Thousands Crowd Great America for TFC's One Kapamilya Go
Close to ten thousand people flocked to California’s premier theme park, Great America, to celebrate the Filipino Channel’s 15th anniversary with a star-studded event, One Kapamilya Go.
Pinoy fans were treated to performances by their favorite stars John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Charice Pempengco, Billy Crawford, Luis Manzano and Vhong Navarro, as well as Pinoy Dream Academy champion Laarni Lozada and runner-up Bugoy Drilon.
John Lloyd says, “I’m very honored and privileged and I’m more than happy to be here kasi parte ako nito, parte ako ng history, parte ako ng pagpapasaya sa ating milyong-milyong mga kapamilya.”
Luis Manzano adds, “This is something very monumental for every Filipino that enjoys TFC. So I’m very overwhelmed that I get to be here. I get to celebrate it with everyone here.”
Comedians Chokoleit and Candy Pangilinan kept the crowd screaming with delight.
TFC subscriber Carmen Cumandao says it’s as if she never left the Philippines. “Nakikita ko kasi ang mga paborito kong artista sa shows nila. Kaya kahit malayo ako sa pamilya ko, parang nandoon na rin ako.”
For those aspiring to be the next big star in the Philippines, director Laurenti Dyogi and ABS-CBN channel head Cory Vidanes held auditions for Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy throughout the day.
Fans were also treated to screenings of Star Cinema’s blockbuster hit, “And I Love You So.”
“The story was really nice, lalo na na nandyan si Sam Milby,” says fan Alma Montegrijo.
“Ang hot ni Papa Derek!” exclaims another fan Katya Teves.
Perhaps the biggest treat of the night…one lucky fan won a house and lot in the Philippines, two roundtrip tickets to the Philippines and $500.
Winner Day Presa says, “Mahirap pa naman ang buhay ngayon. Kaya I’m so excited and grateful sa TFC. Maraming salamat. This is a great opportunity.”
More than anything, One Kapamilya Go is TFC’s way to give back to the kababayans who have supported the best in Filipino talent through the years.
ABS-CBN Global Chief Operating Officer Raffy Lopez says, “It’s about making the community happy and that in itself is so fulfilling for us. Fifteen years of doing this and we’re going to be doing this for many more years, and hopefully we’ll have many more of these events.”
For 15 years, the Filipino Channel has been a big part of the lives of overseas Filipinos, a commitment to keep Filipinos closer to home…wherever they may be in the world.