The Team Mag-iina, comprised of Vice Ganda, Ryan Bang, and Jackie Gonzaga initially amused us with their hilarious skit then went on to pierce our hearts in the latter part of their performance for this year’s Magpasikat fete.
At the onset, Ryan and Jackie were seen arguing regarding their supposed rehearsal for their number. The Unkabogable Star stopped them and told them that they should exert their best in everything they do in order to also deliver a great performance to the viewers.
Ryan and Jackie went on to groove to A-ha’s “Take On Me”, with popular online personalities Pipay and Whamos taking turns with them as they go in and out of the makeshift wall with doors and windows they used as a backdrop.
Vice then had laughing out loud with her standup comedy opposite an XB Gensan member, and at the same time thrilled us with his duet of “Take On Me” with Darren Espanto. Ivana Alawi’s appearance also certainly surprised the viewers as she played Vice’s counterpart.
The mood eventually shifted to solemn and gloom in the second part of their skit, wherein Jackie and Ryan were both able to showcase their dramatic chops, hinting that something bad happened to Vice. Jackie quickly went out of the studio and rushed to another and impressed us with her emotive interpretative dance to Fra Lippo Lippi’s “Beauty and Madness” that made use of special effects.
Kyla then emerged onstage singing Josh Groban’s “To Where You Are”, while Ryan exhibited his skills in playing the piano. But tears surely started to escape our eyes when the VTR explaining the concept of their performance was shown, saying that it’s about not being able to say our proper goodbyes to our loved ones who passed away without us being able to see them on their final moments, especially during this pandemic. This is their way of helping us to formally grieve and move forward from the loss of our dearly departed.
Cladded in a long, appliqued light blue dress and white wig that resembled “Frozen” lead character Elsa, Vice pierced us with his heart-wrenching version of Charlie Puth and Whiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” along with Tatalon Choir on the rooftop of ABS-CBN.
But what made it extra tear-jerking was when a montage of ordinary people was shown as they wrote their farewell messages to their dearly departed family members and relatives on white balloons, which they eventually released to the skies as they surrounded Vice while he was singing.