One of the first things I did after getting a job after college back in 1995 was to get a Sun Life endowment insurance plan. I don’t remember what exactly it was called back then but I remember remitting a small amount every month from my salary. It meant I was insured. Aside from insurance, the plan also offered maturity benefits. Since I was still single and it was pretty much just my sister and I, I named her as the beneficiary.
It’s now 2015, exactly 20 years after I first signed up for a Sun Life plan. I was surprised when I received an invitation to Sun Life’s 120th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner. Wow, have they really been in the country that long?
The celebration was held at Palacio De Maynila in Malate. I was surprised by the lavish set-up. Guests were going to be treated to a dinner and a musical entitled Legacy, The Sun Life Story which chronicles Sun Life’s history in the Philippines. It was to be headlined by veteran theater performers Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez.
Prior to the evening’s programs, former President Fidel V. Ramos was called onto the stage and awarded with a special token from Sun Life. During the chaotic days leading up to the EDSA Revolution and the turbulent times which followed after, he was the one who helped Sun Life reach a decision to stay in the Philippines. Former President Ramos was wearing a Tagapagligtas beret, the very same one worn by the 44 SAF members who were killed in the recent Mamasapano clash plus a black shirt which said “Salute To The Fallen”. President Ramos relayed that the SAF was founded during his time and that he considers the SAF members his grandchildren.
|Roast US Duck Estofado Ensalada, Canadian Cheddar Crusted-Smoked
Laguna Cheese, Guimaras Mango, Organic Greens, Pako Ferns,
Maple Mustard-Philippine Honey Vinaigrette
Wow, I was right! We were blown away by the salad and we were just getting started with dinner!
|Slow Roast US Beef Belly, Maple Glaze, Bistek Tagalog Au Jus, Wilted Onions
Canadian Vintage Cheddar Potato Mash Broccoli Tops and Corn Guisado
Halibut “Pinais sa Tampipi” Tomato Confit, Kalabasa Flowers
The main course was just as delicious as the salad, if not more so. The beef and fish were really tender and the veggies were crisp and fresh!
|Cashew-Crusted Millefoglie, Canadian Camembert-Marscapone Foam,
Poached US Grapes and Baguio Strawberry Coconut Latik Drizzle
As expected, dessert was divine. Crisp, light, slightly sweet and fruity… yum, I think I breathed it all in lol!
It started with tracing Sun Life’s roots in the Philippines when two men from Canada set foot in the country.
Sun Life introduced the concept and the Filipinos embraced it with gusto.
When the Japanese invaded, all of Sun Life’s files were destroyed. With no documents left to prove anything, numerous Filipinos flocked to their Manila office to file claims, The head office in Canada approved and honored every single claim. Miraculously, not one claim was falsified.
Legacy, The Sun Life Story chronicles the company’s close partnership with the Filipinos through the years — going as far as to empower women to go out and join the workforce without sacrificing quality time with their families. Sun Life Financial Advisers are not bound by the usual 9-5 timeframe inside an office so it’s a very flexible career which lets women still be hands-on wives and mothers at the same time.
Thank you Sun Life for inviting us to your 120th anniversary thanksgiving dinner. My hubby and I had a really fun and relaxing Friday evening! I’m sure the Filipino people are looking forward to another century of working together with Sun Life for a brighter future. 🙂
To learn more about Sun Life, check out their website at http://www.sunlife.com.ph or follow @SunLifePH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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