Downpour of Talents at Sydney’s West

There was a downpour of talents inside St. Stephen’s Function Centre in Plumpton west of Sydney last 6th August 2011! Various artists performed to the audience’ delight as the Australian Filipino Business and Workers Club Incorporated (AFBWC)marked its second year anniversary.

The show, RnB Rhythm of Culture top billed Stan Walker, 2009 Australian Idol winner and another “Idol” Paulini with various singers, dancers and performers showcasing the talents and creativity of the multicultural community with some second or third generation Australians with Filipino descent. It was streamed live on the Ang Kalatas website by Publisher Millie Phillips on the night.

Raquel Pellero, AFBWC spokeswoman said the event was part of the club’s ongoing project aimed at promoting and motivating the youth in western Sydney to be active members of the community and share their talents for worthwhile causes.

Consul General of the Philippine Embassy Anna J. Louis graced the event where a raffle draw was also launched (car as first prize ) to help fund the group’s many activities.

Before the gifted singer Stan Walker appeared on stage, the audience were treated to around an hour and a half of fun and wholesome entertainment from such groups as Oz Myx, Magic 2 Dance and several budding artists and performers.

Stan was awesome as always, proving he was the main star of the show, serenading and mesmerising the crowd, including this writer! Paulini was equally dazzling with her renditions of her popular songs which made most of the people stand up to dance and clap with gusto! Both singers expressed their full support for projects such as the show to influence the young in artistic pursuits and thanked the public for getting behind them.

To screams from their supporters, fans and relatives, Oz Myx Band opened the show with a catchy tune which showcased vocalist James Eden, who also played keyboards later on, Rapper Jicko Manaloto (also a drummer), guitar players Clarence Fiala and Jan Manaloto on base, and drummer Gabsy Lahara. Beth Fiala, proud mum of one of the band members was among this writer’s seatmate, one proof of the show’s wholesome appeal as grandparents, cousins, mates, clapped, danced and enthusiastically supported their loved ones.

Other standout performers included belter Ma. Paz Barcenas, Albert Prias, rapper/singer Anpherny Manese, Annie Marquez, Louis Nuss, Brian Lorenz, Natasha, Bernadette and Abigail Magtanong. The latter’s grandfather , Romeo Germino of Glenwood was seated right next to yours truly and could only sat in awe while watching, obviously very proud of his talented “apo” (granddaughter)!

It is also a credit to the generous showgoers that more tha $400 in cash was raised as donation for the famine and hunger appeal for the starving people of Malawi.

With more careful planning and organisation, the group’s officials would surely be on their way to producing quality fund raising events that will benefit the community!

A big thumbs up to ABFWC! We expect more downpour of talents, great projects and more community spirit in many years to come!

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