From Belle Mariano and Loisa Andalio being the best cheerleaders to Esnyr Ranollo living the fanboy life, the action at the Star Magic Games 2022 wasn’t just on the court.
Our favorite stars aren’t just good at acting, singing, and dancing. They also are pros on the courts. And that was on full display during the long anticipated Star Magic Games 2022 held at the Araneta Coliseum on May 22. Artists from across the spectrum of Star Magic traded in their mics and scripts for badminton rackets and basketball shoes as they competed in games of badminton, volleyball, and basketball. The anticipated sports fest of the stars was a chance for us to see our faves flex their athletic prowess. But the games also became an opportunity for us to see these stars let loose and have fun off the court because you never know what’s going to happen during a thrilling sporting event. So, here are some moments from the Star Magic Games 2022 that just felt correct.
BINI’S JHOANNA AND MALOI FANGIRLING OVER DANIEL PADILLA
Fangirl mode on for @bini_maloi and @bini_jhoanna 🥺😂 SANA ALL 💖@imdanielpadilla thanks them and also says he’s watched @BINI_ph music videos! ✨#BINI#StarMagic30thAllStarGames pic.twitter.com/GmYakyw8O0— Star Music PH (@StarMusicPH) May 22, 2022
Daniel Padilla played during the Men’s Doubles Badminton and won it alongside his partner Neil Coleta. And while many people were happy to see DJ there, no more were than BINI’s Jhoanna and Maloi. They high-key had a fangirl moment when he entered the arena and even had signs ready for him. The best part about it all is that DJ signed their posters and told them that he’s watched their music videos. Even your faves fangirl over your faves.
ESNYR RANOLLO GETTING HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND A HALF
NASA ‘YO NA ANG LAHAT PATI ANG PUSO KO♬ DEEJAY – esnyrDUMP
From TikTok star to signed artist, Esnyr Ranollo was living the life in 2021. And his luck continued during the Star Magic Games. While he didn’t play, he did sit courtside ready to cheer on his friends in the industry. One such friend was his Love At First Sight co-star Donny Pangilinan where Esnyr vigorously cheered him on. In fact, Donny got close to Esnyr and did something that would give any fan a heart attack. Also, there’s the fact that Esnyr’s a longtime KathNiel fan and he actually got to meet and take pics with Daniel himself. He even got to chat for a bit with Joshua Garcia. Imagine getting to do all that. Sana all Esnyr!
BELLE MARIANO WEARING DONNY PANGILINAN’S JERSEY
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There were many stars fans rooted for during the Star Magic Games. But one of the brightest and most cheered for was undoubtedly DonBelle. We all know Donny is a talented basketball player and he even got a medal for being included in the Mythical Five. But Belle made sure to be the best cheerleader she can be even if she didn’t play. For starters, she came out wearing Donny’s 10 jersey. When they started playing, she then changed to wear his 15 Pangilinan jersey Donny wore during his Brent days. Even though Donny’s team lost, Belle was right their ready to cheer Donny and the team on until the end.
LOISA ANDALIO BEING A SUPPORTIVE GIRLFRIEND
@pongkanprod Sana all muna tayo now🤣🥺 #loisaandalio #ronniealonte ♬ original sound – Lyrics Art. 🇵🇭
Loisa Andalio was giving her 120% to cheer on her boyfriend Ronnie Alonte. With camera at hand, Loisa was ready to give it her all to root for Ronnie and the team. Whenever Ronnie would score, Loisa was spotted dancing courtside, showing off how happy she is. Plus, we love how Loisa and Belle were like their team’s unofficial cheerleaders. It was an unexpected Pat and Trish reunion.
DANIEL PADILLA BEING A SUPPORTIVE BIG BROTHER
@sofiance22 Very supportive brother to Carmella and Analain. The best cheerer hahaha💙💙©️#trending #fyp #djp #allstargame2022 #abscbnkapamilya #kathnielfan #kathniel #kathrynbernardo #danielpadilla #starmagicgame2022 #carmellaford #analainlim #analainsalvador #karlaestrada #joshuagarcia ♬ Magic In The Air – Magic System/Chawki
Not only were there many people there to cheer on DJ, but he too was also cheering on the other players. In particular, he cheered and was rooting for his younger sister Carmella Ford and cousin Analain Salvador. He was spotted courtside during their volleyball game cheering on the girls, ready to lend a hand. We’re very much here for seeing DJ in his kuya mode.
ALEXA ILACAD CARING FOR KD ESTRADA
@meow_kdlex look at her eyes 😭😭 #kdlex #alexailacad #kdestrada #runtome #fyp #starmagicallstargames ♬ Isa Lang – Arthur Nery
If you follow KDLex, then you know that KD and Alexa share a relationship that goes deeper than most. And that was on display during the Star Magic Games. At one point during basketball, KD got injured and Alexa was there to help him. She looked visibly worried and even forbid him to play again post-injury. Alexa cared for KD during their PBB days and that continues to this day.
MELA HABIJAN PLAYING IN WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
TO BE INCLUDED IN WOMEN’S SPORTS MEANT THE WORLD TO ME.— Miss Mela Habijan (@missmelahabijan) May 22, 2022
Amidst the polarizing conversation about trans women in women’s sports, today, I stood side by side with cisgender women inside the volleyball court. I was part of Starhunt Women’s Volleyball Team at the Star Magic Games. pic.twitter.com/WxsnuM9Nkw
Despite how far we’ve come in terms of LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, the reality is that Philippine society still has a long way to go to achieve true acceptance. This is why when Mela Habijan was included in the women’s volleyball team, it was a win for the trans community. In a time when trans women participating in cisgendered women’s sports is a hot button issue, Mela playing in women’s volleyball was just treated as it should be, a non issue. Now, it’s high time to get the ball rolling with this necessary conversation of inclusion, yes? Yes.
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