Baby Abby’s christening

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The gloomy and rainy day turned sunny and bright in time for cute and cuddly ABBYGAIL MARIE DELGADO’s christening at the family resthouse in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras! ABBY, as she is lovingly called by nearest and dearest, is the first born of handsome couple RODEL and KATYA DLEGADO. She was feted to a fabulous and well-planned celebration!
The lawn fronting the newly-built and KENNETH COBONPUE furniture and fixture-filled white rest house was converted into an event venue. A quaint chic chapel filled with flowers was surrounded by tents for the reception! Guests from Iloilo and Capiz braved the earlier inclement weather to be see and be seen.
Following the religious rites officiated by Fr. NOEL LIZADA, everyone enjoyed on buffet lunch catered by top gourmet DING MONTELIBANO and Gleca’s.
Dear ABBY, welcome to the Christian world!

Togetherness and happiness

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the world in which we live.” – Pope John Paul II

It was a fun gathering of some 80 family members, close relatives and good friends to celebrate singer/composer/pianist MARISA MONTELIBANO-APUAN at her family’s residence. As if on cue, the rain stopped when the guests sang the Happy Birthday song for her. It readied us for things to come that night!
A sumptuous dinner with flowing beer and wine was served in the dining area and lanai while the younger set gathered under the tent set up in the garden.
Everyone enjoyed on specially-prepared AVP the chronicled the celebrator’s life with the songs she composed as soundtrack, a sax-cellent performance and a rendition of the celebrator herself. The entertaining program was hosted by the celebrator’s goodlooking son BRENDAN APUAN.

Queen of the Day

“A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.” – Unknown Source

She is a well-loved and popular lady. So, when she celebrated her birthday, friends swamped her with greetings and wishes.
Vivacious and bubbly LINDA HOBLITZEL hosted a simple yet fun party at Sunset Terrace of Hotel del Rio. It coincided with the last day of rehearsals for a palabas for the 64th anniversary of Iloilo City Host Lions Club of which she is an upstanding member!
The well-wishers enjoyed on delicious dishes and overflowing drinks amid interesting conversations!
Here’s wishing Tita LINDA H. long life, good health, happiness and more of God’s blessings! Cheers! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

It’s party time!

“There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don’t know what’s happening.” – American Proverbs

Après months of preparations and smarting from the success of her launching fashion show, Iloilo’s fashion darling AGNESETTE AUSAN needed to party! She hosted a fun after-party at JLK Bar and Music Lounge for friends and the bright minds behind the show. Indeed, it was partying all-night long to 70s, 80s and 90s music of hotshot DJs EDWIN ZULUETA and WENDELL WANG!
In between sips and spills of fine wine, scotch whiskey, ice-cold beer and infused vodka, and bites of yummy pika-pika, everyone indulged on “kodakan” and selfies!
The night ended on high note with promises of future get-togethers and upcoming events! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

On the ramp

“The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition.”– William Van Horne

Rightfully so, Robinsons Place Roxas held Ramp Star 2014, the first model search in Roxas City, in hopes of opening its doors for young aspiring models with big dreams of becoming an icon of fashion in the region!
From nearly one hundred aspirants who went for a grand go-see, 16 finalists saw action in the Grand Finale at the mall’s Event Center.
They competed in three categories – swimwear by JOR-EL ESPINA, streetwear by Penshoppe and formal wear. Hosted by marketing honcho of Robinsons Land Corporation ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO and beauty queen/model KRYZZA MEL HILAY, the show, directed by Iloilo’s Bad Boy of Fashion BO PARCON, was a great hit among the shoppers, mall goers, supporters of the finalists and fashionistas from here, there and everywhere.
EARL VESCO VILLASIS and PHOEBE CATE BARBASA took the nod of the judges led by Philippine supermodel and proudly Ilongga RIA BOLIVAR. They had the chance to wear the first-ever Robinsons Ramp Star fashion belt of fashion. Best Photo winner MARK LYNDON CLORION and HANNAH JOVEL DIAZ were hailed runners-up. (Photos by Jesse de la Cruz)

Legally yours

“Somebody figured it out – we have 35 million laws trying to enforce Ten Commandments.” – Earl Wilson

The motion for (re)consideration was for them to have fun! Yes, the alumni marked the Diamond Anniversary of the College of Law of the University of San Agustin (USA) with loads of vim and vigor. The month-long celebration culminated with a fellowship dinner party at Sheridan boutique Hotel.
Judges, prosecutors and lawyers were dressed to impress not for the courts to argue their cases but to hobnob and enjoy each other’s company at the Ballroom of the sprawling resort in Oton.
The 75th Anniversary Party was dubbed “An Evening of Legal Affair.” No less than the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. ANTONIO T. CARPIO, jetted in from Cosmo-Manille to be the event’s special guest and speaker.
Since 1939, the USA College of Law in Iloilo City has produced some of the best legal luminaries who have occupied various important positions, not only in government service, but also in the private sectors. The college is also prominent for its numerous bar topnotchers alumni and maintains its prestigious title as the No. 1 School of Law in the Island of Panay and among the top performing law schools in the entire Philippines!
The guests were welcomed by Retire RTC Judge MERLIN DELORIA, president of the USA Law Alumni Association, and Atty. JOSE MARI TIROL, the new Dean of the College.
The night’s program was hosted by Attorneys LARNIE FLEUR PALMA-KIM and SEDFREY CABALUNA.
Rightfully so, it was a well-attended and successful affair.

Southern Union, Northern Fun (Part Two)

“Marriage is a sort of friendship recognized by the police.”Unknown Source

Best Man PATRICK ALAN SY and Maid of Honor MARIA CATERINA CRISTINA LOPA led the Groomsmen, Bridesmaid and Secondary Sponsors who also included Junior Bridesmaid BETTINA VICTORIA GORRICETA and Flower Girl SUSAN ALESSANDRA GORRICETA.

Reception followed at Baguio Country Club where well-dressed guests from across the country and from abroad hobnobbed with each other and enjoyed the yummy cocktails and sumptuous buffet dinner.

The congratulatory toasts and speeches, and video presentations were capped by 30-minute fireworks that lighted the nightscape of the summer capital of the Philippines. A dance band and hotshot DJ JAYVEE VILLARUZ took turns in dishing out party music that set everyone in dancing mood all-night long!

In between grooves on the dancefloor, guests reveled in overflowing beveragic delights and bountiful gastronomic treats.

To MARS and BEIA FLORETE, yours truly extend my congratulations and best wishes, and my wish for more years of love, happiness and togetherness! Cheers!

Southern Union, Northern Fun (Part 1)

It was a marriage of two beautiful people belonging to prominent families from Iloilo, and celebrated in Baguio City! Picture perfect and dashing in their PAUL CABRAL gown and suit, BEIA SANTOS and MARS FLORETE III, exchanges “I do’s” before family and friends at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church!

The bride is the only daughter of RAFAEL RAMON SANTOS II and lawyer KATRINA LEGARDA while the groom is the unico hijo of MARCELINO FLORETE Jr. and SUSAN CAPERONCE-FLORETE.

The Eucharistic celebration and nuptial rites was officiated by Bishop AMBO DAVID and witnessed by taipan EDGAR SIA II and LIZZY RAZON, TERRY CAPISTRANO and ELIZABETH QUISUMBING, RODOLFO TIU and HELEN EDITH TAN, JOSEPH SY and JILL GO, PHILIP UY and CATHERINE LU MENDOZA, and ALFREDO RAMON HERRERA and MARIA ROSARIO LOPA. (To be continued)

“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance; church filled with flowers and friends. I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for; he said one that would make me his wife.”Unknown Source


In the Nic of time

“Win new friends but keep the old. The first are silver; the latter gold.”

Resto Federico was a perfect place for professor and youth coordinator NIC FRANZ de los REYES’ birthday bash. His guests, who included friends and colleagues, enjoyed on sumptuous dinner buffet of international fusion.

The celebration was highlighted by a sing-along with the band. Partygoers took turns jamming with the in-house singers.

In between sips and spills of ice-cold beer, we were treated to the biggest square burger in town, a houses specialty.

Rightfully so, the partying continued at the swinging JLK Bar and Music Lounge. There, we moved and grooved to 70s, 80s and 90s music.

As if not enough, we capped the night at the hip-hopping Ice where hobnobbed with more friends.