I’ve been living in this city for 4 summers already and I have never been to any Pinoy Fiesta in Toronto which the Filipino community in this city is organizing for…I dunno, maybe ages? Not that I wasn’t aware of but it’s just not my thing to stay in one huge venue watching four beauty pageants in a day: Little Miss Philippines Canada 2013, Little Mr Philippines Canada, Mrs Philippines Canada and Miss Philippines Canada.
One thing is missing though—Miss Gay Philippines Canada!
Aside from that, of course, there are many things to do and see: taste Filipino cuisine, watch Santacruzan and other cultural performances, guests performances by talented Filipino-Canadians who can really belt out a song that could raise a roof, games, stand-up comedy—and most of all, the most-awaited appearances of GMA Pinoy TV guest stars who would perform few songs to charm the shrieking audience of all ages who would turn into high school fans like they’ve seen Justin Beiber on the red carpet. These celebrities are reminders of something back home.
Beauty pageants and celebrities— two things that are indispensable in every Filipino fiesta!
Since I left the Philippines in 2002, I haven’t watched any Filipino soap opera. My 8 years in China was almost nada Filipino TV for me, though I could get one if I wanted. But, I didn’t. My life back there was busy with work, weekend debauchery (aka parties), couchsurfing, discovering and backpacking in 9 countries and 56 cities in China!
When I moved here in Toronto in summer of 2010, there’s no Pinoy TV for me, too. Having lived with and currently living with people from different nationalities under one roof, it would be selfish of me to get a Pinoy channel installed in our living room/kitchen. Though we were allowed to have our own TV in our bedroom, we refused to get one—our bedroom is a sanctuary of peace. We don’t want any distractions.
Then two weeks ago, my facebook wall was flooded with status from friends back in the third world about an upcoming GMA teleserye/soap opera about two gay men who are leading two different life paths but reunited by the same path and love they have for each other. Corny, of course. But, we all are. 🙂
My Husband’s Lover is bold, record-breaking and a first in primetime Philippine television! Kudos to GMA TV!
It was not until its 7th episode that I started googling about the teleserye. Lucky me, I stumbled on a website that airs all soap operas for free. Since then, I’m hooked. So, when I learned that Eric (aka, Dennis Trillo), one of the “gay” casts is coming for the Pinoy Fiesta, I gathered two friends to come and scream with me.
Enjoy the photos:
GLAIZA DE CASTRO