Clang Garcia who organized the event said she got inspired after watching Pinky play the role of the legendary Edith Piaf onstage. She said that "It was my first time to see Pinky perform during Piaf and I thought it will be nice to bring the romance of French songs to Sonya's Garden."
It was truly La Vie en Rose that night. The venue was bursting with the scent of flowers. And of course, the star of the evening - Pinky - was in her best form. She belted out all my favorite Piaf classics such as Padam, Padam (The sound of his, her Heartbeats), Mon Dieu (My God) , Mon Manege a Moi, (You're my Carousel), C'est a Hambourg (It's Hamburg), La Belle Histoire d'Amour and dueted A quoi ca sert l'amour (What is Love) with Sandino Martin.
|Pinky and Sandino sing A quoi ca sert l'amour|
After the concert, I actually encouraged him to do more singing stints. He said that currently [at 23 years old] he would like to focus more on acting and to finish his thesis for his Theater Arts degree in UP.
|Kat and Clang in their French attire|
Cocktails were served at 6pm and dinner which featured Sonya's signature dishes immediately followed at 7pm.
The first course was salad with freshly picked mixed greens from her greenhouse served with assorted add-ins such as nuts, egg whites, fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh fruits. The second course was pasta with different topping choices of fresh sun-dried tomatoes, ratatouille, mushroom, black olives and capers The third course was salmon belly and rosemary roast chicken. The last course was dessert of chocolate cake, banana and langka (jack fruit) turon and sweet camote.
|Sonya supports local organic products|
It was good that we stayed overnight. The next day I picked some fresh greens from the garden - lettuce, arugula, coriander and basil - and threw everything in the blender together with saba, mango, cucumber and ginger and made a green blend juice for breakfast. Then, we pampered ourselves in the spa with Sonya's signature massage (a combination of tuina, shiatsu and swedish), facial massage using rice and hair spa using fresh aloe vera from the garden.
If you're free this Saturday, October 12. If you're free, do wear your berets and head out to Tagaytay and catch the final show! For info, call (0917) 533-5140.
|Clang Garcia with Sandino|
|Sonya's signature salad|
|spacious rooms at Sonya's Bed and Breakfast|
|full support from Pinky's classmates|
|with the mom and sisters of Sandino|
|The grand dame of Sonay'a Garden signing her book|