Bel-Air Turns 60; Pasinaya 2017 highlights celebration
Bel-Air Village has developed from a small community of pilots and their families to one of the most vibrant barangays not just in Makati, but also in Metro Manila. Today, the village celebrates 60 vibrant years with “Bel-Air: Kumikinang”, the 2017 edition of its now-famous annual Pasinaya celebration, to be held from May 26-28, at the Solar Street Park in Bel-Air 3.
The Pasinaya was conceptualized in 1993 by current Barangay Bel-Air Captain Constancia “Nene” Lichauco as a way to help establish camaraderie amongst the Bel-Air community through various activities. From a simple celebration, it has evolved into one of the most awaited social events in the Metro Manila calendar.
On May 26, Friday, there will be free kalesa rides for children from 1 pm-5pm. It’s also kasambahays’, yayas’ and drivers’ time to shine with the Gabi ng Kasambahay at 7 pm featuring singer Jennie Garbriel. Talented yayas, drivers, and kasambahays will also take the stage with the grand finals of Kasambahay Idol as part of the Gabi ng Kasambahay.
Meanwhile, it’s Saturday in the park for fun on May 27, kicking off with a marching band at 7 am and the opening ceremony for Pasinaya at 7:30 am. Kids can enjoy a free kalesa ride from 8 am-5 pm (with a lunch break at 12 noon). At 10 am children will also enjoy a special Children’s Treat with kiddie booths, mascots, and tectonics. Meanwhile, mommies will enjoy the Salu-Salong Agahan with Kusinerong Pinoy at 8:30 am. Comedians and singers AJ and Le Chaz will entertain Pasinaya guests at 12 noon. The kids can also get close and personal with their favorite characters with the Moana Bubble Show 2 pm and the Gimme 5 Musical Show at 2:30 pm. Games and fun prizes also await participants of the Bel-Air Challenge at 3:30 pm.
At 5:30 pm, dance groups will groove their way to the grand prize of the Inter-Barangay Hip-Hop Dance Competition. The day will be culminated with the exclusive fashion show featuring the designs of Filipino fashion icon Ben Farrales and Zalora.com at 7:30 pm, followed by a band night at 8:30 pm.
Sunday is fun day for the final day of Pasinaya on May 28 starting with free kalesa rides for kids from 8 am-5 pm (with a lunch break at 12 noon). At 9 am, there will be a Mass, including a flower offering to Mama Mary for kids and a blessing of pets. At 10 am, furry fashion reigns supreme with the Diamonds are… Fur-Ever, Doggie Fashion Show. Lunchtime entertainment at 12:30 pm will be provided by comediennes Boobay and Pepita. At 2 pm, exciting prizes are up for grabs with a raffle and the Pa-Bingo sa Bel-Air. At 7 pm, the Bel-Air community will gather together for special performances at the Pasinaya Velada followed by a performance by the Power House Band at 8:30 pm.