It was a heartwarming reunion of the local showbiz industryâ€™s movers and shakers,Â OPMÂ icons, reigning teen stars and other big-name celebrities who braved the traffic and the scorching summer heat to show their support forÂ Liberal PartyÂ standard bearerÂ Mar Roxas.
The gathering, dubbedÂ â€œArtists for Mar,â€Â was held at the MESA restaurant along T. Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Fernandez, Q.C.
Conceptualized as a fitting show of support from the stars, the thanksgiving press conference was also attended in full force by the various TV networks as well as editors, columnists and writers from the entertainment media.
Spearheading the tribute were talent managersÂ Arnold Vegafria, Girlie RodisÂ andÂ Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, along with their prized wards headed byÂ OPMÂ legendsÂ Gary Valenciano, Celeste Legaspi, Noel Cabangon, Jessa and Dingdong AvanzadoÂ with daughterÂ Jayda,Â together withÂ Jay-R, Karylle, Kris Lawrence, Karla Estrada, Daniel PadillaÂ and loveteam partnerÂ Kathryn Bernardo, and artist managersÂ Carlo OrosaÂ andÂ Sandra Chavez.
Actors and hostsÂ Isabelle de Leon, Eagle Riggs, Martin del Rosario, Bernadette Allyson, Samantha Lopez, comedians Chokoleit, Kedebon and Donita Nose, Quezon City councilorÂ Alfred Vargas, Jason Francisco,Â and ex-APO Hiking SocietyÂ member/actorÂ Boboy GarovilloÂ also came.
OPM legendsÂ Leah NavarroÂ andÂ Jim ParedesÂ anchored the program, where the stars took turns sharing their touching personal messages and anecdotes onstage. Gary also sang an appropriately-themed OPM tune in time for the coming elections.
Special guest of honorÂ Mother Lily Monteverde, well regarded as the industryâ€™s matriarch, also caught up with the festivities, thanked her colleagues and expressed her support for Mar.
The highlight of the affair was the arrival ofÂ ABS-CBNÂ hostÂ Korina Sanchez-Roxas, who expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the touching gesture given her by her dear showbiz colleagues.