March 03 2017
An overwhelming number of Kapuso fans herded to Abu Dhabi National Theater to personally experience Wowowin’s brand of fun and entertainment last February 17.
Energetic crowds filled the afternoon and evening shows, which were led by the ever charismatic Willie Revillame with co-hosts Donita Nose, Super Tekla, Kimchi, Ariella Arida, and Randy Santiago.
The worldwide tour stop in Abu Dhabi was a dream come true for many GMA Pinoy TV subscribers in the Middle East who have been clamoring to see their beloved “Kuya Wil” in the flesh. For them, Willie, through Wowowin, helps cure their homesickness as they are always reminded of home whenever they watch the daily Kapuso show.
Willie and his team were warmly welcomed by fans upon their arrival in Abu Dhabi a few days before the event.
On the event date, thousands of fans went to the venue in rented buses and cars way ahead of the shows’ schedule, not minding the long waiting time. Some fans came in wearing Encantadia costumes to show their love for Kapuso programs while a group of students from Abu Dhabi treated the crowd to a vibrant performance at the theater lobby.
Contributing to Wowowin’s huge success were its simple yet exciting segments such as “Hephep Hooray”,“Bigyan ng Jacket” and “Putukan Na” combined with the hosts’ hilarious antics, which surely kept the contestants and the spectators entertained.
More importantly, the show served as a venue for Filipinos to share their stories about being abroad and help fellow Oversees Filipino Workers (OFW) cope with their struggles.
Willie got the chance to talk to Lina Villalon, a widower and a “master cutter” in Abu Dhabi, about having no choice but to go overseas to send her 4 children to school. She proudly shared that all her children are now professionals. A video message of her daughter was flashed onscreen affirming how good Nanay Lina is as a mother.
One of the contestants, Simonette Prendol, used to be a hospital receptionist before she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer last December. In an interview with Willie, she said that she’d rather go home to her kids but could not do so because she spends most of her savings to her chemotherapy sessions. Willie gave him the signature Wowowin jacket along with a plane ticket and $500 so she can reunite with her family in the Philippines. A member of the audience also went onstage to give her financial help.
As the show concluded, Willie Revillame expressed his gratitude to all GMA Pinoy TV supporters and OSN subscribers in the Middle East who attended their first worldwide tour. “Maraming salamat po sa GMA Pinoy TV, sa tiwala po nila na kami ay nakapag-show para sa inyo… Nandito kami para pasayahin kayo. It’s a reunion ng ating mga Kapuso’t kababayang katulad niyo. It’s a party place, it’s a party day para po sa inyong lahat,” he reiterated.
On the other hand, GMA First Vice President for International Operations Joseph T. Francia thanked the GMA Pinoy TV supporters in Abu Dhabi. “Thank you for coming tonight. Alam kong matagal niyong hinintay si Willie, kaya sana natuwa kayo. Hindi magiging posible ito kung hindi ninyo inaabangan ang programa niya sa GMA Pinoy TV na nasa OSN. Kasama po namin ang OSN sa pagbibigay saya sa inyo ngayong gabi. Maraming salamat po sa pagpunta ninyo,” Francia said.
GMA Pinoy TV online and social media followers expressed how delightful they were for having Wowowin in Abu Dhabi.
“Salamat po ng marami sa inyo. OFWs really need a break especially from stress. Napasaya n’yo po kami. Maraming salamat lalo na kay Willie at kina Direk Randy at Direk Adrian Gret sa mabuting pakikisama sa amin. Mabuhay po kayo and may God bless you all and continue to help those who are in need,” Richelle Pliego Valenzuela said in a Facebook comment.
Another OFW Razel Policarpio was also thankful to the show for reducing her homesickness. “Nakabawas ng homesick! Salamat po, Wowowin,” she exclaimed.
Jem Jella Samson Dagodog said that she looks forward to seeing the show return to Abu Dhabi. “Maraming salamat sa pagbibigay saya sa aming OFWs, abangan namin ang inyong muling pagpunta dito sa Abu Dhabi. More power Wowowin,” she exulted.
Evy Hicks, who currently resides in Europe, expressed her support to the show after seeing the tour’s updates on GMA Pinoy TV Facebook account. “Grabe ang daming tao! Congratulations for the huge success of Wowowin show at the UAE more power sa inyong lahat and God bless from one of the avid fans of Wowowin in London, United Kingdom,” she wrote.
The Wowowin World Tour in Abu Dhabi was made possible by OSN, a leading pay-TV carrier, in association with GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV and was sponsored by Cebu Pacific.
As our Kapuso abroad couldn’t get enough of Willie and the team, viewers in the Middle East and North Africa region can watch the latest episodes of Wowowin on GMA Pinoy TV via OSN.
Catch the latest updates from GMA’s international channels by visiting www.gmapinoytv.com, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.
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