MANILA- Kapamilya stars showcased mostly classic original Filipino songs as they opened the 38th ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), an organization of the region's lawmakers, which kicked off Saturday at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
The opening ceremonies began with the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Hymn, performed by singers from The Voice Kids and It's Showtime's 'Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids.'
Garbed in attire made with indigenous Filipino fabrics, Sarah Geronimo, Elmo Magalona, Sam Concepcion, James Reid, Kim Chiu and Jessy Mendiola performed the late master rapper Francis Magalona's hits "Mga Kababayan Ko," "Nais Ko," and "Ito Ang Gusto Ko."
'Tawag ng Tanghalan' judge Jaya followed with a soulful rendition of local lullaby "Sa Ugoy ng Duyan."
Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano set the bar high as he gave a rousing performance of Freddie Aguilar's "Anak," parts of which he sang in four different languages: Filipino, Spanish, English and Japanese.
The Voice Kids Season 2 finalist Esang de Torres followed with Roger Whittaker's "I Am But A Small Voice," which was popularized by her mentor Lea Salonga.
The audience was then treated to a medley of songs by Smokey Mountain.
Girl group 4th Impact, which gained popularity after competing in the X Factor UK in 2015, sang "Paraiso," while Jonalyn Viray performed "Better World."
Jed Madela followed with a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Heal the World."
Halfway through Madela's performance, Anne Curtis and Coco Martin gave a short monologue for peace.
The opening ceremonies concluded with Southeast Asian lawmakers and parliamentarians, led by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, joining Kapamilya stars on stage for a "Heal the World" encore.