Celebs grace ‘heartfelt’ fiestas for Pinoys abroad

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Megan Young in Carson City, California

Megan Young in Carson City, California

Thousands of Filipinos overseas felt closer to home at the latest round of shows featuring visiting celebrities to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Organized by GMA Pinoy TV—the global channel of GMA Network—2013 Miss World Megan Young kick started the worldwide festivities with “Kalayaan sa Kuwait,” organized by Filcom, a group comprised of various Filipino organizations in the country, along with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.

Filipinos who came to the Qadsia Sports Club in Hawally, Kuwait warmly welcomed Young as she entertained the crowd with musical numbers and met with fans at the end of the show. The Conan My Beautician lead actress was also able to tour the city before paying a courtesy visit to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

Lovi Poe in Dubai

Lovi Poe in Dubai

The regal beauty then flew to California where her presence drew a huge crowd in Carson City. After her performance at Veterans Park Young was bestowed with various awards and commendations by the California Senate, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Carson, and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation of Carson, which organized the event.


Over in the United Arab Emirates, Lovi Poe bannered a jam-packed show at the spacious Dubai World Trade Center, spearheaded by the Philippine Independence Day Celebration Organizing Committee and the Philippine Consular Office in Dubai.

For Poe, who had just come from a vacation to various parts of Europe at the time, the event was as much a homecoming for her as it was for her kababayan fans as the Filipino community in Dubai gathered to celebrate their rich heritage. While in the city, Poe also spent time with overseas Filipino workers during her courtesy visit to the Philippine Consular Office and met with local Filipino media.

Andrea Torres with Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Wilfredo Santos

Andrea Torres with Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Wilfredo Santos

Meanwhile, stunning Andrea Torres was in Doha for “Kalinangan 2016” organized by the United Filipino Organizations Qatar, in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Qatar.

With her congenial personality and warmth, Andrea won over her fellow Filipinos during a courtesy visit to the Consulate Office, as well as the crowd who came to see her performance at the Sheraton Hotel.

Continuing the celebration over in Canada, the wacky pairing of Tom Rodriguez and amazing actor-comedian Betong Sumaya kept audiences amused at the “Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto” organized by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation.

Tom Rodriguez was a big hit with the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto guests

Tom Rodriguez was a big hit with the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto guests

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre was filled to capacity with Filipino-Canadians, among them noted local dignitaries of the Canadian government, as Rodriguez and Betong took to the stage for their rousing performances.

GMA Pinoy TV’s Philippine Independence Day celebrations closed with the “Birmingham-Sandwell-West Midlands Fiesta Celebrations” in the United Kingdom featuring Dingdong Dantes, and presented by the non-profit community group, the Birmingham Filipino-British Community Volunteers.

Over 5,000 people gathered at the biggest Filipino fiesta celebration in the West Midlands, which took place at the scenic Lightwoods Park, with the crowd enthusiastically cheering

Dingdong Dantes poses with a Lyca TV cab featuring GMA stars in London

Dingdong Dantes poses with a Lyca TV cab featuring GMA stars in London

during Dantes’ performance. In the days leading to the event, the actor, who will play a special role in the upcoming retelling of the fantasy series Encantadia, also took some time away from the television cameras to pay a visit to the Philippine Embassy in the UK, to tour London’s iconic landmarks and to meet with his fellow Filipinos in the country.

“These events across the globe are truly a festive and heartwarming reminder of what it is to be a Filipino to those who are far away from home,” says GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph Francia. “As the global Filipino community continues to expand, GMA Pinoy TV will also continue to reach more of our kababayans abroad, wherever they may be in the world.”

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