Christian Bautista is lone Filipino performer featured in major Indonesian TV event

Christian Bautista performed with Bung Citra Lestari (left frame) and Syahrini (right frame) during the 23rd anniversary show of MNCTV Network held in Indonesia.



Christian Bautista is the lone Filipino performer featured in the special 23rd anniversary show of MNCTV Network held in Indonesia.

The said company is considered to be Southeast Asia's largest and most integrated media group.

Held last October 20, the event gathered two elaborate stage set-ups featuring 30 famous performers and personalities from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Most of the songs performed were from a traditional Indonesian folk genre called Dangdut.

"I was overwhelmed that I got invited in such a prestigious event in MNCTV," says Christian. "The fact alone they trusted me to sing Dangdut, para akong inampon ng Indonesia. These dangdut songs are rich in tradition and almost sacred to them."

Christian performed "Hingga Akhir Waktu (Till The End Of Time)" with Syahrini and a traditional dangdut dance song called "Pokok e Joged" with Perssik and Ayu Ting Ting.

"The songs were beautifully and contemporarily arranged and the production numbers had the artists and dancers in elaborate traditional inspired costumes," describes Christian.

"Siyempre, I also sang my hits 'Tetaplah Dihatiku' ['Please Be Careful with My Heart' in Bahasa language] with film and soap superstar Bunga Citra Lestari and 'The Way You Look At Me' and my latest single to be released in Manila, 'Up Where We Belong,' which is the theme of the GMA-7 series Empress Ki."

Christian also met with other TV program media groups under MNCTV and family members of the network owners.

The balladeer, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday, was also surprised by his Indonesian fans with gifts and a special birthday cake.

Christian is currently part of the teleserye Strawberry Lane, the dance musical show Marian, and the variety show Sunday All Stars.

Next month, he will release his album Soundtrack under Universal Records, which contains some of the most romantic tunes from the big screen.

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