Noel Mirasol and Ding Montelibano at Iloilo Bacolod Ferry Terminal
Nonoy Bataga and yours truly at Iloilo Bacolod Ferry Terminal
A cyclone cross the Iloilo Channel
A sumptuous sandwich at Xin Chào Vietnamese Restaurant
Healthy vegetable Vietnamese rolls
Not even typhoon “Egay” stopped caterer to the rich and famous DING MONTELIBANO and the gang from crossing the Iloilo Channel to Bacolod City to celebrate his birthday!
After a rough trip and thanking God Almighty for our safety, we enjoyed a hearty late lunch at Xin Chào Vietnamese Restaurant at Hi-Strip 4.
Sugar baron Mel Francisco and Ding Montelibano
Omon Maravilla of the Pendy’s fame and Ding Montelibano at Ripples Restaurant of L’Fisher Hotel
Nonoy Bataga and Noel Mirasol at Ripples Restaurant of L”Fisher Hotel
Ellone Trafanco and yours truly
Marcelo Cariño and Jay-R Ignacio
A short rest at the Presidential Suite of Bacolod Business Inn readied us for a pre-birthday dinner of grilled and fried favorites at the hotel’s Café Biz. The fun night continued at Gurka, a newly-opened hip-hopping bar. Amid sips and spills of scotch whiskey, iced vodka and cold beer and bites of sumptuous hors d’eouvres, DING and his guests, who included models and players, partied till wee hours.
By noon the next day, we transferred to the Presidential Suite of GT Hotel!
Jay-Jay Cardinas, Joefem Badoles and Ellone Trafanco
The gang poses before going to church
Ding Montelibano blows the candle on his birthday cake and makes a wish.
The Ruins in Talisay City
Attending a Holy Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine
A short tour of The Ruins, the famed LACSON mansion in Talisay City and a Holy Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine, a Redemptorist Church (after all DING M. graduated from St. Clement’s Academy, a Redemptorist-run exclusive private boys’ school in Iloilo), was followed by a birthday party at Ripples Restaurant of L’Fisher Hotel. The celebrator’s guests partook of a buffet of international dishes, assorted cheeses and breads, carvery and sweet treats, all complemented by fine wines and fun conversations!
The celebration was capped by more fun at Lina’s Alfresco Dining and a swing at Mo2 Ice Bar. In both places more beverages delighted us!
A surprise gift for Ding Montelibano from Noel Mirasol, Nonoy Bataga and yours truly
Cheeses and breads at a buffet in Ripples Restaurant of L’Fisher Hotel
Buffet in Ripples Restaurant of L’Fisher Hotel
Lina’s Alfresco Dining
Of course, in between lunches, dinners, snacks and cocktails, we engaged with our favorite pastime – shopping! Well, it’s another story.
My spy in lace panties whispered to me in molto sotto voce that DING M. will have his final birthday celebration this coming Saturday to finally close the jolly month of July! Yours truly is certainly looking forward to it! Happy birthday, DING MONTLEIBANO!