Saturday, May 19, 2012

A star-studded Broadway debut

“A star-studded Broadway debut”
Sun.Star Davao, May 19, 2012

Growing up in the fast-paced and dynamic city of New York, Romielyn “Mimi” Ibabao cherished the bright lights and the cosmopolitan life she used to enjoy as a child.

Due to her family’s hectic schedule in their business, Big Apple Hotel and Bar, and her studies as a dentistry student at the Davao Medical School Foundation, however, Mimi has not been able to visit NYC for several years.

And, so, when Mimi celebrated her 18th birthday recently, she and her family decided to let their 300 guests have a taste of the Big Apple by hosting a grandiose broadway-themed party at the Davao Convention and Trade Center.

With the uber-talented party coordinator Noel Tanza of Golden Touch staging the special event, New York came alive that evening with towering skyscrapers and a vibrantly-colored Broadway theater marquee as the stunning backdrop. Guest tables were elegantly decorated with floral centerpieces along with costumes and ostrich feathers.

The debutante’s 6-tiered birthday cake by Cake Creations’ Beverly Sanz showcased Broadway favorites such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins as well as the dazzling lights and sights of New York.

Mimi looked every bit the star of the night in her lovely coral pink gown by Erwin Tan of Kasuotan and make-up by Joveth Pichon. She later changed to a black evening dress as she performed a Broadway song and dance number choreographed by Liclic Garcia.

Unbeknownst to Mimi, her mom Emelyn and dad Benjamin, had cooked up a big surprise for their unica hija. Mimi’s super secret guest for her debut was no other than her ultimate crush, multi-awarded young actor Coco Martin!

“I have a friend who has a fan club and has access to meet ABS-CBN celebrities. So, I asked the number of Coco’s road manager and gave it to my Mama”, relates Mimi.

Her mom communicated with the road manager and tried to invite Coco to Mimi’s debut. But, Mommy Amie relayed to her daughter that Coco was unavailable for the occasion.

Mimi was expectedly disappointed. However, she was comforted with the news that either ABS-CBN stars Paulo Avelino or Enrique Gil will grace her debut,

During the program, the dashing Paulo Avelino (a.k.a. Nathan Montenegro) serenaded the darling debutante, which thrilled Mimi and her guests who were avid viewers of his mega hit teleserye.

But, the well-loved debutante was not prepared for the astounding surprise that awaited her.

“Suddenly, Coco came out from the backstage, singing “Dadalhin Kita sa Aking Palasyo” for me while holding a bouquet of flowers. I had tears in my eyes!”, exclaims Mimi,

Giddy with excitement and beyond her wildest dreams, Mimi finally meets “Daniel” and wishes that the magical evening will be “Walang Hanggan".

Super thanks to Mr. Roland Jumawan for the party photos.

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