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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 30, 2016

GMA Network Welcomes 2017 Via New Year Countdown Special 'Lipad Sa Bagong Taon’

GMA Network welcomes 2017 with fiery and explosive performances and fireworks display in their New Year Countdown Special at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA), Seaside Boulevard this Saturday (December 31). Dubbed as "Lipad sa Bagong Taon," catch the brightest and hottest Kapuso stars as they welcome 2017 with a blast in a spectacular celebration steeped with fun and laughter. Hosted by Julie Anne San Jose, Andrea Torres, Betong Sumaya, and Alden Richards, don't miss the enjoyable gags, sketches, musical numbers and stunning performances from the stars of GMA's new and upcoming shows for 2017.

Asia's Pop Sweetheart together with the Kapuso boyband One Up will open the night with an exciting song and dance number that will definitely make the audience groove. Leading the celebration in another musical entertainment is the Pambansang Bae with Kapuso singers Aicelle Santos, Rita Daniela, Derrick Monasterio, Hannah Precillas, Jeric Gonzales and James Wright.

GMA's hottest stars to date: Rocco Nacino, Jak Roberto, Jay Arcilla, Arra San Agustin, Andrea Torres and Sanya Lopez are all set to provide the spectacle with excitement as they perform a sizzling dance number. Begin the year with love with the newest Kapuso heartthrobs Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Addy Raj and Ivan Dorschner's kilig performance.

Adding spice to the night are GMA Artist Center stars Bianca Umali, Joyce Ching, Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid. Dance the night away with the laughter brought by Superstar Duets grand winner Nar Cabico with Jerald Napoles, Nicki Balaj, Adele-lantada and Ariana Venti Never miss the Kapuso boyband Top One Project (T.O.P.) as they serenade the crowd. Meanwhile, Kapuso Primetime King and Alyas Robin Hood star Dingdong Dantes will lead the top of the hour portion in an one-of-a-kind musical production. The Kapuso Network closes the night with a grand fireworks display together with the simulataneous festive celebration in Cebu.

Join the fun and celebrate with your favourite Kapuso stars by posting greetings and selfies with the hashtag #Kapuso2017. End the year right with this year's Lipad sa Bagong Taon: GMA New Year Countdown Special at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA), Seaside Boulevard on December 31, 2016. Live telecast starts at 10:00 pm to 12:30 am.