Friday, March 13, 2015

Vicky and Hans Schmid's Visit

During the first two months of the year, Vicky and Hans come to visit Manila.  Vicky's purpose is to play in the Golden Tee Golf  Tournament at the Manila Golf Club and Hans loves to take photos of the different places they go to.  This year they went to Balesin Islands for 8 days where Hans indulged in his passion of photography.  After they arrived from Balesin, they allowed their friends in Manila to host them in their lovely homes. I happened to attend three of the dinner parties- the one hosted by Felix and Grace Ang, the dinner at the Zabartes well appointed home in Valle Verde and the dinner Daddy Manolo Carmona hosted at their cozy home in Urdaneta.

Vicky also attended a Polo match which was a fundraising for the Tacloban victims and hosted by Fila Philippines. A heartwarming highlight of their visit was a visit to Payatas in Quezon City where they joined us, the Angels to Street Kids, feed 200 underfed and sick children. All told, it was a wonderful visit for the Schmid couple.  As our tourism logo goes , "It's more fun in the Philippines!" 

Felix and Grace Ang (standing) look on while Vicky talks about her golf partnership with Daddy, Manolo Carmona. ( in white Jacket) . My brother-in-law  Steven Chan and California based Dr. Go listen in amusement. 
Hans and Vicky Schmid were the honorees at the dinner party hosted by Cats Motor CEO Felix Ang and wife lovely wife Grace
standing left to right: Marisa C. Chan, Vicky Assad, Mayenne Carmona, Anna Sobrepena
front seated: Grace Ang and Vicky Schmid
The Fila Cup at the Polo Club was attended by Manila's A listers. The theme was an all white Motif.  Pretty ladies Mia Reyes, Rachel de Guzman, Ann Ong, Nikki Tang and Consul Helen Ong graced the affair. 

Fila's CEO Cris Albert,  3rd from left,  was the hostess of the event.  Left to right- A guest, Mayenne, Nikki Tang, Dr. Aivee Teo and makeup expert Patrick Rosas.  
Hans tinkers with his camera while Vicky and I attended to the sick boy
Francis de Leon, Cecile Infantado, Mayenne Carmona, Ann Ong, Hera Geriene, back- Cheryl Gatmaitan, Vicky,and Hans Schmid.
At the Zabartes dinner party for Vicky and Hans!  Seated; Mayenne, Doreen, Jacqui; standing- Hans, Vicky, Jojo Zabarte, the hostess, Vicky Assad, Arlette, Nicole, Henry Zabarte , the host .
At the Carmona's residence, Daddy Manolo standing in red stripes at the back hosted Vicky and Hans ( seated in front ) and also present were my favorite Doctor, and Dr. Norman and lovely wife Biba San Agustin, visiting from New York , and Grace Ang, extreme right. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

January / February Events

Manila is the city that never sleeps. Is it any wonder that I constantly suffer from sleep deprivation when I am in Manila.  I have to get out of Manila to sleep.  We are now in March and I look back on my whirlwind schedule during the months of January and February. 

Here is a list of my favorite events during the first two months of the year: 

1.My BFF Suzette Lopez' birthday party at Enderun Restaurant 101 hosted by her beloved husband  Manny Lopez

Manny Lopez and his birthday celebrant wife Suzette
Linda Ley dancing with two good looking gents 
Jemellie Gonzalez with steady beau Alex Salvador 
Besties Dr. Cecile Infantado, Mayenne Carmona and Tina Cuevas
2. Sinulog in Cebu is an annual cultural and religious festival on the 3rd Sunday of January honoring the Santo Niño.  I attended the Grand Parade which was a competition of the most colorful and original floats.  
Mariquita Yeung invited me to the Sinulog and her daughter Carla with husband Cris McKowen had guests from London.  Here she holds her grandson Harry.
The street parade shows very colorful floats, themes and costumes. 
3. People Asia holds a yearly People of the Year Award, honoring certain individuals who excel in different fields of endeavor.  One of the awardees this year in the field of Philanthropy is Mariquita Yeung, one of Cebu's not so hidden " Gems" who dazzles because of her devotion to helping certain charities under her foundation, Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung Charitable Foundation Inc.  it is a non profit organization that provides relief aid, education and health care for the underprivileged in the Philippines.  
She was accompanied by her beloved husband Carlos, brothers, Congressman BenHur Salimbangon, as well as Cesar and Edwin, Dr. Boyet Quitevis, Mayor of Medillin, Ricky Ramirez, Ambassador Philippe Lhuiller and her entourage of Cebu's power ladies, Margie Lhuillier, Dr. Marilou Ong, Congresswoman Gwen Garcia, Tessie Javier, Nora Sol, Cora Schweimer, Mrs. Edna Lhuiller, Mrs. Elizabeth Go.  The group was invited to dinner at Mayor Joseph Estrada and wife Laarni Enriquez residence after the awards ceremony. 

Carlos Yeung proudly escorts his wife, People of the Year Awardee, Mariquita Yeung to the event. 

Left to right- Dr. Quitevis, Edwin Salimbangon, Carlos and Mariquita S. Yeung, Ben Hur Salimbangon, Cesar Salimangon, Mayor Ricky Ramirez
Loida Lewis ( center), another awardee in the field of Philanthropy, strikes a pose with Mariquta and me. 
My beautiful fuschia gown was executed by Cary Santiago, another awardee In the field of Fashion Design. 
Hermie Esguerra and Congresswoman Gwen Garcia
Miss World International, statuesque beauty, Megan Young
My cosmetic dentist par excellence, Dr. Cecile Infantado 
With me are fashion designer Ann Ong, stylist for Faabulous Tina Jacinto, Dr. Cecile Infantado, and fashionista Linda Ley 
Margie Lhuillier, Dr. Cecile Infantado, Congresswoman Gwen Garcia 
Ambassador Philippe  and Edna Lhuillier, Carlos and Mariquita S. Yeung
The Cebu Contingent was hosted by Manila Mayor Estrada and partner for life Laarni Enriquez