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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Dramatic Black Swan Ball

Manila witnessed another event filled with drama and style.  The scene was set for a Ball that had all the elements of a Black Swan movie. It was a fitting 25th Anniversary celebration of LifeStyle Asia. The organizers planned every single detail to perfection.  From the black and white decor of the ballroom down to the pristine white center table floral arrangement, the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangrila was truly decorated in style and elegance.  The guests came in their finest haute couture ensembles. LifeStyle Asia's Editor in Chief Anna Sobrepena led the pack in her slinky black Cary Santiago mermaid gown that accentuated her slim figure.  Cheryl Tiu was tres "Black Swan" in a sequined black slinky Maureen Disini that had feathers in the bodice.  Daddy Jerry Tiu was dapper in his tuxedo.  

The drama was provided by the ballerines of Ballet Philippines. Amidst a smokey dark ambiance, they emerged-glorious in their pirouettes and pas de deux.

A three star Michelin dinner with wine pairings was truly for the most discriminating palate.

After the speeches (where credit was given to the people behind the success of Life Style Asia, meaning Anna Sobrepena, Jerry Tiu, Sari Yap, Cheryl Tiu, Meryll Yan, etc...) came the naming of the awardees.   Rico Tantoco, as Chairman of Rustan's topped the list as biggest supporter of the magazine. 

Songbird Bea Tantoco capped the evening with her hit songs that kept us on our dancing feet and clamoring for more. 

Black Swan Ball ended too soon for us.  It was so enjoyable, we wished the evening wore on and on and on...

Me in a 1992 vintage Auggie Cordero classic

Cheryl Tiu looking very Black Swan in a Maureen Disini

with Richard Najar, COO of Mega

Stephanie Zubiri,  Charise Chiudean, Tita Trillo, Frances Lim Lovely Ladies of Style & Elegance

enjoying the Bubbly- Hans Eulenhoefer, Sofitel's Maria Cristina del Carmen, Tina Jacinto, Paqui Campos & Rupert Jacinto

Inseparable Marivic Vasquez & Jose Mari Trenas

Symphony in Blue- Rita Dy & Margie Moran

 Tanguero David Lim & Maria Cristina del Carmen

White is beautiful- Linda Ley, Georgie Diaz, myself with Hans Eulenhoefer

Richard Tiu, Jane Yao, Liam Tiu & Jerry Tiu, Chairman of Mega Publishing Group

Dramatic Smoky ambiance to open the Ball. Editor-in-Chief Anna Sobrepena in haute couture Cary Santiago

 My BFFs- Loving couple Ann & Rene Puno

 Friends forever Ting Ting Cojuangco & Marybeth de Leon

Lexus Top Man Daniel Isla & friend Nicole

Awardee of the evening Rico Tantoco Chairman of Rustan's & Mega editor in chief Sari Yap

Writer & emcee RJ Ledesma with wife Vanessa

Sweethearts forever Cris Badiola & Sari Yap


Mitch Garcia, dynamic Director of Communications, Marriott Manila

Taipans Willie Osier, Chairman Belle Resources & Jerry Tiu Chairman of Mega Publishing Group

Phil Star's Columnists Mayenne Carmona & Grace Glory Go

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