It was a memorable night for the thousands of Zac Efron fans that made it to the latest Penshoppe All Star Fan Conference held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last night, September 29, 2012.
The event started a little late but nobody really cared. From the moment that the countdown began, most of the fans were already on their feet, screaming their lungs out for the Hollywood heartthrob who is perhaps the biggest foreign endorser ever employed for a local brand.
The show began with an AVP of the stellar line-up of Penshoppe All Stars that includes Thai Superstar Mario Maurer (Love of Siam) and popular TV actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). This generated the neverending yells of "OMG" and "He is so gwapo!" from the sea of tweens that dominated the audience in the Arena. People were especially excited when Penshoppe played a message from Mario Maurer who will soon be back in the country to promote a local film with Star Cinema called Suddenly It's Magic.
High School Musical and the UP Cheerleading Squad
2012 UAAP Cheerleading Champions, UP Fighting Maroons, performed a medley of songs from Zac Efron's first big break, High School Musical. At the end of the medley, Zac emerged for the first time bringing the house down with the loudest cheers I have ever heard. Of course the loudest may have come from fellow blogger Ely, who was so excited to see Zac, he had a twinkle in his eyes the entire night.
It sure is hot in here
Considering that the event's media partner was GMA-7, it was a pleasant surprise to see Boy Abunda from the rival network hold an interview with Zac onstage. During his introduction, Boy quips, "...he is one of the best looking people I have ever seen." I guess he was a little starstruck as well because he actually faltered a little bit when Zac took off his jacket in front of him. Zac then ran to the end of the catwalk, threw the jacket at the audience and said, "It's hot in here," when he came back to his seat.
Will you be my first kiss?
Okay this kid better stay out of Ely's way as he intends to inflict bodily harm out of sheer jealousy. Kidding aside, this girl sure had an epic evening. She was randomly picked from the audience to give Zac a message. She instead boldly asked, "Will you by my first kiss?" Much to the delight of the audience, and the horror of the security team, Zac complied.
I love the Philippines
During his interview, Zac shared how he feels so at home in the Philippines, how he likes balut and how he met his "first Filipina girlfriend," Vanessa Hudgens. Judging from the packed venue and the satisfied faces of the crowd, I say Zac managed to win the hearts of the Filipino audience last night. Thanks to the combined efforts of Penshoppe and PR Asia Worldwide's Joyce Ramirez, we would sure be looking forward to what they have to offer next.
*Some photos are a bit blurry as we were seated at the lower box a few feet away with no zoom lens at hand. It was a great experience nonetheless. The event was very organized. I can only speak for our group but we made it in spending less than 15 minutes outside the Arena to get our tickets. Congratulations to the Penshoppe Team.