TOKYO, JAPAN, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 – Headlines of entertainment news in recent years attest to the breadth of the Filipino talent, especially in the field of music — from singing competitions in search of the best amateur performers to reality shows such as “America’s Got Talent”. This wealth of talent continues to catch the attention of international icons including music producer David Foster who said in an interview with ABS-CBN: “I don’t know what’s in the water over there in the Philippines but there are a lot of great singers out there”.
This October, The Filipino Channel (TFC) will continue to prove the wealth of Filipino talent as the network brings multi-talented ABS-CBN stars Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan to join the Filipino community at the Philippine Festival 2017 — touted as the biggest Filipino event in Japan — on October 1, 2017 at the Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square in Tokyo.
First organized by the Philippine Festival Organizing Committee (FPOC) in 2012 with support from the Philippine Embassy in Japan, the Philippine Festival is organized annually for Filipinos and foreign nationals specifically “to bring expatriate Filipinos together, and at the same time introduce Philippine cuisine, music, dance, and products to Japanese and international friends”, according to the official website of the festival.
During the TFC Hour of the Philippine Festival 2017 tagged also as the “most awaited Filipino event in Japan”, Lim and Tandingan will showcase the great Filipino talent as they share their singing as well as their other talents when they perform for their fellowmen (kababayans).
While Kapamilya Heartthrob Lim is more known as a young sensation from ABS-CBN has proven his charm in top-rating dramas such as the recently concluded “The Story Of Us” and has equally proven his acting skills in award-winning films such as “Everything About Her”.
Unknown to many, Lim is musically inclined and has a talent both in singing and in playing instruments like the piano and the trumpet. In fact, he has three recording albums already under his belt: “So It’s You”, “XL2” and “Key of X”. He is also known internationally as the voice behind the Philippine release of the movie “Paddington Bear”.
Meantime, Tandingan has become a sought-after performer since becoming the first “X Factor” Philippines winner because of her soulful song performances of her own hits such as “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” at “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako” and with her latest hit — her own rendition of the classic song “Two Less Lonely People” by the international duo Air Supply.
TFC first shared the breadth of the Filipino talent to the Philippine festival in 2013 when the network brought Kapamilya artists: TFC’s first Goodwill Ambassador Martin Nievera, together with the iconic series “Be Careful with My Heart’s” cast members Doris Carlos and Sabel Fortuna to personally meet, and bring entertainment to the Filipino community in Japan.
The next year, 2014, TFC brought the Big Band Crooner Richard Poon who serenaded the ladies during the event.
This year, its Lim and Tandingan’s turn to continue the commitment from TFC through a showcase of unique Filipino performances.
In addition to the songs and acoustics, TFC will also open its booth to give the festival-goers chances to win photo opportunities with Lim and Tandingan, and take home limited edition TFC merchandise.
Aside from the performances from the Kapamilya artists, the organizers have geared up for the annual parade representing the different popular festivals in the Philippines. The performers’ colorful costumes and lively dances are two of the highlights which the Filipino community in Japan look forward to as they help bring back memories of celebrations from home.
During the event, festival-goers also get to enjoy their favorite Filipino delicacies being sold at the different booths around the venue.
TFC and the Philippine Festival invite the Filipino community to reminisce the Filipino festivals and the locals to join the celebration at the Philippine Festival 2017 on September 30 and October 1, with the TFC Hour happening on October 1 at the Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square in Tokyo.
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