VANCOUVER -Two thousand fans watched a concert to celebrate the 118th Philippine Independence Day on June 12 at the Waterfront Park, North Vancouver, with Filipino artists Joey Albert and Richard Gomez topbilling the show. Raffy Swap One did the guitars for Joey and Richard.
“I always enjoy performing for our kababayans. Happy Independence Day to all Filipinos, around the world!” said Gomez, now Mayor of Ormoc City. He came with wife, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and daughter Juliana.
Joey has been residing in Canada with her family for two decades but comes back home every now and them to perform.
“I love Filipino fans anywhere in the world. They are so dear to me,” said Albert.
Hosted by ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC) and organized by Alvin Koh Relleve, the concert also featured the Day Trippers known as the Beatles of Canada and Arrival, the Abba of Canada. Local performers Pork and Bean : Jerry Legaspi aka PapaBear and Jojo Alpuerto also performed. It was hosted by local singer Naomi Chan, Joy Ruiz , Star Bernardo and Papa Bear.
“We prepared for 8 months in partnership with TFC. We wanted everything to be in order, and thank God the fans enjoyed and it was a successful concert,” said Relleve, organizer of the show.
PHOTO CREDIT - CHRISTIAN CUNANAN