When disco was hot in the city

It was SRO for the generation that wore platform shoes, flared pants, flowing skirts, BangBang jeans and NikNik shirts, as they converged upon Strumm’s in Makati for the 6th installment of Penthouse 7 Incorporated’s trip down memory lane.

“A Very Special Disco Like We used To...For DJ Papi” held last March 24th, and was attended by many a discophile that frequented such places like Another World, Where Else ?, Coco Banana, Stargazer, Faces, and Euphoria.

This continuing series of events, that has all the elements to get you dancing all night long, is the brainchild of Penthouse 7 Incorporated, composed of Pipo Liboro, Sandy Hontiveros, Milky Evangelista, Gina Valenciano-Martinez, and Boyet Sison, who were the dancing icons on TV in the 70s.

70S FEVER. The Penthouse Gang doing a special  Latin number

In spite of the Friday night traffic, discophiles came in droves early, and the evening began on a high note as music from the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Paul Jabara, Gloria Gaynor, and many more, reverberated over the dance floor as performed by Route 70 , and spun as well by DJ’s Boyet Sison and Jon Tupaz.

But what made the night more special was the surprise Latin dance number by the group that were joined by Anna Viv Garcia, and Tina Fores Henson.

From left: Chinky Marfori, Natalie Riviello,  Gina Dahlen, Anna Lorraine Kier, and Didi Foronda

Seen having a blast at the party were 1977 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Anna Lorraine Kier-Tabora, Ace Saatchi & Saatchi COO Mio Chongson, Peng and Vicky Perez de Tagle, Enzo and Sandie Squilantini of the Romulo’s Food Group, Ronnie and Ida Henares, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano of Genenis Entertainment, Dental-B’s Chris Portillo, Composer Louie Ocampo with his better half Jojo of BPI, Bledes Fores-Legarda, Gigi and Sandy Piit of the Rieseling Boracay Resort, Gilda Reyes of the Sunshine Place, Jomie and Lia Francisco, Jay and Jackie Hechanova, and Carmella Gana- Araullo, 

Tina Fores Henson and Bledes  Fores-Legarda

The event was held to raise funds for Penthouse Live dancer and renowned DJ, Manolet “DJ Papi” Santos and to help him with his medical expenses. Manolet was present with his lady love Grace, and elder brother Ricky.

The support of Delimondo, Mac Grafix Carranz, Paramount Insurance, Globe, Republic Cement, Orahex, The Sunshine PLace, The Party Kitchen, Crossover 105.1 and Retro 105 DCG-FM, was instrumental in making the night a big success.

Ronnie and Ida Henares

“This is what we need more of, to re-live the good times and dance,” says Sandy Hontiveros, “Our generation still wants to gather to listen and move to the music of years gone by” chimes in Pipo Liboro.

“Dancing should part of everyone’s life, because it’s simply good for you,” says Gina Valenciano- Martinez, “It’s a great way to get a workout in and keep healthy, “ says Milky Evangelista.

Enzo and Sandy Squilantini

For Boyet Sison, he says, “The music of the era just had a lot of heart and soul, plus great rhythm to boot”.

Many have tried to emulate the concept but the regular patrons of the series say that the “Penthouse 7” touch, is what keeps these “reunion” of sorts, a step above the rest. 

Another edition is already in the pipeline, and it won’t be long when everyone again gets to Disco Like they used to.

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