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Philippine Embassy organizes concert in celebration of 119th Independence Day
May 13, 2017, 12:36 pm

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office organized a musical and comedy concert on Friday at the Kuwait National Museum Theater. Five artists from the Philippines; Comedienne singers Vicky Nonato and Janet Dancalan, talented singer and vocalist Mar Louis Mabasa and comedian singers Rey Pumaloy and Ate Gay delivered a successful entertaining afternoon.

The event kicked off with the Philippines and Kuwait National Anthems followed by a brief remarks from the Ambassador of the Philippines to Kuwait H.E. Renato P.O. Villa. Plaques of appreciation were presented to Salman AHA Boland, Superintendent of Museums and Kuwait National Museum and to Engr Ali Hussain Al Youha, Secretary General of National Council for Culture Art and Literature. In a brief remark, Boland commented that the Philippine Embassy and Filipinos are always welcome to hold events on the premises and congratulated the Philippines for celebrating its 119th Independence Day.

The show featured Dancalan and Nonato, noontime soap opera and film actresses, comedienne and singers, who aside from performing comical commentaries and jokes, rendered a repertoire of popular songs to the delight of everyone. Popular young singer and vocalist Mark Mabasa impressed everyone with his remarkable voice, which caused the audience to scream for more. Mabasa returned to the stage and delivered an accapella song.

Rey Pumaloy, popular TV hosts, show business reporter, singer and comedian, featured a lineup of popular hit tunes. The finale showcased comedian Ate Gay, a male impersonator of a popular movie actress Nora Aunor giving a half hour performance of hilarious jokes and songs. Winners of the raffle draws received gifts, gold items and a return ticket to the Philippines courtesy of the Philippine Airlines and other sponsors.

“I thank the Filipinos in Kuwait for their generosity, kindness and warm welcome, which made our visit and stay in Kuwait unforgettable. I hope we can return to perform for them again,” commented Nonato. Mabasa also thanked everyone for the warm welcome and for the chance to perform for Filipinos in Kuwait. Pumaloy, who has performed in Kuwait a few times, expressed his thanks to everyone who came and watched the show.

The show was hosted by The Morning Talk Show hosts Ian Concepcion, Leica De Los Santos and Jane Nolasco and directed by Ricky Laxa.

- Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer


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