With Carla Abellana Tom Rodriguez. 2017 GMA Christmas Special

Hello, and Merry Merry Christmas!

As I write this, I am filled by so much joy and gratitude because of my Christmas experience this year! Doesn’t get much cheesier than updating my site while in the background now is Spotify’s Christmas Peaceful Piano playlist. Currently playing: Mila Crowell’s It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas.

I look at my December calendar and like years passed, it has been very eventful. Here goes the usual Christmas parties and reunions, the Christmas shopping, and the Holiday Carmageddon!! But the highlight of December 2017, for me, is being part of the GMA Christmas Special.

It’s my first time. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I want to do good! I want to do great, in fact! I want to learn from it as much as I can. Other than the New Year Countdown Special, it’s the most star-studded TV production I had participated in. There were the Kapuso Primetime Favorites, the Afternoon Prime headliners, the Bankable GMA Idols and amazing Kapuso singers, the most sought-after Love Teams, and the new faces from the roster of the GMA Artist Center.

But this year’s show was more than the usual sing-and-dance production numbers by the Kapuso Stars at the studio. Instead, we chose to do more for our Kapuso: Isang Buong Pusong Pagtatanghal Para sa mga Kapuso. We reached out to the public — to our Kababayans — by bringing the Christmas vibes and Holiday cheers to them. We surprised young fans and made them meet their idols in the flesh, held a magical show for the kids at Child Haus, paid a visit to our modern day heroes at the headquarters of the Philippine Army, spearheaded a feeding program for the children at Heroes Foundation, encouraged the OFWs and other Filipinos abroad to send in their Christmas videos, to name a few.

It took us months of planning and pre-prod meetings to pull of this grand production and last December 17, I guess it’s safe to say we ‘gave birth’ to it. And I am proud to have been part of it! It was no way near perfect. There were still a lot of room to improve on. But I can sincerely say it feels good to be part of a good cause. It’s more than working, it’s actually entertaining and helping others, too.  More than the ratings or the monetary compensation, I am happy and content because I know I did good and I shared it to others.

This Christmas, actually, make it every Christmas, I hope you find your reason to celebrate the season!

Sharing below the pictures I took during the shoot for the Christmas Special!