Look! Hayden Kho's Secret Talent For Photography Was Unveiled In His Surprise Birthday Party
When Dr. Hayden Kho became a father four years ago, a totally new side of him opened up; he discovered an artistic sense he never realized he had, eventually choosing the medium of photography to express his newfound creativity.
With a camera in hand—and with the mentorship of photographer greats Hannah Reyes Morales and Marc Henrich Go—he sharpened his skills, recording images of Manila's urban landscape and its colorful inhabitants and of course, having the women in his life pose as his muses. (The adorable Scarlet Snow dominates his albums!).
His photo collections have expanded over the years as you can imagine, though have been mostly kept private. But with a wife like Dr. Vicki Belo who's been nothing but proud of his progress, there was no way that she was going to let his talent go unnoticed.
And so, working hand in hand in total secrecy with industry friends, she deviced the perfect way to debut Hayden's photography work that was ripe for viewing: a surprise birthday that doubled as his very first photo exhibition!
The extra special occasion was held at Swatch & Swatch in Makati City where Hayden's guests waited patiently for his arrival. The moment he stepped inside its doors, explosions of purple confetti, smoke machines, and loud applause greeted him, much to his (half) surprise.
Midway through the night, Vicki revealed that although the party was a massive success and that she considered the exhibition a mission well accomplished, they still had to work around a couple of spoilers from unnamed guests who apologized to Hayden beforehand about being unable to attend his surprise party!
Regardless of the slight hiccup, Hayden felt blessed to the core, appreciating eveyone's efforts to execute such a unique way to celebrate his 39th birthday.
As for the exhibition, Vicki was right; guests were impressed by what had come of Hayden's first few years of photography, all of them fawning over the sweet family photos and Scarlet's candid portraits.
The show was aptly named "A New Frame," and was described to be a visual representation of his spiritual and personal journeys since Scarlet was born.
The party's guestlist was just as star-studded as you might imagine and had personalities like actress Iza Calzado and her husband Ben Wintle, Tim Yap and husband Javi Martinez Pardo, businesswoman Alice Eduardo, power couple Philip and Small Laude, TV and radio personality Joyce Pring, and Tessa Prieto-Valdes in attendance to name a few.
Barbie Pardo-Tiangco, an expert events planner, also made sure that the celebrant and his guests alike would enjoy one of the evening's main events: a Leica-shaped cake that was edible from icing to base!
Overall, the party proved to be one of the most touching things that Hayden has ever been gifted with.
He expressed a heartfelt thank you on Instagram, writing in part, "You know your wife loves you when she makes a secret dream come true and invites all your best friends to celebrate it with you. I love photography and I've been secretly collecting photos over the years... Thank you too all my friends who came over to celebrate my birthday with me. You guys are the people I consider my truest friends. I love you guys so much such that when I get to heaven, it's you guys I'd like to see there."
Best of all, this photo exhibition is set to reach a much wider audience. "A New Frame" is set to tour select SM Malls for more Filipinos to enjoy and be inspired by!
Could Hayden have asked for a better birthday party? Probably not. Is he blessed with an awesome family and great friends? Absolutely!
Check out more scenes from the lively birthday that he'll never forget in the gallery below.
Images from @marchenrichgo @dochayden @victoria_belo