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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, April 18, 2013

Her loveliest night of the year

To look at Maria Paz Piansay Balat, you wouldn't think she was already 50 years old.

Believe you me, this “Golden Girl” looks 20 years younger! This was our impression when we attended her 50 th birthday celebration at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City recently.

By the time we arrived, the La Proa function room was filled with her well-dressed family members and friends.

Gold was definitely the color of the night, from the décor of shimmering gold cloth that formed the backdrop of the stage, to the tablecloths on the well laid-out tables. Paz looked like a debutante in her glittering evening gown in the palest shade of gold. We were told that she brought her exquisite gown all the way from the USA just for the occasion.

It was also a time for a family reunion as Paz has been living in the States working as a registered nurse in Mercy Hospital, Chicago, Illinois for a good number of years.

Dinner was a dining experience with a wide range of tasty delights presented in an appetizing style and elegant setting. The program after dinner featured songs and dances that delighted the audience to the max. There was a presentation of 50 red roses to the celebrator by people close to her heart. A big surprise was when Paz herself stood up to sing for her guests! This lady can carry a tune and she was given a big round of applause. She then told the audience that she had already celebrated her 50 th birthday in the States but she had always dreamed of coming home to celebrate the occasion among her own.

And true enough, her dream came true with her golden celebration attended by her only daughter, her sons and her siblings, who were all present except for her youngest sister Ma. Imelda, who is in Colorado, USA.


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