DJ Neil bags ME DJ Quest 2021 grand prize

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 14: He dances like a flamingo, swirls on his seat like there’s no tomorrow and grooves on air, captivating the hearts of the viewers – Mark Neil Villanueva Diaz or better known as DJ Neil got the nod of the Board of Jurors and bagged the Pinoy Arabia ME DJ Quest 2021 grand prize. “Everything seems surreal. I still can’t believe it. Thank God! I’ve made it! I would like to thank my family, my friends and supporters as well as my mentor DJ Kris and the whole Pinoy Arabia family for this great opportunity,” stated DJ Neil after besting 33 DJ questors.

Some of the special guests and sponsors

The Pinoy Arabia ME DJ Quest 2021 awarding ceremony held on October 1, 2021 at the Season 19 Restaurant & Café in Salmiya was attended by Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Mohd Noordin Pendosina Lomondot as the guest of honor as well as Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa, Vice Consul Josel Mostajo, Assistant Labor Attache Cathrine Duladul and Welfare Officer Genevieve Ardiente as special guests. Spotted also were Hisham Alghanim (Season 19 Restaurant & Café owner), Jennifer Contreras Canillas (Ooredoo Community Xpress SIM Head), Paulita Lundang (Dadabhai Travel and Tours Branch Manager), Jarallah Abdullah Mohammad Falah and Lorna Astadan (Al Kout Plus owner), Renjith Pillai (Al Muzaini Exchange Co Marketing Manager) and Gerrie and Ann Guinto of Party Boutique.

“Pinoy Arabia is one of the best media partners of the Philippine Embassy. Pinoy Arabia has been a great help when it comes to information dissemination. We get to know all the information from Pinoy Arabia, updates. from the embassy, here in Kuwait and in the Philippines,” lauded Lomondot. Lomondot handed to DJ Neil the crystal trophy for topping the competition. In addition, he also received KD500 cash and a round trip to Manila courtesy of Dadabhai Travel and Tours. DJ Neil will join Pinoy Arabia and have his own program. Mustafa in his speech also congratulated Pinoy Arabia and all the top 10 finalists who battled it out for the grand prize namely DJ Argie, DJ Eros, DJ Harri, DJ Julieciousa, DJ Lover, DJ Neil, DJ Marky, DJ Papa Jeth, DJ Rosie and DJ Shawie. All of them received gift packs from Ooredoo and Al Muzaini Exchange Co. DJ Julieciousa and DJ Rosie placed first and second runners-up respectively. Special awards were also given to DJ Papa Jeth (Darling ngMasa award) and DJ Lover (The Golden Voice Award).

The runners-up and special awardees took home cash prizes, certificates and some gift packs. Pinoy Arabia ME, the most listened to Filipino community service online radio in Kuwait, launched the Pinoy Arabia ME “DJ Quest 2021” as it marked its 6th year last year. The competition sponsored by Ooredoo, Dadabhai Travel and Tours, Al Muzaini Exchange Co, Season 19 Restaurant & Café, Al Kout Plus and Party Boutique was opened to all Filipino nationals or of Filipino descent, 19 years old and above, with good moral standing who want to showcase their talent on the radio. A total of 34 aspiring DJs sent their one-minute audition video to Pinoy Arabia ME and took a shot to the “Pinoy Arabia ME DJ Quest 2021.” Audition videos were posted on Pinoy Arabia ME Facebook page from January 31, 2021 to February 28, 2021 and the qualifiers were selected in March 2021. The 20 qualifiers were then reduced to top 10 in the process of elimination. This was the longest competition that Pinoy Arabia ME had amid the pandemic as the top 10 finalists had to be all vaccinated first to have access to Marina Mall before embarking on the final round of tasks. Pinoy Arabia ME now on its 7th year continues to sizzle and conquer the airwaves with its new programme offerings to its listeners and more than 382,000 organic followers on Facebook. Broadcasting live from the Marina FM studio in Kuwait, Pinoy Arabia ME, since its launch on October 30, 2014 has generated a sensational following and a great number of listeners not only in Kuwait but in the GCC countries and beyond.

Pinoy Arabia ME fully supported by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and Filipino community organizations plays Filipino and English current and old hits 24 hours with regular guests from the Philippine Embassy and other visiting Philippine government officials. It caters to Filipino community events and other vital announcements especially at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pinoy Arabia FM has become a reliable source of information for Overseas Filipinos and a venue of pure entertainment. The Pinoy Arabia ME team is composed of Maxxy Santiago, Ben Garcia, DJ Red, DJ Spark DJ Kris, Robert Bulquiren and Campus DJs – DJ Liaah, DJ Erika and DJ Berto and the latest addition, DJ Neil. By Michelle Fe Santiago, Arab Times

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