Korina Sanchez turned 54 yesterday, October 5.
She started her day hosting the World Tearcher's Day celebration at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
On Instagram, she wrote, "Nautusan ako ni Mother in Law mag-emcee ng Gerry Roxas Foundation tribute to teachers.
Her mother-in-law is Judy Araneta, whose family owns the Big Dome.
The foundation was named after the late Gerry Roxas, Korina's father-in-law and Judy's husband.
Korina thought her birthday would be "uneventful," but to her surprise, "14,000 public school teachers sing me Happy Birthday! Haha! First time ever Araneta Coliseum sings to me!"
It was indeed a great treat.
"Don't you love life’s big surprises?" she exclaimed.
The huge crowd, she said, sang the "Happy Birthday" song "not once, not twice but THREE TIMES!"
The ABS-CBN anchor continued, "God is good. Maybe when you try to give out the best you also get the best in return? Cute ni Gretchen [Ho] taking a video ...and then we take a selfie with the crowd! Loveeet."
Awaiting her at home were these "gorgeous blooms," which really made her day...
...and these gifts—a "yummy mango torte" from her TV Patrol family; a loot bag from her long-time assistant Juliet; "really-cool bottles of my fave LIQUID GOLD prosecco in tinsel colors of pink, green, blue, gold and red" from David Sullivan.
She did not forget visiting the graves of her parents, Ramon and Celia Sanchez.
One of her regrets when they were still alive was that she focused more "on all the distractions."
Here's her lengthy post: "I think we should all go back to basics with our parents every year. I regret I didn't take this too seriously when my parents were alive.
"I wish I had more conversation with them, asked them how they were feeling, insisted help on them, made every effort to make them smile and proud of me.
"But, young as I was, I was concentrated on all the distractions. Now I visit them yearly on my birthday. I ask for guidance and intercession. Most of all I thank them for all the good I am and all the good I live and have come to know. We owe our parents almost all."
And what's a birthday celebration without a cake and the blowing out of candles!
Here's how Korina summed up her special day:
"I had a good birthday. I paid tribute to real life heroes on World Teachers Day. I made my Mother in Law happy.
"I threw an impromptu lunch party for all our household help. The pet dogs are well and they partied with us."
She resumed, "I paid debts. I made some money.
"I reconnected with many friends who greeted me, always such a sweet thing. I spent time to thank my parents at their resting place.
"I had fun cocktails and dinner with family and husband Mar. I'm home, am safe and healthy—and with tomorrow to look forward to. What else could I ask for? Thank you Lord for the year, for my life."