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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bob Miller, Man for all Seasons

The text invite of Ito Curata  stated that "in spite of Bob's protestations to celebrate his birthday", the  party is going forward.  

The invitees are friends of old - standing and some NFF (new found friends) who hopefully will stay and eventually become friends of old.   After all, friendship is a journey with a lot of twists and turns but if properly nourished, blooms into a lasting relationship. 

Ito and Bob worked at the menu to make sure that it satisfied even the most discriminating palate.  Rest assured, the foie gras (both cooked and fresh), Beluga caviar, a whole array of French cheeses, and Moet Chandon didn't disappoint.  The hot dishes were a combination of Asian and Continental cuisine, every dish done to perfection.  To the un-informed, Ito Curata's talent does not stop in his design atelier but extends to his kitchen as well.  He can whip up a gourmet dinner that could put most chefs to a bout of culinary talent. 

During his thank you speech, the usually stoic Bob showed us his emotional side as he recounted his life's journey with Ito 36 years ago!  That indeed is a record to brag about-longer than more marriages that we know of.  Little did they know that their serendipitous encounter at a club in San Francisco( where Bob was an executive in a bank and Ito was an up and coming couturier) would become a till-death-do-us-part kind of a commitment.  And 7 years ago, a wonderful blessing arrived in their lives- a bundle of joy, a baby boy who is now Taj Curata.  I am so proud to say that he is the youngest member of our Angel Network, (Angels to Street Kids), where we feed the marginalized children in many poor areas. Taj, at his young age, finds joy in helping these poor kids. 

And the party went on and on-there was no stopping the guests from dancing to the contagious music of the band. 

A toast to Bob Miller, a man for all Seasons, an American who loves his adopted country and us, his Filipino friends.  Bob, may you live to celebrate countless more birthdays with us. Thank you for enriching our lives in more ways than one, with your sincere friendship. 

Happy Birthday, Bob Miller!
the happy celebrant with Ito &Taj Curata
Tedric Yao, Dr. Joni Dizon, Len Olbes, Linda Ley,
 JoAnne Rae Ramirez; back is Ito Curata and Ed Ramirez
Bob Miller, Mayenne, Helen Ong and Len Olbes
Henry & Jojo Zabarte, Helen Ong, Tina Jacinto and Jemellie Gonsalezback : Francis de Leon, Ann Puno, Paqui Campos, Agile Zamora
coosome threesome- Mayenne, Francis and Linda
Faabulous photographer Rupert J and partner for life Tina Jacinto
Ricky Davao and Mega Magazine EIC Sari Yap
Ann Puno and Lilibeth Campos
 tripping the light fantastic
George Sarakinis giving wife Becky Garcia a dip to remember
Bob Miller and Begamo founder and owner Mel Meer
Margie Moran, a friend and Nina Hailey 
Sweet Bella's strawberry shortcake was a big hit!




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