In the two years that we’ve been throwing #YSProm, we’ve always been sure to serve up some serious #FOMO realness. As they say, there’s no party like a Young STAR party. Yesterday, we celebrated Young STAR’s transition out of its teen years by traveling back in time to the decade where it all started: the ‘90s.
As the decidedly mature people we are, we threw a ‘90s kiddie party complete with classic party games, awesome performances from our ‘90s faves (Kitchie Nadal will always have our hearts), and those coveted sugar flowers on a dedication cake (thanks, Ninang Sonja). Guests came out in a mix of their most bibo and Sunday’s best outfits.
All of this shows that we may be growing up, but we aren’t getting down. Thank you for coming and celebrating with us, fellow #foreverbagets!
7:00 pm: The Link rooftop is abuzz with activity. 8Cuts is firing up their grill (the smell of burgers goes well with the overall theme), all the candy’s laid out on the tables and the team is almost done filling the ball pit and inflating the bouncy castle.
8:22 pm: Guests are arriving dressed in their kid’s best! Spotted: frilly dresses, suspenders, and knee-high socks. Also, someone just walked in with a black toy poodle???
8:25 pm: There’s a line forming by the entrance, but not because registration’s holding up. Must be the neon #YSProm sign and the decor by Serious Studio that’s getting the attention. Inside the venue, everyone’s mingling and passing the time before the program at the different booths.
8:36 pm: The line at 8Cuts is even longer—but then again, who doesn’t want free burgers and fried chicken? The sweet tooths headed over to Manila Creamery’s booth to get their sugar fix with the night’s special Young Star flavor—peanut butter gelato with nips & curly tops.
8:51 pm: Everyone’s either lounging in the ball pits (there was even an impromptu ball pit fight!), taking advantage for photo ops with our YS bagets anniversary wall and festive Combi.
9:02 pm: Host Jaz Reyes starts off the program with a kiddie party mainstay, “longest breath.” By saying Happy birthday Young Staaaaaaar, Soleil Ignacio (34 seconds) and Mark Marin (31 seconds) won Swatch watches.
9:20 pm: Cheats kicks off the program with their high-powered version of School of Rock’s It’s a Long Way to the Top. They’re killing it with the “ooh la la las!”
9:45 pm: Everyone starts furiously popping the Young Star balloons after Jaz announces that Hoodwink has hidden gift certificates inside them.
9:50 pm: And we’re now officially launching youngstar.ph. To quote Rory Gilmore, we can’t believe that we’re formally on the blogosphere (or the internet in general)!
10:00 pm: Jaz just started an ‘ol fashioned game of “Bring Me” by asking for a good morning towel! Everyone gasps as Proudrace’s Rik Rasos comes up to the stage, proudly showing off the bimpo hanging out of the back of his shirt. The Bring Me winners won Power Mac Center GCs.
10:30 pm: Surprise, surprise! Kitchie Nadal is finally revealed as our main performer. Spotted: people running to the stage area and mouthing the words to Wag na Wag Mong Sasabihin. Talk about serious high school feels.
11:12 pm: Bea Marin, Jeline Catt and Kush Obusan make up Hoodwink Squad of the Night. National Book Store awarded Kookie Santos, Koji Arboleda and Reese Lansangan (who left a bit early) the Bibo Kid on the Dance Floor Award. Cenon Norial and Mav Bernardo are the Power Mac Couple of the Night! Their matching maroon outfits are P O W E R.
11:27 pm: Janine Gutierrez and Emil Khodaverdi are this year’s Wanderland Prom Queen and King!
11:56 pm: Getting on with the performances, we have Wanderband finalist, Manila Magic looking cool in their #YSProm getup. A measure of their cool factor: one member is wearing sunnies at midnight.
12:01 am: Saab Magalona-Bacarro and the rest of Cheats dance to tunes by St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Jim Bacarro, at one point, even started playing the drums.
12:35 pm: The crew is packing up what’s left of the night and checking Instagram to catch up with the night’s festivities. The Makati sky loomed over The Link. Being 20 has never felt this good.
Many thanks to our ninong and ninangs: Swatch, National Book Store, Wanderland, 8 Cuts, Human, Smirnoff Mule, Manila Creamery, Power Mac Center, Cupcakes by Sonja, Hoodwink and Serious Studio.