PRRM Penthouse. Friday night. 15 July 2011. People started arriving at 5 pm to join and celebrate and cap the weeklong 59th anniversary. Started in the mid-1980s after PRRM’s revival, the anniversary night aims to re-unite friends, allies, former and on-board staff for fellowship and to soak in camaraderie.
Dinner promptly began at 7pm. A sumptuous meal of organic chicken, steamed vegetables, beef with broccoli, grilled tilapia, and fresh fruits was prepared. A program emceed by Rebecca Malay and Mario Randolph Dacanay began with a brief address by PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano saying that the 59thanniversary activities were a glimpse of next year’s 60th anniversary celebration.
PRRM Chairperson Emeritus Helena Z Benitez, in a video message, said that every PRRM family member must work harder in gathering people for rural development. She said that as long as rural poverty exists, there is a need for good-meaning individuals to give their time and resources for the poor and needy.
The emcees acknowledged the PRRM batches per decade, with the batch from the 90s generating the loudest cheers. Everyone also joined in a quiz on PRRM trivia.
Featured artist was Noel Cabangon who regaled the crowd with his signature songs of struggles and resolutions. Kuyang Jess Santiago, a regular of PRRM events, also jammed with current and former PRRM staff and guests.
Fresh from Australia, we were fortunate to listen to the original compositions of Bong Ramilo, a former PRRM advocacy staff. Of course, the original RR Band or BandaRR performed their signature songs while guests and staff sang and danced the night and morning away.
More photos at the Facebook group PRRM@60.
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