To celebrate Eric Tsang’s (曾志偉) upcoming 60th birthday, TVB spent $3 million HKD on a lavish birthday banquet that took place Wednesday night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 600 celebrity guests attended the party, including Mona Fong (方逸華), Albert Yeung (楊受成), Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), Alan Tam (譚詠麟), Jay Chou (周杰倫), Jordan Chan (陳小春), Cherie Ying (應采兒), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) and even Shirley Kwan (關淑怡) who was earlier rumored to have given birth to Eric’s son. The banquet featured 60 tables of guests and a performance stage. TVB even crafted a giant, cartoon statue of Eric dressed in sparkling gold, overlooking the audience with his signature expression.
The festivities began when Eric entered while holding hands with his daughter and two sons. After a few opening speeches, a video clip played with greetings from Eric’s granddaughter who currently lives in Canada. His granddaughter then suddenly appeared on stage and performed a dance. Eric was very pleasantly surprised and broke into hearty laughter.
When asked about his thoughts as he approached another milestone in life, Eric advised that we should all live in the present. He urged his friends to donate money to charities instead of buying him birthday gifts, and also expressed his wish to set up a non-profit organization to help retirees and others in need. As for his future plans, Eric stated, “I am enjoying life. I am traveling overseas with my good friends”.
Many celebrity friends performed at Eric’s birthday banquet. George Lam (林子祥), the mystery guest of the night, performed several songs and shared stories about Eric. Super Trio <獎門人> costars Jordan Chan (陳小春) and Lan Sai (蘭茜) also performed skits with Eric on stage.
Leon Lai (黎明) attended the event, and sang a few songs in celebration of the guest of honor. Leon was pressed to comment about ex-wife Gaile Lok (樂基兒)’s re-marriage plans. “It is someone else’s birthday tonight, I don’t want to respond to rumors. Am I dating? I don’t have an answer for that. I just want Eric to be happy.”
Edmond Leung (梁漢文), who was earlier accused of not taking Eric’s side during Eric’s conflict with Kenny Wee (黃浩), clarified that there are absolutely no sour feelings with Eric. “Do you still believe in [these rumors]? I have already forgotten them. I don’t need to prove anything, everyone can see the truth”.
Shirley Kwan (關淑怡) also spoke to reporters about earlier reports that her son was fathered by Eric. “Everyone asks about my son all the time. Maybe Eric should accept him as a godson so everyone will be satisfied. Did my son give Eric a gift? He doesn’t know Eric at all.” Shirley enjoyed herself at the event, taking photos with Eric and guests, and even blew Eric a kiss.
Felix Wong (黃日華) was invited to the event as well despite the fact that he is currently filming for HKTV. Felix seemed happy to be there and did not deny the possibility of filming for TVB again. “It’s the Prize Master’s 60th birthday, I definitely had to come. I ran into Charles Chan (陳國強) earlier and we greeted each other. The world is round. Would I come back to TVB? Who knows?” Felix then joked that he would consider returning to TVB if they are willing to give him a $50,000 HKD salary increase.
Jacky Cheung (張學友) and Andy Lau (劉德華) originally planned to appear but could not due to their busy schedules.
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Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.