SOUND engineers have given the thumbs-up to facilities and acoustics at the Hong Kong Stadium for the large Filipino variety show to be staged on October 1. Experts examining facilities at the stadium said despite continuing noise problems at the arena they were confident the Eh, Kasi Pinoy (Because We're Filipino) charity event would be trouble-free with good quality sound. Concern over sound quality was raised after the show's approval last month by the Urban Council Stadium board of governors who restricted each show to 20,000 people and set noise limits. Concerts have been banned at the arena due to complaints by neighbours about the noise. The directional sound system hired by the council and stadium managers Wembley International, which successfully focused amplified noise within the arena, was recently returned after the board decided against purchasing it because of the concert ban. Sound consultant Wayne Grossman said the tentative sound set-up would use the stadium's public address system along with two stage-front speaker towers. 'With restrictions to outside noise limits [70 decibels] it means we are restricted to 90 decibels within the stadium which is realistic. It's loud enough for an event like this as it's not a rock concert,' he said. 'We will be monitoring and controlling the sound. This will test to see if variety shows can regularly be staged here and I'm quite confident of its success,' he said. The show will feature top Filipino comedians including the Reycards and Willie Nepomuceno along with singers such as Rochelle Nava and Pilita Corrales. The board has allowed this event, which includes live music, to go ahead citing its 'variety show' status.