ABS-CBN International: 20 Semi-Finalists from North America Compete to be on the Stage where Stars are Born

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Tawag ng Tanghalan (Call of the Stage), the “all-time favorite search for outstanding amateur talents in the Philippines,” now goes global. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorites at http://bit.ly/GlobalTNT

These are 20 dreamers, with their distinct voices and their individual stories, vying to make it to the North America Regional Cluster Finals of the Global Tawag ng Tanghalan (Call of the Stage).

Long before there was “American Idol,” “The Voice,” or “America’s Got Talent,” the Philippines already had its very own talent search in Tawag ng Tanghalan. It first aired in 1953 until 1972, and was revived from 1987 to 1988. It is on this stage that hopefuls get to live their desires and dreamers get their wishes fulfilled. This is where regular, ordinary people get the opportunity to become stars. The show gave birth to OPM (Original Pilipino Music) legends like Edgar Mortiz, Pepe Pimentel, Diomedes Maturan, and superstar Nora Aunor, among others.

At present, Tawag ng Tanghalan is a segment on the popular noontime show “It’s Showtime.” Tawag ng Tanghalan remains to be the “all-time favorite search for outstanding amateur talents.” The talent search has gone global since auditions have been held in six (6) regions across the world: Region 1–North America, Region 2–Europe, Region 3–Middle East, Region 4–Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia, Region 5–Japan/Taiwan/South Korea, and Region 6-Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea/Guam/Saipan.

In North America, the competition is down to 20 semi-finalists from different parts of the U.S. and Canada. Twenty dreamers with their distinct voices and their individual stories, are vying to make it to the North America Regional Cluster Finals.

The 20 semi-finalists are: Rachel Bergado, Jeena Dimaandal, Denise Gonzales, Louise Lagunda, Michelle Macasero, Alexis Magsambol, Steven Paysu, Adriana Perry, Jamil Pidlaoan, and George Villanea (California); Jing Wenghofer (Illinois); Elizabeth Sooy (New Jersey); Joshua Bation (Pennsylvania); Marie Joy Amaro (Texas); Danielle Jade Laganson (Alberta); Venus Therese Ramos (Manitoba); Jean Pauline Aytona, Jeline Mauricio, Abigail Natnat, and Paul Alfredson Reyes (Ontario).

To become a Global Tawag ng Tanghalan winner is a prestigious honor accorded to those who survive the rigorous auditions. Of these 20, the top 10 will move on to the North America Regional Finals to be held on October 14, 2017 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online votes from the public, and points from the judges will determine who will make the cut. The public is encouraged to go online and vote for their favorites at Online Voting for Global TnT. Online voting is ongoing until September 22, 2017.

For more information, go to http://www.Facebook.com/TFCUSOfficial or http://www.Facebook.com/TFCCanadaOfficial You may also connect with fellow global Kapamilyas by following @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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