MANILA - The hosts of "It's Showtime" kicked off the noontime program's newest and "grandest" talent search competition with a series of performances, which topped Twitter trends on Saturday.
Musicians Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz started the opening production with a flashy number, showing off their skills on both the guitar and drums matched with fireworks.
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The rest of the show's co-hosts soon followed, performing in pairs, a traditional Filipino folk dance from provinces such as Baguio, Cebu, Legazpi, and Zamboanga.
"Ito na ang simula ng pagtitipon-tipon ng pinakamagagaling, kamangha-mangha, at nakakabilib at nakakaaliw sa balat ng noontime television," claimed Vhong Navarro shortly afterwards.
The competition is dubbed "PINASikat."
It is a reiteration of the noontime program's past talent search named simply as "Showtime," where a dance crew from General Santos City took home P1 million.
Among the first contestants vying for the title and the grand cash prize was a magician, a singer, a beat boxer, an elderly dance group, and a fire dancer.
After their performances, a couple of terms such as "AD Beat" and "Fire Assassin" quickly became local trends on Twitter.
It referred to contestants Adrian Ferrer and Michael Angelo, who wowed the studio audience with their respective talents.
The competition ended in a three-way tie between Ferrer, Angelo and Rachel "Reggie K" Andrade, who all won P30,000.
All three will be heading straight to the monthly finals where they will compete for a spot at the final round.