Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Paskuhan sa Toronto

Harold Guarin of Roadsport Honda poses with the beautiful stewardesses of Philippine Airlines.
TFCKat winner Maria Panaligan poses with Kapamilya star Sam Milby as TFC Canada's Rosary Escano looks on.
Maria Panaligan sings at the Paskuhan.

A Festival is Born. While there are as many booths as the summer festivals that went this year, the 

FV co-owner Flor Vendiola was working non-stop the whole day.

atmosphere and the vibe at this Paskuhan sa Toronto, a festival bringing the festive mood of Philippine 



Ruby Guiyab poses at her booth.

Christmas to Toronto, is lively, happy and joyous. There is something in the air the moment you enter 
Suzy Llanera poses in front of the tree.


the Hall. I arrived just in time for the lighting of the Christmas tree and the parol-making contest being hosted by Kris Reyes of CTV.

Mitch Biaoco does his part.

Paul Biaoco sings his part too in the closing number.

From what I heard, people started coming in droves from the early morning. The mass was packed at


 11AM and staked out their seats. The organizers were worried that they were going to be overbooked.
UMAC door to door was one of the exhibitors.


 The food stalls did a booming business. I asked Flor Vendiola of FV Foods how was business in this



Scott Brown performed with Janelle Musni and Maria Panaligan to sing "love at 35000 feet.


 festival. "This is different. The place was packed since morning."Genelie Panaligan, mother of TFCKat 

Lesley Casey performs at paskuhan.



winner Maria Panaligan said she went in line three times at Max's Fried Chicken and three times they 


ran out when she reached the front. All the food stalls had long line-ups. Considering that the


A lot of free trips by PAL were given out.

Kapamilya stars are not going on stage until 7pm, it was amazing how or even why people came in 

Technical sound difficulties marred the entertainment portion.

early in the morning just to sit. There must be some aphrodisiac in the air.


Alyssa Datu performed at the festival.


This festival, presented by Tahanan magazine and TFC kapamilya with presenting sponsor Philippine 

 Air Lines has all the makings of being added as the festival to go to during Christmas. It is also to 



Cheryl Cantonjos was busy making sure everything ran smoothly.

announce the start of direct Toronto to Manila flights of Philippine Air Lines. But what made festival 



this click? Maybe, the lack of other Filipino events helped. The entrance price of $10.00 was also




enticing for a lot of people. I also heard, that they had to start printing more tickets in the afternooon. 


FV co-owner Mel Galeon seems to be asking the store to bring more food.

The organizers only printed 6000. I was seated at the VIP, courtesy of Cheryl Crisostomo Cantonjos 



Gerald Anderson was a livewire.

when I saw Ronnie dela Ganna, arrive with his baby. "You don't have a seat anymore," I told him. "OK  




Globe Telecom was an exhibitor.
lang, basta masaya lahat," he said. And indeed everyone was. The only glitch was a technical problem





Janelle Musni perfroms at the festival.
 involving sound which is not under the control of the organizers anyway. It was heartbreaking that all 

Josie de Leon and her students join the fun.

Josie de Leon add glamour to the festival.
 the time spent by the performers rehearsing singing and dancing only to be marred by sound 
Kanto by Tita Flips cooks some delicious food.

Kris Reyes of CTV emcees the parol contest.
 problems. Then, the moment everyone has been waiting for. A 5-minute countdown on the screen 
Suzy Llanera poses with CTV's Kris Reyes.


Michael Masangkay performs with a choir.


appeared to be followed by a video of John Lloyd Cruz with no sound. He was probably saying an 



The parol winner is presented.
 apology for not  being able to make it. He and Bea Alonzo were the original stars supposed to appear  
Philip Beloso poses with Rosary Escano.
 here. But he got sick. I think the trio of Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga and Gerald Anderson was a better 
Gabby Amurao of GAA gives out his delicious and crunchy chicharon.

Ronnie dela Gana (RIGHT) gets an award handed to him by Kapmilya star Sam Milby.
 and definitely livelier choice. First to come out was Gerald Anderson, followed by Sam Milby and then 


Rosary Escano of Kapamilya was busy during the festival.
 Toni Gonzaga. I think Toni should have come out first, followed by Gerald Anderson and then Sam 

Milby. The excitement went down on Toni's portion. Sam Milby should have come out last. He's 

Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga perfroms a duet.

comfortable going down on the floor to mingle with people, he exudes warmth and it shows that he 



 really enjoys being out there. It is a blessing JLC got sick. This trio 


Maria Panaligan performed at the Paskuhan.

presented the fans with a show worth the price of admission.
 All in all, it was a great festival. Congratulations to everyone involved in this festival. 






You did a great job. I look forward to next year's festival.



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