By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
“Iwanted something educational and fun for the kids, that’s why I chose Manila Ocean Park to celebrate Zaid’s first birthday. I, myself, am an Aquarian, that’s why I personally love to be by the water,” shared Joel Cruz of Aficionado regarding the recent first birthday party he threw for his son Zaid at the Manila Ocean Park.
Joel Cruz is used to throwing birthday parties by now for his brood of eight adorable children, including Sean, Synne, Harry, Harvey, Charles, Charlotte, the birthday celebrant Zaid, his youngest Ziv. For this party, it has become more interactive, with the function room dressed in a fun nautical theme, with magicians and overflowing prizes that were given away to kids who joined the games. One can feel the love from the perfumer’s friends, with his guest count going over their expectations, “We allocated 300 guests for the celebration but as it turned out last minute, guests were calling to attend and it ballooned to 460 guests!”
After the program proper, guests were treated to a tour around the park, which ended with a water show, accompanied by fireworks. A great way to end Zaid’s special day, “My wish for Zaid is to grow healthy, smart, and be a God-fearing individual. I will support him with what he wants to achieve in life,” ended Cruz.