With its goal to touch the hearts of overseas Filipinos workers and to bring them closer to home, GMA International launched its flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV 10 years ago.
In celebration of a decade of Filipino service abroad, GMA brought some of its hottest artists namely Dennis Trillo, Betong Sumaya and Mikael Daez in the Middle East for a series of events.
The hardworking OFWs first saw Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo—who had enamored audiences both locally and abroad in the recently concluded drama series My Faithful Husband—at the Bayanihan Festival 2015.
The whole-day event was spearheaded by the Bayanihan Festival Organizing Committee and the Philippine Consul General in Dubai and Northern Emirates with GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International as media sponsors.
The huge turnout at the Al Mamzar Park warmly welcomed Dennis who performed with upbeat song numbers that enlivened the mood among the throngs of admirers; his performance was the highlight of the day’s program.
The Kapuso Booth at the venue also drew a large crowd with various activities and a meet and greet with the award-winning actor, wherein he gamely signed autographs and posed for photographs with each person in line.
Meanwhile, GMA International also took part in a significant occasion among the Filipino community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Philippine Fiesta sa Dammam.
Leading the event in KSA were Kapuso leading man Mikael Daez, who co-starred with Dennis in My Faithful Husband, and the talented actor-comedian and Bubble Gang mainstay Betong Sumaya. As first time visitors to Saudi Arabia, both Mikael and Betong enjoyed meeting and spending time with their kababayans in the Kingdom.
Organized in partnership with Lins Fip Music Production International and United Entertainment, the annual event drew countless participants from all over the Easter Province at the Cobra Amusement Park, Dammam Eastern Province, KSA.
This year, the Philippine Fiesta sa Dammam coincided with the first-ever Filipino Expo Festival, a whole day event for the family featuring booths, rides and back-to-back live band performances from local Filipino talents. A dental medical mission was also conducted for the benefit of Filipinos in the region.
“It is a great honor for GMA to be able to reach out to our fellow Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” shares GMA First Vice President for International Operations Joseph Francia. “Being able to gather the Filipino community in the country is a rare opportunity, and one which we truly grateful to have been given.”
“On the heels of GMA Pinoy TV’s 10th anniversary in 2015, we welcome another year of bridging Filipinos abroad with their home country through significant events that promote Filipino heritage such as those in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, as well as our continued commitment to providing quality programming and services overseas,” he added.
GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International are available in the Middle East through MyHD.