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20+ Kapamilya Stars Pay Tribute To Johnny Manahan On His 50th Anniversary In Showbiz

The successful careers of some of the brightest Filipino celebrities are all thanks to the one and only Mr. M, the man behind the magic

Actor, director, writer, star-builder, magic-maker, and ultimately, Star Magic's one and only father—Johnny Manahan is in a league of his own.


Better known as Mr. M, the man behind some of ABS-CBN's biggest and brightest names, he celebrates 50 years in the local entertainment industry and finds himself on the receiving end of heartwarming messages from modern love teams KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla), LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil), MayWard (Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber); heartthrobs Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, and Jericho Rosales; and beautiful leading ladies Bea Alonzo, Maja Salvador, and Shaina Magdayao. 


The tribute to Mr. M came in a special Kumu episode on Star Magic Philippines' channel last October 3, Saturday evening. Other Star Magic artists who joined the golden anniversary tribute included Arjo Atayde, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Denise Laurel, Diether Ocampo, Donny Pangilinan, Enchong Dee, Eric Nicolas, Erik Santos, Inigo Pascual, Jake Cuenca, Jane de Leon, Jason Dy, Jed Madela, John "Sweet" Lapus, Jona, Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Ketchup Eusebio, Kim Chiu, Klarisse de Guzman, Kristine Hermosa-Sotto, KZ, Lala Vinzon, Liezel Garcia, Maris Racal, Mitoy Yonting, Nyoy Volante, Nonong Ballinan, Robi Domingo, Vina Morales, Vivoree, and Yeng Constantino.  


Coming from different backgrounds and making it big in the industry in their own ways, they all have one thing that binds them together as Kapamilya stars and a truth they hold close to their hearts: without Mr. M and Star Magic, they wouldn't be where they are, and life indeed would be very different. 


However heartfelt, their thank you messages to Mr. M could never cover all there is to say, and neither is expressing lifelong gratitude for his mentorship, tough but unconditional love, genuine care, and willingness to give them a shot at greatness—but that's always the perfect thing to say, when no other words can suffice. 


In celebration of how Mr. M has been a life-changing force for so many of the country's most beloved artists, they share tributes about the legendary star-maker, the man whose name is synonymous with Pinoy showbiz itself. 


Check out the gallery below:


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Check out the video highlights from the celebration below:



Lead photos from @bernardokath @piolo_pascual @lizasoberano @mr_enchongdee @jerichorosalesofficial