Filipinos are known music-lovers and this fact rings true wherever they may be in the world. Launched in 2012, this year’s Vancouver Original Pinoy Music Festival 2013 is slated to be held at the Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver, on Sunday, July 21st, from 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Admission is FREE for all our Filipino-Canadian kababayans. Joining them would be the popular Kapuso loveteam, the hunk Aljur Abrenica and talented actress Kris Bernal, both survivors of the reality-based artista search StarStruck: The Next Level. They will have a meet-and-greet on July 19, 2013 at Max’s Restaurant Cuisine of the Philippines on Kingsway in Vancouver.
About 5,000 people are expected to attend this event with the tagline “Ipagdiwang ang Musikang Pinoy!”, with OPM Queen Joey Albert, who migrated to Canada in 1994, also set to perform in the Festival. The event also boosts local Filipino talents by providing them a venue to showcase their singing prowess. Local Filipino talents joining this year include KrewMatik, Supremong Musikero, Vancouver’s Philippine Consulate General’s Singing Prodigy “Jandy”, Marion Torres, Morgan Holmstrom, Ria Jade, Reyfort Media Talents, Dynamix Band, and First Inversion Band; with a few to showcase their own original compositions. Truly, the OPM Festival commemorates great Filipino composers and artists from decades past, celebrates Pinoy Pride, and, most importantly, aims to bring Filipinos closer together while bringing back good old memories from the homeland through the music they have known and loved.
“We are very excited to hold this year’s Vancouver Original Pinoy Music Festival! We strongly believe that despite living abroad, it is important to embrace our Filipino roots, culture, traditions, and what better way to do it than through our very own music. I would say that over 80% of Filipino households own some kind of karaoke system which proves our love and passion for music. We are so pleased and honored to partner with GMA International which truly supports Filipino talents both locally and internationally and we hope to continue this community service for many years to come,” shares Faye Nalicat-Auyong, FCMG President.
GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International are available on Telus, MTS AllStream, Shaw and Bell TV. For more details, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV. For details or inquiries on booths/sponsorships, please call FCMG at 778.223.7848 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Plaza of Nations is easily accessible via public transportation and is within walking distance of BC Stadium Skytrain Station. Both paid and free (underground) parking are also available.