By: Throy Catan
Kapamilyas from Australia were ecstatic to see The Philippines’ King of Teleserye Themes Erik Santos together with MOR 101.9 For Life! DJ Jhai Ho at the Kapamilya Fun Day in Australia last May 3 at the Greek Hall, Orthodox Church Grounds in Darwin City, and May 5 at the DiverCiti Centre in Brisbane City.
Erik Santos serenades the audience in Darwin & Brisbane
This year’s Kapamilya Fun Day has a special place for Santos himself as he is also celebrating his 15th year in the industry. The first ever champion of the competition Star in A Million thanked ABS-CBN for the opportunity to interpret numerous songs used for its TV series and movies that the people have grown to love.
“ABS-CBN gave me the opportunity to sing more than 40 theme songs for its TV series and Star Cinema movies. This became my way of communicating with the people who appreciate and love my music. I’m so grateful to everyone who loves and supports my music,” Santos shared.
Sing, dance, and laugh with DJ Jhai Ho
DJ Jhai Ho basked in the high energy from the crowd who were singing and dancing with him during his performance of the songs Shiwakare by Sassy Girls and Sumayaw-Sumunod by the Boyfriends. “You guys are a fun and awesome crowd!” exclaimed DJ Jhai Ho.
Since it was his first time to perform in the cities of Brisbane and Darwin, DJ Jhai Ho took the opportunity to interact with both Filipinos and non-Filipinos through games. At the Brisbane leg, the DJ and now host of Jeepney TV’s Showbiz Pa-More challenged the audience to an “Acting with Jhai Ho” contest where the winner Jo Hunter gamely did a romantic-comedy skit with him. On the other hand, some of the well-loved scenes from long-running series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano were re-enacted during the Darwin leg, where Harold Samay emerged winner.
Proving that they have what it takes to groove, some members of the audience joined the “Katchi Dance Contest” where participants were challenged to a dance showdown to the tune of the song “Katchi” by Ofenback vs. Nick Waterhouse, a dance craze often seen performed in the variety show “ASAP”. In the end, the smooth dance moves of Jessica Glyde from Brisbane andValerie Sumampay from Darwin elicited the loudest cheers from the crowd.
At the end of each show, the crowd, Santos, and DJ Jhai Ho all left the venue with their hearts filled with joy from the moments they shared with the Filipino community, inspiring them to continue spreading the #JustLoveArawAraw spirit wherever they may be.
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