Thursday, April 2, 2015

Starry, Starry Nights and a Time for Sharing

Some nights are just magical.  All the components are perfect: a good cause, great company, excellent cuisine, a full moon perhaps, a fun escort, high grade wines and bubbly, classy ambiance, and who knows, a romance secretly brewing among couples that people don't know about. 

Such were the evenings I have chosen to feature here. I start with the Johan Strauss Event at the Lobby of Shangri-La Makati. It was a musical evening, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Sound of Music.  Soprano Rachel Gerodias and her classical singer husband provided delighted the guests with the memorable songs made popular by Julie Andrews.  Proceeds of the evening went to scholarships for gifted children, building more churches, helping educate poor seminarians, among other good causes. 

A visual fashion  treat: Tina Jacinto, Virginie Lane, and Mayenne Carmona
A fund raising to build more houses in Tacloban took place in Green Sun Hotel. My fiends and I gave our share and we were able to give two houses.  The ever generous Chef Jessie Sincioco sponsored the food, the piece de resistance was the cochinillo ( baby lechon) which was given to all the tables. Filipino cuisine like adobo, kinilaw, crispy daing, seaweed salad, achara, rice, shrimp- all served on banana leaves spread out on tables. The event was spearheaded by the Dayrit Siblings- Christine, Jacqui, Mark, Michelle, with the help of friends like Bum Tenorio, Butch Abert, and Fr. Gerard Deveza who also officiated in a mass prior to the event.  It is always heart warming to see so many people share their blessings with the unfortunate. 

Everybody loves Lechon: Jaime Ponce de Leon, Ann & Rene Puno, and Bum Tenorio can't wait! 
Chef Jessie sponsored the food of  Lechon and Filipino staple goodies.  Rene Puno, Sitoy de Guzman, Hera Geriene and Rachel de Guzman feasted!
 Wesley Machado de Pereira is society ladies' personal trainer of Mixed Martial Arts and kick boxing, He is strict and delivers results of a toned body. When do I start Wesley? 
It was her night to shine, as 3x Katha Awardee, fashion accessory designer Ann Ong, was chosen as one of the 7 Women Who Wow, a yearly event held by Manila Bulletin's Style Weekend to celebrate International Women's Month.  Actress/painter/model Heart Evangelista led the pack. The others to complete the list aside from Ann Ong were artist Olivia d'Aboville, writer and education advocate Gang Badoy, photographer/supermodel Joy Bitagcol, medical Director and founder of the anti aging clinic bearing her name, Aivee Teo and model/ writer Sarah Meir. Accomplished women in their own right, they are this year's Women who Wow ! 

Cheers!  EIC of Style Weekend Liza Ilarde Cuenca, Heart Evangelista, Joy Bitagcol, Ann Ong, Olivia d'Aboville, Gang Badoy, and program host RJ Ledesma. 
 Jason Ong gives his supportive presence to wife Ann Ong
Ann Ong's cheering squad: Linda Ley, Jemellie Gonzales, Len Olbes, Mayenne Carmona and Rachel de Guzman.
a check was given to Ann Ong's chosen charity and she chose the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc., an orphanage that feeds and educates 30 children. 
Knit Queen and Fashion Designer Lulu Tan Gan decided to celebrate her birthday amongst the marginalize with her feeding friends, Angels to Street Kids (ASK).  They decided to go to Payatas in Quezon City. It was a touching event as 150 under served children delighted in the burgers and cakes that the group brought for them. After the event, generous supporter of the Angels, Cristina Cuevas, CEO of Sulo Rivera Hotel, hosted lunch for the group. 
Cristina Cuevas, center, our hostess with the mostest, tries to take a selfie with the Angels to Street Kids: Philip Dizon, Len Olbes, Mayenne Carmona, Lulu Tan Gan, Ruby Tiong Tan, Rachel de Guzman, Taj Curata, Francis de Leon. Emma Pante, Anna Sia, Bob Miller
Sitoy de Guzman, Myself, Cristina Cuevas, Lulu Tan Gan
Ito Curata tried to cheer up this boy strapped in his wheel chair all his life. 
The ASK group that morning
Our mission: Lead, Share, Hope, Inspire
We were applauding the kids singing Happy Birthday for Lulu Tan Gan ( in white sunglasses) 
There is so much joy in giving! Just ask Ito Curata! 


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