For seven years already, Star Magic artists and personnel have been devoting a day in their busy schedules to get on the courts and don their sports hats with the annual Star Magic Games.
For 2016, the athletic competition carried the title Sun vs. Stars in lieu of its retained partnership with Sun Life Financial. Held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza on May 22, it once again paved the way for the stars to showcase their sporty sides.
This year the four teams were named after superheroes. There was the Black Widow team led by Daniel Padilla, Blue Captain America team led by Hashtags member Ronnie Alonte, Yellow Wolverine team led by comedian Eric Nicolas, Green Hulk team led by Jairus Aquino, and Star Magic’s Red Iron Man Dream Team led by Xian Lim.
Love teams were also seen at the venue like Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga, Ylona Garcia and Bailey May, LoisaAndalio and Joshua Garcia, Alexa Ilacad and Nash Aguas, Janella Salvador at Elmo Magalona, among others.
Teen stars Jane Oineza, Sofia Andres, Marco Gumabao, Maris Racal, MarloMortel, InigoPascual, Julia Barreto, Andrea Brillantes, Darren Espanto, XyrielManabat and ZaijianJaranillawere also in attendance,as well as members of Gimme 5 and It’s Showtime’s Hashtags and GirlTrends.
The participating teams also paraded their respective muses. Black Widow team had rising stars Heaven Peralejo and Ysabel Ortega while the Blue Captain America team had Chienna Filomeno and Alexa Ilacad. Meanwhile, the Green Hulk team had Andrea Brillantes and Loisa Andalio. While the Yellow Wolverine team had GirlTrends member Kelley Day, Red Iron Man Team had GirlTrends member Mica Rivera. The Sun Life Financial team, meanwhile, was led by Maja Salvador.
Sun Life Financial ambassador Piolo Pascual gave the opening remarks after which Gerald Anderson initiated the Oath of Sportsmanship. The actual event began after the Teen King Daniel Padilla lighted the torch.
The much-awaited adult basketball division game of the annual Star Magic Games saw the face off between Daniel Padilla’s Black Widow team and Hashtag Ronnie Alonte’s Blue Captain America team for the first time. Touted as the Royalty Teams, the intense game ended with the score of 70-69 in favor of Black Widow team.
Teen King Daniel eventually bagged the Most Valuable Player award for the third time. His first two MVP awards were for the junior division in 2015 and 2013, respectively.
The day ended with a smile as all, especially Star Magic celebrities, were able to meet old and make new friends in the annual Star Magic Games.