For four years now, MEGA Magazine has been organizing a ball on Independence Day to honor the Philippines’ exemplary citizens . I couldn’t help but smile when I received the invitation that came in a little green square box. It read, “Salute this year’s Mega Pinoy Pride Awardees, who made their marks in the global arenas of business, entertainment , sports, journalism and fashion”. Just below it was the list of the 2014 recipients. My husband A was chosen as one of the global leaders in the business world.
A White Ball
The whole Rizal ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel was transformed into a beautiful white palace. White blooms were cradled in tall crystal vases and set on top of pristine table linens.
Tim Yap and Issa Litton were the hosts for the evening. Tim congratulated everyone for wearing beautiful Filipiniana gowns and barongs. At one point during the event, the male host went down the stage and playfully interviewed the guests. Since we were adjacent to the table where the Guttierez-es were seated, I could hear Annabelle Rama telling Ruffa Guttierez “Tumayo ka ‘day! Ipakita mo yang gown mo.” Ruffa dutifully stood up and repeated her mom’s mutterings to the amused crowd.
Top left- 1.MEGA’s Editor-In-Chief Sari Yap gives the opening remarks. 2. Hosts Tim Yap and Issa Litton 3. Abby Asistio serenaded the guests over dinner. 4. A light moment as Tim interviews the statuesque Ruffa Guttierez.
A fashion show featuring the creations of four successful alumni of the Young Designer’s Competition was also held.
The pinnacle of the night , of course , was the awarding ceremonies.
The AVP featuring each of the recipients was so beautifully done! When Ariel finally made it to the stage , cheers and applause could be heard from all corners of the ballroom – the loudest ,as expected , came from the PLDT table.
I met so many people at the event! Top Row : With the beautiful Editor-In-Chief of Lifestyle Asia Magazine Anne Sobrepena 2. Posing with ANTM’s Allison Harvard 3. With Interior decorator Nix Alanon. Bottom row – 1. Ariel and I with Iza Calzado 2. With the Teng siblings (Jeric and Almira) 3. with heartthrob Jeron Teng 4. with JFC’s Francis Flores
It was truly a memorable night for A and I. As we walked out of the ballroom, I told him how proud I felt to see him up there on the stage. He just smiled, squeezed my hand and said “Thank you.” With that, we headed up to our hotel suite to check on the children.