MEGA has been celebrating Pinoy Pride by throwing an exclusive gala during Philippine Independence month over the past seven years. This one was no different, except for the first time ever, the focus has been placed in honoring the achievements of a specific generation: the millennials.
Last night’s event was held at the Grand Ballroom in City of Dreams in Pasay City. It was a gathering of individuals from various industries; be it in the arts, entertainment, sports, education, business and philanthropy.
I attended with my fiancé, Jacob. We both came in RAU Atelier by our good friend, Ahia Ryan Ablaza Uson. Jacob went for an embroidered pina silk barong, while Ahia Ryan designed a custom oxblood colored dress for me for his rendition of the modern Filipiniana ensemble.
My favorite hair and make up artists, Petchie Ombrosa and Martin Orosa were both unavailable yesterday, so I did my own make up. I wore a dark lip color from EB Advance LTD matte liquid lipstick in the shade Moody Merlot. So I kept the rest of my makeup low key to still maintain the appearance of sophisticated drama without being too strong or intimidating.
We arrived at the venue around 7:30pm, which was about the same time the other guests were coming in for cocktails. MEGA also had pop up photo booths with full lights and studio set ups led by professional photographers Dookie Ducay, Cyrus Panganiban, and Mark Nicdao. Attendees were allowed to visit any set and have our photos taken.
But like any social event, as much as gimmicks and programs help make an occasion memorable, it’s the people that make it relevant. I was so happy to see familiar faces at the Mega Millennial Ball, which was ultimately what made it enjoyable for me. (Scroll down for more photos.)
I even met my co-suppliers at Watsons, and I always appreciate down times like this where we get to interact without the pressure of running business.
We didn’t enter the ballroom until 8:30pm. Mega started the program with an introductory video about Pinoy Pride and their description of the New Ph. This was followed by a quick short concerning the stigma involved with the term Millennial and redefining the image of our generation.
I did not stay to the end because I have an early call time at work the next morning. However, I was able to experience the main course by City of Dreams executive Chef Audi Hayun Butiman before heading out. It would have been the biggest regret of the night had I missed out on the foie gras on char-grilled grass-fed beef steak tenderloin.
As usual, Mega Magazine put together another Pinoy Pride ball to remember. They stepped it up once more, and simply reinforce why their Independence Day galas are an occasion to look forward to and watch out for each year.