Huge crowds gathered in Hounslow to watch some of the biggest names in the Filipino entertainment industry over the weekend.

An estimated 15,000 people headed to Lampton Park for the first Hello Philippines Hounslow Summer Festival on Saturday (July 5) and Sunday.

 

Singer Dennis Trillo and actor Tom Rodriguez, a former contestant on Pinoy Big Brother, the Filipino version of the reality TV show, were among the stars taking to the stage over the two days.

Comedian Ate Shawie and celebrity chef Marvin Agustin also kept crowds entertained, while other attractions included fairground rides and a singing competition.

Director Sean Ellis was also there for a screening of his Philippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila, which scooped the main prize at last year's British independent film awards.

Co-organiser Mike McCarthy said: "It was an excellent weekend and when the A-list artists came on stage the place became a little bit crazy.

"The festival wasn't just for the Filipino community. It was about integrating the Hounslow community, and the plan is to make it an annual event."

The festival was organised by the newspaper Hello Philippines. It was founded by Corazon Santos, with support from co-organisers Mike McCarthy and Roselle Collado.

Lampton Park previously hosted the Barrio Fiesta, organised by the Philippine Centre, for many years but it moved to Apps Court Farm, near Hampton Court, last year.