Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan celebrate with Filipinos in Japan at Philippine Festival 2017 through music

From soulful rock to acoustic pop, Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan set out a performance as diverse as the Philippines and its culture, at the Philippine Festival 2017’s TFC Hour September 30 and October 1, at the Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square in Tokyo.

The two stars performed during the TFC Hour as part of The Filipino Channel’s participation at the Philippine Festival 2017, tagged as the “most awaited Filipino event in Japan”.

The Philippine Festival was first organized in 2012 by the Philippine Festival Organizing Committee with support from the Philippine Embassy in Japan, which according to their official site, has the goal of “bringing expatriate Filipinos together and at the same time introducing Philippine cuisine, music, dance and products to Japanese and international friends”.

This year, TFC helped continue the tradition by bringing Kapamilya (a term of endearment used by and for the viewers of the network) talents to join the celebration.  According to Eric Santos, ABS-CBN Global transient segment head for Asia Pacific region: “More than entertainment, TFC wanted to share what it really means to be a Kapamilya — reaching out; sharing whatever one has; and most especially spending family time with Filipinos all over the world.  This is the rationale behind why we chose Xian Lim and KZ Tandingan — they are passionate about sharing their versatile talents and beautiful music that essentially remind us of the homeland”.

Lim, best-known as a model-turned-actor revealed how multi-faceted he is during the fiesta by singing his acoustic pop hits.  The actor, who appeared in “The Story Of Us” still airing on TFC online (www.TFC.tv) also has a talent for playing instruments, which he first featured in full-blast during his “Songs in the Key of X” concert in Manila last July.

 

The Philippine Festival 2017 is memorable for Xian Lim since it is his performance in Japan.

 

Entering the stage with a bright smile, Lim was welcomed by loud shrieks during his opening performance where he sang the OPM classic song “Mahal na Mahal”, an original hit by Archie D.

 

One lucky lady became the envy of many as Xian Lim serenaded her on stage with the song “Harana”

 

Lim went further by surprising one member of the audience when he invited her to join him onstage while he performed the song “Harana” by the OPM pop rock band Parokya Ni Edgar, and then capped it with a hug towards the end of the performance.

 

Xian Lim excited five ladies during the Dating Game where they pretended to be in a romantic date

 

Inciting more excitement from the crowd is the “Dating Game” with Lim, where five girls were chosen to reenact different dating scenes with Lim. The winner with the loudest applause won and took home a limited edition TFC jacket.

The multi-talented leading man continued serenading the audience with classic hits like “Getting to Know Each other” by international artist Gerard Kenny, “Hanggang Kailan” by Wency Cornejo, and “Nandito Ako” by the singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid.

Meantime, equally thrilling performer Tandigan, who first showcased her talent through the ABS-CBN talent search show “X Factor Philippines” in 2012, proved how she has evolved to become one of the sought-after performers in the Philippines.

Tandingan was welcomed by the crowd that night with high energy when performed her opening song, “Royals” by international artist Lorde.

 

The Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan would pause from time to time to take a selfie with her fans

 

After the performance, Tandingan playfully played a pun on the poster at the event and joked: “Malayo na po itsura ko diyan sa poster. May Star Magic Ball po kasi kagabi, kailangan medyo maayos ako kaya nakalas na iyong dreadlocks ko (I look different now from that photo on the poster. I had to get rid of my dreadlocks because I attended the Star Magic Ball last night. I needed to look presentable)”, a remark which made the crowd laugh.

 

As she promised the crowd, KZ Tandingan went down the stage to personally interact with them

 

The world-class talent dubbed Soul Supreme took the crowd down memory lane when she performed a mash-up of the hit singles of the popular OPM band Eraserheads like “Alapaap”, “Pare Ko”, “Overdrive”, and “Ang Huling El Bimbo”.

After exciting them with the classic OPM hits, she touched hearts with her passionate rendition of the song “Two Less Lonely People in the World”, an original hit by the iconic international duo Air Supply.

 

KZ Tandingan let the crowd have their time and let them sing lines from “Maybe This Time” and “Forevermore”

 

She also let the crowd have their moment when she made them sing some verses of the songs “Maybe This Time” by the international singer Michael Murphy and “Forevermore” by the OPM band Side A.

The night ended with Lim joining Tandingan on stage to thank everyone who joined them that night.

 

After performing before the crowd at the event, the stars had a photo op with some kababayans

 

On top of the TFC Hour, event-goers also enjoyed the different games at the TFC booth, where they got the chance to take home limited edition TFC merchandise. Some had photos taken at the photo booth against the backdrop of the series “Wildflower”, starring Maja Salvador, Aiko Melendez, Tirso Cruz III, Joseph Marco, RK Bagatsing, and Vin Abrenica.

The Philippine Festival Organizing Committee also prepared several activities that everyone could enjoy in the two-day event, like the Parade of Festivals where different groups featured the popular festivals in the Philippines. One of the highlights included the Philippine Festival Queen 2017 pageant which showcased the Filipina beauty via the contestants who donned traditional Filipino costumes.

During the two-day event, the Filipinos in Japan did not only enjoy their shared time together, but were also able to take pride in the rich culture of the Philippines, specifically diverse music, with the Japanese community.

For more updates about upcoming TFC events, visit and like facebook.com/TFCJapan. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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Xian Lim at KZ Tandingan ibinida ang diversity ng musika at talentong Pinoy sa Philippine Festival 2017
Xian Lim hindi malilimutan ang unang performance sa Japan; KZ Tandingan nakipagkulitan sa mga Pinoy fans sa tinaguriang pinakaaabangang Filipino fest sa Japan

 

Iba’t-ibang klaseng saya ang dala nina Xian Lim at KZ Tandingan sa mga kababayan sa Japan sa katatapos lamang na Philippine Festival 2017 noong September 30 at October 1, kung saan nagtanghal ang dalawa sa TFC Hour na naganap noong October 1 sa Hibiya Park Chuo Ku Event Square sa Tokyo.

Ang pagdalo ng dalawang ABS-CBN artists ay bahagi ng pakikiisa ng The Filipino Channel sa taunang Philippine Festival 2017, na binansagang pinakamalaking pagtitipon ng mga Pilipino sa Japan.

Una nang inilunsad ang Philippine Festival noong 2012 ng Philippine Festival Organizing Committee, sa suporta ng Philippine Embassy sa Japan, tugon sa layuning magkatipon-tipon ang mga Pilipino sa isang selebrasyon kung saan maibibida at maipapakikilala sa ibang nasyon ang kultura ng mga Pilipino.

Pahayag ni Eric Santos, ABS-CBN Global transient segment head for Asia Pacific region: “Nais namin sa TFC na sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanghal ng mga Pinoy artists tulad nina Xian Lim at KZ Tandingan, na mas maramdaman ng mga Pilipino sa Japan na ang Philippine Festival 2017 ay selebrasyon ng mayamang kultura ng Pilipinas at isang paraan na mapalapit ang bansa sa puso ng mga Pilipino sa Japan”.

Unang nagtanghal sa Lim nang ibida niya ang kaniyang talento sa musika hindi lamang sa pag-awit kung hindi maging sa pagtugtog ng iba’t ibang instrumento. Una niyang ipinakita ang mga talentong ito sa kaniyang “Songs in the Key of X” concert noong July sa Manila.

Malakas na hiyawan ang sumalubong kay Lim nang magsimula siyang magtanghal para sa TFC Hour sa Philippine Festival, kung saan inaawit niya ang OPM classic hit na “Mahal na Mahal”, na pinasikat ng OPM singer na si Archie D.

Tuwang-tuwa naman si Lim sa mainit na pagtanggap sa kaniya ng mga manonood, lalo na at ito ang unang pagkakataon na siya ay nagtanghal sa Japan.  Inialay niya sa mga manonood ang kantang “Harana” na original hit ng OPM band na Parokya Ni Edgar. Marami ang kinilig nang imbitahan niya sa entablado ang isang binibini para kaniyang haranahin, na niyakap niya pa sa kalagitnaan ng pagtatanghal.

Limang masusuwerteng babaeng audiences naman ang nakasama ni Lim sa “Dating Game”. Bawat isa sa mga kalahok ay umarte na tila nasa isang romantic date sila kasama si Lim. Tinanghal na panalo ang kalahok na nakakuha nang pinakamalakas na palakpakan mula sa mga manonood at nag-uwi pa ito ng limited edition TFC jacket.

Patuloy naman na hinarana ng multi-talented leading man ang mga manonood sa saliw ng mga classic hits tulad ng “Getting to Know Each Other” ng international artist na si Gerard Kenny, “Hanggang Kailan” ni Wency Cornejo, at “Nandito Ako” ni singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid.

Samantala, ang isa pang inabangan ng mga manonood ay si KZ Tandingan, na unang hinangaan nang siya ay sumali at magwagi sa ABS-CBN talent search show na “X Factor Philippines”. Mula noon ay patuloy na ipinapamalas ni Tandingan ang husay niya sa pag-awit at pag-compose ng mga kanta, kung kaya isa siya ngayon sa mga sought-after performers sa Pilipinas.

Mainit ang naging pagtanggap din kay Tandingan nang lumabas siya sa entablado habang kinakanta ang hit single na “Royals” ng international artist na si Lorde.

Matapos ang kaniyang opening number, napansin ni Tandingan ang kaniyang larawan sa poster ng event. Biro niya: “Malayo na po itsura ko diyan sa poster. May Star Magic Ball po kasi kagabi, kailangan medyo maayos ako kaya nakalas na iyong dreadlocks ko”, isang sambit na nagpatawa sa mga manonood.

Hindi napigilan ng marami na sumabay sa pagkanta ng tinaguriang Soul Supreme nang i-mash-up niya ang ilan sa mga sikat na kanta ng OPM band na Eraserheads tulad ng “Alapaap”, “Pare Ko”, “Overdrive”, at “Ang Huling El Bimbo”.

Nag-umapaw naman ang emosyon mula sa mga manonood nang kantahin na ni Tandingan ang kaniyang bersyon ng kantang “Two Less Lonely People in the World”, at nang ipakanta niya sa kanila ang ilang verse ng mga awiting “Maybe This Time” at “Forevermore”.

Nagtapos ang pagtatanghal ng dalawang Kapamilya artists nang sabay silang magpasalamat sa mga manonood na nakisaya at nakibahagi sa kanilang pagtatanghal. Kasunod nito ay nagpaunlak sila ng photo opportunity kasama ang ilang masusuwerteng dumalo sa event.

Mayroon din inihandang mga aktibidad ang TFC sa kanilang booth para sa lahat ng dumalo sa selebrasyon. Ang ilan ay nakapag-uwi ng limited edition TFC merchandise. Ang ilan ay nagpakuha ng litrato sa photo booth ng programang “Widflower”, na pinagbibidahan nina Maja Salvador, Aiko Melendez, Tirso Cruz III, Joseph Marco, RK Bagatsing, at Vin Abrenica.

Naghanda rin ang Philippine Festival Organizing Committee ng iba’t ibang aktibidades sa dalawang araw ng selebrasyon, tulad ng Parade of Festivals kung saan natunghayan ang mga sikat na kapistahan sa Pilipinas. Mayroon ding ginanap na Philippine Festival Queen 2017 pageant kung saan nagning-ning ang ganda ng mga Pilipina suot ang tradisyonal na Filipino costumes ng iba’t ibang probinsiya.

Malayo man sa kinalakhang bansa, masaya ang mga Pilipino sa Japan na naipagdiwang pa rin nila ang mga iba’t ibang kapistahan sa Pilipinas, na kanila ring naipagmalaki sa mga taga-ibang nasyon na nakiisa sa dalawang araw ng selebrasyon.

Para sa updates tungkol sa show, bisitahin ang facebook.com/TFCJapan.  Maki-connect sa kapwa global Kapamilyas at i-follow ang @KapamilyaTFC at KapamilyaGlobalPR sa Twitter at Instagram.

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