By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
July 3, 2014
Woodside, NY – TFC subscribers and Kapamilya fans got the surprise of their lives when hunky Filipino-Italian star Matteo Guidicelli stopped by a Pinoy neighborhood store in Woodside, New York.
“Natiyempo lang, I was surprised,” said Elmhurst, NY fan Nessie Cornil. “He’s sweet, he’s cute, he’s handsome, tuwang tuwa nga ako parang ngayon lang ako nakakita ng artista.”
“We came all the way here just to see Matteo,” said Jessica Barrios who traveled with from White Plains, New York. “Kakaiba ang feeling to see Matteo in person,” she said.
For many of these fans, including a Pinay nanny who brought with her three kid’s she’s babysitting, meeting the “Man of the Hour” is even more exciting after Matteo and his girlfriend Sarah Geronimo made their relationship public last week.
“Gusto ko yun, maganda, bagay sila,” Maricel Ibasco of Elmhurst, NY said.
Matteo is in the US for a series of TFC Sama-Saya Fiesta appearances and performances.
Guidicelli said, “I’m going to be singing some Tagalog sings for them, OPM songs. Just me coming here to the States, I just want to make our kapamilyas feel closer to home.”
With the first hurricane of the season threatening to dampen 4th of July weekend celebrations in some parts of the East Coast – Hurricane Arthur prompted officials of the Fil-Am Friendship Day Sama-Saya event in Virginia Beach to move the festivities from Saturday to Sunday, July 6.
Matteo will be joined by Baranggay USA’s Gelo at the TFC hour show scheduled in Virginia Beach this Sunday.
“Magsama-sama po tayo sa Red Wing Park, Virginia Beach,” Guidicelli said. “Kita-kita po tayo dun.”
While Matteo says he had a blast spending time with kapamilya fans in the US, he is also excited to come home to Philippines to be with his “mahal” next week.
“Alam mo na yan, excited na tayo diyan,” Guidicelli said with a big smile on his face.
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