzo Pineda, KD Estrada, Kice, Aljon Mendoza, Markus Paterson, and JC Alcantara won our hearts with “Tenderness”, while Ronnie Alonte, Enchong Dee, Jameson Blake, Seth Fdelin, and Kyle Echarri stunned us with “Sunglasses At Night.”
Donny Pangilinan, Jeremiah Lisbo, Joao Constancia, Robi Domingo, and Edward Barber made fans kilig when they sang “I Melt With You.” Daniel Padilla and Joshua Garcia were the last ones to appear onstage to have a duet of “Boys Don’t Cry”, to which their other fellow leading men eventually joined them.
Seven years after starring in the 2015 comedy flick “Beauty And The Bestie,” real-life best friends Vice Ganda and Coco Martin got reunited onstage as they promoted their respective MMFF 2022 movies and introduced the AVP featuring the upcoming shows to watch for across ABS-CBN platforms in 2023.
Among those are "Batang Quiapo," "Linlang," "Dirty Linen," "Drag You & Me," "Teen Clash," "Love On A Budget," "Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer," and DonBelle’s first-ever soap opera. A Vilma 60th Anniversary Special is also in the works, while ABS-CBN once again got the rights for broadcasting Miss Universe 2022 on local TV. Mystery music gameshow “I Can See Your Voice” is also making a comeback, while The Voice Kids Philippines is returning for a new season with two new mentors joining Coach Bamboo – KZ Tandingan and Martin Nievera.
As a way of expressing gratitude to the media companies that forged partnerships with ABS-CBN in the recent years, some of our favorite Kapamilya singers Jolina Magdangal, Nyoy Volante, Frenchie Dy, Sheena Belarmino, JM Yusores, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Vina Morales, Klarisse de Guzman, Reiven Umali, and FANA lent their voices in performing the grand orchestra arrangements of the Yeng Constantino and The Dawn hits both titled “Salamat.”
Veteran broadcast journalist and KBYN host Kabayan Noli De Castro also had the chance to convey his Christmas message through a VTR, as well as ABS-CBN top executives Chairman Mark L. Lopez, President and CEO Carlo L. Katigbak, and Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes.
The ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2022 had an all-star finale, wherein the Kapamilya bosses and artists converged onstage to sing five of the Christmas IDs that we loved and sang along to through the years – “Bro, Ikaw Ang Star Ng Pasko” (2009), “Ngayong Pasko Magniningning Ang Pilipino” (2010), “Thank You For The Love” (2015), “Ikaw Ang Liwanag At Ligaya” (2020), and “Tayo Ang Liwanag ng Isa’t Isa” (2022)
Which of the production numbers in Day 1 and Day 2 of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2022 was your favorite, Kapamilya?