Bagets star and recording artist Raymond Lauchengco writes heartwarming birthday letter for Viva Chairman Vic Del Rosario, Jr.

Boss Vic is 75! To honor his birthday, actor and recording artist Raymond Lauchengco sent him a letter expressing his gratitude for the Viva CEO and Chairman of the Board!

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Boss Vic is 75! To honor his birthday, actor and recording artist Raymond Lauchengco sent him a letter expressing his gratitude for the Viva CEO and Chairman of the Board!

Today, Monday, October 26, media mogul and Viva Entertainment's chairman of the board and CEO Vicente Del Rosario, Jr. celebrates his 75th birthday.

Boss Vic, as he is commonly known in showbiz circles, has groomed many artists into great stardom during his many years in the entertainment industry. One of them, in particular, is Raymond Lauchengco, former Viva Records artist and star of the 80s hit coming-of-age film Bagets.

In a letter sent through the Facebook Messenger account of Viva Publicist Baby Gil, Raymond greeted Boss Vic, while expressing gratitude for being one of the people behind his successful showbiz career.

"I'm writing you this because I wanted to say thank you for being such a huge part of my life, then and now," the singer-actor said. "Thank you Boss Vic for giving me a career and name--Raymond Lauchengco, AKA, Mr. Bagets."

"People still call me that in every part of the world that I go to, because of you," he added.

Raymond also thanked Boss Vic for giving him a music career and giving him the opportunity to create songs such as "I Need You Back" and "Saan Darating Ang Umaga" which, for him, have been part of soundtrack of many people’s lives.

He, then, recalled how he met the Viva head for the first time back in 1982, when the entertainment company's office was still in the Triumph Building in Quezon City.

"[Y]ou were very quiet, it was tita Mina [Aragon] doing most of the talking, but I remember your eyes-- they were smiling and revealed to me the soul of a visionary man," Raymond recalled.

"’You need to add five pounds to your chest. You're too thin,’” he then remembered Boss Vic telling him. 

As he was also recording "Saan Darating Ang Umaga" back in the day, it was Boss Vic who gave him encouraging words.

"’Raymond, galingan mo, first theme song mo 'yan,’” he told him back then.

"Truth be told, I remember everything you've ever told me because you always spoke gently but firmly, like a father talking to his son," Raymond described.

He began concluding his letter by telling Boss Vic that if he took whatever he has done for him and multiplied it by thousands, it would not be enough for what the media mogul has done for many artists in the country.

"Even more so, when I think of what you've singlehandedly contributed to OPM, firmly engraving your legacy into the Filipino heart and soul" he said.

"Thank you, Boss Vic. For you, and for the career you've had that has made such a difference in all our lives. And happy birthday, sir. I hope you have your best year yet! May you continue to be blessed beyond measure." Raymond ended his letter.

Raymond was a prominent actor and recording artist in the local entertainment scene in 80s and the 90s. Apart from Bagets, he also starred in Cross My Heart, Hotshots, Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala, and more. His recent film appearance was in the movie First Love starring Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo in 2018.

Read Raymond's full letter to the birthday man Boss Vic below:

Dear Boss Vic,

Wow! It's your 75th birthday today. What a milestone year for you. May I ask that whatever it is you do to keep yourself looking this good be put in a bottle and sent to me?

Seriously though, I'm writing you this because I wanted to say thank you for being such a huge part of my life, then and now.

Thank you Boss Vic for giving me a career, and a name--Raymond Lauchengco, AKA, Mr. Bagets. People still call me that in every part of the world that I go to, because of you.

Thank you also Boss for giving me my music, I Need You Back, So It's You, Saan Darating Ang Umaga, Shadow Of Time, and Farewell, which have become a part of the soundtrack of so many people's lives.

I remember the first time I met you back in 1982 when Viva was still in Triumph Building, you were very quiet, it was tita Mina doing most of the talking, but I remember your eyes-- they were smiling and revealed to me the soul of a visionary man. Before I left your office, you said to me: 'You need to add five pounds to your chest. You're too thin.'  I also remember how on the day before I recorded Saan Darating Ang Umaga, you said, 'Raymond, galingan mo, first theme song mo yan.'  Truth be told, I remember everything you've ever told me because you always spoke gently but firmly, like a father talking to his son.
 
If I took everything you've ever done for me, and multiply that by several  thousands, it would still be a pale reflection of everything you've done for countless artists and the film industry in this country.

Even more so when I think of what you've singlehandedly contributed to OPM, firmly engraving your legacy into the Filipino heart and soul.

Thank you, Boss Vic. For you, and for the  career you've had that has made such a difference in all our lives. And happy birthday, sir. I hope you have your best year yet! May you continue to be blessed beyond measure.

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