By Alice Hernandez Reyes


           Now it can be told. “ The Best of Aliw 2017” , held last October 10 at the Star Theater was fraught with problems at the start, which necessitated a change of venue from the CCP Main Theater to Star Tjheater ,CCP Complex.

          Fortunately , we were able to rely on the kindness of friends, specifically Entertainer  of the Year Lisa Macuja Elizalde, who heeded our plea for an alternative venue: Star Theater. We would have preferred the Aliw Theater, but Ballet Manila was having “Swan Lake” and removing and returning stage sets and props would have been a hassle.

        Also fortunately, we were blessed to have Ma. Rosa Bing N. Carrion as Executive Committee Chairman and Architect Aristeo Garcia as Vice-Chairman to help us make sure the show would push through.

      Otherwise our audience would have missed a great show, featuring Celeste Legaspi, Imelda Papin,John Lesaca, Jon Santos, Mitoy Yonting and the Draybers, Merjohn Lagaya., the Halili - Cruz Dance Company, the Angelos   Spirit of ’67 and actors from Artist Playground, PETA and Tanghalang Pilipino under the direction of multi-awarded Freddie Santos.

        Executive Committee Chairman Ma. Rosa Bing Carrion gave the opening remarks followed by the Message from the Founding President Alice H. Reyes. Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee is Aristeo Garcia.

        The event had for its sponsors the Department of Tourism, the Quezon City government under Mayor Herbert Bautista., PAGCOR and PCSO.

     Media partners are Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philippine United News and the Journal Group of Companies.