IT was a night when all the stars aligned and sparkled to create the most beautiful light. For the second consecutive year, GMA Network brought together the network’s brightest stars, its executives, media partners, and collaborators for the “GMA Gala 2023,” which was held on July 22 at The Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.
Among those who walked the red carpet were some of the biggest names in entertainment, lifestyle, and politics.
The GMA Gala 2023, which also celebrated the network’s 73rd anniversary, was attended by over 500 artists and distinguished guests in their best elegant evening attire.
Leading the star-studded celebration was GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon.
“For the first time after the pandemic, I finally get to see all of you once again on such a lovely occasion. Tonight is a rare spectacle—a dazzling event of the brightest stars under one roof with leaders of both government and the private sector, our peers in the industry, and our valued partners coming together in camaraderie and fellowship. We are grateful for your presence tonight,” said Gozon.
“May this gala be remembered as the night we all came together as one industry. Let the milestones we celebrate tonight remind us of our blessings from the Lord and our reason for being here—to enrich the lives of Filipinos with superior entertainment and responsible, unbiased, accurate news and information,” he said.
But the GMA Gala 2023 was not just about style and elegance. It also raised P1 million for the benefit of the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF). Receiving the donation on behalf of the foundation was GMAKF Executive Vice President and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog. Among the performers that night were Sparkle artists Thea Astley, Rita Daniela, and Timmy Albert; Sparkle teens Selina Griffin, Princess Aliyah, and Gaea Mischa; from The Clash Liana Castillo and John Rex Baculfo; together with Julie Anne San Jose.
Top GMA stars Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, were named Couple of the Night, while The Cheating Game lead stars Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz were recognized as the Sparkle Love Team of the Night.
Ruru Madrid and Bianca Umali took home the Male and Female Young Star of the Night titles, respectively.
Alden Richards was recognized as Sparkle Star of the Night (Male), while Heart Evangelista was named Sparkle Star of the Night (Female).
David Licauco and Herlene Budol were honored with the TikTok Crowd Favorite of the Night award (Male and Female).
The recipient of the Avignon Radiant Beauty of The Night was Barbie Forteza, while the LazBeauty Look of the Night was awarded to Gabbi Garcia.
Meanwhile, Jillian Ward received two awards, the Premier Star of the Night award and The Sparkling Smile of the Night award.
Kapamilya artist Anne Curtis bagged the FrontRow Luxxe Royalty award, while Kyline Alcantara took home the Luxxe White Face of the Night award.
Andrea Torres won the Discover Your Travel Sparkle with PAL Photo showing off her exceptional shoot in Philippine Airlines’ booth.
Newly engaged couple Bea Alonzo and Dominic Roque were also chosen as Sparkling Couple of the Night. The guests were also treated to a surprise number from the lovely ladies of the board of directors of GMA Network, including senior vice president for programming, talent management, worldwide, and support group, and president and CEO of GMA Films, Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes together with Judith R. Duavit-Vazquez and Laura J. Westfall singing and dancing along to the ultimate 1980s party music.
Wrapping up the event with a momentous toast was Sparkle GMA Artist Center vice president Joy C. Marcelo.
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