An enchanting night of magical music, revelry and warm fellowship were all enjoyed by the attendees of the 37th Anniversary Ball of the Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines (FCCP) on November 17 at the Shangri-la Makati hotel.
The executive committee—headed by president Rose Lazaro, director-in-charge, Yoli Ayson, and co-chairpersons Mabel Abano, Nonie Basilio and Sol Tan Gatue—pulled all the stops in ensuring that the ball would live up to its theme.
The much-applauded entertainment portion of the program was top billed by Christine Allado, the Filipina chanteuse based in London who shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli during his recent concert in Manila.
Supporting her was “Opus One,” an interesting group of three tenors of three different nationalities—Filipino Christian Nagano, Nigerian Michael Odoemene and German Jonathan Wagner. A special dance medley inspired by the Broadway plays, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and La Cage Aux Folles ably performed by FCCP members further mesmerized the audience.
The working committee chairs and members, who worked in tandem with the executive committee are: Letty Hahn, Cristina Caedo, Nene Pe Lim, and Nene Leonor for Sponsorship; Sol Tan Gatue, Tessie Rodrigo, and Gina Ty for Ad Solicitation; Nonie Basilio, Rose Lazaro, and Yoli Ayson for Ticket Distribution; Thelma Gana, Lin Liboro, and Martin Lopez for the Programme; Lulu Castaneda and Esther Vibal for the Souvenir Program; Nonie Basilio and Baby de Jesus for Publicity; Margie Ortiz Luis,Karen Macasaet and Belen Pujol for the Registration; Mimi Valerio, Nikki Valerio, and Terry Tambunting for the Physical Arrangements; and Gay Jamias, Baby Ortiz, Chit Baustista and Glecy Mojares.
Ballroom dancing that lasted till the wee hours capped the magical night that was the FCCP Ball.