After 2012’s sold-out anniversary show in Los Angeles, GMA International recently flew to the Middle East to celebrate its eighth year by bringing four of its biggest stars to the blazing deserts of Dubai for the very first time.
Held at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, the Kapusong Pinoy Sa Dubai: A GMA Pinoy TV Concert featured no less than Asia’s romantic balladeer Christian Bautista, GMA’s fierce songstress Rachelle Ann Go, Asia’s pop sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose, and GMA’s primetime queen Marian in a two-part musical extravaganza.
My-HD, GMA’s exclusive direct-to-home distribution partner of its international channels in the ME region, partnered with GMA International to make the event possible.
The Kapuso stars certainly did not disappoint their fans, who came from different parts of the Middle East, just to see them perform live. Marian had everyone on their feet as she eagerly danced with members of the audience sending everyone immediately in high spirits.
Kapuso primetime queen Marian happily shares: “First show pa lang po ay super sarap ng pakiramdam dahil sobrang init ng pagtanggap nila sa amin kaya pagdating ng second show, mas lalo pa naming binuhos ang performance namin. Hindi namin naramdaman ang pagod dahil parehong puno ang venue ng mga Kapuso natin na nagsusumikap mag-work sa Dubai. It’s really an experience that I will treasure.”
Meanwhile, Sunday All Stars mainstays Christian and Rachelle Ann gave memorable performances—both together and apart—and proved that their chemistry on stage is still as strong as ever.
“Performing for our kababayan in Dubai was a great experience,” says Christian about his first time to grace a GMA International event. “I love the connection that we were able to share with them. And I hope to visit them again soon as well our kababayans from other countries.”
On the other hand, Rachelle Ann, who frequently joins events spearheaded by GMA’s international business unit, expressed her appreciation and fondness for the Dubai-based Kapuso fans.
“It’s always nice to perform for our kababayan in Dubai. Napaka-warm nila and very welcoming, which made it even more memorable,” she recalls. “Masarap makita na napasaya namin sila kaya sana makabalik ulit kami sa Dubai.”
Julie Anne, who returns to Dubai for the second time, echoes the same feeling saying that, “it was overwhelming to perform [there].”
Julie Anne serenaded the crowd with a medley of love songs that only left them wanting for more. According to the Kahit Nasaan Ka Man lead actress, she took the concert as an opportunity to give back to our modern day heroes in the Middle East.
Mark Reyes, who skillfully directed the concert, encapsulates it all saying that, “Sulit ang malayong biyahe, puyat at pagod ng buong produksyon dahil ramdam na ramdam namin ang pagmamahal ng mga Kapuso natin. Salamat at mabuhay ang mga Kababayan nating Pinoy sa Dubai!”
GMA Pinoy TV was launched in the UAE in 2006, followed by GMA Life TV in 2009, and GMA News TV International in 2013. These channels are widely available in the Middle East Region through My-HD.
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