My father, Arthur Manuntag, had a jam-packed concert at Caruso Ristorante Italiano last October 12, 2016. The restaurant was filled to its limit which made for an intimate ambiance.
What more could you ask for when you have one of the finest singers alive crooning beloved timeless hits, and you’re surrounded by beautiful people with the likes of Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz, Ms. Jean Saburit, Ms. Nedy Tantoco, and Ms. Becky Garcia (to note a few!) all in the same room?
But despite the intimidating guest list, the event was seemingly low-key. Arthur’s youthful presence lit up the room and the whole space was embraced by a friendly aura. Like good old friends enjoying a reunion, everybody was singing along and swaying to songs that have made hearts break, melt, and soar, time and again. Among the ballads that Arthur performed were Where Do I Begin?, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? & Let Me Try Again.
(Photo from Ms. Ybeth Garcia)
The audience was also treated to performances from special guests including Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who did a rendition of the late George Canseco‘s Ikaw, and son Sean Paolo with L-O-V-E à la Buble.
Arthur singing a duet with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo
Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without Arthur rendering his signature version of Louis Armstrong‘s What A Wonderful World with vocal impressions, which he masterfully performed.
Sean Paolo takes the stage
To top it all off, the set dinner was scrumptious, and served with wine.
Vitello Tonnato & Misto di affetati italiani e verdure marinate
Lapu lapu alla Favignana con insalata
The evening was definitely one for the books. There’s nothing quite like an Arthur Manuntag concert to give you a taste of the best from a different era.
Finally, here’s a short video by Caruso, recapping some of the highlights of the event:
Caruso Ristorante Italiano
210, Nicanor Garcia Street,
Bel Air, Makati, 1209
Phone: (02) 895 8790