Scence City | Merci’s night at the Oscars

IT WAS Merci’s longing to hold a gathering of friends and family where she was the star of the evening. And more than just a gathering, it was an occasion to let everyone share her life’s journey, the real-life roles she played which she likened to a movie star where she played the lead role. And so, the theme of her 6oth birthday celebration on Apr. 8, 2018 was conceptualized as the “Oscars,” as Merci had dreamed of and realized at last!

Merci Duduaco’s grand entrance at the “Oscars” party

Merci Duduaco’s grand entrance at the “Oscars” party

Merci poses at her 60th Birthday celebration – the “Oscars”

Merci poses at her 60th Birthday celebration – the “Oscars”

Her son Gino produced the event where the spotlight was on Merci, greeted by her family, former classmates, business associates, former and students and co-employees. The setting of the event was at the Summit Bar of the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

And the show went on with the script read by Merci’s son Gino. “Sixty beautiful years where our Mom portrayed and juggled 60 different and important roles which we believe have impacted and enriched the lives of more than just 60.”

Media friends of Merci – Maya Padillo (standing, right) and Marilyn Roque (seated-Left) with guests pose with Merci

Media friends of Merci – Maya Padillo (standing, right) and Marilyn Roque (seated-Left) with guests pose with Merci

“She was excellent in all her roles. First, a daughter, sister, friend, student, teacher, banker, wife, general manager, businesswoman, grandmother and last but not the least, I am sure you all will agree with me she is an excellent and active face book friend 24/7.”

“She really is a hard-working woman who takes life seriously. She was born Apr. 1, 1958 at the San Pedro hospital. She spent her elementary and high school days at ICC. Then she attended college at St. Louie University in Baguio where she was a part of the first batch to ever have a degree in Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Immediately after graduation she became a teacher at the same school at the age of 19, teaching students almost the same age as hers.”

“In 1981, her parents (our lolo and lola) requested her to have a vacation in Davao to be with them, since she was away from them for several years already, as my mom was living with my Tito Lut and Tita Nene”.

“It was a big year for my mom, lots of changes happened when she arrived in Davao. She wasted no time. Since she was very passionate about her career in teaching, she applied as a college teacher in five prestigious universities in Davao namely—Ateneo de Davao University, UM, Holy Cross, UIC, and RMC. She was accepted in all five, but she chose to teach marketing at the Ateneo de Davao University and UM and at the same time worked as Marketing Manager of Davao Savings Bank. Three jobs every single day at 19!

“My mom had no choice but to say yes to my dad’s unorthodox and unconventional moves, such as sending her flowers in the bank but along with instructions that the vase should be returned; he would also annoy her in class so he would get noticed. My dad would give her “monay” (bread) and Nips (candies – super sweet and cheap. My mom had plenty of suitors– well off and with wheels too, but that didn’t stop my dad. When he noticed that he had a slim chance of winning my mom’s heart, he shifted from pursuing mommy to pursuing our Lola. When she got home from work, she would always find daddy at home and doing things for Lola.”

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Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, along with Assistant Secretary Eden David, tourism regional directors Cynthia Lazo (R) of National Capital Region, Antonio Blanco of Region XI and Marissa Diploma (L) of Mimaropa, unveils the Halal/Muslim Friendly Tourism logo during a press conference at Marco Polo hotel on Wednesday. The agency has established six pilot areas for the program. BING GONZALES

Merci Duduaco’s close friends

Merci Duduaco’s close friends

Grandsons Teeyou and G2

Grandsons Teeyou and G2

And the rest is history. Gino mentions every detail of their growing up years with Merci and Gilbert, his Dad.

“I’m really here to tell you how great she is as a Mom. Her unique and wonderful ways of bringing us up really made our lives richer and fuller.”

Video greetings from relatives and friends were played on the big screen. Merci’s classmates came in their formal evening gowns as the invitation stated. It was a nostalgic evening for everyone and Merci’s heart overflowed with happiness, her eyes glowing with the “Oscar” awards bestowed on her by family and friends.

As Gino finally winds up the script of the “Production” of the evening, he says “Looking back at all of these things, I can see how much you value our family. Thank you Mima! You were not the typical mother who cooked, did the laundry, and ironed the clothes. But you had your own unique and wonderful ways of expressing your love for us. We love you for who you are and who you are not! Thank you for teaching us how to love and how to value family.

The “Oscar” awards were read one by one and the evening closed with everyone feeling blessed to have spent some wonderful years with Merci as a friend who cares and puts God in the center of her life!

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