MANILA — (UPDATED) Dimples Romana, Darren Espanto, Jolina Magdangal, Arjo Atayde and other Star Magic artists gathered on Sunday for a thanksgiving event dubbed "Star Magical Christmas" to celebrate the holiday season.
The event at the ballroom of the Sheraton Manila Hotel in Pasay City is also a reunion for the more than 100 artists of the talent arm of ABS-CBN since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
In the white carpet interview by DJ Jhai Ho, the Star Magic artists shared their excitement to be part of Star Magical Christmas.
Dimples Romana: "I am so happy to see everybody wearing colors, everybody are celebrating beauty, love, family and magic."
Darren Espanto: "I'm looking forward to seeing most of the artists in person for the first time. Some of them nakita ko pa lang via Zoom pero dito karamihan ng Star Magic artists. And I am happy that this event is for a cause as well."
Kaila Estrada: "It's my first time to attend a Star Magic event so I'm kind of nervous kasi nga it's my first time. I don't really know what to expect but I'm also super excited because everybody is here, it would really be nice to see everyone."
Nikki Valdez: "Just really happy na may ganito ulit. Kasi ang Star Magic mahilig talaga tayong mag-get together, mahilig tayong um-effort pero tonight something different kasi it's for Christmas. At saka it's our first time again together after a long time na ganito."
Dominic Ochoa: "I'm excited to see everyone siyempre ang ating mga taga-Star Magic, pinaka-importante diyan ang masisipag nating handlers, managers and ofcourse ang ating mga kapatid dito sa industriya. I think this is the best time to do dahil magpa-Pasko na. It's time to celebrate and be grateful to all the blessings,"
Jeremiah Lisbo: "Nilu-look forward ko na ma-meet lahat ng Star Magic family natin ulit. Kasi sobrang tagal na nagkaroon ng event na ganito, yung maka-bond sila ulit lahat."
Anj Salvacion: "To be honest I am so nervous right now. It's actually fun for me because I get to hang out again with my friends but at the same time nervous because it's been a while since I've been isolated and this is the first time that I'm going to meet a lot of people again."
Kaori Oinuma: "Nakaka-excite na after ng pandemic hindi ba ngayon na lang ulit tayo nagkasama-sama parang reunion natin."
Joao Constancia: "It's been a while since we had gathering so nakaka-excited to see new faces dito sa Star Magic and just to have fun with everyone."
Jane Oineza: "Ako bonding 'yun ang nilu-look forward ko talaga."
RK Bagatsing: "For so many years nagi-spend tayo ng solo time natin sa kanya-kanyang bahay natin. So it's a night to be together, to spend so much happiness and festivity ngayong Christmas."
Arjo Atayde: "Just to see everyone, that's about it. Nothing more, nothing less."
Other Star Magic artists present were SAB, Eric Nicolas, Raven Rigor, Shaina Magdayao, Benedix Ramos, Lucas Garcia, Marlo Mortel, Lauren Burgos, Dahlia Verde, Karen Bordador, Gillian Vicencio, Sweet Lapus, Sam Cruz, Sharlene San Pedro, Diether Ocampo, Enzo Pineda, Michelle Vito, Gillian Vicencio, Sweet Lapus, Sam Cruz, Sharlene San Pedro, Diether Ocampo.
Funds raised during the event will go to Anawim, a home for the poor and abandoned elderly people founded by preacher Bo Sanchez in Rodriguez, Rizal.