R-L: ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez, Prudential Center PR head Kerry Graue, ConGen Mario de Leon Jr., Eleanor de Leon, ABS-CBN North America managing director Chinky de Jesus and OKGo! head Ricky Resurreccion“Sulit na sulit! Sana maulit muli!” One Kapamilya Go 2013 was billed as the epitome of the The Filipino Channel (TFC) Sama Saya series in North America. Not only was it a fitting climax to the annual TFC events season, it took a big step by adding an East Coast leg to its traditional West Coast setting.
The positive reception by thousands who trooped to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on October 18 and in California’s Great America in Santa Clara on October 20 is both welcome and deserved.
If holding two legs for the first time wasn’t enough, it also took a miraculous alignment of heavenly stars to assemble an eclectic cast: from “The Voice of the Philippines” were Lea Salonga, Bamboo, champion Mitoy Yonting, runner-up Klarisse de Guzman and finalists Janice Javier and Myk Perez; from “Be Careful with My Heart” were Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, Tart Carlos and Viveika Ravanes; and from “ASAP 18” were Yeng Constantino, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Sam Milby and Cristine Reyes.
The payload produced explosive results under the direction of ABS-CBN Global head of Theatricals John-D Lazatin.
One Kapamilya Go project head Ricky Resurreccion remarked: “…As Lea aptly said, everyone realized that ‘kapamilya’ is more than a tagline, it is a real connection, a solid affinity, a meaningful relation. And that’s why everybody gave their best. To us, that’s what really matters.”