The Sunshine Place’s fourth anniversary celebrations recently took its members around the world, through performances inspired by the cultures and music of Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The senior center’s members and instructors joined the show of songs and dances. Titled “Sunshine Travels,” it also served as recital for members enrolled in the center’s various classes.
Maricor Mendoza, a voice class student who has been recovering after losing her voice a few years ago, surprised the audience with a Mexican-inspired song-and-dance number.
The dance class students tap-danced to an Earth, Wind & Fire medley, while Maryknoll Batch 68 jubilarians and instructor EJ Villacorta did a dance inspired by the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line.”
Le Bran Elite students led by Bing Pimentel, Helen Siy and Corazon Zamora danced the fox-trot, while the Le Bran instructors performed a Brazilian samba.
Mother-daughter tandem Cecile de Joya and Marichi de Joya danced a fiery flamenco from Southern Spain.
The Sunshine Place instructors also delighted guests with classic folk songs from the Philippines, with voice class instructor Isaac Iglesias singing “Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak” and piano teacher Cloi Sugano performing “Sa Kabukiran.”
Everyone joined the chair dancing session led by instructor Danny Vinculado. The Social Ballroom and Yeba class members also enjoyed an impromptu performance with instructor Nikki Camasura.
One of the highlights was a special performance by lawyer Tony Pastor who sang and played the piano. He was later joined by his brother Rafael.
Capping the show was the mini-concert of the award-winning band, Rockin’ 60s, who sang jukebox hits of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, including “We Got It All,” led by band member and composer of the iconic SM jingle, Dero Pedero.
Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs—a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.
Visit Sunshine Place at 56 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City. Call 8564144, 09175155656; e-mail [email protected]