Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 20- July 27: My Birthday Week in High Definition!

My Birthday week is usually hectic, and this year is no exception. 5 days before D-day, friends headed by Armand SantosJojo ZabarteLinda LeyCecile InfantadoSuzette LopezMya Ong, and Len Olbes decided to host me in Salon de Ning at the Peninsula. It was really a swinging evening as in the same booth with us was TV and movie star, singer and artist, Solenn Heussaff partying with her show biz and ramp friends - Lovi PoeGeorgina WilsonBorgy ManotocSid LuceroKC ConcepcionAnne Curtis with steady BF Erwan HeussaffTim Yap, Film Director Pepe Diokno and many others. Solenn was celebrating her birthday that same evening.

Len Obles, Mya Ong, Linda Ley and birthday gal 

Suzy Wong Suzette Lopez 

One of my BFFs, Jojo Zabarte enjoying Salon de Ning.  

Linda Ley, Hera Gerienne, Len Olbes and Cecile Infantado are my "chill out" buddies, as well as members of our feeding group-Angels to Street Kids. 

Tim Yap, KC Concepcion, Film Director Pepe Diokno

Sultry Lovi Poe poses with me 

Jojo Zabarte and Tim Eigenmann

The next day, Hong Kong based Tess Schoeffer and friend Angelo hosted a special dinner for me and friends Leo Valdez, Raul Teehankee, Cecile Infantado, Fanny Guanzon at her spacious well appointed house in Alabang. The dinner was home cooked by chef Angelo and most of the ingredients flown in from Hong Kong. 

Too bad I did not bring my camera, I should never leave home without it. So there was no Kodak moment.  

Monday night was a Thai dinner evening in Simply Thai, Greenbelt 5 with my dear friends Neni Cruz, Jojo Sanggalang and Rose Blancaflor. Friend Artist and painter Ramon Diaz gifted us with a bottle of full bodied red wine which made our dinner even more delicious. 

Tuesday evening was really memorable. My Baclaran going friends Suzette Lopez, Linda Ley and Len Olbes met me at the Pen lobby for a refreshing cup of frozen yogurt and at close to midnight, we headed  for Baclaran for our weekly Novena.   I was close to tears when they greeted me Happy Birthday with matching besos and abrazos in the Presence of the Holy of Holies and lit candles for my intentions.  Great friends make life worth living. 

It is so wonderful to be surprised by one of my staff,  Pretzel, with a birthday cake, while  lazying in bed with my IPAD, agenda book and cell

From Paris with Love! 

My special day was hosted by Communication's Director of Marriott Manila, glamorous Mitch Garcia at the Marriott Cafe. They currently have a Flavors of Asia going on with four chefs from Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, and China. My guests composed of family members and extended family truly enjoyed the exceptional cuisine and excellent service of the staff headed by Roma Italia and our personal waiter Michael. It felt so good to be treated like VIPs.  But that is what Marriott service is all about. They make everyone feel special.
Marriott Hotel's jewel, Mitch Garcia, Director of Communications and Sales.

Early arrivals to the family dinner at the Marriott Cafe- brother Charlie, sisters Loudette Corcellut & Leana Carmona, & French beau frere Jean Pierre Corcellut 

Roma Italia (I just love her name) and Michael took good care of me and my guests

More family and extended family arrived- Ruby Tiong Tan, Bert and Tina Lujuco join me and brother Charlie 

Mom skipped her ballroom dancing to attend my birthday dinner and Dad cut short his golf too. What a blessing to have active, healthy parents.  Loudette came all the way from Paris with hubby JP. 

Roma Italia and the rest of the staff bring me a birthday cake to blow! Such a thoughtful gesture! 

My favorite Franch bro-in-law JP strikes a pose with Rezch! (they have fancy names!) 

The next evening, I was at the residence of Senator Serge Osmena and attractive wife Bettina Osmena for a "welcome to Manila" dinner for beloved friend, Memphis based Tunting Cruz Matters. Tunting was my partner in crime (shops, clubs, restaurants, shows!) in New York City when we were both living there in the mid nineties and during the millenium years. We joyfully reminisced over the fun times we had in the Big Apple. Nothing can bring back the glory of those years. Even if we still have fun today when we meet up in NYC,  somehow, it is not the same. Most of us have left the Big Apple and when we go back there, we are but tourists, which give a different feel to the visit. Tunting regaled us with stories about attending a dinner in Malacanang with no less than President PNoy, singing and dancing with her! 

Tunting Cruz Matters enjoys a welcome party with me, Lulu Tan Gan, Anne Marie Corominas, Paul Campos, Bettina Osmena, Frannie J, Bing G and Tina L. 

It was Coffee time next day with the most charming Lexus President Daniel Isla at their fabulous showroom is always a pleasure. 

Together with his Marketing Services Officer Carlo Chungungco, he took Suzette Lopez and me around and showed us their latest models. The Lexus Limited Edition Sportscar which cost a whopping 35 Million bucks made us drool.  It is not even for sale as there are only 167 models of the car.  Lexus Manila decided to keep it for posterity. 

Suzette and I enjoy a coffee rendezvous with Lexus Big Boss, Daniel Isla in their fab showroom at the Fort.

Drooling over the 35 Million bucks Lexus Limited Edition sports car! Whew! Give me a Torrens Title instead! 

Carlo Chungungco, Marketing Services Officer, with Lexus President Daniel Isla, showed me around their showroom. My next car will be a Lexus SUV! 

From Lexus, we flew to Crown Plaza at the Ortigas area to attend a much waited meeting with the publisher of Traversing the Orient magazine, Muslim Princess Dr. Rebecca Wata. She hosted for me and my friends Trixie Torralba, Mya Ong and Suzette Lopez a Chinese lauriat birthday dinner at the Xin Tiandi Restaurant.  Too much food this week. Next week will surely be a fasting and detox week for me.  Too bad, we were so engrossed in our meeting and the delicious food that we forgot to take photos. 

Saturday, July 28, is another birthday celebration in Alabang this time with my BFFs Rene and Ann Puno as hosts.  But that will be in another Blog. Watch out for it. 

What a week!  But I am not complaining, I tell ya, I feel sooo much love feted left and right by my family and friends whom I love dearly. They really add so much meaning and spice to my life! 


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