History has been made as the first Wish Ball in the Philippines was held on April 29, 2023. Organized by Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines, this year’s Wish Ball entitled, “Where Stars Align” aimed to raise funds to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. The night shined with hope and joy as supporters from near and far came together to support the cause.
Event Hosts Rovilson Fernandez and Teresa Herrera
Ogie Alcasid with Wish Kid Aya
Special Performances by Jamie Rivera and Basil Valdez
Guests were treated to a special four-course dinner from The Peninsula Manila Hotel, and a 2-hour program hosted by Teresa Herrera and Rovilson Fernandez, featuring uplifting performances from OPM stars Ogie Alcasid, Jamie Rivera, and Basil Valdez.
They also witnessed remarkable opening acts by Auriz Llorens, Justin Taller, Rox Puno, Danimei Everett and the Make-A-Wish Kids and Genies Choir.
Make-A-Wish Philippines’ First Wish Kid, Kristian Lanzar
Make-A-Wish Philippines’ Wish Kids Xander and Rhianne
The most heartwarming moments of the evening featured inspiring anecdotes from former Wish Kids who came on stage to share about their wish experiences.
Blue Carpet Hosts Chal Maling and Ryan Tresplacios, with Board Adviser Romnick Sarmenta
The first-ever Blue Carpet special live coverage was hosted by Chal Maling and Ryan Tresplacios. This was livestreamed online so that supporters at home could also make their donations.
At the end of the program, the ballroom was filled with cheers as the final donation results were revealed – the total amount of funds raised that evening are going to grant 347 wishes!
Behind the event’s success are PMCM Events Management and the entire production team, led by Director Frank Lloyd Mamaril. The Wish Ball was co-presented by Blogapalooza and Wish FM. With minor sponsors: Toy Kingdom and SM Prime Holdings, event supporters: Alveo Land, BBSI, Chubby Cheeks Studio, Culture Salon, Eleatist Kitchen, Maria Aesthic Wellness, Mary Kay Mission Area, New World Printing, Petals Of Love MNL, PMCM Events Management, Sugarhouse, Plascard Industrial Inc, Winner Strengths, and Xcruit, and media partners: NegoSentro, World Executive Digests, Bravo Filipino, Content Writers, Business Mirror, The Manila Times, LIGHT TV, Bounce Back Network, FH MOMS, WhenInManila.Com, Home Radio 97.9 and It’s MysSpace Show.
Those who were unable to attend the event may still extend their help by donating online at www.wishes.ph, or making a wish-granting pledge by emailing email@example.com.
Make-A-Wish Philippines is the first and only non-profit wish granting organization in the country. It is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, the world’s largest and most respected wish-granting organization. The foundation grants wishes of children with critical illnesses to transform their lives with hope, strength and joy.
All photos by Chubby Cheeks Studio