Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde has promised Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto that she will fully support the actor-turned-public servant’s upcoming “Ala Eh! Festival” in Taal this first week of December.
At a belated birthday blowout for Gov. Vi at her events place in Valencia, Quezon City on November 24, the popular producer also hosted a news conference so that her dear friend can spread the word about the week-long festivity that begins on December 1.
Mother Lily and Gov. Vi’s relationship has gone way beyond showbiz and politics, so much so that the Batangueños are expecting to see more color and excitement in this year’s celebration.
“Basta kay Gov. Vi, all-out ako,” declared Mother Lily. “I am just happy because kahit nasa politics na siya, may oras pa rin siya sa mga kaibigan niya sa showbiz. And I am very proud to be a friend to her, and proud din ako sa kanyang achievements bilang leader sa Batangas just like her constituents.”
Touched by Mother Lily’s kind words, Gov. Vi said that the Regal matriarch is an honorary Batangueño since she is often there to see to her new Tall Imperial Resort Hotel. In fact, the governor named the producer the “Adopted Mother of Taal” at the inauguration of the property.
“Kaya sanay na sa mga artista sa Taal dahil kay Mother,” the Star for All Seasons gratefully declared. “She has taken in many scholars there and her resort will even provide jobs for so many residents.”
On a personal note Gov. Vi added, “Mother Lily will always be a dear friend. Hindi ko kailangan magsabi pa sa kanya kung anong puwedeng maitulong sa Batangas. Itong investment niya sa sa Taal at tulong sa ilang Batangueño ay malaking bagay na hindi lang sa akin kundi sa Batangas na rin.
“Kaya I am very thankful dahil sa darating na Ala Eh! Festival, she’s there to give her 100 percent support upang maging lalong masaya ito at dayuhin ng mga tao from all over the country.”
The festival forms part of Batangas City’s 433 founding anniversary. The celebration will feature an agri-trade fair; the Mutya ng Taal and Mutya ng Batangas beauty pageants; a street parade; and the “Voices, Songs and Rhythm” grand finals. It will be capped on December 8 with a whole-day event starting with a Eucharistic Mass followed by a Float Parade and festival dance competition.