Although for just a few hours, it was long enough for them to meet and see the face they follow religiously on television.
The Filipino actress was brought to the country by the WR Carpenters to raise funds for City Mission’s safe house program that Haus Ruth runs.
The night started around 8pm where Julia took to stage and sang three songs – two in English and one in Tagalog.
The atmosphere was full of energy as fans rushed around the stage to take pictures and shake her hands.
Montes then took time to answer burning questions fans had, either relating to her personal life or the movies she has acted in.
Montes also told them of the current show she’s starring in – Asintado – an action political drama television series.
It took a brave fan to ask Montes if one scene could be shot in PNG, to which Montes said she’ll raise the idea with the movie directors.
Montes was impressed to learn of the fan base in the country.
Among a larger group of Filipinos present that night also was the ambassador to PNG, Bienvenido Tejano.
Tejano said the Philippines and PNG have maintained a good relationship over the years, and Montes’ visit has welded that relationship.
The event continued into the night with another performance by Montes and then a VIP meet and greet afterwards.
By the end of the event, Montes was determined to return to PNG again.