“It’s Showtime” celebrates ABS-CBN’s 60 Years of Philippine TV

In lieu of ABS-CBN’s 60 Years celebration, the network’s noontime variety show, “It’s Showtime” opened grandly, live at the Quezon City Memorial Circle last Oct 5.

A special opening number was led by one of the hosts, Ryan Bang, that was then followed by a performance by the complete cast of “It’s Showtime.” Jericho Rosales and Angel Locsin were also present as guest co-hosts.

Next, Rocksteady and Itchyworms performed hit songs from the 50s to the 70s. Then Kuya Kim Atienza took the audience down memory lane as he told stories that comprised ABS-CBN’s history, before commercial breaks.

“Showtime” held a special episode of Sine Mo ‘To entitled, “TV Mo 2: Istorya Natin To!” where the concept was to showcase former shows of ABS-CBN that marked Philippine TV. Among the guests on the segment were “Chika, Chika, Chicks” stars Nova Villa and Freddie Webb; “Palibhasa Lalake” stars Richard Gomez and Eric Fructuoso; “Home Along Da Riles stars” Vandolph, Gio Alvarez and Smokey Manaloto and “May Bukas Pa” star, child actor Zaijan Jaranilla.

This was followed by an 80s medley by Vernie Varga, Marco Sison and Richard Reynoso.

Vice Ganda led an entertaining production number of “Whoops Kiri,” together with the Kalokalikes of Mr. Bean, Manny Pacquiao, Jinky Pacquiao, Robin Padilla, Apl de Ap, Christopher de Leon, Bebe Gandanghari, Jake Cuenca, Bamboo, Nicki Minaj, PNoy, Anne Curtis, Joey de Leon, Kim Chiu, and Justin Bieber, among others. The rest of the “Showtime” hosts looked for madlang people who can dance the said song onstage and gave out prizes.

Later, the cast of the 90’s youth-oriented program, “Ang TV” performed a special number with today’s generation of “Goin’ Bulilit” kids.

Fantaserye characters also engaged the audience with Vhong Navarro as Lastikman, Angel Locsin as Lyka from “Lobo,” Jericho Rosales as Flavio of “Panday” and Anne Curtis as her bird and horse characters on “Dyosa.”

“Maria Mercedes” star Jessy Mendiola and Lolita Carbon of Asin graced the event as well.

The show culminated with all of the hosts singing Noel Cabangon’s “Kanlungan.”