Pinoys troop to ‘Champions of the Heart’ concert in Milan

Pinoys troop to ‘Champions of the Heart’ concert in Milan
By Zita Baron
ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
03/16/2011 4:31 PM

MILAN, Italy – It was the last leg of the Champions of the Heart concert tour in Europe and was a swooping success in Milan last Sunday, March 6, 2011.

The Centro Culturale Filipino in Via Toffeti, 75, may not be the best concert venue compared to previous ones but was jam-packed by Milan-based Pinoys and others from Biella, Como, Torino, etc.

Concert promoter and producer Direck Renrick Andrin of RN Entertainment was surprised at the presence of the approximately 2,000 busy Pinoys in Milan.

The gate was scheduled to open at 2 p.m. but as early as 10 a.m. people started to arrive to line up for best seats.

Pinoy shining stars in Italy like Zendryl Lagrana, Abegail Dorado, the singing hair stylist “Sheboom” and some young talents, entertained the audience as they waited for Christian Bautista, Erik Santos and Pooh to perform.

Overwhelmed by the warm acceptance, the show lasted for more than 3 hours as Bautista and Santos serenaded the audience with their timeless pieces and Pooh provided laughter and fun for everyone.

Bautista’s minor scratch on the neck by an excited fan did not stop him from approaching the audience as he sang. The two young balladeers captivated the hearts of the young audience.

Pooh’s ability is not limited to make people laugh. He also has the power to make them emotional.

After the hit of the concert, the RN Entertainment now plans to bring in some more Kapamilya talents. Andrin said they are now preparing for a bigger project not only for Filipinos in Milan but in Europe in the next few months.

Erik, Christian, Pooh wow Vienna audience

Erik, Christian, Pooh wow Vienna audience
By Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Posted at 03/05/2011 3:12 PM | Updated as of 03/05/2011 3:12 PM

VIENNA, Austria – After their successful concert in other parts of Europe, Erik Santos, Christian Bautista and Pooh wowed audiences in Vienna on March 2 for their next stop in their European concert tour.

The concert hall at the UCI Kino, Millennium City was filled with Filipinos, Austrians and Indonesians who all wanted to witness ‘Champions of the Heart’ with ace comedian Pooh.

It was the first time that the 3 ABS-CBN talents performed live in Austria.

“We attribute the success of our ‘Champions of the Heart Concert’ in Austria and in other parts of Europe to all of our sponsors and to all of our kababayans here, who have given us a warm welcome and continue to support us in our endeavors,” Bautista told the audience.

Ericson Cruz Oliva, producer of the Vienna concert, told ABS-CBN News, “With this once in a lifetime concert of the high-caliber and famous Pinoy talents–Christian Bautista, Erik Santos and Pooh–I am very much overjoyed by the support and enthusiasm of our kababayans here in Vienna. The concert hall was fully jam-packed. Ibig sabihin, we have the full support of the Filipinos here. In return, we make sure that our events get bigger and better, bringing them even closer to home.”

Santos and Bautista captivated the hearts of the Filipinos and Austrians with their remarkable performance. Adding more spice and laughter to the event was the marvelous comedian Pooh, whose biting wit and spot-on punch lines really tickled the funny bones of the crowd. He brought endless laughter to the crowd.

“Watching The Filipino Channel (TFC) and being a subscriber, I have watched countless shows and news from this network on my free time. A friend from Vienna told me that there would be a concert with the popular celebrities of ABS-CBN talents in Vienna. The show was great. Christian, Erik and Pooh were excellent in their performance. I was extremely satisfied with their show and it was indeed a wonderful experience,” a TFC subscriber from Upper Austria, who travelled 5 hours to Vienna for the concert, told ABS-CBN News.

The Filipino Channel (TFC), one of the main sponsors of the European concert tour, is committed to go beyond boundaries to bring true Pinoy talent and entertainment to a wider global audience, connecting and nurturing relationships with and among Filipinos worldwide.

Aries Fortuna, TFC Area Sales Manager in Austria, contended, “Through grand events like these, we are able to reach out not just to our TFC subscribers but also to the many Filipinos who have chosen to live abroad and hopefully, even in our own small way, bring them closer to the Philippines once again.”