What started as a musical collaboration has now become the most-awaited quartet of the most powerful singers in the country –– “Birit Queens.”  This April 7,  industry and entertainment pillars The Filipino Channel (TFC) and ASAP, will bring the live performances from the Philippines to the Middle East.

As part of TFC’s 20th anniversary, the premier network brings no less than Morissette Jona, Klarisse and Angeline together to jumpstart the celebrations via “ASAP Birit Queens.”

As a purveyor of Filipino talent across the world, TFC selected the four singers because they have not only held their own because of their unique singing prowess but have also emerged winners from life challenges, just like how overseas Filipinos (OFs) in the region have.

From a newbie who impressed at “Star Power: Sharon’s Search for the Next Female Pop Superstar,” Angeline Quinto has come a long way and is now known as The Queen of Teleserye Themes or the voice behind the most iconic teleseryes.  Her singing career started as a dream so she knows how it is for overseas Filipinos, whose journey started from life goals.

For Angeline the fact that kababayans go out of their way to watch the show means a lot to her: “Despite their hardships, they chose to buy a ticket to watch us.  I guess this is like their ‘me time.”  The singer stresses: “This drives me and the other Birit Queens, to deliver one good show.”

While she has found her home in ABS-CBN later among the four singing royalties, Jona has proven to be a favorite Kapamilya performer for her powerful performances.  While this will be her second time in Abu Dhabi, this will be her first Kapamilya event.  “It’s (Birit Queens) an opportunity for me to perform for kabayans.  When we dedicate and perform songs which they can relate with, it makes the experience even more memorable,” the Fearless Diva shares.

From first season of “The Voice’s” 1st runner, Klarisse has now moved to the front row as a known soul singer.  She understands how it is to be in the sidelines, especially in a foreign land.  Klarisse says: “We know that our kabayans in the Middle East work so hard and miss their families.  Because of these concerts, they (OFs) are excited because it brings them back to the Philippines.”

Also a product of “The Voice,” Morissette has now become a sought-after concert performer in and outside the Philippines, earning her the tag The Next Big Diva.

While she has been to other parts of the world she is excited to perform in the Middle East because this will be her first time to perform in the country.  “We have one goal – to relive our kabayans’ homesickness.  I am looking forward to see how our kabayans will react,” Morissette muses.

Together, they will set the stage on fire with their performances of their own hits, iconic Original Pilipino Music (OPM), classics and covers of Billboard Top 100.

Filipinos in the Middle East are invited to the “ASAP Birit Queens” on April 7 at the National Theater of Abu Dhabi, Old Airport St., Abu Dhabi.  Gates open at 4 p.m. Tickets are at AED 250 for Platinum, AED 165 for Gold; AED 95 for Silver.

For tickets, interested parties can visit emea.kapamilya.com.  Get one free ticket if you avail of four tickets under the Barkada Promo (applicable to Gold and Silver categories).

Follow the Birit Queens update by visiting facebook.com/TFCMiddleEast or by posting using the hashtag #AsapBiritQueensinAbuDhabi


Morissette, Jona, Klarisse & Angeline, pambungad ng TFC sa ika-20 na anibersaryo nito sa Middle East
Mula Manila hanggang Abu Dhabi, dadalhin ng Birit Queens ang kanilang kilalang iconic musical collaboration sa ASAP, April 7 sa National Theater sa Abu Dabi

Mula sa “ASAP” stage, handa nang dalhin ng Birit Queens ang kanilang iconic performances sa ibang bansa simula sa April 7 sa National Theater sa Abu Dhabi via “ASAP Birit Queens.”

Bilang bahagi ng 20th anniversary ng The Filipino Channel (TFC), pinili ng premier network ang apat sa pinakamahuhusay na manga-awit ng kanilang henerasyon upang simulan ang year-round celebrations.  Bahagi rin ito ng misyon ng TFC na ipakita ang galing ng Filipino sa iba’t-ibang parte ng mundo.

Ang Birit Queens ay kinabibilangan ng apat na performers na may kani-kanilang pagkakakilanlan.

Unang nakilala sa “The Voice of the Philippines,” isa na si Morissette sa pinaka-sought after na concert performer sa loob at labas ng bansa.  Sa katunayan, tinagurian siyang The Next Big Diva.  Ngunit naging bahagi man siya ng mga concerts sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng mundo, excited siyang mag-perform sa Middle East dahil ito ang first time niya sa bansa.  “Pupunta kami roon para ma-relive ang homesickness ng mga kababayan doon.  I am excited to perform and I am looking forward to how they will react sa mga Kapamilya performers tulad ko,” pagbabahagi ni Morissette.

Produkto rin ng “The Voice” si Klarisse de Guzman.  Mula first runner-up, bibida na ngayon si Klarisse bilang bahagi ng Birit Queens.  Pero para kay Klarisse, sa show na ito, ang mga OFs ang totoong bida.  “Alam naman natin ang mga kabayan natin, work lang ng work para sa pamilya so nami-miss nila ang Pilipinas.  Through this, nae-excite sila, bumabalik sila sa Pilipinas. Panahon naman para mag-enjoy sila.  Giving back ito ng TFC,” pagtatapos ni Klarisse.

Pinakabago man na Kapamilya sa kanilang apat, tila matagal na panahon na ang binaybay ni Jona kasama ang tatlo at ang mga kabayan.  “I feel thankful and blessed.  Ang mga pagkakataong ito ay isang opportunity para sa akin na makapag-perform para sa mga kabayan natin.”

Dagdag ni Jona, “Important na maka-reach out sa mga Kapamilya sa abroad kasi bihira silang makakita ng ganitong entertainment kasi subsob sila sa trabaho.” Pagtatapos ni niya, “I think itong mga concert o shows na dinadala sa iba’t ibang sulok ng mundo, nakaka-relive ng homesickness.”

Mula naman sa “Star Power: Sharon’s Search for the Next Female Pop Superstar,” malayo na ang narating ni Angeline Quinto.  Siya ang tinaguriang Queen of Teleserye Themes, ang boses sa likod ng mga iconic teleseryes.  Nagsimula ang kaniyang tagumpay sa pagsisikap kaya naman nakaka-relate siya sa mga sakripisyo ng mga OF at iba pa nilang pinagdadaanan.  Kaya para sa kaniya, nakakataba ng puso ang pagtangkilik ng mga Pinoy sa Abu Dhabi. “Imbes na ipadala ang pera nilang pambili ng ticket ay manonood sila,” ayon kay Quinto.

Dagdag ni Angeline, “Ang mga Pinoy mahilig sa musika.  Ito lang din ang time na ibibigay nila sa sarili nila. Kami naman ang ipapangako namin ay magiging sulit ang pinambili nila ng ticket nila,” seryoso niyang pahayag.

Sama-sama nilang bubuksan ang TFC 20th anniversary celebrations at ibabahagi ang galing ng Filipinos sa “ASAP Birit Queens” sa April 7 sa National Theater sa Old Airport St., Abu Dhabi.  Gates open at 4 p.m.

Ang tickets ay mabibili sa halagang AED 250 (Platinum), AED 165 (Gold), at AED 95 (Silver).  Para sa tickets outlets, bisitahin ang emea.kapamilya.com

May libreng isang ticket sa apat na tickets na bibilhin sa ilalim ng Barkada Promo (available para sa Gold at Silver tickets).

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon bisitahin ang emea.kapamilya.com
Sundan ang Birit Queen sa facebook.com/TFCMiddleEast o magpost gamit ang hash tag na #ASAPBiritQueensinAbuDhabi


Marianne de Vera
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