Magpasikat 2018: Team Jhong-Karylle brings a superb musical play about love, acceptance


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MANILA, Philippines – At the last day of It's Showtime's Magpasikat 2018, expectations were high to end the week with a bang. The team of Jhong Hilario and Karylle Yuzon didn't leave the madlang people disappointed with their 35-minute long performance.

Team Jhong and Karylle gave a sequel to the love story of Ipis and Higad in Magpasikat 2018
Team Jhong and Karylle gave a sequel to the love story of Ipis and Higad in Magpasikat 2018 | Photo Credit: ABS-CBN/It's Showtime

This year, Jhong and Karylle are joined by Hashtags Ronnie Alonte, Jimboy Martin, Rayt Carreon with Girltrends Chienna Filomeno and Jessica Marasigan.

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Much to the delight of their fans, their presentation brings back a sequel to the characters of Jhong and Karylle in last year’s Magpasikat -- “Ipis” and “Higad.”

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This time around the story continues with the unfortunate passing of Ipis and focuses on Ipis and Higad's son, “Ipad.”

With live singing, all original songs written by Karylle and eye-candy props and costume, the whole performance felt like a broadway musical.

Team Jhong and Karylle gave a sequel to the love story of Ipis and Higad in Magpasikat 2018
Team Jhong and Karylle gave a sequel to the love story of Ipis and Higad in Magpasikat 2018.

Ronnie's character, “Kuto Martin” also stole the spotlight as he became entangled in the life of Ipad. There were surprise spins on Ipad's journey to self-discovery and even tackled peer pressure. In the end, it was Higad's unconditional love for her son that made the audience emotional. From comedy, drama, romance, Jhong and Karylle’s team sent the madlang people to a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

The judges were impressed with the team's effort and performance. Judges Ronnie and Mariz Ricketts admitted they almost lost their words because they were so captivated. Ronnie said, “Para akong nasa New York, nanonood ng Broadway show. Saludo ako sa inyo.”

Empoy Marquez said that the team impressed him so much. He went on to praise the comedic timing of the team members and called their performance a “laughternoon.” Rey Abellana also had good words for the team calling them “sobrang gagaling niyong lahat.”

Last year, Team Karylle and Jhong placed third with a score of 9.2. Their performance introduced the love story of a cockroach “Ipis” and a caterpillar “Higad.”

Tomorrow will be the much-anticipated final announcement of winners. Who do you think will bring home the title of Magpasikat 2018 grand champion?

You can watch the presentation of Team Karylle- Jhong here (video courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment):


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