“A Bollywood birthday bash”
Sun.Star Davao, Jan. 26, 2013
The charming Lalaine Aportadera Visitacion, now Lalaine Gedal, spent three unforgettable months backpacking in
husband Dan in 1997. India
“It was a love and hate relationship with
However, towards my last day prior to leaving India , I was sobbing so hard, I didn’t want
to go. Delhi
just grows on you!”, Lalaine exclaims. India
Fifteen years later, Lalaine still loves anything that is
– the colors, smell, sound and taste. So, naturally, when it was time to celebrate
her 50th birthday party, Lalaine excitedly thought of staging an enjoyable
and unique affair with a Bollywood theme. Bollywood is India India’s equivalent of . Hollywood
“It took approximately one year of planning; years of collecting decors from
which I utilized in the party; … and two years of savings”, blushed Lalaine,
for her dream Bollywood birthday bash to become a reality. India
Although Lalaine left
Davao in 1984 to pursue further education in the U.S. and become a certified registered Sleep
Technologist by the American Association of Sleep Technologists in the , she
wanted to spend her significant milestone amidst dearest family and friends in
her beloved hometown. U.S.
was where she mostly grew up living
with her grandmother Josefa Aportadera at Davao D. Suazo Street. Lalaine also has fond
memories of her high school life at Rizal Memorial College and Immaculate
Since 2004, Lalaine is based in
her husband and kids where she works as Director for Sales Training in Asia
Pacific for Depuy Synthes, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Singapore
“I started to coordinate with party planner Annie Paz-Lim in January 2011. Annie immediately got the idea of how I envisioned the room, ambience and theme to look like. I want to have a fun party with my guests feeling like Bollywood stars!”, she happily shares.
For her elegant birthday invitations, which were adorned with Indian black lace, Lalaine had them especially made online from a store in
As guests entered the Kalaw Room of the posh Waterfont Insular Hotel Davao, they were awed by the glam and glitz of Bollywood. Hanging lamps, vibrantly-hued cloths and umbrellas from Rajisthan
artistically arranged in various parts of the party venue. Lalaine welcomed the
guests in a breathtaking green gown which was from an Indian designer shop in
Emily Lim-Cimafranca marvellously created the tower of Indian-inspired cupcakes festooned with edible crystals and flowers. Meanwhile, an eye-catching clay art model of Lalaine garbed in traditional Indian attire was imaginatively used as the cake topper. The adorable cake topper was especially flown in from
To open up the memorable party, there was a grand parade with drums showcasing all the guests who were gamely dressed in their most beautiful and creative Indian ensembles. The drums and Indian music were arranged by Pankaj House of Sari at Gaisano Mall.
The Bollywood dinner feast was a blend of well-loved Indian and Filipino dishes. The mouth-watering candy buffet and henna tattoo station were also big hits with the guests.
A huge tarpaulin of Lalaine posing ‘ala leading lady’ with her favorite Indian actor Sharu Khan as well as the delightful birthday girl dancing to an upbeat Indian song made the whole Bollywood experience as authentic as it could be!
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