• Filipino winner of ‘X Factor’ Israel in concert

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    Rose Fostanes

    Rose Fostanes

    Rose Fostanes, the first grand champion of X Factor Israel, will be the main guest of the Thank You, Philippines Friendship Concert of the Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival on February 26.

    To be held at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan City, the show will also feature Arthur Manuntag and Laarni Lozada as special guests.

    Fostanes, the winner of reality signing competition X Factor Israel 2013, has captured the audience with her strong and powerful voice. She belted out Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” considered a videoke favorite, and inspired Filipinos to pursue their dreams.

    The former Filipina caregiver slowly rose to fame and in 2014 received the Bagong Bayani Award for Culture and the Arts.

    Fostanes was invited as one of the special guest performers to commemorate the historical friendship between Israel and the Philippines under the banner program “Thank You, Philippines” which includes several cultural and academic events.

    Moreover, the jazz festival coincides with the commemoration of the 70th year of the end of World War II and the liberation of Manila, highlighting the role of the Philippines in the rescue of 1,300 Jewish people from the Holocaust.

    Referring to the unique story of Rose Fostanes, Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau commented that Rose stands as a bridge between Israel and the Philippines whose friendship dates back to the noble deed of former President Manuel Quezon, and the Philippines’ support to the establishment of the state of Israel.

    “Rose Fostanes works as singer in Israel. She has a very special story—a caregiver who from a very humble position became a superstar. She is a phenomenon and an ambassador of goodwill,” he said.

    For more information, call 883-9500 or email events.israelembassy@gmail.com.

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