DongYan brings home fond memories of U.S. trip


The recent US trip of Kapuso Primetime King and Queen Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera was filled with fond memories from their participation in the Philippine Independence Day celebrations (PIDC) in two cities in California.

DongYan’s presence at the highly successful “Pista sa Nayon: Philippine Independence Day” in Vallejo and the PIDC in Carson City last June 3 and 10, respectively, was made possible by GMA Pinoy TV.

Dingdong and Marian, who flew to the US with their baby Zia, could not forget the warm welcome from the Kapuso Abroad as soon as they arrived at the Vallejo Waterfront in Mare Island Way for the festivities organized by the Philippine Cultural Community of Solano County, Inc. The Kapuso royal couple delighted the crowd as they danced, joked, teased, playfully flirted with each other on stage, and even challenged three newlyweds to a dance showdown.

After the event in Vallejo, the family took time off to have a quick vacation at South Lake Tahoe. DongYan also celebrated their 10th anniversary of being one of GMA’s iconic on-screen couples.

Dingdong and Marian also paid a courtesy visit to the Consular General Office of Los Angeles, in which they were awarded citations of merit and recognition from the Senate, Congress, House Assembly, City, and the Foundation. GMA International, the Network’s international business unit, was also recognized for its continuous support of the annual PIDC.

Meanwhile, the show in Carson City, which was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, provided no dull moment as Dingdong and Marian filled the event with excitement. A huge number of fans trooped to the GMA Pinoy TV booth to have their dream photo op with DongYan after the show.

Dingdong expressed his appreciation to the Kapuso Abroad for the successful celebrations. “It was a very, very warm welcome. Lalong naging significant ang pagpunta namin. Through our shows, we hope to bring the feeling of being home with them,” said Dingdong, who will soon start preparing for the second book of Alyas Robin Hood.

Marian echoed the sentiment as she enjoyed being united with Pinoys abroad. “Nakakatuwa ‘yung pagtanggap ng mga tao. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam kapag ‘yung mga kapwa Pilipino mo, talagang nagsasama-sama to celebrate especially Independence Day,” said the host of Tadhana, a drama anthology about Filipinos abroad.