Happy 50th Anniversary, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It's sad when you find it hard to blog real-time. I'll not make any excuses but brace yourselves because this, right here, is the opening salvo for a series of not-real-time episodes of Celine's adventures. (OK. I am notabout to begin to refer to myself in the third person. That, over there, is an isolated incident. Just so we're clear.)


This entry shall tell you the story of the golden anniversary employee's celebration of the company where I'm presently employed--Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation. For convenience and whim, we shall refer to this aforementioned company as MMPC. This celebration was held the 31st of May, 2013. 

Now, point of clarification: I say employee's celebration because earlier this year in February, MMPC held a, er, partnership celebration. This was for dealers and suppliers and all other stakeholders. I was also part of this soiree, being a member of the MMPC Chorale and all, but I'd rather not delve into it as it's, I think, more suited for an archive sort of post. 

I digress.

Well, let's be honest here. The events of that day were a little hazy, to say the least. It's been more than a week, good heavens. But I will try. So here we go.


I've already mentioned that I'm part of the MMPC Chorale. I sing Alto just like Beca from Pitch Perfect. I thought I'd pitch that right in. (Pun intended.) Now, there was way too much drama pre-performance. (Just like Pitch Perfect.) But let's cut to the chase: we sang the Philippine National Anthem as well as the MMPC Hymn. 

Since we're talking about the Hymn anyways, I'd like to say that I really truly like the lyrics of the MMPC Hymn. Very noble and Utopian:

"Abot kamay na tagumpay,
'Wag nating palampasin,
Ang ningning na taglay,
Pag-ibayuhin natin..."

Isn't it so poetic? Who would've thought that poetry and romanticism had a place in such an industrialized setting like an automotive manufacturing firm? One of the pleasant mysteries, I guess. And for the record, singing the MMPC Hymn makes me smile a little everytime. I just wish we can do more than just sing it, you know?

What I also love about being a chorale member is that our costume for this particular event was friggin' awesome. It's so pretty, I could cry. Tears of joy, mind you. We love it soooo much. (Thanks to our couturier, Mr. Edmund Estocado Galias).

To make things easier for all of us, here's a quick rundown of the highlights of the evening:

1.) Chico and Delamar of RX 93.1's The Morning Rush were our hosts. Would've been great, yes? No. I was disappointed because we didn't get to see the  entertaining side of the duo. Perhaps it was because most of the employees were "thunders" and they really didn't know who these two were. The duo practically just announced the raffle winners. And to add insult to injury, my since-birth streak of not winning any raffle remained unbroken. Gaaaaaaahh.

2.) Rachel and Hajii Alejandro sang for us. Rachel got up on stage first and sang "Diamonds". I was yelling out my modified lyrics: "Shine bright like THREE DIAMONDS!". You know, since Mitsubishi literally means "three diamonds"? Duh. Everybody else didn't seem to get my point. KJ lang. As for Hajii's performance, I was shrugging my shoulders the whole time. I didn't know the songs he was singing. Agh. I was like, "What??" The wiser people seemed to enjoy it, though. Some of our  seasoned lady employees even went on the stage and did the swing with him.

3.) A feast by Juan Carlo. Ever wondered who did the food for Carmina and Zoren's wedding reception? Well, MMPC employed the very same caterer to feed its employees. I didn't take pictures of the food because everything was happening so fast but I did enjoy them. They were delicious, as they should be.

4.) I discovered who likes to party. The last part of the celebration featured a live band (who was very good, I might add) performing techno-wave and a little bit of pop. Everyone who's near to me knows that I like to get my groove on. So I enjoyed this part, obviously. I was sweating like a fresh-from-fridge water bottle because I kept on dancing and singing along with the band. Woohoo! Parteeeey! It was also a breath of fresh air to see my colleagues loosen up and do the jagger. Even Mr. Shibata, MMPC's President and CEO, joined the conga line. 

All in all, the event was a success. (Hooray, CAD family!) 

We got to celebrate half-a-century's worth of excellent service and workmanship. And we got to take a breather from the humdrum of everyday office and line routine. I must say, I am proud to be part of Mitsubishi. Happy golden, MMPC!

Originally posted on June 9, 2013. Reposted from Facebook.

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