Following the recent success of Kapusong Pinoy concerts in Vancouver and Anaheim, GMA International continues to ignite the Filipino spirit around the world through its participation in various events celebrating the Philippines’ 117th Independence Day.
“It has been 10 fruitful years of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home through our flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV and we look forward to many more years of serving our kababayans abroad,” expressed GMA Vice President and head of International Operations Joseph Francia.
“We will continue to instill and nurture a sense of pride and love for country among our fellow Filipinos abroad through our programs on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV-International and on-ground events,” he adds.
The series of patriotic events opened with the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Carson City, California which was graced by one of GMA’s top leading men Alden Richards. The event was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation (PIDF, Inc.) of Carson in cooperation with the Cities of Carson and Los Angeles.
Alden, who was also one of the featured artists in the recent Kapusong Pinoy events in North America, once again charmed the audience and was presented three certificates of recognition by the Mayor Pro Tem and Grand Marshall Elito Santarino.
Simultaneously, Pagdiriwang 2015 spearheaded by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) was held in Seattle, Washington. Alden also joined the celebration and interacted with his kababayans at the meet-and-greet session on the second day.
Meanwhile, Mabuhay Festival 2015 organized by the Mabuhay Foundation was held in San Diego, California. The event was a family affair and GMA Pinoy TV’s photo booth became a hit among them.
Apart from the celebrations in the US, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto held its successful 5th year anniversary celebration. And just like the past four years, thousands of Kapuso in Canada joined the celebration. Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista graced the event, and received a warm welcome from the crowd who came despite heavy rains.
Hosted by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), the event was attended by thousands of event-goers including dignitaries—ministers, senators and members of Parliament, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
From North America to the Middle East
Besides the festivities in North America, GMA International also participated in celebrations in UAE and Kuwait.
Dance diva Rochelle Pangilinan and Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Winner Betong Sumaya joined the celebrations in Dubai, UAE organized by the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee led by the Office of the Philippine Consulate General. The event was jam-packed with 4,000 overseas Filipinos, who enjoyed performances by Rochelle, Betong and our very talented Dubai-based Filipino artists. The GMA Pinoy TV booth also stood out as games like Pinoy Henyo, Dice, and GPTV Q&A’s drew in crowds of Kapuso fans.
On the same day, another celebration in the UAE took place as Musika at Tawanan 5, mounted by the Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFILL-OK) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, kicked off in Kuwait. Kapuso Premier actress Lovi Poe was present and performed song numbers much to the delight of the audience. She was able to visit the Philippine Consular and Overseas Labor Offices, gamely took pictures with kababayans and even had impromptu performances.
More Pinoy celebrations underway
GMA International’s support of Pinoy fiestas abroad will continue throughout the year.
The 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held from July 17 to 19 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA while come August 1 and 2, the 10th Annual Adobo Festival will be held at the Kennedy Park in Union City, California.
Indeed, GMA International does not only bring Filipinos abroad closer to their home country, but also continues to uphold national pride and patriotism across the world.
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