Filipinos from all over the US and even from Canada experienced the thrill and excitement that only Manny Many Prizes can offer last September 16 with a two-part special at the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal Studios Hollywood.
Dubbed as Kapuso Goes Universal with Manny Many Prizes, this presentation was for the 7th anniversary of GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network.
Around 5,000 spectators filled the venue to see the MMP barkada led by pound-for-pound King Manny Pacquiao. He was joined by his co-hosts Paolo Contis, Mike “Pekto” Nacua, Onyok Velasco and Gladys Guevarra.
In addition, Filipinos also had the chance to see up close some of the biggest Kapuso stars – Dingdong Dantes, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Rochelle Pangilingan, Elmo Magalona, and Julie Anne San Jose.
Fans of Pacquiao were very pleased to see the fun side of the boxing hero as he sang OPM songs with his wife Jinkee, and even danced to the tune of Gangnam Style to the delight of everyone present.
Turning serious, Pacquiao later introduced lola Leoning Torio, an 87-year old woman who was living alone in an old garage in West Covina, and making a living out of picking up discarded bottles and cans on the street.
After being touched by her story, Pacquiao made the old lady’s wish come true that is to come home to her family in Nueva Viscaya. She received 2,000 USD and a plane ticket from Pacquiao, who also provided her family with a new source of income, and a college scholarship for her grandson.
Ninong Manny also gave away a 2-bedroom condo unit from New San Jose Builders, a brand new Nissan Urvan, and cash prizes amounting to several thousands of dollars.
Aside from the MMP show being a certified success, the pre-event talent competitions were also a huge hit among locals, as aspiring singers and dancers took turns in impressing the judges at the prestigious Globe Theatre. A singing competition for aspiring young singers was held in the morning of September 16, followed by a singing search among young Fil-Am singers. Finally, a ballroom dancing competition was held afterwards in search for the Ballroom Dancing King and Queen.
The press conference, which was held on September 15 at the Celebrity Center, was likewise well attended by members of the press. Apart from answering questions about his show, his career, his advocacies and even his personal life, Pacquiao also sang “Sometimes When We Touch” with Dr. Tess Mauricio of GMA Pinoy TV’s RSVP with Dr. Tess, and granted Sansu Ramsey’s (Queen of Rock and Roll Elizabeth Ramsey’s daughter and host of The Sansu Show which airs on GMA Pinoy TV) wish to kiss him on stage. Crowds of people also filled up the merchandising booths, where hundreds of Kapuso items were also given out and discounted products were also sold out.
Kapuso Goes Universal with Manny Many Prizes is an event spearheaded by the GMA Entertainment group led by VP for Entertainment Marivin Arayata, AVP for Drama Redgie Magno, Program Manager Mae Zambrano, and the GMA International group composed of GMA International VP Joseph Francia, Programming Head Cheri Domingo, Asst. Manager for Events Donna Reyes and GMA Pinoy TV Sales Consultants Serafin Bautista and Vicky Pacis. The presentation was directed by Louie Ignacio.