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Friday, December 23, 2011

Glam and Glitter in Zee's Crystal Ball!


The Crystal Ball, a Ball that brought in Cebu's (and a sprinkling of Manila's) gliteratti and literatti was a fitting way to celebrate Zee LifeStyle Magazine's 15th Year Anniversary. Dynamic Lady publisher Eva Gullas, the moving spirit behind ZEE,  did not spare any detail to make the event shine like a  Crystal Ball should.  The Santa Maria ballroom at the Radisson Blu glittered with the BLING BLING of the fashionista ladies and the crystal candelabras on top of all the tables illuminated the dimly lit ballroom.

The five course gourmet nouvelle cuisine dinner by Radisson Blu's top chefs satisfied even the most discriminating palate. The proceeds from the Ball's auction went to Zee's favorite charity.

Gowns from Cebu's top designers, (Cary Santiago, Phillip Rodriguez, Jun Escario, OJ Hoffer, Arcy Gayatin, Hans Coquilla, Ronald Enrico, Philipp Tampus, Dexter Alazas, among others) were worn by most of the ladies present there.

There was a fashion show in the adjoining part of the ballroom after the dinner. Seven designers participated-- Philip Rodriguez, Jun Escario, Yvonne Quisumbing, Arcy Gayatin, Cary Santiago, OJ Hoffer, Anthony Romoff.  

The bold and the brave stayed on and partied till the wee hours of the morning.

My one full day in Cebu seemed like a week what with all the activities that Eva planned for me and my guest, Maricel Echiverri.  The Crystal Ball held on Dec 15, 2011 was the perfect prelude to the round of Christmas parties during this Holiday season.

I am so proud and honored to be a contributor to ZEE Life Style Magazine!  Wishing one and all a Blessed Christmas and a Most prosperous New Year!


The moving spirit of Zee Lifestyle Magazine, Eva Gullas in OJ Hoffer,  with her "amigas para siempre" beauteous ladies Mariquita Yeung and Gov. Gwen Garcia


Mikey Sanchez in Edwin Ao, Min Arcenas in OJ Hoffer, Katsy Borromeo, Managing Editor of Zee Lifestyle Magazine, stunning  in a gorgeous black Philipp Tampus tulle and lace gown


Fashionista ladies Tessa Prieto Valdez in a dreamy white Ronald Enrico, Agnes Huettel in a bronze Hans Coquilla, always chic- Governor Gwen Garcia in a Cary Santiago and my 'palangga' Mariquit Yeung, dripping in emeralds and diamonds in Chanel

Sheer and mysterious Lady in Red

Mary Love Deen and and attractive lady in pleated white

Covered in the right places- Rica King Deen in Hans Coquilla and Tess Lampert in OJ HOffer

Fiona King outshines her neon green gown by OJ Hoffer


Young Jeweler Jennifer Viloria and Phillip Rodriguez, who is president of the Cebu Designers Association



Ladies in black: Stalwarts of Cebu high society, Rosebud Sala, Mrs.Annabelle Luym, and Carmen Campbell

Teresing Mendesona conceptualized the elegant tables and filled them with cascading red roses, crystal candelabras and votive candles

Friend of decades past, Mel Meer of Bergamo was one of the evening's sponsors

The tables were impressive. Decorated by Teresing Mendesona and Pinky Chang of Pink Flora



Fashion photographer extraordinaire Wig Tysman, Tessa P. Valdez, Philippine Star writer Mayenne Carmona in an ice pink beaded gown, by Jan Garcia and Maricel Echiverri in Paris based designer George Mak burgundy number


Columnist of Allure, and Marketing Manager of Metro Society Magazine Philipp Cu-unjieng, SM charmer John Kenner Chua and Yvette Vaas

Claudine Darza Ugarte and Cristina Diaz Winton in Arcy Gayatin

Gabby and Merce Abellana in Arcy Gayatin

Marco Polo's GM with substance Hans Hauri and his lady, Bo Hauri


My guest from San Francisco, Maricel Echiverri, who did a business presentation to charismatic Mayor Mike Rama was so overwhelmed by her Cebu experience

Zuri Almendras looking statuesque in Dexter Alazas black and ivory gown

Silver grey Dexter Alazas chiffon on pretty  Denice Galang

They look good together- Model Chelsea, svelte in a Jun Escario and SM executive John Kenner Chua

Doing justice to her Cary Santiago aqua flowing gown, shapely Marguerite Lhuillier and lovely daughter in law Amanda Darza in a black Escario

Amparito Lhuillier in daughter Monique's gold and tulle creation

Cary Santiago outdid himself in his current Black Collection!


It was fun listening to Mayor Mike Rama's interesting insights on life during my afternoon meeting with him 

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