Summer has indeed gone hotter, feistier, and wilder as Star Magic artists once again gathered in another fantastic event that celebrated the different sizes, shapes, color, and ages of beauty – the “Hot Summer: LaHot Sexy” grand party – that was held on Thursday, May 4, at The Island at The Palace located in Taguig City.
The event, which was livestreamed on Star Magic’s official YouTube channel and bore the tagline “Slay in any shape, any size, any age,” aimed to break the stigma and beauty standards, as well as to champion body positivity. It was hosted by Enchong Dee and Ria Atayde, and showcased an exciting mix of celebrities, mostly Star Magic talents, that truly “embody diversity, equality, and inclusion.”
ABS-CBN’s very own pop girl group BINI ushered in the first batch of celebrities through their performance of “B HU U R.” This included Luciana Andres, Hasna Cabral, Cianne Dominguez, Sam Coloso, Mary Delle Cascabelle, Wize Estabillo, Kristof Garcia, JM Dela Cerna, JM Yusores, Bryan Chong, Anthony Castillo, Igi Boy Flores, Alexa Macanan, Ivan Carapiet, Jimboy Martin, DJ Jhai Ho, Jimmy Nocon, Ivan de Guzman, Alyana Perlas, BGYO member Gelo Rivera, make-up artist Jake Galvez, and stylist Patty Yap.
Capping off the first batch of Star Magic artists that walked down the strip were Dirty Linen actress Xyriel Manabat, who was in an all-black outfit with corset that highlighted her curves, as well as Mars Ravelo’s Darna actor Paolo Gumabao, who swooned us with his minimalist all-black ensemble, too.
BINI once again led the entrance of the second batch of Star Magic artists to sashay on the strip as they sang “No Fear.” Cladded in edgy and unique numbers, Lie Reposposa, Jelay Pilones, Miss Q & A Queen of the Multibeks 2022 Anne Patricia Lorenzo, Lucas Garcia, Enzo Almario, Russu Laurente, Jay-r Albino, Drei Amahan, Asi Gatdula, Ishiro Incapas, Matthew Cruz, Redd Arcega, Jae Miranda, Kerwin King, Gela Alonte, River Joseph, Amanda Zamora, Alyssa Exala, Mika Pajares, Ella Cayabyab, Ruth Paga, Gail Banawis, Ralph Malibunas, Chico Alicaya, Crismar Menchavez, Quincy Villanueva, Shanaia Gomez, and Director Jojo Saguin all stunned us with their OOTNs.
Closing this batch were fast-rising stars Anji Salvacion and Bianca de Vera, as well as real-life couple RK Bagatsing and Jane Oineza, who just celebrated their second anniversary recently.
Youthful and feisty seemed to be the theme among the ensembles of the third batch of artists, comprised by Argel Saycon, Nonong Balinan, Ashley del Mundo, Lance Carr, Lou Yanong, Alora Sasam, Diana Mackey, Batit Espritu, Rans Rifol, Sela Guia, Gab Birkin, Moira Lacambra, Karl Gabriel, Sharina Villena, Izabel Reyes, Andrei King, Rica Kriemhild, Raf Juane, Isabel Laohoo, Gillian Vicencio, Jackie Gonzaga, Kice So, Gela Atayde, and Daniela Stranner. The last ones to rock the strip for this segment were AC Bonifacio, Enzo Pineda, Michelle Vito, Maymay Entrata, and Darren Espanto who all mesmerized us with their hot looks.
For the fourth set of celebrities to walk down the strip, BGYO took their turn to herald their ingress through their performance of their song “Sabay.” Dressed in perky and cool ensembles, Jason Dy, Kaori Oinuma, Abi Kassem, Thamara Alexandria, Jenny Miller, Marlo Mortel, Jeremiah Lisbo, Gello Marquez, Sean Tristan, Renshi de Guzman, Erika Davis, Raven Rigor, Arabella Davao, Kei Kurosawa, Drey Brown, Maxine Trinidad, Laziz Rustamov, Rob Blackburn, Seham Daghlas, Zach Guerrero, and Rina Maier really made heads turn for them. Also mesmerizing us with their dashing looks were Karina Bautista, Barbie Imperial, and Joseph Marco and his girlfriend Dasha Romanova.
BGYO indeed made the world stop with their performance of “Tumitigil Ang Mundo,” as the fifth and final batch of artists stepped on the strip. Samantha Bernardo, Benedix Ramos, Jordan Andrews, Karen Bordador, Angelica Lao, John “Sweet” Lapus, Sky Quizon, Kiara Takahashi, Elyson de Dios, Zach Castañeda, Eian Rances, Dalia Varde, BINI Aiah Arceta, Kaila Estrada, Brent Manalo, Vivoree Esclito, and Alyssa Muhlach indeed impressed everyone with their sultry outfits for that night. Elisse Joson, Jake Cuenca, Chie Filomeno, Sue Ramirez ended this set through their scene-stealing presence and enthralling numbers.
Ria and Enchong were then joined by Star Magic and TV Production Head Direk Laurenti Dyogi, who expressed his gratitude to everyone that graced and organized the event and enjoined everyone to help them promote their movement of redefining what sexy is, as well as body positivity and neutrality. He also thanked Ria for being one of the inspirations behind this campaign.
Darren then hyped up the party with his invigorating performance of his single “Tama Na,” which was succeeded by the stand-up comedy stint of comedian Nonong Ballinan that chronicled his and other people’s experiences on being body shamed and poked fun at for their dark complexion.
The sizzling snaps of the Star Magic artists from the Metro Body photoshoot were also shown onscreen, prior to announcing the recipient of the first award for that evening, which was the “LaHottest Photo of 2023.” With how she served as an inspiration for other plus size girls like her and as one of the faces of this movement, host Ria Atayde’s sexy photograph was hailed as the most evoking of it all.
Comedienne-actress Alora Sasam then took centerstage as she delivered her “Spoken Word Poetry” that tackled her personal experiences on being body shamed and the common discriminatory remarks she got growing up, as well as how she stood up from those and learned to embrace her true self.
The Gitara Boys serenaded everyone with their swooning rendition of the classic OPM love song “Binibini.”
Afterwards, the “Fab 5 of the Night,” or the five artists who carried themselves with grace and confidence and really exuded positive attitude towards Star Magic’s advocacy, were bestowed the “LaHottest Confidence Special Award.” They were Anne Patricia Lorenzo, Jane Oineza, Karina Bautista, Joseph Marco, and Alora Sasam.
A feisty dance number from various Star Magic artists followed, which truly made the venue extra sweltering hot because of their sexy moves.
And the moment every one had been waiting for finally came – the awarding of winners of the “LaHottest King and Queen,” which was based on the votes cast by the fans and viewers. The “LaHottest King and Queen” 2nd runners-up are Pinoy Big Brother alumni Chico Alicaya and Chie Filomeno, while the promising pair of Brent Manalo and Vivoree Esclito is the “LaHottest King and Queen” 1st runner-up.
Garnering the highest number of votes were Eian Rances and Isabel Laohoo, thus they were hailed the “LaHottest King and Queen” grand winners.
The four-hour party concluded with Maymay Entrata’s energizing performance of her latest song “Autodeadma.”
Revisit the fun, feisty, and remarkable happenings during Star Magic’s Hot Summer: LaHot Sexy party HERE