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Wowowee scam?

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Reports from Honululu, Hawaii on the no show of Wowowee host Willie Revillame and co-hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion, Precious Lara Quigaman and Pokwang to a supposed exclusive private party of Wowowee.

More than 200 fans waited for hours and paid $100 (P4,248) each to attend a private party that was supposed to include the cast of the television game show, “Wowowee,” but the stars never showed up, they said.

Dave Tiu, spokesperson for Bigatin Productions, producer of the “Wowowee VIP Bash,” said most of the cast members did attend Thursday night’s event, held at Rumours nightclub at the Ala Moana Hotel here, including some of the stars.

But fans and nightclub doorman Mel Buted said only three of the show’s dancers turned up and none of the stars. “I felt really sorry for all those people, especially the older people,” Buted said. “I was upset.”

When asked to comment, Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN corporate communications, said in a text message: “We are gathering details as to what exactly was the participation of the supposed Wowowee talents in what seemed to be a privately organized party.”

Wowowee, a popular television noontime game show in the Philippines, is touring the United States.

Thousands of fans were expected to turn out at Aloha Stadium here on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) to watch a performance of the show, which will be broadcast on The Filipino Channel and ABS-CBN as an international two-hour special.

Expected to arrive from the Philippines are more than a dozen celebrities, including game show host Willie Revillame and co-hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion, Precious Lara Quigaman, Pokwang and RR Enriquez, as well as the Wowowee Dancers.

‘Terrible’

Jason Fernandez paid $300 (P12,746) for tickets to the private party for himself, his wife and daughter but said that after hours of waiting, the stars never materialized. “They said to be patient, they’re on their way,” he said. “It was terrible.”

Fernandez said none of the people who were selling tickets stayed behind to explain what happened.

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