an article from the Manila Bulletin, 18 December 1998
For the perfect gift from the country's Best, GMA gathers all its brightest stars in a spectacular special directed by Uro dela Cruz ("Bubble Gang"), Cesar Cosme ("Brunch") and Louie Ignacio ("SOP"): "Hapi Meri Christmas (A GMA All-Star Christmas Special) tomorrow (Dec. 19) at 9 p.m.
Regine Velasquez and Zsa Zsa Padilla fire up the celebrations as the two divas belt out an awe-inspiring opening number. Meanwhile, Christopher de Leon and Sharmaine Arnaiz portray a couple's memorable encounter with the three wise men (played by Anjo Yllana, Ogie Alcasid and Earl Ignacio) in a skit about another birth which coincides with the birth of the King.
The stars of "Ana Karenina" join forces with the cast of "Del Tierro" in a Christmas courtroom special that also features Joey de Leon, Dina Bonnevie and Ciara Sotto. Michael V's two zany personas Etong and Betong in "Bilibkaba?" are unstoppable in a pseudo-countdown that will surely elicit the guffaws from everyone as they keep track of all the jokes and gags shown during the program. Blakdyak, on the other hand, rocks the house as he takes center stage with five alluring ladies in a special Christmas comedy reggae. And for this occasion, a "Dating Doon Special Edition" is in the offing, with Brod Pete, Brother Willy and Brother Josel tackling subjects pertaining to Christmas, i.e., Santa's laughter and the Magi's gifts to baby Jesus.
Entertaining musical numbers, heart-warming skits, rib-tickling Christmas gags. All these and much, much more are in store for everyone tomorrow night in this must-see GMA Yuletide special that also stars Amanda Page, KC Montero, Arnel Ignacio, Ai Ai delas Alas, Lalaine Edson, Antoinette Taus, Dingdong Dantes, Sunshine Cruz, Polo Ravales, Kim delo Santos, Dino Guevarra and a whole lot more!