Veronica Segovia with Eric and Marciar Larroza
James and Romilyn Palencia and Jeanette and Bong Pido
Noreen Loenor, Mary Ann Portasin and Coleen Santiago
Jobert Sese, James Palencia, Wilney Bajaladia, Omber villaruz, Jackie Oribe, Christopher Latumbo and Val Delgado
When not taking an early morning walk, we took a dip in the famed waters and sunbathe on the white sand beach! It was followed by hearty breakfast on the poolside deck of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel.
Shopping at the D’Mall for high-end goods and at D’Talipapa for more affordable items, and people-watching at the beachfront cafés were just a few exciting activities that occupied our day.
The employees and family members had fun with series of team building games that set the mood for things to come later in the day.
Romilyn Palencia, Karen Ann Divinagracia, Kaycie hernando, Thea Jeanine Pido, Donna Rosendo and Zara Peñafiel
Seth Bayona, Thea Jeanise Pido, Liana Jusayan, Gem Santiago, Tristan and Tobey Pido, Marco Jusayan, Hanz Besina, Matthew Jusayan, Andrew Lugo, and Sebatian and Dominique Latumbo
Joed Larroza, Andre Hernando, Philip Divinagracia, John Denette Besian and Jury Sese
Sunset in Boracay
The fabulous Boracay sunset never ceases to amaze everyone. “Kodakan” freeze-framed it for posterity!
As if not enough, tres charmant BOY SO, the owner of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel, hosted a sumptuous international and Mongolian dinner for vivacious NOEL MIRASOL, fun-to-be-with NONOY BATAGA and yours truly much to our surprise and delight.
Indeed, it was an enjoyable weekend with friends!
Sunset dinner: Noel Mirasol, Nonoy bataga andyours truly
Yours truly with Miss Universe Philippines Pia Wurztbach
Craving for fishburger
Sweet mangoes of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel
Poolside and façade of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel
A view from my room at La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel
AFPSLAI (Iloilo) Manager Joebert Sese and his wife Teena
Jhon and Janette Besina
Taking advantage of the long Freedom Weekend, the management and staff of Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loans Association, Inc. (AFPSLAI) Iloilo, Bacolod and Antique offices went to Boracay for fun in the sun! Joining them were family members, close friends and yours truly!
Their home away from home on the paradise island was the popular La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel. Rightfully so, they were all given VIP treatment.
Donna Rosendo, Noreen Leonor, Cecile Hernando, Zara Peñafiel, Lallaine Jusayan, Lanie Castañares, Mary Lugo, Lanie Divinagracia and Janette Besina
Rhea Gabatan, Leila Gabatan, Janette Besina and Leah Vido
Andrew Lugo with brothers Tobey and Tristan Pido
Noel Mirasol, yours truly and Nonoy Bataga at Subo Filipino Restaurant
After a short rest from the long trip, everyone, in groups, explored and enjoyed the sights and savor of Boracay. The afternoon was spent taking pleasure in water sports, the early evening lounging on bars with our favorite beveragic delights, and dinner at specialty restaurants.
We capped the pulsating island night life at Club Summer Place. Juice Bar and Epic! (To be continued)
All set for the Freedom Weekend Party at Epic
Exploring Boracay with a map
Homestyle lunch at Seabird Restaurant
Halo-Halo at poolside of La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel to beat the heat
The beveragic delights of the night
Norma Padilla-Rosales with nephews Dave, Alfredo and Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer
Jeff Alfred Ferrer, Gavin Hormillosa and Nikko Cid
Ed Alfred, Sandra and Ross Alfred Ferrer
At the family’s Strewberry Mansion, woman of style and top hostess NORMA PADILLA-ROSALES hosted an intimate dinner and drink party at for her visiting FERRER nephews – New York-based DAVE, chief engineer ALFREDO and Rep. JEFFREY of the 4th Dsitrict of Negros Occidental.
The get-together was made even more meaning because the family was also celebrating Rep. JEFFREY and nephew ED ALFRED’s birthday!
The fun started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. DENNIS BATACANDOLO and followed by a sumptuous dinner buffet.
Also there were DAVE’s wife DEANNA HORMILLOSA-FERRER who came with her brother GAVIN HORMILLOSA of New York’s Finest; and ALFREDO’s better half SANDRA who brought along their sons JEFF ALFRED, ED ALFRED, DAVE AFRED and ROSS ALFRED.
The ROSALES sisters were also in hand to put everyone in high spirits. While PANGGING kept our glass filled with beveragic delights, PANE made sure the buffet table was steadily supplied with good food and BABY set the mood with ambient music.
Indeed, it was a fun night. Yours truly was glad to be invited!
Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, Pangging Rosales, Deanna Ferrer and Fr. Dennis Batacandolo
Pangging Rosales and yours truly
My favorite of the night – sashimi by Pane Rosales
Iloilo Platinum Sales Company President/CEO Earlwyne Tan delivers his welcome remarks.
Krishnae Princess, Barnsley, Earlwyne and Maria Fe Tan
The Aeolus Girls
Wilson Nocom, Archer Lim, Gerard Tan, Barnsely Tan and Roman Lo
CEO of Aelous Philippines GERARD TAN and dealers WILSON NOCOM of Manila, ARCHER LIM of Surigao and ROMAN LO of Dumaguete jetted in from Cosmo-Manille for the mid-morning opening and blessing of Iloilo Platinum Sales Company at San Marcos in Molo. IPSC is the exclusive dealer of Aelous Tires in town!
Rightfully so, President/CEO EARLWYNE TAN, his wife MARIA FE TAN, their son, IPSC Manager BARNSLEY TAN and daughter KRISHNAE PRINCESS TAN welcomed them and special guest ROSALIE SARABIA-TREÑAS, wife of Rep. JERRY P. TREÑAS of the Lone District of Iloilo City.
Simon Do and Tyron Diez
Nonoi Ybiernas of Philippine Tatler and banker Roy Pison
Wilmer Lim, Boy Ong, Robert Lim, Jessie Cuvillas, Cris Tito Tan and Allendy Tan
Carlos Lao and Ernesto Cua
The inaugural event opened with a Lion Dance by Sun Yat Sen High School students for good luck, and prayers by Fr. BOY CELIZ of the Sta. Ana Parish Church for blessings from God Almighty. It was followed by a sumptuous lunch courtesy of Iloilo Mansion House!
Designed by architect NILO MORALIDAD, the four-storey IPSC Building houses the display center of Aelous Tires and offers vulcanizing, nitrogen filling, wheel alignment and balancing, tire mounting and cleaning, and change oil. “Though Aelous is our flagship brand, we also carry other brands,” enthused EARLWYNE TAN in his welcome remarks.
In attendance were a diverse mix and match of movers, shakers and achievers in business, profession and media.
Mr. Cang, Barnsely Tan and Jocelyn Cang, Manager of PruLife UK Cebu
The Lion Dance by Sun Yat Sen High School students
Yours truly with Mocca, the chow chow of the Tan family.
Barnsley Tan, Fr. Boy Celiz, Rosalie Treñas, Gerard Tan and Earlwyne Tan snip the ceremonial ribbon for the opening of Iloilo Platinum Sales Company.
The debutante Rica Marie Isabel O. Peña on stage with parents Judgee and Sarah Peña, and sisters Dr. Risa O. Peña and Atty. Rita O. Peña
The cotillion de juvenes
Emily Lopez with Rica O. Peña and Renzo John Uy
Cecile and Gary Gison
Christopher Montaño and Ramon Cua Locsin
After the traditional 18 candles, 18 treasures and 18 roses, the piece de resistance of the program, emceed by JOSHUA MISAJON, was the cotillion de juvenes! SARAH P. gave a hearty welcome while JUDGEE P. offered an emotional speech!
Clifford Nolido and Leilani Alba
Dr. Kristine G. Treñas
Fanny Uy (center) with Drs. Roland and Wendy Uy
Judgee L. Peña (3rd from left) with his friends
Helen Stummer, Marierose Cacho and Tina Itaas
Nonoi Ybiernas with Sheila and JM Tiongco
The guests came to dance, dine, dazzle and have fun, and how! Well, why not? The celebrator has come of age! The gents and ladies of style swept the dance floor to the tunes of First Edition Band.
In the end, everyone enjoyed one of the best 18th parties ever! Wishing you the best of everything, my dear KOKAY!
Pangging Rosales, Jane Uy, Norma Rosales, Sarah O. Peña and Pane Rosales
Rica O. Peña with siblings Paolo, Annika and Miko Tirador, Claudine Bondoc and friends
Lilia Lim, Susan Juan Tong, Leon Juan Tong, mazie Ann Lim and Eugene Lim
Margaret Deles and yours truly
Rose and Oskie Arenas with Nonel Gemora
Pros and Lorna Castellano
The lovely debutante Rica Marie Isabel O. Peña
Judgee and Sarah Peña
The debutante Rica with her sisters Dr. Risa and Atty. Rita Peña
The debutante with escort Renzo John Uy
The crème de la crème of Iloilo, Bacolod and Manila society graced the debut celebration of young miss RICA MARIE ISABEL O. PEÑA in a true LOPEZ-PEÑA fashion.
Old friends wished and greeted the celebrator over sips and spills of high-end beveragic delights, and bites of sumptuous dinner buffet by WILSON ESPARANCILLA and JAN PAOLO LEE of Alejandro’s Catering Services at the sprawling PEÑA residence in Jaro.
The debutante Rica Marie Isabel O. Peña and escort Renzo John Uy with the cotillion de juvenes dancers
Alberto Montilla, Dr. Irene Montilla, Mayor Enrique Montilla and Juan Miguel Montilla
Bonifacio Peña, Mario Buenconsejo, Bravo Peña, Suklin Peña, Rica Peña, John Paul Peña, Sean Peña, Pol Buenconsejo and James Peña
Felix “Trix” Gorriceta III
Hon. Matet Debuque with Gina and Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III of Iloilo City
There was a French-style boudoir to receive the guests. Over the pool, a bridge was set up and at the end of the garden a grand stage was built. Tables with crystal décor and floral arrangement dotted the lawn.
Sidlangan Dance Theater Company and Kinaadman Chorale of John B. Lacson Maritime Foundation University provided the entertainment during cocktails and dinner.
Daniel III and Leah Fajardo
Robert and Jane Uy with son Richard
Jean Ann and Jojo Ang
Joe Chan, Kristel Yulo, Rica O. Peña, Renzo Uy, Ann Chan and Michael Chan
Led by her parents, sugar baron JUDGEE LOPEZ PEÑA and woman of style SARAH OPOLENCIA-PEÑA, and sisters, Atty. RITA and Dr. RISA, the star of the night RICA made her grand entrance in a fabulous KRISTEL YULO gown amid cheers, applause and fireworks! KRISTEL also did the gowns of SARAH, Atty. RITA and Dr. RISA. (To be continued)
Yours truly and Nonoi Ybiernas
Francis and Dr. Daylinda Chung
The Opolencia Family
Pauline Banusing, Pane Rosales and Nonoy Ybiernas with Elena and Atty. Raul Muyco and Mars Jr. and Susan Florete
Grecia Rausa, Jane Palomar and Liela Jover
The celebrator Au Palomar with sis Jane Palomar and Grecia Rausa
Ira Escarilla-Carnate and Chinky Lamprea
Belen Cantiller Nelly Weis and Jane Palomar
Dolly Querubin, Ira Escarilla-Carnate and Jane Palomar
Muy simpatica AU PALOMAR celebrated her birthday with the help of daughter KRISTINE and her husband ROMAEL QUERUBIN. The party was held at the couple’s sleek home in Chicago, Illinois, USA!
At the spacious living room, guests who included family members and close friends, delighted on specially prepared appetizers, entrées and desserts.
Shiela Lira, Ivan Lira and Fred Rausa
The celebrator Au Palomar with daughter Kristine and son-in-law Romael Querubin
Eden Gialogo Herres, Chinky Lamprea, Ira Escarilla-Carnate and Kristine Querubin
With her granddaughter Katherine Querubin, Adrian Herres, Kristine Querubin and Eden Herres
Belen Cantiller playing the piano
Thanks to the cool and breezy atmosphere, much of the evening was outdoors, sipping beveragic delights!
To Tita AU, as we fondly call her, cheers, best wishes and God bless! May you have more birthdays to celebrate!
Ira Escarilla-Carnate and Melai Querubin
Glen De Los Santos playing with little Zander Herres
The celebrator Au Palomar’s birthday cakes
The dessert table
The celebrator Au Palomar poses by the buffet table
The newlyweds John and Chinky Rolida with the bride’s parents Romy and Chona Bondoc
Norma Rosales and Vicky Sian
Vedette Ong, Norma Rosales, Pangging Rosales and Pane Rosales
Henry Cordero, Gerado Hortillas, and Nap Denila
Ray and Sandra Gomez
The religious rites were followed by the highly anticipated reception at the Royal Garden Hall. The setting of the exquisite celebration was a sight to behold, courtesy of event stylist GIGI SY of Cebu Country Classic.
Upon entering guest were dazzled by the floral arrangements, by florist LYNNIE DENILA from the Malagos Farm in Davao, which lavishly decorated the tables. They also did the church decorations.
The guests filled themselves with cocktail drinks and hors, d’eourves, and outstanding entrées, delectable desserts and more beveragic delights by caterer to the rich and famous DING MONTELIBANO. The dance mood music was provided by Kreonz.
Katrina Loring, Katrina Montelibano-Ng and Katrina Caram-Divinagracia
The newlyweds with photographer Lito Sy
Jojo Ang and Chona Layson-Bondoc
Iloilo Second District Rep. and Mrs. Arcadio Gorriceta with Iloilo Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias
Gus and Pauline Banusing
Yours truly, Pinoy Gonzales and Nonoi Ybiernas
The speeches of Best Man PHILIPP A. CHUA and Groomsman Atty. ALFONSO MIGUEL M. SIASON set the mood for the night’s partying. In their boarding school accented English, they “roasted” and toasted the newlyweds.
As JOHN and CHINKY experience life’s adventures together in love, faithfulness and abundant joy, yours truly wish them the very best! (Photos by Lito Sy)
The newlyweds’ money dance
The floral table arrangement by Lynnie Denila
The table set up of the reception
The table set for the Principal Sponsors at the reception
The reception venue
The groom John U. Rolida with siblings Jason Rolida and Jennifer Rolida-Lee, and mom Brenda Rolida.
The groom with his best man Philipp A. Chua
The bride Caroline L. Bondoc with parents Romy and Chona, sister and Maid of Honor Claudine and brother JR.
The bride with Maid of Honor Claudine Bondoc and bridesmaids Chinchin Rojo, Lauren Layson and Juliet Guevara.
The bride with her grandfather Jose “Pepe” Layson
So many heartfelt memories were created during one special day when dashing JOHN U. ROLIDA and lovely CAROLINE “Chinky” LAYSON BONDOC were joyfully married at the historic St. Anne’s Parish Church in Molo! The mood was distinctly romantic and could be felt by everyone in attendance.
Notwithstanding the balmy weather, who’s who in business, society, politics and profession were all present and accounted for.
The groom, who hails from Cagayan de Oro and studied here in Metro-Iloilo, is the son of JULIAN and BRENDA ROLIDA while the bride, who grew up in Metro-Iloilo, is the daughter of ROMEO and MARIA ASUNCION BONDOC (née LAYSON). They met in Cebu!
Chona and Romy Bondoc wait for their daughter Chinky to walk down the aisle for her altar date with her betrothed John U. Rolida
The groom and bride walk down the aisle for their date with destiny
The Principal Sponsors witness the exchange of vows by John U. Rolida and Chinky L. Bondoc
John and Chinky Rolida seal their love with a kiss.
The bride CHINKY wore a sleeveless beaded and embroidered wedding gown with bouffant skirt and sweeping train by fashion designer and family friend JOSE ALBERTO K. SANCHEZ who also created the gowns of the female members of the entourage. The groom JOHN donned a PHILIP RODRIGUEZ tuxedo.
The high profile Principal Sponsors were RICARDO S. GO and BETTY C. COBONPUE, Sec. FRANCIS N. PANGILINAN and JUDITH ARANETA-ROXAS, NORBERTO G. PUENTESPINA and TERESA L. CHAN, FRANCISCO L. ROLIDA and ROSITA R. YAP, and JOSE ALBERTO K. SANCHEZ and TERESA D. DULALIA. (Photos by Lito Sy)
With the Principal Sponsors. From left to right: Melanie Yap (proxy for Mrs. Rosita Yap), Dr. Nandie Joy Banias (proxy for Ms. Nene Chan), Judy A. Roxas, Mrs. Betty Cobonpue, Tess Dulalia, Sec. Francis Pangilinan, Ricardo Go, Jose Albert K. Sanchez, Jonathan Rolida (proxy for Frank Rolida), and Bert Puentespina.
With the Secondary Sponsors. From left to right: Katrina Loring, Jeniffer Rolida-Lee, Dalla Chen, . JR Bondoc, Jason Rolida and Rear Admiral Cecil Chen, PCG.
The couple with the Flower Girls, Ring Bearer, Coin Bearer and Bible Bearer. From left to right: Yra Yap, Julianna Lee, Kiara Yap, Gelo Yap, Jared and Jaric Rolida.
The newlyweds John and Chinky Rolida outside St. Anne’s Parish Church
The newlyweds John and Chinky Rolida