Enchong, Giselle entertain Pinoys in York

by Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jun 26 2012 03:06 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2012 11:06 PM

Comedian Giselle Sanchez brought a barrel of laughs in York but also had a serious message against online piracy/Patrick Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Giselle Sanchez calls end to online piracy

YORK - Entertainer Giselle Sanchez urged Filipinos from the UK to stop using free user sites streaming ABS-CBN shows illegally as she made an appearance at the York Barrio Fiesta in northeast England.

In between songs during her performance, Sanchez spoke passionately against online piracy in a bid to encourage overseas Filipinos to subscribe legitimately to popular international networks like The Filipino Channel.

In the last few years, illegal websites have sprung up online streaming Filipino programs without license or permission to the detriment of the broadcasting industry in the Philippines. This black market has lured some overseas Filipinos to ditch legitimate international subscriptions in favor of free pirated material online.

Speaking to ABS-CBN Europe, Sanchez explained: “I just want people to stop using free user sites when they watch their programs, simply because if they use these sites, it is damaging to the broadcasters. Of course, when that happens, TFC loses business and may not be able to bring any artists here in the UK, and then you won’t be happy. Just watch TFC.”

Sanchez was in York to entertain the local Filipino community as they celebrated their annual barrio fiesta, where she sang punchy numbers and delivered laugh-out-loud jokes to an eager crowd.

Held at the well-appointed Rowntree Park near the city centre, the event was the first ever fiesta in York to feature ABS-CBN stars.

“I’m so happy to be among the first Kapamilya to come here in York. Hopefully next year, it will be bigger and better with a bigger venue, more artists, and more people,” said Enchong Dee, one of the popular stars from the Star Magic rooster, speaking to ABS-CBN Europe backstage before he met a long queue of fans waiting to take his picture.

Kapamilya star Enchong Dee with screaming fans on stage at York Barrio Fiesta/Patrick Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

The actor and model, who was on a roadshow around Europe with Sanchez, also added: “It just shows that there are many people who support TFC here in Europe. And I’m very happy because I know that the warm welcome I get from the Philippines is exactly the same here in Europe, because everyone is connected with the news and shows that we make back home through TFC.”

Fans of both Sanchez and Dee screamed their way through their performances on stage, and many more desperately tried to get backstage for a rare opportunity to meet their idols.

“They’re really cute. I really like Enchong, and Giselle is so sexy,” said Jennifer David, a casino worker from Harrogate, one of the fans who came out to support the stars.

Dee headed back to the Philippines after his appearance in York, ready to film his next television series for ABS-CBN.

Sanchez, on the other hand, will next appear at the London Barrio Fiesta in Hounslow on June 30 and July 01, alongside Angelica Panganiban, Gerard Anderson, Jed Madela, Christine Reyes, and Jericho Rosales, as well as British vocal group, Blake.

Cultural export

A young girl donned an atiatihan attire at the cultural parade of Philippine national costumes in York/Patrick Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

York Barrio Fiesta also promoted Filipino culture through a variety of performances showcasing traditional folk dances, as well as organizing a parade around the city featuring Philippine national costumes from different parts of the country.

“This is a cultural celebration of the Philippines, that’s why we encouraged every community in Yorkshire to participate. We have 20 communities who joined us in the parade, we went to the town centre to promote and lift the profile of the Philippines. We want to promote each region in the country because we have a very rich culture, so we showcased all our costumes,” explained Lolita Boddy from Yorkshire Maharlika Filipino Club, organizers of the event in association with TFC.

She concluded: “They were so amazed, they were asking where we came from. They’re asking why we’re here in England. Some of them don’t even know the Philippines. This is the best way to promote our country and culture.”