“A Night of Giving Back” is a meaningful name to call one's birthday gala.
For the high-spirited businessman Sam "SV" Verzosa Jr., his birthday celebration was an opportunity to give back and give honor to his humble roots.
Held at Cove Manila, Okada, Parañaque City on September 10, 2022, the birthday cum charity grand affair witnessed the giving of the PHP5 million donation to seven deserving beneficiaries: the Anawin Foundation, He Cares Foundation, Light of Jesus Prison Ministry, Jeremiah Foundation, Smile Train, Cottolengo Filipino, and Batang Sampaloc Scholarship Foundation.
Sam said in an interview, “When there is an opportunity to help, I just cannot turn a blind eye and fall on deaf ears but I would rather respond to the call and become a part of the solution.
“As the vice chairman of the Committee on Poverty Alleviation and the Committee on Social Services in the House of Representatives, I would like to amplify my advocacy and reach out to more underprivileged Filipinos as possible to offer assistance and support.”
What made the celebration even more memorable was the presence of industry leaders in the field of politics and show business.
Present were the presidential son and First District of Ilocos Norte Representative, Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos (L), Congresswoman Richelle Singson (R), and former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson (not in photo).
Also at the party with other well-known celebrities were Sam's girlfriend Rhian Ramos, Gerald Anderson, Kylie Verzosa, FRONTROW co-founder RS Francisco as well as the three newly crowned Miss Universe 2022 queens Celeste Cortesi, Michelle Dee, Kat Llegado, and Annabelle McDonnell.
On stage, the Canada-based Filipino R&B duo Blame Soliven and Ghostride Neeko a.k.a. Manila Grey hyped up the birthday celebration with their performance of their hit songs.
Local hip-hop also took center stage when brother Sam “SV3” Verzosa III together with SV Squad and Ex-Batallion rapped their signature rhymes and beats as the crowd vibed in return.
Filipino minister and motivational speaker Bo Sanchez blessed the event, highlighted by a prayer for SV: “A life without purpose is empty…and all the glitter and all the wealth and all the pleasure means nothing if you do not have purpose.”