Our town’s mega namedroppables, including foreign dignitaries, political figures, executives of major companies, members of high society and A-list celebrities, flocked to the gala dinner-concert of Grammy-winning singer James Ingram at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel.
The size and scale of the ballroom surprised everyone: 3,000 square meters of pillar-less space; towering 12-meter-high ceiling, multicolor pillow ceiling lights and VIP Skyboxes.
The hall was the perfect setting for the 90-minute concert of the R&B soul singer.
Some 1,700 guests were regaled by James with his greatest hits, such as “Just Once,” “PYT” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.”
His concert was preceded by spectacular performances by Lani Misalucha and Mark Mabasa.
The concert extravaganza was taken to greater heights by the five-course dinner prepared by executive chef Meik Brammer and his award-winning culinary team.
Everyone couldn’t stop raving about the duck liver mousse in port wine-cherry glaze, dhukha-crusted sea bass with eggplant caponata and lemon-truffle sauce, and roasted US Angus beef tenderloin with glazed organic vegetables and oxtail burgundy jus.
Marriott’s Grand Ballroom has proven itself to be the next big thing.
Now, wouldn’t it be grand if you were seen there, dahlings?
YouTube Fan Fest, the most happening party that takes place in different parts of the world, has officially landed on our shores.
The hottest club of the moment, House Manila, hosted the after-party bash for the grand global event, dahlings. YouTube’s biggest international and local artists, such as Bethany Mota, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Thatcher Joe, AJ Rafael, Jireh Lim, Caspar Lee and Bogart the Explorer, partied at the club.
With free-flowing drinks all night, the party was a certified rousing hit, palangga.
The YouTube event was truly sensational and indeed House Manila proved to be the country’s global VIP Club hosting the brightest online stars.
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MTV Music Evolution
It was one helluva Pinoy hip-hop wild bash at Quirino Grandstand as the historical landmark hosted the first edition of MTV Music Evolution in the country and Asia.
Presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the concert spotlighted the emergence of hip-hop music while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences.
“MTV Music Evolution 2015 serves as one of the major pillars of Visit Philippines 2015 campaign,” said TPB chief Domingo Ramon Enerio III. “This event will highlight the Philippines as a destination, not just for culture and adventure, but for entertainment as well. We are also fortunate to find the perfect partner with MTV as they have the global platform to promote the event and showcase our talented Filipino artists.”
Around 22,000 hip-hoppers came to take part in the celebration, which opened with Gloc-9, Abra, Loonie, Ron Henley and the Lyrically Deranged Poets pumping up the crowd’s adrenaline with their jaw-dropping wordplay and head-nodding beats.
Apl.de.ap also performed some of his original songs, including the mega-hit “Where Is the Love?”
International hip-hop acts later took the stage, including DJ Cash Money, YG, DJ Goofy 500 and Slim 400.
The party climaxed to the wild beats of the Grammy-winning act Naughty by Nature.
Donning “Filipino by Nature” T-shirts, the trio performed their hits and played a clip of Francis M.’s “Kaleidoscope World” as a toast to Pinoy hip-hop culture.
All the artists later shared the stage with them to sing “Hip-Hop Hooray!” along with the crowd.
As the confetti exploded, Naughty by Nature hollered, “This hip-hop is history in the making!”
MTV Music Evolution Hip-Hop is only one in the series of fun events featured by Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign.
Catch more exciting happenings at www.visitph2015.com.
Cheers to Alex!
Our very own palangga, ace photographer Alex Van Hagen, celebrated his birthday a month after the actual date.
Gathering his close pals, he hosted an afternoon tea with heavy early dinner catered by our celebrator’s pal, Millie Reyes of The Plaza, held at the sprawling, well-interiored house of Nini Licaros in a posh Makati village.
Aside from Nini, society ladies who made the afternoon memorable were Nene Leonor, Mabel Abano, Mellie Ablaza, Mimi Valerio, Evie Costa, Agnes Huibonhoa, Karen Macasaet, Gov. Baby Ortiz, Chit Salud and Fe Ng, natch.
It was a super-nice time for everyone with loads of gossip on fashion and who’s in, who’s out of high society and government. But my lips are sealed on those matters, dahlings, at least for now.
Cheers to my palangga and soulmate, Alex Van Hagen!