Successful first Wish 107.5 Music Awards also donates to charity
The first Wish 107.5 Music Awards (WMA) staged on January 26 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum was a huge success as thousands of radio listeners and music lovers gathered to witness a spectacular evening celebrating Filipino music.
Gerald Santos kicked off the program with his live performance of the Wish 107.5 Jingle, followed by a jaw-dropping pop-rock medley of Elvis Presley, Queen, and The Beatles hit songs performed by The Voysing kids composed of Jek Manuel, Sassa Dagdag, Juan Karlos Labajo, and Darren Espanto.
The audience was further pumped up as Morissette and Espanto shared the stage to sing a duet of Sia’s “Chandelier.” They had previously performed the song individually inside the Wish bus, both of which were widely recognized and adored by fans and listeners.
Singing classic love songs like “Almost Paradise,” “Perfect Combination,” “Always,” and “Way Back into Love”—Leah Patricio, Maki Ricafort, Daryl Ong, Morissette, Paolo Onesa, and Beverly Caimen took the stage for a stunning duets’ medley.
Another medley followed, with Marlo Mortel, Jason Fernandez, Brad Go, and Nyoy Volante crooning acoustic classics such as “Sound of Silence,” “Dust in the Wind,” “Tears in Heaven,” “More than Words,” and “Be With You.” Jessica Reynoso and Maki Ricafort also shared a duet of RNB/Motown hits.
Capping off the performances were Leah Patricio and Beverly Caimen’s powerful duet of Beyonce’s “Listen.”
Besides the world-class performances, the awards also became meaningful as the winners of the major categories donated a total of P1.1 million to six different beneficiaries they personally chose.
Darren Espanto, who won four major awards namely Best WISHclusive Performance by a Young Artist for “Chandelier”, Wish Ballad Song of the Year for “I Believe In Me”, Wish Original Song of the Year for “Stuck”, and Wish Young Artist of the YearWorld Vision, donated P400,000 to World Vision.
Food for the Hungry Philippines received P300,000 as Jason Dy’s selected beneficiary. He won three major awards—Wish Urban Song of the Year for “Milagro”, Best WISHclusive Performance by a Male Artist for “Stay With Me/See You Again” mash-up, and Wish Male Artist of the Year.
Upcoming power vocal group 5th Gen, winner of the Best WISHclusive Performance by a Group for their single “Contagious,” chose Divine Mercy Mobile Center of Music and Arts Therapy as its beneficiary. It was granted a financial assistance worth P100,000.
The wish-granting station also donated P100,000 to I Fight Against Human Trafficking, the chosen charitable institution of Yeng Constantino who won the Best Wishclusive Performance by a Female Artist for “Ikaw.”
Another P100,000 cash assistance was extended to each of the chosen beneficiaries of Sponge Cola and Morissette: Child Haus and Home for the Angels, Sta. Ana Manila, respectively.
Sponge Cola’s hit single, “Move On” was hailed as the Wish Alternative Song of the Year, while Morissette was named as the Wish Female Artist of the Year.
The presenters of the awards were the very own Wish 107.5 jocks namely Faye, Jelly Kiss, Ray Holiday, Flynn Rider,Alice, and Princess Leigh. Members of the panel of judges included Isah Red, Cory Quirino, and Andre Alvarez, among others.
Real-life couple Robi Domingo and Gretchen Ho served as the hosts of the event.
Indeed, the first Wish 107.5 Music Awards was indeed not just an ordinary awards night, but a triumphant evening of music and charity.