Nearly 70 Filipino community leaders and members flocked to the American Memorial Park Visitors Center Theater Thursday evening for the premiere of the new television talk show, Usapang Pinoy.
Dressed in Filipiniana attire, the show's production team welcomed their invited guests who were all equally dressed to the nines.
Among the spectators were Consul General Medardo Macaraig of Saipan, Consul General Bayani Mangibin and Consul Gary Auxilian of Guam, Philippine Overseas Labor Office officer-in-charge Julie Fabian, and United Filipino Organization president Bong Malasarte.
Produced by Digital Motion, Usapang Pinoy primarily aims to provide the Filipino community a venue to access factual information about the latest issues and happenings in the Commonwealth.
It also seeks to inspire and bring hope to Filipino workers in the Northern Marianas with real-life stories and successes of individuals who have business ventures in the CNMI or back in the Philippines.
Edwin Sta. Theresa, Usapang Pinoy director and scriptwriter, said yesterday that he's pleased with the very warm and favorable response of the audience.
Sta. Theresa was joined at the event by hosts Annamae Adaza and Michelle Villaraza, cameraman Kevin Jardinero, makeup artist Edmund Pagasian, and adviser Fr. Celso Magbanua Jr.
The team presented their pilot episode, which featured Consul General Macaraig as he talked about the impending closure of the consulate. Performing at this episode was Patz Bautista.
“We were overwhelmed when they applauded us after the show. It made us all the more excited to air the other episodes that we've already taped, and to come up with more interesting topics for the show,” Sta. Theresa told Saipan Tribune.
Usapang Pinoy will be aired every Thursday and Sunday beginning Sept. 16 on Channel 14.
Sta. Theresa encourages Filipinos in the CNMI to make suggestions on future topics or to get updates about the show via their Facebook page.