Archives For Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe onstage 2

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Following the success of Kapusong Pinoy concerts in Vancouver and Anaheim recently, GMA International continues to ignite the Filipino spirit around the world through its participation in various events celebrating the Philippines’ 117th Independence Day this June.

 

“It has been ten 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,” expresses GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. 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 on June 6, 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 on June 6 and 7. Alden also joined the celebration and interacted with our kababayans during the meet-and-greet session on the second day.

 

Sa lahat po ng mga Kapuso nating nakisaya sa Carson at Seattle, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and in line with the celebration of 10thanniversary of GMA Pinoy TV, maraming, maraming salamat po, sana napaligaya namin kayo, and we hope to see all of you again next year! God bless you, mga Kapuso!” says Alden.

 

Meanwhile, Mabuhay Festival 2015 organized by the Mabuhay Foundation was held in San Diego, California on June 13. The event was a family affair and GMA Pinoy TV’s photo booth became a hit among them. Photos from these events can be shared and downloaded at GMA Pinoy TV’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV.

 

Apart from the celebrations in the US, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto held its successful 5th year anniversary celebration last June 27. And just like the past 4 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. “Miss na kayo ng Pinas mga kapuso! Maraming salamat! Sana po nag enjoy kayo. Sa uulitin,” posted Heart on her Instagram account.

 

Organized 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 P. Garcia, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

 

 

From North America to the Middle East

 

Aside from the festivities in North America, GMA International also participated in celebrations in UAE and Kuwait.

 

On June 12, 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 of our kababayans, 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.

 

After the show, Rochelle got a chance to meet one of her Dubai-based fans, Mrs. Rose Garreth, who was in tears upon meeting her idol. It was such a heart-warming moment which Rochelle was also able to share with her followers on Instagram. “Maishare ko lang po ang napakasayang karanasan, nung makita ko siya, naiyak siya nung makita ako, natulala ako sa kanya, nung niyakap ko siya, tuwang tuwa siya at ako naman ang naiyak. Ang nasabi ko na lang sa sarili [ko], thank you God sa talentong ibinigay mo, nakakapagpasaya pala ako ng tao katulad ni ate Rose!” she relates.

 

Betong, on the other hand recalls the “amazing” journey he had in Dubai. “Performing and seeing our kababayans in Dubai up close and personal is an experience I’ll never forget,” he says.

 

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 our kababayans and even had impromptu performances. In one particular venue, our kababayans were in tears as Lovi sang “Habang May Buhay.”

“My trip to Kuwait was truly an eye-opening experience. I got to spend time with all of these wonderful people who are unfortunately going through a tough time.Sana lahat tayo ay ipagdasal sila dahil isa lang ang hangad nila ngayon – ang maka uwi na sila sa kanilang mga pamilya,” shares Lovi with her Instagram followers.

 

 

More Pinoy celebrations are underway

 

GMA International’s support of Pinoy fiestas abroad will continue throughout the year.

 

The 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held the this month from July 17 to 19 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. This event will feature a trade fair where Philippine products, foods, services, and tourism information are sold and displayed.

 

Come August 1 and 2, the 10th Annual Adobo Festival will be held at the Kennedy Park in Union City, California. This event is expected to draw in Filipino families at the Bay Area and participate in the much-awaited adobo cook-off contest, various activity booths and live entertainment.

 

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.

 

For updates on GMA Network’s artists, programs, international channels and events, visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @gmapinoytv, @gma_lifetv, and @gmanewstvintl and Instagram account @gmapinoytv.

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Hou Yeh Pinoy June 2010

Hou Yeh Pinoy June 2010

We recently celebrated the 112th Philippine Independence Day, last June 12 & 13.  It was a memorable day to celebrate the freedom of the Philippines.  It was a culturally rich, and equally a star studded day to remember.  The festivities for the day was presented by the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee, in cooperation with The Philippine Consulate General Hong Kong S.A.R., and The Philippine Association of Hong Kong.  There were also a number of major sponsors such as 1528 Smart Pinoy, Lucio Tan Group of Companies, Philippine Airlines, GMA Pinoy TV, PNB, Public Finance, RCBC, Prime Credit, BPInoy, and Metrobank.

112th Philippine Independence Day

The first day of the festivities were marked with games, food festivals, exhibits of cultures, government agencies (SSS, POEA, OWWA, and POLO) and real estate companies.  It was held in the Center Lawn of Victoria Park.  The scene was reminisce of a Philippine Fiesta, with colorful banderitas (banners), and equally colorful booths.   This was the first time the Philippine Independence celebration

VIP Guest

was held here, which was way better, as it can accommodate more people, and more booths.  There were also booths from Philippine and overseas companies, such as Metro Bank, PNB, RCBC, Western Union, Owtel, Prime Credit, RSC, Coca Cola, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong Disneyland, and many more.  But there was only one television network company, who had a booth there.  It was GMA Pinoy TV.  The booth was very eye catching, and colorful, as there were

GMA Pinoy TV Booth

balloon arches around the booth, done in the colors of the Philippine flag (Red, Blue, White, and Yellow), plus they have huge posters of the shows available in GMA Pinoy TV.  You can watch GMA Pinoy TV in Hong Kong, by subscribing to Now Broadband TV Channel 720.  Plus they introduced a new channel, the GMA Life TV Channel 721, a lifestyle channel for all Overseas Filipinos.  Plus they introduced a package if you subscribe to both GMa Pinoy TV, and GMa Life TV.

Us and La Diva

In the evening of the 12th, there was a Grand Ball, which was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hotel.  The ball was attended by the Who’s who in the Filipino community in Hong Kong.  Plus there were other foreign guests, who have become connected to the Filipinos, one way or another.  It was a festive night of wining, dining, and entertainment.  There was a free flow of wine, an equally sumptuous dinner, and exquisite entertainment.  The first entertainers for the night, was none other than La Diva, a trio of attractive, and talented ladies, who sang a number of songs, from Dream Girls, and Original Pilipino Music (OPM).  Then came another Diva, this time all by herself, Miss. Kuh Ledesma.  She serenaded and perform to the appreciating crowd.

Philippine Sluggers Women’s Baseball Team

On the second day of the festivities, there was a thanksgiving mass held at the Southorn Playground, and a parade ensued after.  The parade started from the Southorn Playground and ended up in the Center Lawn of the Victoria Park.  Those who joined the parade, were in colorful costumes, each depicting a regions cultural heritage, and there were also some religious, and political groups, who joined in on the parade.  It was a whole day affair, as there were games,

La Diva

songs, bands, and dance numbers, from different volunteer groups.  Later in the afternoon, La Diva came to entertain the crowd with some song and dance numbers.  They even picked some volunteers from the crowds to sing and dance with them.  They brought joy and happiness to our Overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong.  They gave them something to remember, even for just a day.

Billy Crawford at Barkadahan Millionaire Game Show

Also on same day, there was another event, which was organized by Smartone Vodafone, and Sony Ericcson.  It was a game show contest, wherein they gave away almost P2 Million worth of prizes.  And it was a fun event, as there were quizzes, “wheel of fortune” game, sack throwing games, and many more.  There were also song and dance numbers, and their entertainer is none other than international recording star Billy Crawford.  The contestants, and the crowds went wild with the prizes, and the entertainment provided.