Madz @ 50: ppp: Pagdiriwang, Pagtitipon, Paggunita

Some two weeks ago, Madz singers, past and present, were invited to a very special evening we conspicuously call the “Madrigal Dinner.”

It was indeed a great celebration of food, music, and family, and incidentally, the event was held on the Feast Day of the Holy Family on December 29th. Alumni from all batches came in gowns and some even came in authentic Renaissance costumes!

Madz from across all batches! Happy to see all of them. We missed those who missed this event!
Madz from across all batches! Happy to see all of them. We missed those who missed this event.

So, what happens during a Madrigal Dinner?

I remember during my first year with the Madz, we have done a Madrigal Dinner, which was in reality, a concert-dinner featuring us. It was a paid dinner of course, at a Makati hotel. The previous batches have done it as well. After that event, the Madz have not done a Madrigal Dinner.

What was happening then, as what also happened for this particular dinner, the Madz sings a set of songs in between courses. For this Madrigal Dinner, the fun part is when we got to sing (AND sight-sing!) our favourite Madrigals and a couple of new pieces!

Actual sight-singing happening!
Actual sight-singing happening!

The entire CCP Main Theater Lobby was turned into a dinner hall, a first probably for the venue, and with the backdrop and decor, plus the music that permeated that night, it felt really Renaissance!

Let the photos do the talking now!

First photo when we arrived: the one with Fair Oriana herself, Mavic! She was one of my closest during the tours. Here with Bianca, Sherwin, and Ate Pearl.
The one with Fair Oriana herself, Mavic! She was one of my closest during the tours. Here with Bianca, Sherwin, and Ate Pearl.

Well. Mavic, the character that she is, eventually won Best in Costume!

Along with two other alumni, Tita Bernie (who said her costume was an exact replica of their Madrigal Dinner costumes during their time!), and Tito Leo (who came in as the Sultan of Butuan. He said that so himself. We all just loved the gold in him!
Along with two other alumni, Tita Bernie (who said her costume was an exact replica of their Madrigal Dinner costumes during their time!), and Tito Leo (who came in as the Sultan of Butuan. He said that so himself. We all just loved the gold in him!

Before I forget, here’s my OOTD:

Black gown and lace bolero: Karimadon. Gold brooch: Karimadon. Headpiece: Carolina's. Black platform shoes: Gibi. Black and gold bag: Jovani.
Black gown and lace bolero: Karimadon. Gold brooch: Karimadon. Headpiece: Carolina’s. Black platform shoes: Gibi. Black and gold bag: Jovani.

Check out the chair! The logo of the Madz! They had it made for the Aurum concert two weeks prior to this event:

Click on the photo for a related blog post.
Click on the photo for a related blog post.

The Madz had set up photobooths–one for the formal shot, the other, for the wacky ones. Like this:

Photobooth crazy!
Photobooth crazy!

We also recorded a video of us singing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by Peter Lutkin. You are not a certified Madz if you do not know this song! It was a timely New Year greeting as the text was also the Scripture reading for New Year’s Day.

It was a truly memorable night for everyone, which made us all celebrate, gather, and reminisce the wonderful experience that is the Madz.

~ Touringkitty

One Comment

  1. Mimi Lopez said:

    Very nice photos and video Em! Thanks for sharing!

    January 11, 2014
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