Kapamilya Stars Celebrate Philippine Independence Day in Middle East

Bannering the month-long festivity of Filipino Pride, The Filipino Channel (TFC), continues to herald in the region-wide Philippine Independence Day celebrations with the Filipino community, this time in partnership with TFC’s exclusive distributor in the Middle East, OSN.  Heading the celebrations this year which also marks TFC’s 20th anniversary were Kapamilya stars Vina Morales, Jed Madella, and Jessy Mendiola who showcased the Filipino skill and talent or ‘Galing ng Filipino’ in Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, and Oman.

Dynamic Diva Vina Morales electrified the crowd with her medley of Jennifer Lopez or J-Lo hits and TFC teleserye themes at the Musika at Tawanan 3 in Al Arabi Basketball Stadium, Mansouriya, Kuwait, last June 6.  Talented duo Iya and Tekla plus host-columnist Rey Pumaloy injected comedy into the TFC Hour.  Over three thousand OFWs longing for homegrown entertainment sang along the artists until the end of the event, staged by TFC – OSN in partnership with the Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFIL-OK).  Members of the community also rendered performances showcasing the Filipino talent.

Jed Madella, World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) Hall of Famer, showcased his signature, world-class performance with his performance of a medley of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and the theme song of teleserye “Dyesebel,”"Magakaiba Man Ang Mundo" right smack on June 12 at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain Conference Centre.  In partnership with the Filipino Club – Bahrain, the Independence Day celebrations welcomed more than a thousand kababayans.

The lead star of the Philippine version of Mexican novela Maria Mercedes joined  Madela the next day, June 13 at the Al Nasr, Leisureland, Dubai, UAE.  The fully packed, whole day celebration, made possible by TFC - OSN’s partnership with the Filipino Community Volunteers in the UAE treated the over 6,000 Filipino crowd to a sundry of activities: a job fair, mini-bazaar, cultural performances, raffle draws, and Pinoy games.

Jessy Mendiola then travelled to Oman last June 14 for the Independence Day celebration of the Filipino Community Social Club (FILCOSOC).  Held at the Al Falaj Hotel, the venue was filled to the rafters by kabayans of all ages, eager to see their idol, Mendiola.  Adding more excitement to the event was a Maria Mercedes look-alike where 11-year-old Angel Murillo emerged winner.  Completing the celebrations where a thousand gathered, were cultural performances from the Filipino Community.

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