It was at 9PM on December 4, 2019, and Prestige Gala 2019 was about to start in earnest. As guests headed to the ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, they went through a hallway formed by arching branches, decorated by tiny lights. From there, they came to the grand ballroom proper and were greeted by Cisca Becker, the MC for the evening, who stood under three beautiful crystal chandeliers that lit up the dimly-lit space like twinkling stars in the dark of night.
Soon, came the welcome speech from the man of the hour, Ronald Liem, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prestige Indonesia. Reflecting on the magazine’s 15-year journey, he also took the opportunity to acknowledge the magazine’s business partners, especially those present to support the gala, including Time International, Pernod Ricard, Oppo, Lancome, Mario Minardi and Maserati, as well as all of the individuals who have collaborated with Prestige.
“I wouldn’t be here without the support from many people. I think there’s a wise saying: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you bring your friend with you,” Ronald Liem exclaimed. “So many friends have graced the cover of Prestige magazine, taking the time to do photo shoots and interviews for us. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.” Then, he also elaborated on the partnership between Prestige and Oppo through the silent auction to raise funds for two special charities: the Happy Hearts Fund and Rachel House.
Of course, no Prestige Gala could start without a proper toast. To that end, the MC invited a number of special figures to join Ronald Liem on the stage: Maggie Halim, Chairwoman of Prestige Indonesia; Chris Hanrahan, Managing Editor of Prestige Indonesia; Sarah Huang, Regional Director of New Business Burda Luxury; Shannon Hartono, Vice President of Time International; Patrick Owen, Chief Creative Officer of Oppo; Caroline Foo, General Manager of L’oreal Luxe Indonesia; Arie Christopher, Director of Operations for Maserati Indonesia; Handiman Ali, Director of Mario Minardi; and Edhi Sumadi, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Indonesia.
Following the toast, dinner was served on open live stations specially prepared by Shangri-La. On the corner left of the ballroom, bartender Andre Philipp, who flew all the way from Germany, began to prepare five special cocktails for the guests of the evening. From his station flowed a steady stream of glasses filled with Pepper Shadow, Roses at Night, Prestige New Fashion, Ume Gimlet and Stone of Scone. Not far away from the bar stood a bold and elegant Maserati Ghibli. It was certainly a highlight for the automotive fans in the crowd, but it’s safe to say that just about everybody was captivated by the elegant car—especially going by the number of people taking picture of or with the Ghibli.
As they dined, mingled and had fun, the gala’s guests were serenaded by Australian singer Emma Nico, who belted out numbers like “Route 66,” “Cry Me a River,” “Santa Baby” and “Big Spender.” The performance was followed by a video showcase of Prestige Indonesia’s 15-year journey and a tribute to the cover girls of the magazine who have lent their personas, beauty, style and presence through memorable fashion shoots and powerful stories.
Singer Angel Pieters then took to the stage. Her angelic voice captivated the entire room while her choice of songs—“Auld Lang Syne” and “Oh Holy Night”—reminded the guests that yes, Christmas and New Year’s was only weeks away.
Things heated up as Immaculate Madonna, who billed themselves as “Australia’s Greatest Madonna Tribute Show” started their act. Their energetic performance included some of the Queen of Pop’s most iconic tracks, including “Hung Up,” “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer.”
By the time the final performance came to a close, it was near 11PM. Of course, nothing indicated that the good times have come to an end. The lights of the ballroom were dimmed and DJ Downey started spinning as the guests of Prestige Gala 2019—still looking as fabulous as when they arrived—filled up the dance floor. The conversations, laughter and dancing continued well into the night. All in all, it was, for sure, a night to remember.