Marian Rivera Makes Bacoleños Teary-Eyed!

Bacolod City-Brimming with her down-to-earth personality, Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera greeted thousands of Bacoleños with a warm smile during a Kapuso Fans' Day held on October 18 at the North Transport Hub of SM City Bacolod, as part of the annual celebration of the Masskara Festival.

"Hindi ko alam kung paano ako tatanggapin ng mga tao sa mall show ko," was her sentiment hours before the program. But as she ascended the stage, she was astounded to see the happy faces of her supporters who were screaming and cheering, with some even bursting into tears at the sight of her-signs that she was more than welcome to be there and that her visit has long been waited for by the Bacoleños.

Marian admitted she had second thoughts on whether she would push through with the mall show or not after a massive earthquake hit some parts of Visayas on October 15.

"Pagkatapos kong mabalitaan 'yung naging effect ng lindol, nag-text kaagad ako kay Kuya Oli (Oliver Amoroso, Asst. Vice President of GMA Regional TV) kung tutuloy pa ba kami dahil baka kailangang maka-recover muna ng mga tao or may ayusin sa lugar nila, baka pwede naming i-delay or i-postpone. Ang sabi naman nila, 'hinihintay ka ng mga tao dun, kailangan ka nila, at least kahit papaano maging masaya naman sila,'" she shared.

It was Marian's first time to witness and celebrate Masskara. "Masasabi ko na first time ko lahat dito sa Bacolod except I remember nag-radio tour ako before for Marimar pero that was super quick lang. Ito talaga 'yung pinakamatagal na nakilala at nakantahan ko sila on stage," she said.

Deeply overwhelmed, Marian assured her supporters that she'll come back saying, "Nakakatuwa talaga dito sa Bacolod, ang sasaya ng mga tao. Parang ayaw ko na nga umalis, kung pwede dito na lang ako. Promise, babalik ako."

In the said Kapuso Fans' Day, Marian was joined by stand-up comedian Boobay, who amusingly added delight to the audience.

Next event was the Kapuso Electric Dansskara Finals and Charter Day Countdown held at the Bacolod City Government Center at 8pm of the same day featuring Mark Herras, Rochelle Pangilinan, and Andrea Torres as celebrity guests. The following day, October 19, the Bacoleños had the chance to meet more Kapuso stars via the Charter Day Parade and a back-to-back Kapuso Mall Show.

First group who endeared the fans were the cast of Genesis-Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad, and Betong Sumaya. At 1pm, they participated in the parade that cruised along the main streets of the city down to the Bacolod Public Plaza, then at 4pm, they performed in a mall show held at the Robinson's Bacolod fountain area together with one of the hottest love teams in show business, Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes.

It was followed by another exciting show held at the mall's City Walk at 7pm that featured the cast of Pyra Babaeng Apoy-Thea Tolentino, Jeric Gonzales, Polo Ravales, and Angelu de Leon-plus the country's Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma.

On October 20, GMA Bacolod's News and Public Affairs offered a special live coverage of the Masskara Street Dancing that took place at the Bacolod Public Plaza. Said live coverage aired via GMA TV Bacolod on the same day.

Highlights of GMA Network's participation in the Masskara Festival can be seen in Let's Fiesta TV Special airing on November 10 in all nine regional stations in Cebu, Davao, CDO, Iloilo, Bacolod, Bicol, Ilocos, Dagupan, and GenSan. (

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