Thursday, April 5, 2012

KLM's Press con and Style Weekend's Celebration of Women who Wow!

It is always a pleasure to see great friends, old and new.  I was so fortunate to see them in two occasions within days of each other.

KLM held a Press Con at MY Cinema, Greenbelt 3, to announce their new summer schedule and to explain the reason for the change.  Their usual straight flight to Amsterdam from Manila had been changed to a new route-Manila/Taiwan/Amsterdam.  This is not the first time that foreign airlines are changing their operations in the Philippines. KLM is the last European airline standing in the Philippines and is still hanging on but until when? Unless our government drops the atrocious taxes they are imposing on the foreign carriers which for economic reasons leave them no choice but to depart from our shores, we will soon find ourselves with only the Middle Eastern Airlines to meet our travel needs. Take note, Lufthansa, British Airways, Alitalia, NorthWest Airlines, Air France, among others have left the Philippines because of these taxes. 

Going back to the Press Con, I had a good time exchanging pleasantries with good family friend, KLM top honcho Cees Ursem whom I had not seen since late last year. It was good to see him in good shape and still in Manila with his lovely wife Angela. I also enjoyed chatting with Tess Zulueta, KLM's Marketing and Communications Executive, and Therese Agnese, former Air France's  personal assistant to Louis Vergeon, the GM when Air France was still flying out of Manila.  The delicious hors d'oevres from Bizu were too tempting to resist. 

The highlight of the press con was the raffle of a business class ticket to Europe which was won by Carlo Velasco, a columnist for Travel Life.

Hessel de Boer, Finance Controller for South China Sea, Carlo Velasco of Travel Life Magazine, lucky winner of a round trip business class ticket to Europe, Cees Ursem, Air France/  KLM's GM for South China Sea, myself, and Julia Godet, commercial Director of AF/KLM

Tess Zulueta, AF/KLM's Marketing  and Communications Executive, Grace Glory Go of Philippine Star, Heidi Ng, columnist for Life Style Asia, and Hessel de Boer

A few days after the KLM event, I made sure to attend the event of Liza Ilarde, editor in chief of Manila Bulletin's Style Weekend at the Opus Club, Resorts World. The event, aptly called Women who WOW was in honor of International Women's Month (Int'l Women Day was celebrated March 8).  According to Lisa, her list included 6 women who she admires for their beauty and brains. These women did not rely on just looks and luck to get where they are today. "Achieving their success also involved honing their skills and talent, pursuing their goals with passion, and continuously evolving with the times." 

These women are Tweetie de Leon, a Renaissance Woman in her own right, Charice Pempengco, a powerhouse performer whose talent is recognized even by Music Guru, David Foster, the Nikki Luna, an artist and citizen of the world, Myla Villanueva, a serial entrepreneur involved in hi tech telecoms technology, Daiana Menezes, supermodel from Brazil who has conquered the modeling industry in Manila, and last but not the least, Myrza Sison, a legend in the world of lifestyle journalism.  

I was so happy to bump into long time friend Grace Coronel who came with her two lovely daughters Maxine and Danica, as well as boyishly charming Kenner Chua, VP of the Accessory Department of Shoe Mart, actress Gwen Zamora and her mother, Therese Agnese, newly arrived from Dubai, smart and sexy Mitch Garcia, Director of Communications of Marriott. 

I brought with me my "balikbayan" guest from San Francisco, Maricel Echeverri, who was so surprised to attend such a classy event in Manila.  She's been gone too long. Manila is full of world class events, truth be told.

Liza Ilarde, fashionista editor- in -chief of Manila Bulletin's Style Week End conceptualized Women who WOW

Grace R. Coronel and her two pretty daughters, Maxine R. McAninch  and Danica

Grace Coronel, Elbert Cuenca, myself, Gwen Zamora, Therese Agnese

Finally, a photo with my "pinsan" Robbie Carmona, he who choreographs a lot of fashion shows

Anne de Vera, Director of Sales and Marketing, Crimson Hotel Alabang and Francis de Leon, Director for Marketing and Communications for Crimson Hotel Alabang and FilArchipelago Hospitality

Too many men, so little time.... Super Model Marina Benipayo strikes a pose with her good looking male friends

Kenner Chua, VP of Accessories Dept of SM with my guest Maricel Echiverri, a balikbayan from SF, USA

Sasssy and sexxxy Mitch Garcia, Director of Communications of Marriott is always a delight to see. 

Three of the Wow ladies, Tweetie de Leon, Myrza Sison, and Myla Villanueva, holding their prize money. Lucky them!


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