Book Launch | FASHION SHOW


The recent launch of Finding the Sun, a book lovingly put together by members of Sunshine Place for all those who have gathered many years, inspired guests on how equally beautiful are the sunrise and sunset of our lives.

The contributing writers in the book walked the runway at the Happy Garden Café dressed in their colorful summer outfits with hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry from SM Accessories. The members also showcased their talents in tap dancing and social ballroom during the intermission numbers, a well-loved tradition at Sunshine Place get-togethers.

This delightful book, which is in partnership with the Philippine Star, is a collection of incredible life stories – of childhood years; of climbing the career ladder and life after retirement; of finding, sustaining and losing love; of raising a family and letting go of grown-up children; of surviving health struggles & depression; and of strengthening the faith. Featured in the book are encouraging narratives sincerely shared by senior members as they also recall how Sunshine Place has brought renewed excitement into their lives.

The Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs. It is the venue to be entertained, to socialize and to reflect; a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.

Mrs. Felicidad Tan Sy and the contributing writers of Finding the Sun

SMIC Vice Chair Tessie Sy-Coson, Mrs. Felicidad Tan Sy and Philippine Star Lifestyle Editor Millet Mananquil

Mrs. Felicidad Tan Sy, Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura, Sunshine Place center head Gilda Reyes, SM’s Rose Siaco and Philippine Star Lifestyle Editor Millet Mananquil

Mrs. Felicidad Sy and Harvey Chua who shares her long-distance love story in “Stars and Skype” (left)

SMIC Vice Chair Tessie Sy-Coson and Finding the Sun creative director & editor Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura, with contributing writers Vicky Zubiri, Vicky Pollisco and Conchitina Bernardo

SMIC Vice Chair Tessie Sy-Coson, Philippine Star Lifestyle Editor Millet Mananquil, Finding the Sun creative director Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura, Philippine Star’s Lucien Dy Tioco and SM SVP for Marketing Communications Millie Dizon

Bert Galano was as cool on the runway as he was with his “Life Begins at 80!” story

Tess Isaac, who recently shared some of her baking recipes at the Sunshine Place, wrote about how going to the center prompted her to bake “St. Martin’s Bread” again for Christmas.

Clarita Villacorta Cabochan talks about staying energized with her painting lessons at the Sunshine Place in “A Working Woman”

Dorothy Tay shares about the lovely second phase of her life at Sunshine Place in her story, “Bookends”

Beth Chu will inspire mothers in her story about raising children and letting them go in, “Happy Again”

Lucian Arulpragasam who worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for 30 years shares how he chose to retire in the Philippines and found his second home in Sunshine Place

Pearl Gonzales Po who wrote about “Looking for the Sun” recently retired from her professional nursing career and now enjoys her “ME” time at Sunshine Place

Nora Vinluan shares “The Path of Least Resistance”, how centering prayer brought her to a spiritual awakening.

Angie de las Alas writes in “Follow the Sun” how her dream of learning & dancing Flamenco became a reality.

Philippe Lee wows the audience proving that he is the John Travolta of Sunshine Place

AMarilou Prudente, the youngest member of Sunshine Place at 50 years old shows her talent in tap dancing

Marite Cuervo will inspire with her “A Life Helping Others” story.