Friday, May 21, 2010

TFC Wowowee contestant an internet hit

TFC Wowowee contestant an internet hit
By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
Posted at 05/21/2010 3:58 PM | Updated as of 05/21/2010 4:05 PM

A touching story which unfolded on ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel
(TFC), “Wowowee”, is now an internet hit.

Barry Bogart, Jr. was a contestant for the talent portion of “Wowowee”
called Willie of Fortune last January. He ended up singing 2 songs for
the crowd and was an instant hit.

But behind the 28-year-old’s talent is a sad story. It has even
captured the attention of mainstream US media.

Bogart Jr. is an Amerasian. He said his father was an American
serviceman stationed in the former US base in Ologapo. Bogart, Jr. is
one of thousands of abandoned Amerasian children. He was hoping to
find his father in the US.

Bogart’s father left him and his mother before he was born. His mother
Herminigilda died from brain cancer when he was 5 years old. He ended
up living with other family and relatives.

Bogart’s story tugged at the heart of many Filipinos including Greg
Rosas, a Filipino restaurant owner from Seattle, Washington.

Rosas used his own money to process Bogart’s visa and buy him a plane
ticket to the US. Bogart did end up finding his father. He is now
staying with his newfound benefactor, Rosas, and plans to reunite with
his father in New Jersey in the future. Balitang America

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