Filipinos in Qatar could expect to be entertained more often by comedians and artistes coming from the Philippines with a series of shows being planned by a Doha-based local event company.
“We are planning to bring comedians from the Philippines three or four times a year to bring cheer to Filipinos here especially single workers,” said Sheryll Volante Estrella, Events & Marketing Executive of Q Entertain ME, who launched their first Summer Festival yesterday at Doha Marriott Beach Resort.
Top Filipino comedians AJ and Petite featured at the event, which Estrella said was just the prelude to more comedy shows they are mulling to organise in the future.
Stand up comedy is vibrant in the Philippines with packed venues in Manila as people enjoy a dose of laughter nightly in addition to shows in provinces. In Doha, stand up comedy is slowly getting popular with the emergence of local comedians in addition to shows by those on the international stage.
If successful Summer Festival, Estrella said, is likely to be organised annually and a Winter Festival is also on the list of annual events they are set to hold. Yesterday’s event provided an array of fun activities, competitions and entertainment giving the entire family a chance to enjoy the weekend.
“The initial plan was just to hold a comedy show and concert but since this is our launching event we decided to make it bigger, with more activities for everyone,” she said.
Among the activities during the event held from 9am till 11pm were parlour games, meet and greet with mascots and the grand finals of the ‘Search for A Star’ singing contest which kicked off in February.
The highlight of the whole day event was the comedy show and concert featuring the two comedians and Filipina beauty queen and actress Rich Asuncion. The Beats n’ Bytes dancers also provided entertainment performing a number of dance items. A big bazaar also attracted people who wished to buy ready to wear clothes from the Philippines, accessories and food among others.
Organisers of the event also said they would also focus on staging events catered to the multi-cultural population of Qatar by bringing international artistes here.
“We are also planning to hold events with international artistes but right now we start with Filipino talents,” said Estrella.
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