GMA Network’s royal couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera graced the jam-packed opening of Noel Bazaar on November 22 at the World Trade Center, which annually features the Celebrity Ukay-Ukay for a cause by GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF).
Joining Dingdong and Marian in welcoming guests and eager fans at the kick-off event were GMAKF EVP and COO Mel Tiangco; Cut Unlimited president Mayose Bautista; Manila Exposition Comex president Rommel Leuterio; Foreign Post president Eufemia Villano; Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Jose Luis Yulo; Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation executive director Nievelena Rosete; and Tessa Prieto-Valdes. La Diva’s Maricis Garcia serenaded the audience, while Kapuso actress Bettina Carlos hosted the program.
“We are proud to have Dingdong and Marian as the new advocates of the Celebrity Ukay-Ukay. We thank them for their generosity and support in our desire to further the various goals of the Foundation,” shared Tiangco.
Taking time off from their busy showbiz schedules, the GMA Network’s primetime King and Queen excitedly lead this year’s celebrity bazaar, which aims to raise funds for long-running projects of the foundation namely the Kapuso School Development Project, Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan, and Give a Gift: Alay sa Batang Pinoy.
Besides Dingdong and Marian, other Kapuso stars also donated pre-owned items for the Celebrity Ukay-Ukay namely Regine Velasquez, Heart Evangelista, Jennylyn Mercado, Glaiza de Castro, Jolina Magdangal, Jaya, Eugene Domingo, Camille Prats, LJ Reyes, Andrea Torres, Bettina Carlos, Charice Solomon, Joyce Ching, Chris Tiu, Gabby Eigenmann, Carlo Concepcion, Butch Francisco, Lolit Solis, Nomer Limatog, Miggy Jimenez and Manny Paquiao.
Tiangco together with other News and Public Affairs personalities—Winnie Monsod, Nelson Canlas, Pia Guanio, Lala Roque, Ivan Mayrina, Mariz Umali, Raffy Tima, Sandra Aguinaldo, Kara David, Tina Panganiban Perez, Sherry Ann Torres, JP Soriano, Pia Arcangel, Connie Sison, Suzi Abrera, Rhea Santos, Lyn Ching, Olen Lim, Monica Verallo and Atty. Gabby Concepcion—also donated items for the bazaar.
Sen. Chiz Escudero also contributed several items this year.
Dingdong and Marian’s Celebrity Bazaar runs until today. Select items are also available for auction at www.ebay.ph/ukayukay.