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Marian, Dingdong wow FilAms in PHL Independence Day rites in California

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Popular actress Marian Rivera and actor Dingdong Dantes led Filipino celebrities who joined the Philippine Independence Day celebration in California.


The husband and wife team also entertained the Filipinos with songs and dances and their antics.


The couple led the GMA Pinoy TV team in the celebration first in the city of Vallejo, hometown of Filipino-American swimmer Natalie Coughlin who won a dozen Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals, making her one of the winningest woman Olympian of US. 


Vallejo is one of the biggest number of Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Natalie's mother is a Filipina from Cavite while her father is a Vallejo police officer.


Vallejo’s Mayor Bob Sampayan is a Filipino American grandson of Carlos Sampayan Bulosan, the great Filipino writer, labor union organizer and minority rights fighter in America.


It was gathered that Marian and Dingdong brought with them in the US their baby daughter Zia for a vacation after their performances.


Dingdong and Marian and other personalities from the GMA Network first performed in Vallejo on June 3.


The troupe will later perform in Carson City in the Los Angeles country on June 10. Carson City is another Filipino town in California because of big population of Filipinos and Filipino Americans.


Marian thanked the GMA Network for giving them the opportunity to entertain the Filipinos in America and to meet Filipino workers in US.


The Primetime Queen said the OFWs are the source of inspiration for her new weekly GMA television anthology called "Tadhana." The show features the stories of OFWs every Saturday afternoon, she said.


"Ang maganda kasi sa programa na 'yon parang pinapakita natin yung mga buhay ng mga kababayan natin sa ibang bansa na hindi talaga ganung kadali," Marian said in a report on GMA network.


It was gathered that Marian, Dingdong and their daughter Zia will stay in US for two weeks to visit friends and other cities.

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