Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell to 2012

What happened to December? It is just a whirl in my memory.  There were the endless Christmas parties, countless days of shopping for the inevitable gift giving which characterizes the season, and to add to my delightful stress, I had  my newspaper and magazine deadlines to contend with.  Did I do anything significant during the year?

Time flies and in a blink of an eye, it is now Dec. 30.  I must have done a million and one things during the year but the most significant thing I did was organizing a feeding program for the poor. I rounded up my girl friends, (Len  Olbes, Emma Pante, Suzette Lopez, Linda Ley, Mia Ong, Mia Reyes, Rachel de Guzman, Amy de la cruz,, Ruby Tiong Tan) and asked Kaye Tinga to help us organize a feeding program in the poorest sections of Taguig. We brought food to malnourished kids and occasionally to the Senior Citizens.  We did this every Saturday morning for several months.  Our last feeding session was the first Saturday of December and then we will resume again on Jan 5. We call ourselves Angels to Street Kids, (ASK for short).

Some of the the Angels to Street Kids: 
Ruby Tiong Tan, Mayenne Carmona, Rachel de Guzman
Suzette Lopez, (back) Michelle de Leon, Helen Alviz and 
Pretzel Legaspi.

Kaye Tinga and daughters Kyle and Kerry help us feed 
the malnourished kids in one of Taguig's poor sections.

For my physical regimen, I immersed myself in learning how to dance Latin dances, in the standard of international ballroom dancing.  My friend Pinky Puno, who is an international ballroom dance competitor introduced me to her partner, Ryan Jago, who became my Dance Guru.  Prior to learning latin dances, I enrolled myself in Argentine Tango dance classes with  Argentine tango master, Jun Borja.  I enjoyed the sessions, but I did not perspire much as we would be twenty in a class.  With Ryan, it was just him and me for hours on end.  The sessions were more intense and he stretched my physical endurance to the max.  My body morphed and took a different form because my posture improved. Ryan also improved my way of walking, which I must admit, was a bit awkward before I started to dance.   My dance debut was when we danced an exhibition rhumba  during my mother’s birthday at the Polo Club.  It was a number worthy of Dancing with the Stars, with a lot of lifts, splits and turns.

When Ryan was competing abroad with Pinky Puno, (this year he left twice for two months each trip, in fact he just arrived) I would dance with another international dance teacher, Serge Machon., who is  currently teaching me the Paso Doble and Samba, both very challenging dances. 

Dance Athlete & international competitor, 
Ryan Jago stretches my physical firness to the max

International Dance Diva Belinda Adora coaches 
me during my dance routine with Serge Machon  
One of the highlights of my December is my feature in Tatler Magazine as their December IT Girl in their Best Dressed Page and again in their feature of Rupert Jacinto’s Faaabulous Ladies.  I am really flattered, honored and humbled.  Thank you to the editors of Tatler for this honor.

Tatler featured me as their Dec. IT Girl
Also in their Dec. issue, one of Manila's 
Fab ladies in Tatler.  What an Honor!  

The Tatler Ball is a Ball that Manila’s A Listers look forward to. It is an evening of elegance, ultimate style, coupled with a gourmet dinner with wine pairings. The best part of the ball is the great music and dancing after all the ceremonies are over.   The ball is for charity and the beneficiary this year  is education of poor children.  

Harry and Anton San Diego

Our friend and fave couturier Ito Curata 
with Chinese beauteous movie star, Gong Li, a.k.a. Linda Ley 

Alexander Klinkman and Dr. Cecile Infantado

Enjoying the Tatler Ball, 
Atty. Mela Bengson, Robby Carmona

Dr. Randy Francisco enjoying 
his Martini, (shaken not stirred)!
The last party that I attended this year was Linda Ley’s birthday get together at Salon de NIng. On Dec. 29.  It was also a year- end get together of close friends.

Natasha, Tedrick, Michelle, Mayenne
Jun-Jun Ablaza and birthday celebrant Linda Ley 

Len Olbes, Rachel de Guzman, Ruby Chua
Aida Cobanquiat, Sunny Vergara, and sister Audrey

Becky Garcia and husband George

Rachel de Guzman, Anne Ong, Cecile Infantado
Hera Gerienne, Francis de Leon, Linda Ley

Flanked by the two gents Ryan Jago and Francis de Leon,
the glamorous  birthday celebrant enjoys her evening!

I strike a pose with Hera's talented daughter,
 Selena Gomez look-alike Mara Gerienne

Getting together with lovely friends is a fitting way to end the year.   Friends who care and love each other enrich our lives and are a blessing from God.  Thank you Lord for dear friends who are there for each other during good and bad times. I thank the Lord for His abundant blessings, most importantly for my parents who are my rock and for my caring siblings, nephews, nieces and in-laws.  They are all part and parcel of the joys of my existence.

My family is precious to me. Brothers- in- law Jean Pierre Corcellut,
Steven Chan (partly hidden at the back), sisters Loudette Corcellut,
Marissa Chan, Mommy and Daddy

Sunday night dinners is a great way to bond
with Mom and sisters, Marissa and Annie,
and friends like our teenage dress couturier,
Oscar Peralta

Let us all look forward to a bigger and better 2013, filled with love and abundance. 


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