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


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