A fandom is a group of people who organized themselves to support a particular artist.
The first Wish 107.5 Ultimate Fandom Challenge was a series of competition launched to test the unity of OPM fandom not only in helping their idols but more importantly, in reaching out to the less fortunate.
They have never imagined that they could unite this time for a noble cause.
The two-month friendly fandom battle concluded on June 28 at the SMART-Araneta Colsieum where a total of P2.3 million was given away to the seven winning groups, their artists and beneficiaries.
Jason Dy’s Dyfenders and their charitable group, Kythe Foundation, Inc., received P1 million while runner-up Darrenatics, the fandom of Darren Espanto, and World Vision were granted with P500,000.00
Following them were the Juanistas (The Juans), receiving P300,000.00; Mowienatics (Morissette), P200,000.00; Darylnatics (Daryl Ong), P150,000.00; JKUFC (JK Labajo), P100,000.00, and Francisnatics (Francis Lim), Php 50,000.00.
These fandom’s’ beneficiaries are the Real Life Foundation, Inc., Marixtell Children’s Foundation, Inc., Blessed Ville Special School Foundation, Inc., Lingap Voluntourism PH, Inc., and Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
Throughout the competition, the fandoms demonstrated their solidarity in various challenges, which included Twitter trending, online voting, music video power viewing and an extreme adventure race.
The event culminated in a grand finale featuring performances led by the seven participating fandom’s. The main highlight of the evening was the much-awaited WISHclusive collaborations of the fandoms and their respective artists, which served as their final task for the challenge.
The panel of judges for this round included Dingdong Avanzado, corporate secretary of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), and Alvin De Vera, president of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) and myself being the president of the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED) and lifestyle and entertainment editor of Manila Standard.
The lady jocks of Wish 107.5, Jelly Kiss, Faye, Princess Leigh, and Alice were the hosts of the night’s big event while the Faculty of the Mathematics Department of the Ateneo de Manila University served as independent tabulating officials.