By Maya M. Padillo
More than 300 employees had a grand time at Joji Ilagan Bian’s 62nd post birthday celebration at her residence in Ladislawa last July 28. All attendees kept the mood fun and bright by wearing tropical color get ups. The flamingo-themed party was themed with greens and yellows and splashes of other vibrant hues.
The party, which was opened with a mass at 4:30 p.m. officiated by Father Lief Simbajon, was highlighted with a welcome message by the celebrator’s daughter Nicole in behalf of the Bian family who thanked all the employees for their hard work and loyalty to the JIB companies.
Bian was delighted with a parade of tropical colored cakes presented by all department heads of JIB Group of Schools. She was also thrilled with a presentation of 62 red roses presented by selected 62 male employees of JIB companies wherein the finale was a bouquet of white roses presented by her husband George Bian.
The celebrator didn’t want to end the night without giving a message to her guests. The night was enlivened more when each JIB entity rendered song and dance presentations.
An audio visual presentation of Bian’s rise from a small school to a group of schools was also shown. Well loved for being a champion educator, Bian continues to inspire people to be better and strive for their maximum potential is a gift. She made her mark by starting the highly successful career school bearing her name, the Joji Ilagan Career Foundation. After opening her career school, JIB ventured into the call center business and opened JIB-e Academy. She also launched the JIB Welding Academy and the Institute of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship (ICHEF). JIB opened international schools such as Stockbridge International American School (SAIS) and soon to open THE Tourism, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship International Management School (IMS). Her schools have expanded to General Santos City.
Apart from enjoying the food, highlighted with a roasted calf as appetizer, the guests were entertained with performances of Davao stand-up comedian and Vice Ganda look-alike Daniela.
The party was capped with pictorials of the celebrant with all her employees per department/per school at a photo booth decorated with tropical fruits made of cut-out paper.