October 18 2016
The excitement at the Khalidiyah Mall last October 7 and 8 reached a fever pitch as GMA Pinoy TV subscribers and die-hard fans of iconic telefantasya Encantadia came together to witness cast members Glaiza de Castro, Rocco Nacino, and Solenn Heussaff perform live at the “Avisala, UAE!” show.
The two-day event marks the first ever Encantadia international tour since the airing of its 2016 remake, which continues to soar in the Philippines with consistently high ratings. Encantadia has also managed to captivate audiences alike with its stunning visual effects and new storylines that keep even fans of the original guessing.
Aside from treating attendees to tasteful song and dance numbers, Glaiza, Rocco, and Solenn all gladly obliged to take photos with fans during lively meet-and-greet sessions. The three Kapuso stars even signed merchandise such as shirts for the “Encantadiks” who couldn’t contain their happiness at being in close proximity with their idols.
The “Avisala, UAE!” event was a certified hit, thanks to its headliners and innovative segments, such as the kiddie beauty pageant “Little Miss Encantadia” and “Encantadia Cosplay Contest”, which had participants dress up as their favorite Encantadia character, and the artists as judges. Glaiza, Rocco, and Solenn were present during the awarding ceremonies for both competitions.
In an interview with GMA Pinoy TV, Glaiza talked about an emotional moment she had upon seeing her fellow Pinoys cheer for her during the show. “Honestly, so far, ito ‘yung pinakabonggang-bongga at overwhelming na experience ko with GMA Pinoy TV. Habang nagpe-perform ako, nate-teary-eye na ako, siyempre ayokong masira ‘yung performance ko, pero nakakatuwa na makita [ang audience na] sobrang excited sa Encantadia…”
For Solenn, it was the crowd’s energy which spurred her to do her very best onstage. “Sobrang saya, as in, napakalakas ‘yung energy nila rito, tapos ‘yung buong mall, napuno, first time na may mag-mall show sa Khalidiyah, some of them actually drove all the way from Dubai pa to come see us so it’s such a blessing for all of us in GMA Pinoy TV… Ang saya lang namin nina Rocco at Glaiza, we’re just happy to make other people happy.”
After their October 8 show, the Encantadia and GMA Pinoy TV team also travelled to Dubai for a special performance at the employee accommodation of the Emirates National Oil Company, a corporation owned by the government of Dubai. The Encantadia cast was warmly received by Overseas Filipino Workers, who were ecstatic at seeing the stars outside of their television screens.
On Instagram, Rocco expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the “Avisala, UAE!” attendees. “Thank you, GMA Pinoy TV and OSN for bringing us to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Ramdam namin [nina Glaiza at Solenn] ang pagmamahal ng mga Kapuso natin dito sa UAE. Sana napasaya naming kayo, mga Kabayan! Saludo kami sa inyong lahat, Kapuso! Mahal naming kayo! Sa uulitin!”
The Philippine Ambassador to the UAE H.E. Constancio Vingno Jr was similarly thankful to GMA Pinoy TV for bringing Filipinos abroad, specifically those in the UAE, closer to home through meaningful events. “Unang-una, sa ngalan ng embahada, nagpapasalamat po kaming mga Filipinos dito sa Abu Dhabi sa pagpapadala po ng GMA Pinoy TV, in cooperation with OSN, sa mga stars ng GMA 7. Hindi niyo po nalalaman kung paano niyo napaligaya ang ating mga kababayan dito sa Abu Dhabi. Bilang ama ng mga Filipinos sa United Arab Emirates, natutuwa po ako na nagkakaroon ng mga ganitong pagkakataon na nagkatipon-tipon ang ating mga kababayan at nabigyan po natin sila ng kasiyahan. We’re always looking forward to events like this, kasi bihirang-bihira po ang mga sikat na artista from the Philippines na nagagawi rito sa Abu Dhabi. Kaya maraming, maraming salamat po at napasaya po ninyo ang ating mga kababayan dito sa United Arab Emirates.”
“Avisala, UAE!” was organized by leading direct-broadcast satellite provider OSN, which serves the Middle East and North Africa. GMA Network’s three international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International served as media sponsors for the event.
According to OSN Pinoy Product Executive Mary Chris Pike Eugenio, teaming up with GMA Pinoy TV for the successful “Avisala, UAE!” has been a huge delight. “OSN and GMA Pinoy TV have partnered to engage the top stars of Encantadia with our Kapusos in the region. With the availability of the GMA channels on the OSN platform, we look forward to continually deliver a complete entertainment experience to our valued OSN customers from premium Filipino content to activations such as this,” said Ms. Eugenio.
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