Friday, March 9, 2012

Masquerade Ball Unmasked

Mayor Mike Rama could not have chosen a better Chairperson than Mariquita Yeung  for his Beautiful Cebu Movement Foundation.  With her Midas touch, it seems  that every mandate given to Mariquita Yeung turns into gold.  During the Masquerade Ball project that she spearheaded at the Waterfront Hotel on Feb. 29, millions of pesos were raised.

It was a world class event  that she organized complete with court jesters and Le Cirque du Soleil on stage.  Singers Pinky Marquez and  Martin Nievera, host Borgy Manotoc and expert auctioneer Tessa Prieto Valdez contributed to the success of the evening.  Tessa auctioned off a dinner with Mayor Mike Rama and Governor Gwen Garcia which fetched a cool 1.6 Million. 

A highlight of the evening was the donation of Tahieyo Cement Corporation of 6,000 bags of cement to complete the Beautify Cebu Project. The cement bags will be used to pave two kilometers of sidewalks  from Fuente Rotonda down to the corner of Sanciangco street.

During the Ball, items from Janice Minor, Kenneth Cobonpue, Governor Gwen Garcia, and other donors were auctioned off.  Generous donors included Ambassador and Mrs. Philippe Lhuillier, Carlos Yeung, San Miguel Brewery Corp, Westminster Holding Corp and Chong Hua Hospital.  Proceeds will go to the project.

What was most impressive was the supportive attendance and generosity of Cebu's literatti and glamoratti.   Everyone dressed up to the nines, and true to the Ball's theme, interesting designer masks went on and off all throughout the evening.  Quality wines and bubbly kept everyone in good spirits and the evening did not end after the program did.  The stage rocked with everyone dancing to the DJ's music. It was so delightful to see the beauteous Governor, Cebu's debonair Mayor, and the Masquerade's gorgeous Chairperson and her husband Carlos take to the stage and dance their heart out. 

Joining the court jesters are Vivian Riechle, Cora Arceo, and Malaysian friend Tai Ping

The gorgeous costumed ladies added to the ambiance of the ball

Drama in black and red Merce Abellana and Gabrielle Baljak

Mysterious masked couple

C'est magnifique! Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung masked! Coutured by Cary Santiago

Unmasked with loving husband Carlos Yeung

Costumes were outstanding!

 Cora Arceo, Vivian Riechle and Tai Ping, unmasked

Oriental beauty Bo Hauri looked chic in a Parisienne gown

Le Cirque du Soleil was awesome

All that glitters is definitely Gold!

Elegant Ladies Carmen Campbell, Rosebud Sala and Teresing Mendesona

Hazel, Doro and Agnes were my dance mates on stage

Anna Quisumbing and Gregg Huettel pose with their friends

The most glamorous Governor Cebu ever had- Gov. Gwen Garcia, ravishing in a Cary Santiago creation  

Host Borgy Manotoc, his lady love Georgina Wilson, Gov. Gwen and Bo Hauri

Amparito Lhuillier outshone the black diamonds on her neck

The winning team - Mayor Mike Rama, Mariquita Yeung, and Gov. Gwen Garcia

kisses from Marge Lhuillier and Georgina. Lucky Borgy!

Hanz Coquilla's creation on Valerie,  Tessa in Raymond Encino, and myself in a Maureen Disini Grecian gown

Miss Cebu for Miss Universe Mia Arcenas


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