While set apart by Australia’s massive terrain, the Filipinos “Down Under” came together for The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) second installment of the much-anticipated OK Go! Australia on September 18 and 20. TFC roused thousands of Filipinos at the Planetshakers Centre in South Melbourne and the Rosehill Gardens Raceourse in Sydney with exciting Kapamilya stars bringing a two-day, world-class entertainment extravaganza that engaged kababayans to a veritable sing-a-long.
“2015 OKGo! Australia,” the second installment in TFC’s series of blockbuster events for kababayans in Australia, engaged over four thousand Filipinos in Melbourne and Sydney with hours of world-class voices and exciting performances of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) hits and classics; mainstream international hits; the latest dance craze and pure Pinoy fun.
According to Asia Pacific Managing Director for ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Ailene Averion “Last year, TFC celebrated 20 years of service to Filipinos worldwide. This year’s OKGo! Australia continues to be a showcase of Filipino talent, our kababayans’ fondness for entertainment and the Pinoy’s unique bayanihanspirit wherever in the world they may be.”
Highlighting TFC’s poste event is “Dream Dad” love team Zanjoe Marudo and Beauty Gonzales singing a string of OPM hits such as “Kapag Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” and “Pusong Bato.”
Thrilling the audience even more was when host and “Your Face Sounds Familiar” star Kakai Bautista pulled out three ladies from the audience to join Marudo for an on-stage contest where Marudo then proceeded to serenade the winning contestant with “Hinahanap-hanap Kita.”
Raising the entertainment level was Queen of Teleserye Themes Angeline Quinto singing fan favorites such as “Anong Nangyari Sa Atin” and King of Teleserye Themes Erik Santos singing his classics such as “This is the Moment” and his own version of international hit “Titanium.”
Turning the concert into a veritable sing-along was Aiza Seguerra who performed her biggest hit “Pagdating ng Panahon” to which Filipinos from all walks of life sang along with. Seguerra also performed her own version of OPM rock hit “El Bimbo.”
Sealing the entertainment fare on both the Melbourne and Sydney shows was the cast’s performance of “Good Time” which pretty much sums up what the TFC event was all about pure fun and world-class entertainment with Kapamilyas.
According to Averion, the audience response may have not come as a surprise but the feedback was rewarding.
Averion shared “We were challenged with the fact that Filipinos here are from distant areas and it will take them one good reason to pull out of their daily grind and come together as one community. I see now that when you give them a good show, they will reward you with a kind of response that validates all the hard work we put into setting up One Kapamilya Go!” Averion added, “Our Kapamilyas joined the performers as they sang along to each song; danced to each hit; laughed to the stars’ banter; and celebrated togetherness with fellow Filipinos.”
Averion ends, “Our kababayans’ reception inspires us to raise the level of our entertainment offering for Filipinos in the Land Down Under. With this, Kapamilyas can expect more from TFC in the years to come.”
Truly, One Kapamilya Go! was the total entertainment package a showcase of world-class talent and a celebration of our Filipino pride.