GMA Regional TV—the regional arm of GMA Network—brought to Iloilo the stars of current and upcoming Kapuso shows as well as the country’s most sought-after concert performers as part of the colorful celebration of Dinagyang Festival from Jan. 25 to 27.
Cast members of the hit afternoon series My Special Tatay—Arra San Agustin, Bruno Gabriel, and Rita Daniela—were at Festive Walk Mall on Friday (Jan. 25) for a mall show.
Adding fun to the afternoon were comedic duo Boobay and Tekla of The Boobay and Tekla Show, which premiered on Sunday evening.
Also celebrating Dinagyang Festival was Derrick Monasterio who joined the stars of My Special Tatay and The Boobay and Tekla Show that day.
On Saturday (Jan. 26), the lead stars of the much awaited primetime drama Kara Mia—Barbie Forteza and Mika dela Cruz—were at Robinsons Place Iloilo for a Kapuso Mall Show at 4:00 p.m.. They were joined by their co-stars Jak Roberto and Paul Salas.
Kapusong Ilonggos were also entertained by young actresses Kyline Alcantara and Therese Malvar from the upcoming drama series Inagaw na Bituin, as they joined the Kara Mia cast in the program.
On Sunday (Jan. 27), GMA Iloilo had a live coverage of the Dinagyang Festival Dagyang Tribes Dance Competition beginning at 8:30 a.m.. It was the first time that GMA Iloilo did a live coverage of the annual fest since 2013.
The Hala Bira! The One Western Visayas Special Live Coverage was hosted by One Western Visayas anchors Atty. Sedfrey Cabaluna, Adrian Prietos, and Kaitlene Rivilla. They were joined by One Western Visayas correspondents Zeny Quilantang and Darylle Marie Sarmiento.
Later in the afternoon, two of the country’s sought-after and multi-talented actors—Janine Gutierrez and Tom Rodriguez who will banner the upcoming fantasy series, Dragon Lady—headed on to SM City Iloilo to celebrate Dinagyang Festival via a Kapuso Mall Show at 4:00 p.m.. Joining them were the lead stars of another upcoming series, Hiram na Anak, led by Yasmien Kurdi and Dion Ignacio.
And in the evening, Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose and Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista bannered the Kapuso Concerts series with The Sweetheart and the Balladeer: Fun Night Only at the Iloilo Convention Center, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Together with Julie and Christian were the comedic duo of Donita Nose and Tekla and special guest, The Clash Grand Champion Golden Cañedo.
Last Jan. 19, the stars of TODA One I Love kicked off the highly-anticipated festivities of Dinagyang Festival. The well-loved on-screen pair of Kylie Padilla and Ruru Madrid or KyRu treated their fans to a Kapuso Mall Show in Vista Mall Iloilo City together with their co-stars Jackie Rice and David Licauco. TODA One I Love is the upcoming political romantic comedy series under GMA Public Affairs.
“We prepared a lot of surprises for our Kapuso viewers this year. And for the Dinagyang Festival, we are bringing some of the network’s biggest stars. But we are not stopping here. We are also launching the first leg of our Kapuso Concerts here in Iloilo—The Sweetheart and the Balladeer: Fun Night Only. We are excited that this quality concert will be bannered by no less than Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose and Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista,” GMA RTV Vice President and Head Oliver Amoroso said.
“We are even adding a touch of comedy courtesy of Donita Nose and Tekla. Golden’s fans in Iloilo should also watch out for our The Clash grand champion. I’m sure that our Kapusong Ilonggos will have a great experience,” he added.
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