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Wilner & O’Reilly Welcomes Eat Bulaga! to the U.S. Again!

By: Pia Dyquiangco, Esq.

Wilner & O'Reilly, APLC is proud to once again be the immigration lawyers for the longest running television show in Philippine History, Eat Bulaga! We welcome Tito, Vic, and Joey and the cast and crew of Eat Bulaga! This noon time variety show has been on air for twenty nine years, and managed to remain the number #1 in television ratings for the noon time hour. Fans all over the world who subscribe to GMA-TV are able to watch Eat Bulaga! at noon and in the evening. Eat Bulaga! is currently aired on GMA-TV at 12 noon on weekdays and Saturdays.

Eat Bulaga! is bringing its show to Los Angeles, California for their "Eat Bulaga!: L.A. Grand Fiesta" on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m. Along with Tito, Vic, and Joey are its star studded cast: Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, Pia Guanio, Alan K, Francis Magalona, Anjo Ylanna, Julia Clarete, Pauleen Luna, Wally Bayola, Lougee Basabas and many more. Appearing with the cast will be special guests, GMA-TV's "Dysebel" Marian Rivera and Ding Dong Dantes. The L.A. Grand Fiesta show will be aired globally.

A "one night only" show, fans can expect Eat Bulaga to bring laughter and fun with their stand up routines, skits, song and dance performances, and games that incite audience participation. With the comedic stylings of Tito, Vic and Joey and the rest of the "DaBarkads" (translated to "the group"), attendees will surely be entertained and will have a memorable evening that will definitely be told to family and friends.

Wilner & O'Reilly previously assisted the cast and crew of Eat Bulaga! in obtaining their visas for their 2005 U.S. Tour. We are honored to once again be the official immigration lawyers of the show.

A television cast and crew such as Eat Bulaga! are qualified to work and perform in the United States under a P visa for Entertainment groups. Under such visa, an entertainment group must be internationally recognized as outstanding in the area, and have a sustained period of achievement. Also, the individual members must have a substantial relationship to the group, generally satisfied by at least one year. Documentation required to prove international recognition includes: awards, evidence of commercial success, articles or features in magazines or trade journals, and proof that the group commands a high salary. As for the crew or support personnel of an entertainment group, such visa classification would be P-1S and documentation of each personnel being essential to show's success must be proven. A P visa is also used by foreign nationals who are athletes who are a part of an internationally recognized team. Similar proof and documentation is required.

If you are not an entertainment group or athlete part of a team, but are an individual who commands similar success and international or national recognition in the arts, education, science, and business, you may qualify under an O-visa. People coming on O visa include extraordinarily talented and nationally or internationally known scientists, educators, artists, athletes or business people. Such ability must be extensively documented and substantiated through awards won, media attention received, and association with other renowned experts in the same field, and/or innovation or major contributions in the specific field of expertise among other forms of proof. National and/or international acclaim of the individual is important in establishing extraordinary ability.

If you are a foreign national who is a person of extraordinary ability and has an opportunity to work or perform in the United States, contact Wilner & O'Reilly and let us take care of your immigration needs. At three locations in Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside, we are able to bring strategic, competent and cost effective legal advice to all of our clients. Take it from the cast of Eat Bulaga! Wilner & O'Reilly's personalized and professional attention is definitely the "star treatment." Call us at 1-888-7MABUHAY today for a free consultation.

Pia Marie Dyquiangco is an Associate Attorney in the Business and Transactional Division of Wilner & O'Reilly, APLC. Ms. Dyquiangco is admitted to practice in the State Bar of California and speaks tagalong and Ilocano fluently.

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