Coco Martin, Bamboo, and Kim Chiu provide a warm Christmas treat for kababayans in Japan

(L-R) Bamboo, Coco Martin, and Kim Chiu performed for kababayans in Nagoya, Japan during a concert sponsored by The Filipino Channel (TFC).

It was an otherwise cold and chilly December night but the Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall (Kokaido) turned up the heat as ABS-CBN stars shared an early Christmas treat at the “Pamaskong Handog sa Nagoya.”

There were deafening shrills in the venue as TFC, in partnership with Celebrity Starz and Matsui Shuzou, introduced Kapamilya stars Coco Martin, Bamboo, Cacai Bautista, and Kim Chiu.

“Pamaskong Handog sa Nagoya” was the fifth major TFC event in the area since 2008. Opening the event was comedienne Cacai who entertained the crowd with her funny antics. But more than her usual comic spiels, Cacai surprised everybody with her rendition of a Broadway medley that showcased her singing prowess.

Some members of the crowd reportedly drove for six hours just to the reach the event.

Rock star Bamboo appeared on stage and seemingly made an ode to the night’s weather when he sang “Ulan.” He added a nostalgic vibe when he sang “Probinsyana” and “Noypi” for the OFWs.

Kim Chiu danced to the tune of Jennifer Lopez's upbeat song "Live It Up." After her energetic dance number, she mashed up Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and French DJ David Guetta‘s “Titanium,” to the delight of the crowd in Nagoya.

It was then the turn of the female crowd to go wild as Coco Martin appeared on stage. The star of the now defunct fantaserye Juan dela Cruz sang the show's theme “Pusong Bato.” Coco elicited cheers when he sang an Eraserheads medley and Bryan Termulo’s “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo.”

Lucky participants from the crowd got the chance to bond with the Kapamilya heartthrob during the dating game where the Pinay who got the strongest support from the crowd won.

During the middle of the show, Kim and Cacai returned to talk about another Christmas offering, the TFC Choice package wherein Pinoys in Japan can avail of four TV programs for Y1,000.

Lucky TFC subscribers were also treated to exclusive meet-and-greet with the Kapamilya stars.

The event ended with a touching note as the artists sang ABS-CBN’s Christmas station ID theme “Kuwento ng Pasko,” recently rearranged to reflect the more poignant yet inspiring take on Christmas as the Filipino remains resilient despite the recent typhoon that struck some parts of Visayas in November.






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