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Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM makes history with Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac's debut concert in Doha

Updated: Apr 15

In an electrifying night filled with music and energy, Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM delivered on its promise, hosting a historic and immensely successful concert featuring Filipino music sensations Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac. The event, titled "SarahGxBamboo Live In Doha," took place on April 11, 2024, at the QNCC Exhibition Hall from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

Presented by Visit Qatar, with Bo’s Coffee and Papa John’s as the major sponsors, the concert marked the first international debut of Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac performing together. The collaboration brought the epic event to life, captivating the audience with their stellar performances.


Qabayan Radio’s 5th Commercial Broadcast Anniversary

Organized by Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM, the sole Filipino (Tagalog) radio channel in Qatar, the concert was part of the station's celebration of its 5th Anniversary of commercial broadcast. Since its launch on April 1, 2019, Qabayan Radio has been a vital source of reliable information, entertainment, and cultural enrichment for the Filipino community in Qatar, while also fostering connections between the community and public and private entities in the host country.

As a gesture of appreciation to its listeners, both Filipino citizens and other nationalities, Qabayan Radio's management meticulously planned the concert to ensure its success. Bringing together two Philippine music icons, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac, both of whom served as coaches on The Voice Philippines, was a strategic decision that resonated deeply with the audience.

At the electrifying concert, Mr. Salim Kainikkara, the Managing Director of Qabayan Radio, presented a bouquet and a golden memento to Ms. Sarah Geronimo. Meanwhile, Engr. Ressie Fos, the Production and Broadcast Consultant, adorned Bamboo Mañalac with a garland and awarded him with a golden memento.


A Jam-packed Concert

As anticipated, the concert venue reached full capacity (8,000) with 100% attendance. All tickets, including those available for purchase at the gates, were completely sold-out.

Remarkably, ticket sales surged rapidly, with an initial 25% sold within a mere 20 hours from opening online selling. This overwhelming response underscores the immense popularity and demand for the event, demonstrating the eagerness of fans to secure their spots for the highly anticipated performance. The swift sell-out reflects the widespread enthusiasm and anticipation among audiences, highlighting the event's widespread appeal and the artists' undeniable draw.

With every seat filled and tickets swiftly purchased, the concert's triumph was not only guaranteed but also underscored the enduring popularity and significance of the performers in the hearts of their fans. Moreover, it reflected the trust concertgoers placed in Qabayan Radio as the event organizer.

PH Ambassador H.E. Lillibeth V. Pono and other Asian Ambassadors - H.E. Sira Swangsilpa of Thailand and his family, H.E. Wong Chow Ming of Singapore, and H.E. Tran Duc Hung of Vietnam pose with Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac.

Among the esteemed guests who honored the event were Her Excellency Lillibeth V. Pono, the Philippine Ambassador, accompanied by distinguished Philippine Embassy officials including Consul General Cassandra Sawadjaan, Vice Consul Monica Remsy Calangian, and Assistant Labor Attache Atty. Don Albert Philippe Pangcog. Notable dignitaries in attendance were also His Excellency Sira Swangsilpa of Thailand and his family, His Excellency Wong Chow Ming, the Singaporean Ambassador, and His Excellency Ambassador Tran Duc Hung of Vietnam.

Additionally, representatives from Visit Qatar, as well as Mr. Joseph Joseph, the General Manager of Bo’s Coffee and Papa John’s, graced the occasion with their presence.


Qatar as a Prominent Global Hub for Events and Entertainment

As Qatar Tourism doubles down on its efforts to promote tourism through diverse cultural events, the successful hosting of events like this underscores Qatar's position as a premier destination for international events and entertainment. Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM remains a key ally of Qatar Tourism in showcasing the country's appeal, not only to the Filipino community but also on the global stage.

By leveraging events that celebrate cultural diversity and entertainment, Qatar Tourism amplifies the nation's allure as a dynamic and inclusive destination. The triumph of such events reflects Qatar's commitment to providing top-notch experiences for visitors from around the world. Moreover, partnerships with influential platforms like Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM play a crucial role in reaching diverse audiences and promoting Qatar's unique offerings on both local and international platforms.


Setting Event Standards

The triumphant staging of the SarahGxBamboo Live in Doha concert has set a remarkable benchmark for event organization and management across various domains. From production to technical aspects, venue selection to crowd-control measures, and ensuring health and safety protocols, every facet of the event exemplified excellence. The seamless execution and meticulous attention to detail showcased a level of professionalism and expertise that left a lasting impression.

This success not only reflects the capabilities of the organizers but also raises the bar for future events, inspiring others in the industry to strive for similar standards of excellence. With its impeccable execution and unwavering commitment to quality, the concert has undoubtedly redefined the standards for event management, setting a high precedent for all future endeavors in the field.


Qabayan Radio as a Cultural Bridge

The concert not only marked the five-year milestone of Qabayan Radio's thriving broadcasting journey but also underscored its dedication to delivering unparalleled entertainment and enriching cultural experiences to its audience. Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac's sensational debut on the international stage further cemented Qabayan Radio's role as a vital cultural conduit between the Filipino community and the wider audience in Qatar.

The event's resounding success not only affirmed the station's prowess in event organization but also hinted at a promising future, brimming with even more magnificent gatherings curated by Qabayan Radio. As the station continues to captivate its listeners with remarkable performances and meaningful connections, it solidifies its position as a beacon of cultural exchange and community cohesion in Qatar's vibrant landscape.


Qabayan Radio earns unwavering trust from Sponsors and Partners

The Concert's success was made possible by the generous support of Qabayan Radio's sponsors and partners. Bo’s Coffee and Papa John’s selfless sponsorship played a pivotal role in bringing the event to its triumphant conclusion.

Additional sponsors included Cold Stone Creamery and Steve Madden as Gold Sponsors, Ahmad Tea, Mekeni, and Baladna as Silver Sponsors, and Daiso as a Bronze Sponsor. Rayyan Water and Mega World International also contributed as Other Sponsors.

Critical partnerships ensured the event's success, including Quebe Entertainment for event management, Al Rayyan Hotel Doha Curio Collection by Hilton for hotel accommodations, Q-Tickets for ticketing services, and Mowasalat for transportation. Qabayan Radio extends special thanks to Qatar Rail for their support.

Qabayan Radio extends its gratitude to their community partners, including United Triskelion Qatar – Tau Gamma Phi, who provided additional security and marshaling support. They also appreciate the dedication of the officers and members of the Bayanihan ng Manggagawa sa Konstruksiyon ng Qatar (BMKQ), Filipino community social media groups, media partners, Mr. Leo Bautista and Ms. Imelda Enrile (official photographers) and all other volunteers whose collective efforts led to the success of the event.

Without the collaboration of these sponsors and partners, the Concert would not have achieved its remarkable success. Their unwavering support and dedication were instrumental in making the event a resounding triumph.



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