IF almost all flights to Sydney this week from any airport are fully booked, it’s because this week is like D-Day of globally impactful activities in Australia’s famous city.
First, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are on a Royal Tour of Australia with Sydney as their first stop. Then there is the upcoming 2018 Invictus Games founded by Prince Harry for wounded, sick and injured veterans to be held in various locations with 500 athletes from 18 nations. Then there is the 2018 X Games – the world’s premier action sports festival -- at the Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.
As Australia enters the middle of spring, there’s a true celebratory air across the city. One reason is another huge event that is drawing ticket buyers from all over Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and countries as far as the U.S. “ASAP Live in Sydney” – the eighth leg of the ongoing global live concert tour of the longest-running TV variety show from ABS-CBN – is all set for October 20, this Saturday, at the ICC Sydney Theatre in Darling Harbour. As the countdown to the big event happens, the ASAP team is making sure that it soaks in Sydney’s spirit by making key visits in the community.
On Tuesday, “ASAP Live in Sydney” cast members VJ-actor-host Robi Domingo and Filipina-Australian singer-actress Ylona Garcia, both “Pinoy Big Brother” alumni, joined ABS-CBN officers to visit SBS – Australia’s national multicultural and multilingual broadcaster – where both of them with ABS-CBN Country Manager Jay Santos were interviewed on the talk show, SBS Filipino, by radio talk show host Ronald Manila which was streamed also on Facebook Live.
After the SBS visit, the ASAP team headed for the Philippine Consulate General on Wentworth Avenue to pay a courtesy call on Philippine Consul General of Sydney Maria Teresa L. Taguiang. The Consul General and her staff warmly welcomed the team.