Thursday, April 28, 2011

LDS Philippines Golden Jubilee Celebration: VIP Reception Dinner

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

I attended the Jubilee VIP Dinner Reception at the Makati Shangri-la hotel, accompanied by my brother Joel (coz my prince was on travel to Denmark and couldn't make it). We arrived at the Makati Shangri-la hotel on time and was greeted by the beautiful, spacious lobby and facade of this hotel at the heart of Makati.

This event is part of the LDS Philippines Golden Jubilee Celebration's exposure to make government leaders in the Philippines become aware of the 50-year celebration of the LDS (Mormon) Church that is taking place and the celebration happening in the Philippines through out the year.

Last April 28, 1961, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley (the same LDS prophet and world president of the Church from March 1995 to January 2008 ) was joined by about 150 servicemen and their families at the American War Memorial in Makati for the dedication of the Philippines for the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then two months later in June 1961, the first four LDS (Mormon) missionaries arrived in the Philippines. Since then, the memberships of the Church grew and continues to grow. My whole family joined the Church April of 1987.

We proceeded to the exhibits and met BID OIC Commissioner Atty. Ronaldo Ledesma (not in the picture), former Church Area Controller Cynthia Llantada, new Area Controller Brad Anderson and Chinabank Corinthians Garden Branch manager Ms. Rian Gloria and her husband.

The event venue was just perfect. There were lots of attendees both Church leaders and government leaders like former Pres. Fidel V.Ramos, former Senator Santanina Rasul and Senators Allan Peter Cayetano and Miguel Zubiri.

I was seated at Table 28 with Brother and Sister Amistad of the Church Seminary and Institute, whom I introduced to my guests Fiscal Sinforoso Roque ( my law school friend)and his wife Bernz Roque. I also took picture with Stephen K.Iba, the first Church Institute Program Director in the Philippines while on queue for the food since the buffet table was just right next to our table. The food tasted yummy!

My other guests who attended is my favorite law professor RTC Judge Ma. Eliza Sempio Diy and Atty. Kristine Felix. I was able to introduced them to the Area Presidency and have pictures with Elder Keith R.Edwards & his wife and Elder Teh and his wife.

The program went so well with the music provided by Paolo Anton Antenorcruz ( finalist to GMA "Are You The Next Big Star"), Adam Seth Teh, Danel Beriong and Deo Divinagracia.

I also found this video of Paolo Anton singing the Jubilee Theme Song "United" which was composed by Danel Beriong.

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