Noontime show “Happy Yipee Yehey” (HYY) ended happily last Saturday, as it held the much-awaited “My Girl” grand finals where 16-year-old Koreen Medina of Quezon City was hailed the grand winner.
Koreen not only got the top plum, but also won most of the competition’s special awards. As the “My Girl” grand winner, she bagged P1 million cash prize and a Star Magic contract. She also took home a brand new car and a diamond ring worth P100,000 for being the Texter’s Choice, P50,000 cash prize for Best Swimsuit awards and another P50,000 for Best in Costume.
She cried when her named was called as the grand winner, as it is her first time to join a beauty pageant. Koreen shared that she frequents singing contests but not pageants. That’s why she didn’t expect the victory.
“With the opportunity I got, I’ll definitely work hard and do my best to nurture it. Singing is my first love, so I’d like to hone it more,” Koreen said.
Koreen also enthralled the pageant’s judges Joey Marquez, Richard Gomez, Lara Quigaman, Jonas Gaffud and Dra. Vicky Belo when she said in the question and answer portion that if ever she’s a guardian angel, she’ll look after her grandma whom she loves so much.
Other candidates who shone bright were Xzania Victa who was named 1st Runner-up and Best in Long Gown, CJ Bender is 2nd Runner-up, Best in Talent Ganiel Krishnan is 3rd Runner-up and Alyssa Encarnation is 4th Runner-up.
Performances also jazzed up the grand finals. Concert King Martin Nievera and Randy Santiago serenaded the candidates while Toni Gonzaga and Pokwang gave breathtaking numbers.
At the end of the show, HYY hosts, together with the members of the production team, gave their heartwarming messages to viewers. Toni said she’ll cherish all the good memories she had in the show, while John is very thankful to ABS-CBN for making them instruments to make people happy.
“HYY’s farewell may have saddened us, but we accepted and embraced the changes. Let us support ABS-CBN’s noontime block that continues to spread happiness and hope to every Filipino family,” John said.
Before the show finally bid goodbye, Randy, John and Rico J, together with the other hosts and the rest of the production staff tearfully sang “Matapos Man Ang Kailanman.” The audience at the AFP were touched as hosts waved goodbye to everyone.