Saturday shindigs

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By Adrian Bobe


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FROM a full Pinoy fiesta welcome party to a lavish ballet-themed night to celebrate a birthday—these two shindigs made my Saturday busier, and yes, really special.

What better way to introduce my half-Norwegian, half-Pinoy hinablos (nephew) to the colorful and spirited Filipino culture than to throw him a party that introduces him to half of what he is made of?

Born to proud parents Manang Minnie Marie and Andre, 1 ½
–year-old Martin, “the Winter baby,” got a taste of local fiesta for a welcome with ‘dirty’ ice- cream, a pack of local delicacies, pabitin and the famous crispy lechon.


Far from his Scandinavian origin, there were draperies that resemble the Philippine flag, homegrown tubo pieces, miniature carabao and Mamang Sorbetero that were significantly placed as table pieces.

The party was a spectacle of eye-pleasing Filipino symbols: A welcoming bahay kubo with his initials, bilao and nipa huts, and a bunch of guilty pleasures of chocolate jeepneys, mango pops, and mini-flags transformed into yummy sugary delights.

It may be a children's party, but I am not “fully grown up” either so young ones and “young once” like me joined the traditional sack race, gabot-gabot and dance contests.

As we say, Pinoy parties never run out of fun and excitement. For giveaways, well-wishers were treated to fluffy and enticing puto from Silay.

But more than a party, it was also a thanksgiving for having adorable baby Martin visiting the Philippines for the first time.

From a Pinoy fiesta mounted for a lovable baby Martin, my Saturday night blowout was just starting, this time to rub elbows with Kolasa students for Kiara Suarez' birthday bash. Kiara has been enrolled in my tutorial and academic center since last year.

A charming and talented child, her parents Jinky and Arnel Suarez is giving her a party like no other to celebrate her 13th birthday.

The ballroom of L' Fisher Hotel was dressed to perfection. The ceiling engrossed all partygoers with dancing waves of draperies, balloons and lanterns.

On the tables are ballerina cutouts in Arabesque while others in tip-toe salutation. Shabby chic pieces were over in pink, silver and glittering white. The chairs were made more attractive with ballet skirts and letter K hangers, representing the high school freshman student.

I’d say 13 is the new 18, there were 13 candles and 13 roses to dance with the birthday girl. At once, I confused it as a debut but as her mother would put it, "I am just making sure she gets nothing but the best." The night was highlighted by performances of dancers, local singers and ballerinas from MMB. Kiara, for her part, amused everyone with her dancing prowess in ballet and jazz.

Surprising the dashing girl was a gift from her showbiz idol, Anne Curtis. Like Dyesebel, Kiara, too, can literally become a mermaid with new fins from the Philippine Mermaid Academy.

In the box was Anne's handwritten message for the Kiara. An emotional night for her, Kiara surely made a lot of young girls her age envious after putting on a huge show for her birthday.

Indeed, it was one heck of a Saturday last week. Not to note, we were busy shooting for videos to complete a production material. But it’s one kind of Saturday I would want to wake up to every time.

Apart from suiting up for occasions, I look forward to bond with people closest to my heart. More Saturdays to come with Martin, Kiara and my clan of exciting and happy people— like Alex from Taiwan, Manang Val from Thailand and fellows downtown.

Cheers for more Saturday shindigs!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 15, 2014.


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