Kapamilya Stars on London Barrio Fiesta 2011

“Marry me, Yeng!” exclaimed an eager fan of Multi-platinum Recording Artist Yeng Constantino amid tens of thousands of Filipinos who flocked to the Lampton Park, Hounslow for the 27th Barrio Fiesta sa London.

A total of 45,000 people arrived on July 16 and 17 from as far as Amsterdam and other parts of Europe just to see Yeng and their other favorite Kapamilya stars like “Imortal” sensation John Lloyd Cruz, “The Buzz” co-host KC Concepcion, “ASAP Rocks” mainstay Erik Santos and “Banana Split” wacky comedian Pooh. Neither the rain nor the ongoing train maintenance at the Picadilly line servicing Central London stopped Euro-Pinoys from travelling all the way to Hounslow.

The Prince of Pop, Erik Santos, headlined the Saturday show while John Lloyd, KC, Pooh and Yeng did the jam-packed Sunday show. Pooh let loose his comic impersonation of Manny Pacquiao. John Lloyd, who was recently proclaimed by a Philippine magazine as this year’s Most Beautiful Star, plunged into the sea of people so as not to disappoint those who wanted to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with him. In a sweet banter with KC, John Lloyd tickled the audience’s fancy, as if hinting an upcoming love team. In her solo performance, KC made the male crowd go “ooh” with her lovely voice and sexy moves. But, it was Yeng Constantino, the First Pinoy Dream Academy Grand Star Dreamer, who proved to be the biggest surprise of the TFC Show. Her back-to-back rendition of the Beatles medley and the Air Supply medley brought the house down.

“It’s a great feeling to be here to witness how our Kapamilyas just love our stars so much that they came to watch and stayed despite the rain,” said Mr. Raffy Lopez, the Chief Operating Officer of ABS-CBN Global who experienced the magnitude of the London Barrio Fiesta first hand.

“We’re thankful to the Philippine Centre for trusting us once again to be its partner in mounting the biggest event in the region, to the presentors Western Union, SMDC and Lebara Mobile and the major sponsors Ericsson Money Services, Sta. Lucia Properties, LBC, and Globe Telecoms, and to all of our Kapamilyas who have been supporting TFC for many, many years,” said Mr. Edgardo Garcia, the Managing Director of ABS-CBN Europe and Middle East.

As supporters leave the Lampton Park, bringing home wonderful memories of this year’s highly successful Barrio Fiesta, they can only expect more next year when another star-studded show from TFC comes to Europe to warm their hearts and brighten an otherwise rainy day.