It had to be the Mall of Asia Arena, no less.
SGV’s 70th anniversary celebration, after all, wasn’t just an alumni homecoming but a gathering of the company’s clients, alumni, and friends over the past seven decades.
As expected, the large venue did not allow for much interaction among colleagues. The hall was just too big, making it difficult to look for familiar faces. As early as 4:30 pm, guests were already queueing for their tickets for admission to the concert featuring Lea Salonga, Gerard Salonga, and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. The show was set to start at 7:30.
Cocktails had to be kept short. But oh, the spread orchestrated by Bizu Catering Studio made me wish I could stay a little longer before finding a seat at the concert hall. Fat chance.
After getting my souvenirs (commemorative magazine and glass paper weight) I quickly joined Mitzi Villespin at the photo booth for some souvenir shots. She said Dittas Formoso and Fe Ferriols were there earlier, but had to leave soon. No ops for a group photo, so I just grabbed what were posted on the Project Smile FB page and turned them into a collage. BFFs Jo Cariaga and Arcel Joven were there, too, but there are no pics of them to show.
For those who didn’t make it to the event last August 24, here are some video clips I grabbed from YouTube. Happy viewing!
The SGV Story; Welcome Message by Cirilo P. Noel, SGV Chairman and Managing Partner; Opening numbers of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and Lea Salonga.
Lea Salonga’s opening songs took us on a nostalgic trip to the ‘70s through the Carpenters’ hit tunes.
Gerard Salonga and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra did some numbers that required audience participation. The catch: they were songs from 2013 onwards. Sorry, but Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Sia and their tribe are just out of our league.
What was supposed to be Lea’s finale number drew not a few sniffles because of its soulful lyrics. Indeed for many SGVeans, it has been a meaningful journey.
She had to heed the call for an encore. When she came back to do Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and the Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand hit “Enough is Enough,” the audience (including this senior) just went wild.
The evening ended with a burst of colors.
Thank you and congratulations, SGV. Till next year’s homecoming.