Sunshine Place, a hub for elderly, marks third year

Renj Gutierrez

Posted at Sep 23 2017 11:04 AM

MANILA – Broadway fever invaded Sunshine Place, a recreational center in Makati for the elderly, during its third anniversary celebration last September 18.

Seniors gathered on the building’s roof deck with Broadway-themed décor, including a stage fit for divas. 

The stage was made by Art Association of the Philippines president Fidel Sarmiento, who is also one of Sunshine Place’s beloved teachers. 

The event started with a bang as the Sunshine Place crew paid tribute to the elderly members, doing their own rendition of “Singing in the Rain.” 

The hub’s dance instructors also performed, filling the venue with smiles and laughter.

Renj Gutierrez

Renj Gutierrez

Renj Gutierrez

Renj Gutierrez

Sunshine Place started its operations in October 2014, offering art, music, dance, writing and other classes to senior citizens. 

It is a concept started by Teresita Sy-Coson, the vice chairman of SM Investments Corp. and the daughter of mall tycoon Henry Sy.

“We are here to provide a recreation facility for senior citizens. There is no facility for seniors, what we do have in the Philippines is for assisted living, such as Home for the Aged,” said Cris Moreno Cruz, Sunshine Place’s marketing manager.

According to Cruz, Sunshine Place aims to provide an avenue for the elderly to fulfill their dreams. Members are free to suggest more classes to the continuously growing recreational center.