Kapusong Cebuanos and Ilonggos experienced spectacular celebrations of this year’s Sinulog and Dinagyang Festivals when GMA Network, through its regional arm GMA Regional TV, brought some of today’s hottest artists for a series of shows in January.
In Cebu, no less than Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid led the biggest names in the entertainment industry that joined the colorful annual Sinulog Festival.
Meanwhile, actress Lovi Poe and actor Dennis Trillo headlined the Kapuso Mall Show and Kapuso Fiesta on Jan. 19 at the Gaisano Island Mall Mactan and The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu, respectively. The two actors star in the romcom series The One That Got Away.
Joining Lovi and Dennis were the lead stars of Kambal, Karibal Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali who both spread kilig to their Cebuano fans. Present as well during the Kapuso Mall Show was Sherlock Jr.’s Ruru Madrid with his co-star Matt Evans.
The following day, Jan. 20, Cebuanos filled the Waterfront Hotel and Casino to watch the launch of 3 Stars, 1 Heart featuring the powerhouse trio of Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, balladeer Christian Bautista, and pop sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose. The ground-breaking concert series was a collaboration of GMA RTV with GMA Entertainment Content Group (ECG).
This year’s Sinulog Grand Parade was made special with the participation of the rest of the stars of The One That Got Away. Actress/TV host Rhian Ramos and Max Collins together with Ivan Dorschner, Migo Adecer, and Jason Abalos boarded the Kapuso Float on Jan. 21.
GMA Cebu also aired a live coverage of the Sinulog Grand Parade that day. The “Pit Senyor: The Balitang Bisdak Special Live Coverage” was hosted by Balitang Bisdak anchors Alan Domingo and Cecile Quibod-Castro, together with Balitang Bisdak’s roster of correspondents Chona Carreon, Lou Ann Mae Rondina, and Nikko Sereno.
The following week, the Kapuso Network delighted its loyal viewers in Iloilo when it celebrated the Dinagyang Festival with various events from Jan. 26 to 28. Ruru bannered the Kapuso Fiesta in Robinsons Place Iloilo last Jan. 26 with his Sherlock Jr. co-stars Janine Gutierrez and Andre Paras.
The next day (Jan. 27), Ilonggos who flocked to the Festive Walk Megaworld experienced an early Valentine treat when Kambal, Karibal’s Miguel and Bianca treated them to a Kapuso Mall Show.
Taste Buddies and All-Star Videoke host Solenn Heussaff also participated in the Dinagyang Festival celebrations, throwing a party for the crowd gathered during her Kapuso Meet and Greet in SM City Iloilo.
Capping off the Kapuso Dinagyang activities this year was the Kapuso Mall Show courtesy of the stars of the upcoming Afternoon Prime program Contessa. Actress Glaiza de Castro, who is set to play Contessa in the series, was warmly received by the throng of Ilonggos who gathered in SM City Iloilo last Jan. 28. Joining Glaiza were her co-stars Lauren Young and Jak Roberto.
“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support we received during the various shows we mounted last January. We know how awfully busy Sinulog and Dinagyang Festivals could be, but our Kapusong Cebuanos and Ilonggos showed us how much they fully support their favorite Kapuso artists. For this, we are very grateful,” says GMA Regional TV Vice President and Head Oliver Amoroso. “And this is only the beginning of a wonderful year for our loyal Kapuso viewers. Watch out for more events in the coming months ahead. These are all for you, because you continue to keep GMA 7 the number one network nationwide,” he ends.
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