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Countdown to iPhone 5–Pamaskong Handog ng Globe Concert

So the iPhone 5 is now officially available here in the Philippines starting today, December 14, and everyone can now visit the nearest Globe store and iPhone 5 official partner dealers (such as Powermac) nationwide to avail this smartphone.

Just as eager as all iPhone fans, I decided to join the bandwagon and dropped by to one of Globe’s events. The Pamaskong Handog ng Globe at New Glorietta Palm Drive is a celebration and concert event to welcome the newest, coolest, tallest and thinnest iPhone ever!

BRIGHTEST STARS COME TOGETHER

It got so much more than just a simple celebration because the night was brightened by the stars, talents and bands in the country including 6 Cycle Mind, Parokya ni Edgar, Bamboo, Nikki Gil, Paulo Avelino, Robi Domingo, Christian Bautista, Jed Madela,  Billy Crawford, Barbie Forteza and Joshua Dionisio, Xyriel Manabat and Zaijan Jaranilla, Cesar Montano, Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla with her daughter Zia Quizon and Ms. Kris Aquino.

The event kicks off with performances of 6 Cycle Mind and Parokya ni Edgar that gave audience entertainment before formally opening the program to start the countdown.

Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar rocks at the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 14, 2012 at New Glorietta Palm drive

Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar rocks at the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13, 2012 at New Glorietta Palm drive

Nikki Gil and Robi Domingo were hosts of the night–they were actually good at hosting together sharing their excitement of the unveiling of the new iPhone 5 from Globe.

Robi Domingo and Nikki Gil hosts the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, the countdown the iPhone 5 last December 14, 2012 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

Robi Domingo and Nikki Gil hosts the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, the countdown to #GlobeiPhone 5 last December 13, 2012 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

KIDS FULL OF PROMISE. Xyriel Manabat and Zaijan Jaranilla danse to the beat of 'Fresh like that' and 'Gangnam Style' during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe last December 14 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

KIDS FULL OF PROMISE. Xyriel Manabat and Zaijan Jaranilla dance to the beat of ‘Fresh like Dougie’ and ‘Gangnam Style’ during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe last December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

Xyriel Manabat when asked what she would want to have this Christmas said “Kahit ano po basta blessing” while Zaijan preferred to greet in person rather than writing it on Christmas card when asked how he would greet his family and loved ones this Christmas.

Kahit ano po basta blessing!” Xyriel Manabat said when asked what she would want to have this Christmas–she don’t celebrate Christmas anyway

Monica

PURE TALENT. Monica “The Sand Artist” astound the audience with her Christmas-themed sand art during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe on December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

After Monica’s flabbergasting performance, hot tween stars Barbie Forteza and Joshua Dionisio serenade the audience with mellow and quite upbeat Christmas songs. It was followed then by an interactive game ‘Pass the Message’ where the two actively participates in the game together with hosts Robi and Nikki.

SANTA BARBIE, SANTA BABY. Barbie Forteza sings her rendition of Santa Baby on the eve of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive.

Tween star Joshua Dionisio serenades the audience with his rendition of

Tween star Joshua Dionisio serenades the audience with his rendition of “Sana Ngayong Pasko” during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at Glorietta Palm Drive

PASS THE MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR! Audience grouped into three plays 'pass the message' game where a sentence has to be relayed from the one in front of the line to the one at the very last. Robi's team won the game

PASS THE MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR! Audience grouped into three plays ‘pass the message’ game where a sentence has to be relayed from the one in front of the line to the one at the very last without breaking or losing any word. Robi’s team won the game

Crowd goes wild when the next artist to grace the night was introduced. Walang Hanggan star, Paulo Avelino was also at the event to join the countdown to iPhone 5!

Paulo Avelino reached out the audience during his performance at the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13, at Glorietta Palm Drive

PAULO JOINS #GlobeiPhone5 BANDWAGON. Paulo Avelino reached out the audience during his performance at the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13, at Glorietta Palm Drive

SINGING IN THE MIRROR. An audience mimic whatever Paulo do while singing--kilig to the bones naman si ate!

SINGING IN THE MIRROR. An audience mimic whatever Paulo do while singing–kilig to the bones naman si ate!

Another artist to grace the night was TM endorser, Mr. Cesar Montano where he and Robi also host another challenging game.

Robi Domingo and TM endorser Mr. Cesar Montano share thoughts as they announced yet another challenging game with the audience during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive.

Robi Domingo and TM endorser Mr. Cesar Montano share thoughts as they announced yet another challenging game with the audience during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive.

YO’MOUTH SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN. Robi explains the mechanics of the challenging game to contestants.

Yet the deluge of the stars at the Globe iPhone 5 event seems never ending! Asian sensation Christian Bautista also shared an unforgettable moment with the audience performing the theme song of the currently hit ‘Princess and I’ and his personal favorite Christmas song, Little Drummer Boy.

Christian Bautista reached the audience as he sings 'Ng-iisang Bituin' during the iPhone 5 countdown, December 13, at New Glorietta Palm Drive

REACH FOR THE STARS NO MATTER WHAT! Christian Bautista reached for the audience as he sings ‘Nag-iisang Bituin’ during the iPhone 5 countdown, December 13, at New Glorietta Palm Drive

MARY NODDED, PA RUM PUM PUM PUM! Christian Bautista sings little drummer boy with the audience

MARY NODDED, PA RUM PUM PUM PUM! Christian Bautista sings little drummer boy with the audience.

Few hours before 12:00 midnight, Queen of all media, Ms. Kris Aquino and Globe’s Advisor for the Consumer Customer Facing Unit, Mr. Peter Bithos shared to the audience what Globe has gone so far in its pursuit to being the best telecommunication provider in the Philippines. Ms Kris Aquino was a Globe user herself since 1996 and ever since her switched she enjoyed all the services of Globe. Mr. Peter meanwhile shared that Globe has invested a cool USD$700 million for the network upgrade which is about to finish on the first quarter of 2013. We (globe subscribers) should experience a better communication then when this upgrade finally took its full effect next year.

KRIS CONFIDENT WITH GLOBE SERVICES. Ms. Kris Aquino sharing her satisfaction with Globe’s services saying she experienced a smooth communication, without any drop call since the network upgrade.

$700 MILLION FOR THE NETWORK UPGRADE. Mr. Peter Bithos shared Globe's spent a $700 million invested to upgrade the network infrastructure in the country. The upgrade will took effect in full on first quarter next year

$700 MILLION FOR THE NETWORK UPGRADE. Mr. Peter Bithos shared Globe’s spent a $700 million investment to upgrade the network infrastructure in the country. The upgrade will took effect in full on first quarter next year

And the sky was suddenly brightened up as fireworks blasted with synchronized music. More performances then followed after to gleam further the night!

FIREWORKS BLAST! A beautiful synchronized fireworks display broke out the night sky as the countdown to iPhone 5 draws near during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

FIREWORKS BLAST! A beautiful synchronized fireworks display broke out the night sky as the countdown to iPhone 5 draws near during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

INTENSED PERFORMANCE. Madlang people host, Billy Crawford intensifies the night with his performance featuring artists that brought pride to the Philippines including Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, Apl.de.Ap and Billy Crawford himself!

INTENSED PERFORMANCE. Madlang people host, Billy Crawford intensifies the night with his performance featuring artists that brought pride to the Philippines including Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, Apl.de.Ap and Billy Crawford himself!

Jed Madela also gives a wonderful performance during the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at Glorietta Palm Drive

Jed Madela also gives a wonderful performance during the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at Glorietta Palm Drive

UP Street Dance troupe showed an electrifying number during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13. 2012 at New Glorietta Pal Drive

UP Street Dance troupe showed an electrifying number during the Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13. 2012 at New Glorietta Pal Drive

IPHONE 5 OFFICALLY BECOMES AVAILABLE ON GLOBE

At this moment, the countdown to iPhone 5 has only few minutes left. Ms. Zsa zsa Padilla and her daughter Zia Quizon performed together before finally unveiling iPhone 5. Mr. Peter Bithos with Marc Nelson (Sports Unlimited) and Rovilson Fernandez (Ang Pinaka), now the hosts of the nigh,t joined everyone to witness the much awaited gadget!

Zia Quizon and Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla duets 'Joyful joyful' during the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

WE ADORE THEE. Zia Quizon and Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla duets ‘Joyful joyful’ during the night of Pamaskong Handog ng Globe, December 13 at New Glorietta Palm Drive

Last 10 seconds. Everyone shouts the last 10 seconds before the iPhone 5 finally unveils in the Philippines

LAST 10 SECONDS. Everyone shouts the last 10 seconds before the iPhone 5 finally becomes available in the Philippines

LOYAL CUSTOMER IS FIRST GLOBE IPHONE 5 OWNER

If last year President Noynoy Aquino was the first iPhone 4 user, Globe selected a loyal customer to become the first owner of Globe iPhone 5 in the country this year. He’s none other than Atty. Domingez, a certified Globe user since 1994!

LOYAL GLOBE CUSTOMER GETS FIRST IPHONE 5. Mr. Peter Bithus awards Atty. Dominguez a brand new iPhone 5 as an appreciation for being a loyal customer since 1994 up to present.

LOYAL GLOBE CUSTOMER GETS FIRST IPHONE 5. Mr. Peter Bithus awards Atty. Dominguez a brand new iPhone 5 as an appreciation for being a loyal customer since 1994 up to present.

BIG SMILE FOR IPHONE 5. Another lucky audience gets a brand new iPhone 5 from Tresumme.

BIG SMILE FOR IPHONE 5. Another lucky audience gets a brand new iPhone 5 from Tresumme.

Bamboo gave the last performance of the night capping the epic iPhone 5 launching of Globe.

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