MANILA, Philippines - As it turned out, Sen. Manny Villar and the Nacionalista Party's “Wowowillie meets Rockatropa (Konsyerto para sa Bayan),” especially midway, was like a remote telecast of the daily ABS-CBN noontime show “Wowowee,” with most of its mainstays strutting in and camping out at the Mall of Asia (MOA) concert grounds in Pasay City Thursday night.
Aside from Pokwang, Mariel Rodriguez, and a motley group of other hosts, the heart of the show was there to up the tempo of the evening.
Willie Revillame was on top of the heap as he sang and danced, to the delight of his followers, from dusk until the early hours of Friday morning.
Kembot Girls gyrated and bumped each other’s hips to usher in their Wil’s conquest of them and of the night.
An outdoor “Bigatin” version made everyone all the more excited and interactive, all of them singing, swaying and stamping with Willie through his “Ikembot Mo,” “Taranan,” and other songs while he picked contestants from the huge crowd of around 100,000 people, if we were to believe rapper Andrew E..
Revillame had invited his audience to come and see his free show at MOA as early as mid-Thursday. “Pipintahan po natin ng orange ang show,” he said over "Wowowee."
Painting the show orange
Yes, the night was painted with orange and all its shades, with Revillame changing orange attires twice.
Bentong, “Wowowee's stout and stocky little comic was in tangerine, too, his act no different from his afternoon rah-rah boy role, throwing with his boss red and black “Wowowee” freebie shirts to the fans.
Singer Sarah Geronimo, although not a “Wowowee” regular but who guests on the show once in a while, was in a one-strapped orange top, which she consciously and briefly held so as not to show off her skin.
Director Edgar Mortiz, who was in striped, short-sleeved polo with red and yellow ribbon pinned on his shirt, was throwing his weight around, literally.
No, he wasn’t at the helm of this mammoth crowd. “Nanonood lang ako,” he quipped.
Was he consulted with the way the show would look? “No. Sila lang ang nakaisip n’yan.”
Poor kids from Baseco and San Juan
Impoverished kids from Baseco and San Juan squatters were dressed in orange tee and white pants holding orange-lit balls, parading and displaying a “We are the World”-like pastiche.
“Wowowee” co-host Valerie Concepcion was in black, but maybe her heart is ponkan.
Of course, without them saying a word, it was predominantly a Manny Villar color, in an almost Villar country, considering Pasay’s closeness to Las Piñas.
As we eavesdropped in Villar’s ambush interview, he said he was just there to watch the show, which was put together by his daughter, Camille.
And while Willie was singing his love songs, the presidential candidate breezed through quietly and just sat with the audience, smiling at the sights and sounds.
Earlier, it was free style among hosts Randy Santiago and John Estrada, and some guests like Andrew E. and Cristine Reyes, including the last part when radio sensations Christsuper and Nicole Eyala paved the way for a battle of bands among Sandwich, Parokya ni Edgar, Bamboo and Juan de la Cruz.
And they all smelled like oranges, too.