Derek Ramsay and Dr. Vicki Belo entertain Fil-Ams at Adobo Festival

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Isah V. Red - Dr. Vicki Belo, the country’s very own Ambassador of Beauty and Doctor to the Stars joined thousands of Filipino Americans at the Martinez Waterfront Park in California, to celebrate the annual “Adobo Festival.”

Belo was awarded “The Most Trusted Brand by Filipinos Worldwide.” She gave a talk on beauty to an audience of over 10,000 Filipinos who flocked to the event.

Also present was actor and model Derek Ramsay, a longtime endorser of Belo Medical Group, who was also awarded “The Most Popular Actor and Celebrity Endorser 2013.”

Derek Ramsay and Dr. Vicki Belo entertain Fil-Ams at Adobo Festival Derek Ramsay and Dr. Vicki Belo entertain Fil-Ams at Adobo Festival “It’s always a pleasure to be in a gathering of Filipinos and Filipino families,” Belo fondly said. “There’s never a shortage of laughter, fun and great food. California is the most populous US state and is home to more than half of the entire Fil-Am population in America.

Everyone gets a chance to get together and celebrate all the things they miss about living in the Philippines and love about being Filipino.”

Derek, who graciously accommodated hundreds of Fil-Ams who lined up at the Belo Medical Group and TV5 booths during a five-hour autograph-signing and photo-op session, won the hearts of our kababayans there.

The Adobo Festival was founded in 2006 by Joey Camins, a Filipino businessman. After earning the unanimous endorsement of the Bay Area Centennial Fil-Am Committee, the Adobo Festival became an annual event. Instead of holding the festival in just one location, JS Camins Productions decided to bring it around the Bay Area like Daly City, Newark, San Jose, Stockton, Sacramento, Vallejo, Milpitas, and in Martinez, just outside of San Francisco.

Another Adobo Festival celebration was also recently held at the Kennedy Park in Union City. The Adobo Festival also features two days of non-stop entertainment with local performers and popular Filipino celebrities.

‘Barrio Fiesta sa London’ crowd hits all-time high By MST Entertainment | Posted 9 hours ago | 236 views

THE annual “Barrio Fiesta sa London” in the United Kingdom (UK) continues to hit the mark as the biggest Filipino event outside the homeland as over tens of thousands of Pinoys trooped to the Apps Court Farm near Hampton Court, Walton-on Thames in July for homegrown festivities and entertainment they surely missed on July 21 and 22.

Bannering the 29th Barrio Fiesta sa London on day one was one of the Philippines’ biggest love teams, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim who thrilled both the young and young-at-heart with their rendition of breakthrough artist Jireh Lim’s viral hit “Buko.”

Providing entertainment for both dates were “Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs” Angeline Quinto and Be Careful With My Heart beloved yaya, Doris “Tart” Carlos. Carlos who was feverish then, performed to the hilt, not showing the slightest hint of feeling a bit under the weather.

Highlighting the second, equally successful day two was the presence of much talked about stars Maja Salvador and Richard Gomez.

Gomez from the equally phenomenal Walang Hanggan thrilled the female crowd as he sung the teleserye’s theme song with the same title. Meantime, Salvador shared a peek of her 10th anniversary concert which she first performed back in Manila, much to the delight of fans.

The crowd went wild as Lim, Quinto, Salvador, and Gomez came down from the high stage to get closer to the crowd.

Salvador also pulled lucky audience members to the stage. Aside from these opportunities, raffle winners of TFC’s event promo were treated to exclusive meet and greets with the stars as well as gift packs and discounts from TFC and myREMIT.

As part of the Filipino cultural showcase, Philippine Centre members and local talents, including TFCKat Europe finalists, performed songs and dances from home. Meantime, authentic Filipino food and aroma filled colorful booths at the area.

Tens of thousands of Pinoys in the UK and nearby cities filled the Apps Court Farm, a venue much larger than last year’s Lampton Park.

Managing Director for ABS-CBN Europe Ltd. (official distributor of ABS-CBN content in the continent) Edgardo Garcia said, “We at TFC and Philippine Centre were both expecting this year’s Barrio Fiesta sa London to continue the tradition of Filipino fiesta for a massive crowd but we were pleasantly surprised to see that the annual event has broken new records once again. While this raises the bar for future ‘barrio fiestas,’ this challenge provides us the opportunity to explore more ways to give the annual tradition a whole new twist to excite our Filipino audience.”

Vice chairman of the Philippine Centre Board and Hermano Mayor Joseph Parinas, said: “We did it in 2012 and we did it again this year. Since we started, the ‘Barrio Fiesta sa London’ has ceaselessly improved through time. This year, we are more than happy to be doing this again with Kapamilyas who have once again proven that we joined the right family—TFC. We look forward to more ‘barrio fiestas’ with TFC.”

The Barrio Fiesta sa London is part of TFC and Philippine Centres’ continuing partnership to bring the best of the Filipino to Kapamilyas in Europe.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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