By : Dante Aviso
Emerenciana Monte Aviso fondly called “Meren” by her close friends and peers celebrated her 93rd birthday with a Gala Night hosted by her daughter Tess Newton at the Clarion Hotel in Winnipeg last February 10, 2017. My mother was born on January 23, 1924 in the town of Magallanes in Sorsogon, Philippines. She married my dad, Jose Aviso on June 23, 1946 and raised 10 children, Attended by well over 150 guests mostly families and friends by the Aviso and Newton clan, It was a magical night as mostly were dressed up in the Roaring 20’s fashion or Filipiniana attire. Jazz music, wide spotlight on the stage, vintage movie clips flashed in the projector and art deco style centerpiece on each table were enough to transform the ballroom into a New York’s Cotton Club reminiscent of the jazz era in the mid 1920’s.
After the sumptuous dinner, the guests were entertained by a 5 minute video clip of the celebrant’s semi biographical story showing vintage and current family photos . Soon followed by a 20 minute musical revue which I directed and put together portraying the Americanization of the Philippines in the 1900’s up to the Liberation from the Japanese Occupation in the mid 1940’s. From Nicanor Abelardo’s “ Mutya ng Pasig ” to Andrew Sister’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, the musical entertainment was well received by the appreciative audience. Thanks to my siblings, Lina and Ricardo and my friends for sharing their artistic talent in music and dance.
On behalf of the Aviso and Newton family, I would like to thank everyone for making the birthday event a night to remember. Cakes by Katrina Bakeshop, Balloons by Melo’s Balloons, Music by EJ Sounds and Photography by Josel Media Photography.