Salonga Thanks Filipino Community

KALIHI (KHNL) --  International singing superstar Lea Salonga performed Saturday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center.  While her shows draw many to see her sing, she couldn't have done it without the support from a certain group of fans.

Lea Salonga is the pride of the Philippines, and also for Filipinos living in Hawaii.

"Lea's a good singer," said Lolita Sales, a Lea Salonga fan who lives in Waipahu.  "I mean, the songs that she sings."

"I like the music she plays," said Coring Nicar, another Lea Salonga fan from Waipahu. "It's good."

And Lea's a role model for little girls, like nine-year-old Cherilynne Sales.

"I think that her voice is beautiful because of the way she sings and acts," said Cherilynne Sales.

As she gets ready for her concert tonight at the Blaisdell, Salonga acknowledges her fans.

"It's always nice to come back to perform because the Hawaii audience has been so embracing, welcoming, wonderful, and there's a large Filipino community here in Hawaii," said Salonga. "So, it's like performing for a hometown crowd."

"I'm so very happy Lea's coming to Hawaii," said Nicar.

"We're glad she's coming here in Hawaii so she'll be able to meet more Filipinos," said Lolita Sales.

"It makes me feel happy," said Lolita's daughter Cherilynne.

And Salonga is happy with the love shown by her Filipino fans.

"I'm always, always grateful for the immense support I've received from the Filipino community everywhere I go," said Salonga. "They come out in full force whenever I have performance outside of the Philippines."

And Saturday night was no different.

"It's like rooting for your favorite quarterback at a football game," said Salonga. "It's just really, really wonderful to come to a place and be welcomed, in such a wonderful way."

Salonga's first Oahu concert took place Saturday night at the Blaisdell Concert Hall starting at eight.  Because of overwhelming demand, she added a second performance Sunday at two in the afternoon.