DUBAI – More than a thousand of Filipinos – men, women and children – gathered at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre on Friday, February 17 to watch Wowowin’s first worldwide tour and see Willie Revillame up close and personal. Some of the audience sported different (and weird) attires to be noticed by the hosts.
The tour in the capital had these schedules – 1 p.m and 6 p.m. But as early as 11 a.m., Revillame’s supporters already lined up outside the auditorium for the first leg of the show.
The show kicked off with an energetic band parade conducted by students. Wowowin’s dancers then unveiled the show that caused the audience to cheer and shout the word “Wowowin” over and over again. The blaring sound got the party going and people started to wave at the cameras while holding their own banners stating their names and provinces in the Philippines hoping their family back home would get a glimpse of them.
As Revillame appeared on stage, the screams of the audience couldn’t be tamed and the mobile phones are lit to capture the reknowned host.
He sang “Ikendeng Kendeng”, “Tantaran Chuchuruchuru”, and “Sige, Sige Sumayaw” while picking the best and entertaining audience to play for “Bigyan Nang Jacket Yan” and “Hep Hep Hooray” segments. The chosen ones were given $200 each (AED 734).
Revillame was then joined by his co-hosts Donita Nose, Super Tekla, Ariela Arida, and Kim Chi.
The “Bigyan Nang Jacket Yan” became very moving as one of the contestants is currently suffering from stage four colon cancer. She told the hosts about her whereabouts in the country, but Revillame, known for being a kind-hearted person, gave her $500 (AED 1,836) and an airplane ticket to return to the Philippines.
The most tear-jerking part was when Filipinos from the audience started to hand in small and big amounts of money to the lady. Love and support poured in from all sides of the theatre.
The show kept going – the hosts then conducted “Hep Hep Hooray”. A total of 14 people has battled it out for the game, and the winner was a student who studies in a Filipino school in Dubai.
In a surprise production, Randy Santiago then emerged at the stage and girls started to giggle. He sang his famous song “Babaero” and the girls (mostly mommies and lolas) couldn’t handle the kilig.
The “Putukan Na!” segment brought the audience into tears… after laughing so hard. Three teams consist of four members each competed to win in the action-filled balloon-popping game.
Revillame then sang a medley of his songs. The very nostalgic performance featured his original songs – “Para Sa Akin Ay Ikaw”, “Kung Para Sa ‘yo”, “Yun Ka”, “I Love You”, and “Ikaw Na Nga”.
Lucky spectators got the signature “Wowowin” jacket.
A variety of life stories have also been shared by Filipinos who joined the “Will of Fortune” game.
“Napakaganda at napakasarap ng feeling na kasama namin kayo ngayong araw. Ibang klase at bumabalik kami. This show is not about us, not about me. It’s all about you,” Revillame said also noting that the show was made to bring happiness and entertainment among Filipinos living in the Philippines or working abroad.
The footage of the two-part show will be aired after two weeks.
By: Ryan Namia