Saturday, February 6, 2010

What A Terrific Night It Was!

Last night was a blast! The 'Serenata' concert which was held at the American International School of Jeddah, (Friday, January 5, 2010) was so successful.

It was a bit disappointing though because Ms. Tina Monzon Palma, the Program Director of Bantay Bata 163 and Sagip Kapamilya of ABS-CBN foundation, didn't make it to the show due to immigration lapses at the Jeddah International Airport. But then before the show started, Ms. Palma made a call via phone patch from Doha, Qatar, and lamented at her disappointment for her not being on the event.

The show started with an invocation from a little girl singing a heart-warming piece. Then, the Serenata Children's Choir sang their first three consecutive songs, they were in Latin (The Music of Life, Jubilate Deo and Panis Angelicus). The choir's voices were like angels.

Then, they sang a couple of more songs, but when they get to the part when they sang "Seasons of Love", I really got excited, because it's one of my favorite songs. It's the soundtrack of the Broadway musical "RENT". I can't help but to sing along quietly with the choir. And who can forget that thunder and rain effect made by the choir and the guest performers in the song, "Listen to the Rain", the audience were perplexed and amused at the same time.

During the intermission, most of the people went outside to buy some food and drinks. There were a lot of food stalls outside from the sponsors of the event. It was a cold night, I was trembling while sipping my chocolate frappuccino.

The second part of the concert was equally amazing. I love the part when they sang the Disney soundtrack from the movie " Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin" and The Little Mermaid". The "Blue suede Shoes" was also great.

Then it was the Serenata String Chamber Orchestra's turn during the third part of the concert. Their APO Hiking Society medley and the Beatles medley rendered me feeling nostalgic. I also love "My Favorite Things" from the musical, "Sound of Music".

In general, it was a great concert. When it was over, the sponsors of the event, Toyo and Indomie gave some giveaways to the concert-goers on exit. I just felt bad because I didn't get any photos. I didn't bring my camera because we were forewarned outside the gate not to bring any camera. To my disappointment, I saw a lot of people taking photos inside the concert hall. I thought I should have brought mine.

(This photo was courtesy of Mr. Nereus Jethro Abad. Proceeds of the Serenata concert will go to the four Filipino high school students for their college education through Bantay Edukasyon Program of Bantay Bata 163.)

After the concert...

After the concert, my fellow blogger Mr. Nereus Jethro Abad with four of his friends, invited me and my colleague for a dinner at Casper & Gambini's, we had a great time there.

The dinner was sumptuous, most of us preferred their popular bestseller, the Beef Tenderloin Steak with mashed potato, and myself opting for a glass of Carrot juice. The dessert was fabulous too, courtesy of our friend working at Casper & Gambini's, Mr. Jojo Borlaza. Though I was on a diet, who could resist Brownies, Raspberry Cheese Cake and Chocolate Cake? Damn it! It was really good.


isladenebz said...

The next time there's a job vacancy in Jeddah, can you tell me? Parang lubha kayong nag-e-enjoy a. Kakainggit.

I can only imagine how uplifted you were listening to those kids sing.

When was the last time I saw a choir concert in Saudi? Tagal na! Hope to watch one this year.

So you like Seasons of Love huh. Fave ko rin sya together with 525600 Minutes! Kakatuwa (although hindi ko pa rin sya napapanood, kahit pa nga ung production ng Repertory Phils).

Pepe Cabrera said...

Nebz, dapat talagang lumipat ka na dito sa Jeddah ha ha ha .

Oo favorite ko yung 'Seasons Of Love'. Dalawang version nga nung kanta meron ako sa iPod ko. Tuwa ako na mayroon tayong parejo na favorite. Thanks Nebz!

xLeon said...

Wow! I missed this and I am in Jeddah. Actually, I've seen this in facebook but I am unable to go because I am sick, especially on the day it was held.

My family along with another family went to seaside for me to have a breath of fresh air which actually made me feel better.

Buti ka pa na-meet mo si PEBA el presidente hehehe! Sige, sana sa susunod na mag-meet ang mga bloggers dito sa Jeddah makapunta ako at ma-inform.

- Baul ni Noel

Pepe Cabrera said...

Noel, actually na invite lang kami ni Kuya Jethro when we saw each other sa concert. It was unexpected na magdi-dinner kami sa casper. Hindi nga namin nakita si Ron Dacz eh.

Gerald Jay-R said...

wow... kakaiingit naman,ang saya ng samahan ng mga bloggers from KSA.

Pepe Cabrera said...

Gerald, Lipat ka na dito! ja ja ja!
Na-update mo na ba ang blog mo? Pasyalan ko later.

Gerald Jay-R said...

hehehe,,i'll cross the border line
di ko nauupdate blog ko. ;(