New York City – Filipinos came far and wide to watch a star-studded concert of ASAP in the colossal Barclay’s Center on September 5.
“The show was worth it,” said Susan Samson who shelled out $150 for ticket, the cheapest of the price range. A mammoth crowd of 8,000 filled up the Barclay’s.
A production of the giant TV network ABS-CBN, the event brought in Filipino big stars to entertain a growing Filipino community in the East Coast.
There were those who came from as far as Canada to watch the show.
Juliet Payabyab, head of the committee on Government Relations for the concert said she was particularly pleased with the presentation of the Broadway Barkada and ASAP singing stars as well as the poetry on The Desiderata by ABSCBN top executive Charo Santos.
That was kind of hair-raising for me. They were spectacular, Payabyab said as she stopped and watched for their presentation despite her responsibility at the back stage.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and City Mayor Bill de Blasio presented plaques of citation and appreciation to the Philippine communities in New York which was received by Consul General Mario De Leon.
That was a great milestone to be publicly recognized. To the legions of fans of singers Martin Nievera, Zsazsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Piolo Pascual, and a hundred more, it was enough to hear and see them take New York by storm.
Meanwhile at the Philippine Consulate, the Sinehan sa Summer had been well-attended during its entirely. On its 6th year, it did not only promote Philippine movies, it also strengthened bayanihan among organizations that sponsor each movie night.
This year’s Sinehan closed with John Paul Su’s Toto, with lead star Sid Lucero. Toto is a black comedy about the obsession of the American dream gone mad.
It sent the audience laughing and reflecting.
On September 18, top balladeer Basil Valdez serenaded nostalgic Filipinos at the Sheraton LaGuardia Flushing with his well-loved pieces Ngayon at Kailanman, You, Kastilyong Buhangin, and a lot more. That night was a time to sing with him and remember.
The show was sponsored by GMA News and Life TV and local producers Myrna Gutierrez and Margie Witsotsky.
“I am a fan all these years. I am glad to sing Ngayon at Kailanman again and with him,” said Corina from NewJersey. (Photos by Jeanette Marco, Juliet Payabyab and Momar Visaya)