10-year TV milestone marked with pre-Independence concerts

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Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas along with Christian Bautista, Alden Richards, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya led the celebrations of ‘GMA Pinoy TV Kapusong Pinoy’ in Vancouver and Anaheim.

Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas along with Christian Bautista, Alden Richards, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya led the celebrations of ‘GMA Pinoy TV Kapusong Pinoy’ in Vancouver and Anaheim.

GMA Pinoy TV is celebrating 10 years of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home. In time with the 2015 Philippine Independence celebrations, the Filipino channel abroad held back-to-back concerts in Canada and the US to kick off its year-long celebration.

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Philippine Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas along with Christian Bautista, Alden Richards, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya led the celebrations of “GMA Pinoy TV Kapusong Pinoy” in Vancouver, Canada and Anaheim, California.

Ai-Ai, who made a welcome comeback in the Kapuso Network via the romantic-comedy series Let the Love Begin, came prepared with her funny antics and gimmicks. In one of her segments, she even wore a costume that had a switch to change the color of the lights that were wrapped around her.

“Maraming maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumangkilik ng aming show. Kami po ay nagagalak dahil napakarami pong taong sumuporta sa 10th anniversary celebration ng GMA Pinoy TV. Sana po ay wag kayong magsawa na mag-subscribe at manood ng lahat ng mga shows ng GMA sa GMA Pinoy TV,” expressed Ai-Ai at the show.

Alongside Ai-Ai, actor, comedian and Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles winner Betong Sumaya brought Antonietta, his beloved character in the Philippines’ longest running gag show Bubble Gang, in both shows, and received positive feedback. Antonietta, never breaking her character, opened both events with spiels encouraging the attendees to post on social media with the hashtag #Sampuso.

“Amazing, amazing, amazing! Salamat po sa mga kababayan natin. Sana ay lagi niyo pong suportahan ang GMA Pinoy TV para lagi kayong amazing,” said Betong, emphasizing his famous catchphrase.

Betong Sumaya brought Antonietta, his beloved character in the Philippines’ longest running gag show ‘Bubble Gang’

Betong Sumaya brought Antonietta, his beloved character in the Philippines’ longest running gag show ‘Bubble Gang’

Meanwhile, Fearless diva Jonalyn Viray showcased her world-class vocal prowess in her segments. The crowd particularly loved her segment with Christian Bautista, where they performed theme songs from GMA shows Mulawin, The Half Sisters, and The Rich Man’s Daughter, among others.

Jonalyn also expressed her gratitude to everyone who came to see them perform, “Sa lahat po ng mga nanood, maraming maraming salamat mula sa aming mga puso. Salamat po sa pagsuporta sa GMA at GMA Pinoy TV.”

Another member of the Kapusong Pinoy cast Christian Bautista, known as Asia’s Romantic Balladeer, got the audience mesmerized and singing along with his performances. He even invited lucky audience members up onstage to sing and dance with him.

Christian relayed his message of love and thanks to the attendees of the shows, “Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagmamahal. Talagang feel na feel po namin. Proud po kami na nakantahan namin kayong lahat. Mahal na mahal po namin kayo.”

One of GMA’s top leading men Alden Richards (see related story), who recently joined the Eat Bulaga barkada, touched the audience with his charm and be-dimpled smile. He performed hits from One Direction and Bruno Mars.

On the enthusiastic response received from Kapuso viewers in Vancouver and Anaheim, GMA Vice president and head of International Operations Joseph Francia announced, “We are grateful to GMA’s loyal viewers in North America over the last 10 years. We are inspired to work harder to keep the trust they have given GMA’s brand of news and entertainment all these years.”

Kapusong Pinoy Vancouver was held at The Orpheum Theater, while Kapusong Pinoy Anaheim was staged at the City National Grove of Anaheim, housing about 1,800 and 1,350 spectators, respectively.

For updates, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international.

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