50 and Fabulous: Inside Senator Grace Poe's Golden Birthday Party
Senator Grace Poe celebrated her 50th birthday this week with a party thrown by her friends and family at Whitespace in Makati. Earlier, she spent a day with orphans from various foundations and held a kiddie party with them at Star City.
Orphans and children are especially close to the senator's heart, being a foundling herself.
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When her high school classmates asked her how she wanted to celebrate this milestone, she simply said that she wanted to have a relaxed celebration, and so they took it from there.
At the laidback party on Monday, her mom Susan Roces, her husband Neil Llamanzares, and her children Brian, Nikka, and Hanna made sure her evening was extra special.
"The occasion became an inundation of love and support for the senator, marked by a host of surprises from her family, friends, staff, and supporters," shares one of her friends.
Some of the country’s notable tycoons, government officials, and entertainment celebrities were present.
Tessie Sy Coson, Dennis Uy, Enrique Razon, Grace Poe, Lizzy Razon, Lovi Poe, Lizzie Zobel, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Kok Li Peng
Sandy Prieto Romualdez, Grace Poe, Tessa Prieto Valdes
Yvette Fernandez, Lisa Gokongwei Cheng, Grace Poe, and Robina Pe
Grace's best friend Malu Gamboa, with her husband Mon Lindo and her father Leonardo Gamboa
With colleagues from the Senate, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes, Cynthia Villar, and friends from the business community, Paco Sandejas and Doris Ho
With Senators Manny Pacquiao, Ralph Recto, Miguel Zubiri, Nancy Binay, and Risa Hontiveros
With former Senator Sergio Osmena III
Singing with Senate colleagues Joel Villanueva and Miguel Zubiri
It was indeed a celebration filled with love, laughter, and entertainment. To set off music-laden presentation, Martin Nievera soulfully sang "You Take My Breath Away" as a teaser to the surprise program.
Of course, her husband had a sweet message; Neil shared their ‘young love, sweet love’ story in a video presentation that served as a prelude to the powerful rendition of powerhouse couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez.
Rico J. Puno also belted out "Together Forever," the perfect song for their love story.
The couple's eldest son, Brian, paid tribute to his mom’s admirable character, saying she is a woman who plays many roles but who always remains true to herself and her upbringing.
The biggest highlight of the evening was the senator’s speech, which she candidly delivered during the program. “It’s really tricky to thank all the people that you should thank in the 50 years of your life, but it’s even trickier to admit that you’re 50,” she said, laughing. “Think of five decades, that’s a lot of days and a lot of hours, and you are here today because you are part of my 50 years. I thank you all for making an effort to be here.”
She thanked her nearest and dearest, beginning with her mother, actress Susan Roces.
“Without her, I don’t think I would have stood a chance anywhere. She was the one who really taught me the foundations of what I believe in, of what I should do, how I should act,” she said. “Thank you, mom, for your courage. Thank you for showing me by example that you should always be compassionate but you should also be wise.”
She reiterated her gratefulness for her family. “I mostly dedicate this to my mom, to my husband, and to my children. Thank you for standing by me, I love you.”
Performances by Parokya ni Edgar and Itchyworms capped off the evening.
See more photographs of the party below.
With her sister Lovi Poe, and dear friends Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista
With friends from show business including Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez who performed in the show
With friends from different parts of her life