The 11th anniversary celebration of It’s Showtime was definitely one for the books as the show’s hosts did a very good job in preparing and executing their spectacular performances despite the limited conditions brought by the situation.
The weeklong anniversary fete, known as the traditional Magpasikat week, started with breathtaking production numbers performed by the mainstays with the first-timer Kim Chiu. Aside from the bringing entertainment to the madlang people, the celebration, dubbed “Eleven Up Ang Samahan”, also made madlang people happier through the whopping prizes they gave away both to the lucky viewers and their chosen beneficiaries.
Prior to the powerful numbers, the whole family of It’s Showtime imparted their heartfelt sentiments about all the challenges that were thrown to us this year. Even though we see them as successful celebrities or happy people, they made us realize that they are just like us – they also feel down, helpless, and frustrated at times. But they appreciate every door of opportunity that comes their way, such as the chance to perform for the madlang people again and to bring smiles to their faces.
“Kahit mahirap ang kondisyones, mahirap mag-perform ngayon kasi may mga safety protocol tayong susundin. Limitado ang budget at tao kasi hindi tayo masyadong pwedeng mag-aksaya. We will still try to deliver a good form of entertainment. Serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng entertainment, ibibigay po namin sa inyo ‘yan,” Vice Ganda said.
The October 31 opening production number featured Tawag ng Tanghalan hurados with Randy Santiago being the first one to perform as he sang Noel Cabangon’s inspirational and hit song “Tuloy Pa Rin.” It was followed by hurados Jed Madela and Nyoy Volante who gave us a soulful performance of IV of Spades’ “Mundo”. Mitoy and Ogie Alcasid then gave us their powerful duet on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” For the finale, they belted out Starship’s classic rock hit. “We Built This City”.
Even though mainstay Anne Curtis wasn’t present for this year’s Magpasikat, she was still able to celebrate it with her co-hosts as she even dressed up and bought a cake with lighted “11” candles as she went on live video call with them.
Team Karylle-Jhong-Ion was the first to heat up the stage, being introduced by adorable kids Scarlet Snow Belo and Aaron “Yorme” Sunga. Their production number showed how strong and resourceful Filipinos are when faced with challenges and problems in life. Jhong acted as a jeepney driver, Ion appeared as an ice cream vendor, while Karylle played the role of a balut vendor. It showed how their livelihood were affected because of the pandemic, yet they chose to look for other ways to continue working despite the terrible situation they’re in.
Then Team Jugs-Teddy-Ryan was the next to perform, imparting us a very moving message that even though this pandemic has caused live performances to temporarily halt, music will never stop. Jugs Jugueta performed his band’s single “Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay”, Teddy Corpuz gave us a very lively performance of his band’s “Superhero” while, Ryan Bang entertained us with his own single “Abang Abang.” For their last performance, they were joined by music icons in the industry including Apl De Ap, Zel Bautista of December Avenue, Jeff Bolivar of Soapdish, Kitchie Nadal, Ebe Dancel, Raymund Marasigan, and many more.
Team Vhong-Tyang Amy-Jackie featured in their awe-inspiring skit our Filipino teachers who were passionate about their craft and didn’t give up despite the challenging times. Vhong Navarro appeared as Teacher Verchel who went viral because of giving crayons to his student, Ate Girl Jackie Gonzaga portrayed Teacher Iam who showed sheer dedication in teaching even if it’s just through online class, while Tyang Amy Perez gave life to the story of Teacher Lovely who did everything just to provide for and take care of her sick child.
Lastly, Team Vice-Kim imparted a very relevant message to everyone about grievance and sadness. Vice Ganda performed various songs, namely “In the End” by Linkin’ Park, “Frozen” by Madonna, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue, and “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, while Kim did an interpretative dance. After their performance, Vice remarked that “hope is part of grief” and that “better days are coming.” First-time “Magpasikat” performer Kim also got emotional as she experienced traumatizing events in her life this year. They dedicate this performance for the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, a group of student organizations and youth advocates who work to elevate the Filipino youth’s consciousness on mental health and end the stigma on mental illness.
In the end, all of the teams won this year’s Magpasikat, as announced by Big Brother. They capped off their 11th year by doing the tradition burning of the It’s Showtime guitar and singing “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko”.