Thursday, 26 November 2015

Benefit Concert "For the Love of Mama"

It's Monday, November 23, 2015. Me and my family are all ready to see the most awaited concert for a cause "For The Love Of Mama" at Sm MOA Arena. A Benefit concert for the construction of Kristong Hari Church Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City and "Anawin" home for the Elderly.

The evening was full of fantastic moments. The performer's are performing well, they are truly gifted. They can speak well their language into their music and it goes straight to our heart.

The 1st number was so heavenly, the angelic voice of Ms Fatima Soriano surrounds the hall, everyone are quiet and perhaps with happy tears like me.

Let me gratefully count the special blessing of Brother Bo Sanchez to all Mama. It brings delight to my heart and perhaps to all Mama during that night.

Wonderful Michael Angelo Lobrin makes us laugh a lot especially with his "Tabingi" story. He makes us laugh with his adlib things along with his song number. No dull moment.

Kerygma 5 (Alvin Barcelona, Obet Cabrillas, Adrian Panganiban, Arun Cogna and Jon Escoto) gave us lively medley songs. It was so cute to hear Brother Adrian story about his Marian Miracle, he said, he lost his voice for a week and just that day he gain it back and was able to sing well again.

The Six Priest in the City (Fr. Erick Santos, Fr. James Nitollama, Fr. Joel Jayson, Fr. Allan Samonte, Fr. Steve Zabala and fr. Ray Pascual) performs their joyful number.

Erik Santos gave us his best performance in his 3 songs, i find his voice really great.

Young man Alden Richard of "AlDub" render us 3 great songs, he brings the crowd to giggle "hiyawan na may kasamang sigawan at padyakan ng paa." He is real good handsome man of this time. He loves Jesus and Mama Mary and he was grateful to all his blessings in the industry. Btw, the cutest thing there was when he ask everyone to sing along with him with his favorite song "God gave me you."

The magnificent evening was completed by more great performer's such as Sancho and Sofia delas Alas, Gabbi Garcia, Jay Gonzaga, Raru Madrid, Kylie Padilla, Nikki Valdez, Ron Dancers, The Philippine Madrigal Singers.  

This is the 1st concert produced by our very own fantastic actress/comedienne and a true Marian Devotee Ms. Aiai Delas Alas under Meda Production. The show was truly a fantastic/successful one. 

All proceeds of the concert will go for the construction of Kristong Hari Church 
Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City and "Anawin" home for the Elderly.

For Cheque Donations - Payable to: 
Kristong Hari Parish Church - Construction Fund
BPI - Family Savings Bank
Peso Account Number: 6175-0101-73 
Dollar Account Number: 6834-0151-43

Fatima Soriano and the Philippine Madrigal Singers

Fatima Soriano and Madrigal Singers in Video

Philippine Madrigal Singers in Video

Erik Santos

 Eric Santos In Video "I Believe I can Fly" 

Erik Santos "May Bukas Pa" in Video

Michael Angelo Lobrin 

Michael Angelo Lobrin " You" In Video

Michael Angelo Lobrin "Tabingi" in Video

Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia

Ruru Madrid In Video

Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia in Video
"Let the Love Begin"

Brother Bo Sanchez "Blessing to all Mothers"

 Brother Bo Sanchez In Video

Kerygma 5 also known as "K5"
Adrian Panganiban, Alvin Barcelona, Arun Cogna, Obet Cabrillas, Jon Escoto.

Kerygma 5 "Medley" in Video

Kerygma 5 "Medley 2" 

 Kerygma 5 "Medley 2" in Video

Kerygma 5 "I Say a Little Prayer for You"

Nikki Valdez 

Nikki Valdez in Video

Kylie Padilla 

Kylie Padilla in Video

Alden Richard 

Alden Richard in Video
(Wish I May and Thinking Out Loud) 

Alden Richard in Video
"How Great is Our God"

Alden Richard in Video
"God Gave Me You"

Sancho and Sofia delas Alas

Congratulations Ms Aiai delas Alas (Producer)
It was a very successful show. More show "For The Love of Mama"

Aiai delas Alas with children Sancho and Sofia

Aiai and Sancho Delas Alas in Video
Duet (Let it Be)

Aiai and Sofia Delas Alas in Video
Duet (Kaya Mo Yan)

Thank you so much Brother Adrian Panganiban.

Thank you so much my Tony for taking this souvenir picture with Alden Richard on stage.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Dubai Fountain

October 4, 2014, and it's Eid Al Adha celebration. We're having our holiday (No work) here in UAE.  I and My friend Anita went to Burj Khalifa to see the spectacular dancing fountain at Dubai Mall.

The night time coordination between the lighting and the water is amazing. The water moves gracefully in arcs then pulses with a rhythm that seems alive. The finale shoots water up in the air for what appears 150 feet. The best place to view the fountains is from the patios of one of the restaurants around the pool. I watched it from the ground only because the restaurants are all full timely for the show.

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

From Wikipedia:
The Dubai Fountain was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million).

The name of the fountain was chosen after a contest organized by the developer Emaar Properties, the result of which was announced on 26 October 2008. Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated on 8 May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall. On 2 January 2010, the length of Dubai fountains was increased to 275 m (902.2 ft).

Burj Lake Boat Ride. Ticket (AED 65) counter opposite 'Wafi Gourmet' near the lake,
counter opens from 5:45 pm till 10:30 pm. Max 6 persons per boat.
The ride is about 30 mins, boat departs approx every 30 mins.
Apparently, you can also book the ticket online.

Early for the show is a must when visiting the City. The fountains are situated at the rear of the mall.
A wonderful display truly breathtaking. They only last for five minutes or so
but are repeated each evening several times. There are plenty of bars to sit and watch
 the display but many just gather there along the mall to watch.

  In Video

When visiting Dubai Mall I came across Wafi Gourmet. I am so happy I found this place. When I walked in from inside the Dubai Mall I didn't realize that you can see the fountains from the cafeteria terrace on the other side. Then I saw all the wonderful food presented beautifully. Service is good and prices are reasonable.

Wafi Gourmet, is Lebanese cafe, with Lebanese maze and food,
 it's nice complex of the cafe, herbs market and fruit corner and Oriental pastries.

Princess Sol Diaries
By Sol Albar ©2016

Friday, 13 November 2015

Spectacular Lights at Ayala Triangle Garden, Ayala Land

November 12, 2015 was a wonderful day with a fair windy weather for Me and My family day out, together we explore the enchanted lights at Ayala Land in Makati.

How wonderful to be back in the past tracks of my time for a moment, how time flies so fast and while walking side by side with my husband along the side walk going towards Ayala Triangle. Sweet memories of our younger times flashing back in our memory. Gladly we're enjoying each others unique working stories from our younger years in the business capital of the Philippines, the brightest and the most exciting days for Me and surely for the many (Makati Yuppies) young professionals here in Makati.

The most awaited annual light show was one of the most favorite thing here. They love to gather in this place for relaxation after long day of work.

The Ayala Center’s Festival of Lights opened Monday, November 9, at Ayala Triangle Gardens, with a blaze of lights and sounds, in time for the holiday season.

The Festival of Lights will be shown 30 minutes nightly, from 6pm to 10pm, until January 4, 2016.

Finally we we're able to experience the annual "Enchanting and Spectacular"
holiday display of dancing lights and sounds at Ayala Triangle Garden, brought to us by Ayala Land.

In Video

In Video

We truly enjoyed the lighted island along the length of Ayala Avenue.

We notice the biggest innovation around the tallest building of my time
the Makati Stock Exchange building at the Ayala Triangle,
before Nauro Building was rise in Makati Avenue.

Launching of Present Perfect By Grassroots

This Christmas season, Grassroots invites you to try Present Perfect, a gift-wrapping service exclusively available at the Greenbelt 5 branch. From November 13 to December 31, 2015, customers will be able to choose from a range of unique gift-wrapping, guaranteed to make presents a joy to receive and unwrap.

Mrs. Jean Guerrero-Bautista, Grassroots Vice President and Creative Director Love receiving presents that the giver has put a lot of thought into it. " That is why Grassroots is launching Present Perfect to give your gifts a lovingly hand-crafted, personalized touch without the fuss.

Grassroots believes it is important to use locally-source materials like raffia and abaca. This helps support local communities and make products more eco-friendly. By incorporating the same materials into Present Perfect wrapping, customers will be indirectly contributing to the livelihood of local communities, while delighting loved ones with their thoughtfully wrapped gifts.
Present Perfect Collections by Grassroots

Elegance Gold, silver, and burgundy bows adorn muted cream and metallic boxes,
while silken abaca and gold leaves top them off with a stylish flourish.

Country Charm Eco friendly kraft paper combined with classic Christmas or nautical accents,
sure to be the highlights under any Christmas tree.

Contemporary Bold and black fabrics and silkscreened recycled materials will make
a big impression on recipients. Stylist and perfectly-sized kraft boxes are also available for wine bottles.

In the Bag, these pretty silkscreened gift-bags are your best bets for irregularly shaped
items or quick last minute grabs. 
Gift-bags are available in all Grassroots branches. 

Present Perfect
 gift-wrapping prices will range from 55Php up  and will be available at Grassroots,
3rd level, Greenbelt 5, 
from November 13 to December 31, 2015

Christmas Tree Trims, Grassroots is also excited to launch an exclusive line of Christmas ornaments.
Mix and match the sets as you wish to add a refreshing twist to your home's Christmas tree.

6-piece Tree Trim Pot Sets are priced at Php 379.75
6-piece Tree Trim Frame Sets are priced at Php 399.75

Christmas Tree Trim Sets are available at all Grassroots
Branches: 3rd level Greenbelt 5. L3 Power Plant Mall, 3rd level Market Market.

For Christmas Tree Trim bulk orders, please contact 941-4232 or
Email: and

Other Products

More Photos

Nice ladies at Registration station.

Scrumptious Cocktail

Congratulations to President Mr. Bobby B. Bautista and VP/GM/ Designer Mrs. Jean G. Bautista
and to the best Grassroots team for a very successful launching of Present Perfect by Grassroots.
November 12, 2015 at Greenbelt 5, 3rd level

Grassroots VP/GM/ Designer Mrs. Jean G. Bautista

With President Mr. Bobby B. Bautista and his daughter Camille

Lovely Host: Ms. Pat Natividad 

With Ms. Laly Castro and Media Group

Thank you so much to the artistic staff of Present Perfect Gift Wrapping By Grassroots

Thank you so much Grassroots and Ms Jemma Emerald Zafra
for this wonderful Christmas Tree Trims collections