A night of music for a cause

Zonta Club of Iloilo City II, an organization of women, by women and for women, recently had a winner! It staged “An Enchanted Evening” at Boracay Ballrom of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center!

Not even the heavy downpour prevented music lovers from attending the event. The hall was filled to capacity.

A concert for a cause, it featured four talented singers – tenor ERVIN LUMAUAG of Philippine Madrigal Singer, soprano MONA LIZA PADILLA-DARAO of San Miguel Chorale, tenor RICHARD SUPAT of Fortenors and soprano HADASA VON CAMPORASO.

Their well-applauded repertoire included Broadway favorites, pop songs, folk songs, standards, Top 40 hits, OPM and disco!

The concert was such a success that the well-heeled attendees want a part two!

An Enchanted Evening” was for the benefit of the club’s projects and outreach programs. (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat.

The opening of Washingmate was a very reason for friends to get together. It is the latest business venture of hardworking sisters, vivacious PANGGING and gorgeous PANE ROSALES, with great support from their equally glamorous mother NORMA P. ROSALES. It is the newest technology in laundry (more on this in my blog www.porfirioness.com).

Aprés the blessing and prayers led by Fr. DENNIS BATACCANDOLO, a fun luncheon followed at the ROSALES’ Strawberry Mansion. Amid animated conversation on current events and hearty laughter, everyone enjoyed on empanadas, creamy salad, pasta with Bolognese sauce and pancit molo.

Coffee, cake and more conversation capped the get-together!

Happy Birthday, Nic!

All around nice guy NIC de los REYES, who jetted in from Thailand for an event, gathered his closest friends at Freddy’s of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center to celebrate his birthday!

The simple yet fun bash was spiced up by laughter and conversations on beauty contests and contestants, fashion and models, and love lives!

Before the night was over, the celebrator gave us his pasalubong. He is now based in Thailand where he teaches English to grade school students.

To NIC, yours truly extends my best wishes. See you soon!

 

Simple yet fun

 

It must have been the rare Blue Moon. Caterer to the rich and famous DING MONTELIBANO hosted a sit-down dinner party at Salt Gastro Lounge for the coaches and a few friends. It was to end all his birthday bashes (he had five celebrations) for this year!

Since names of most of the guests start with the letter “J”, the non-“J’s” had theirs changed just for the night. DING M. became “JING”, TEENA SESE to “JEENA”, NOEL MIRASOL to “JOEL” and NONOY BATAGA to JONOY!

Also there were coaches JAY PISUEÑA and GERARDO “Ger-Ger” MOSQUERA of HerCor College of Capiz and St. Paul’s University Iloilo basketball varsity teams, Manager JOEBERT SESE of AFPSLAI and DING M.’s assistant R-JAY FERRER.

Everybody enjoyed on a variety of hors d’oeurves, vegetable salads, chicken, pork and beef dishes, desserts and beveragic delights. Kudos to the chefs of Salt!

The hot topics were basketball, sports brand, politics and current events!

Instead of receiving gift, DING M. gave away Under Armour caps to the coaches – dark blue and yellow green to Coach JAY and grey and orange to Coach GER-GER!

As if these were not enough, the party continued at JLK Music Bar where everyone partied till wee hour amid more beveragic delight and hors d’oeurves!

 

Turning Japanese

The rainy days whetted my appetite for Japanese dishes. My craving led me to Wild Bamboo. It is a fast food stall at the Food Court of SM City Iloilo. It stands out from other stalls because of its modern oriental décor.

Wild Bamboo serves a variety of heavenly dishes without being pricy. Each dish is prepared to suit the discriminating Ilonggo palate without sacrificing authenticity! Its taste and flavor are at par with the best Japanese restaurants in Metro-Iloilo. The presentations are also true to form, yet modern, and eye-catching!

According to staffers, most of its ingredients come from Japan.

With a friend, I tried the bento boxes, rolls and salad. We gave each dish two thumbs up! We will surely recommend Wild Bamboo – fast food with restaurant-worthy dishes – to everyone! (Contacts — Tel.: 033-320-8150, FB: Wild Bamboo Iloilo, and IG: @wildbambooiloilo)

 

Hablon, Iloilo’s heritage fabric

It was Sunday and sunny – good reasons for a road trip to Miag-ao, Iloilo. Mayor MACARIO NAPULAN and Vice Mayor LEONARDO NALDOZA invited designers, journalists and bloggers to a press con at the Municipal Session Hall to promote the 2nd Hablon Festival on Sept. 3 to 6, 2015.

According to the two officials, Miag-ao is not only famous for its UNESCO Heritage Church but also for its hablon, a woven fabric.

The strong demand for hablon products here and abroad has prompted the municipality to support and promote its weaving industry.  It not only opened an opportunity for younger women to stay in Miag-ao; it also continued the age-old tradition of loom weaving.

Internationally known Ilonggo designer NONO PALMOS is working with local weavers to create modern and colorful designs with a mix of indigenous and imported threads.

Thus, the annual Hablon Festival!

Hablon is having its renaissance,” enthused Mayor MACARIO NAPULAN.

Hablon is the fabric of choice for the upcoming APEC.

At the press con, the sixteen cute and lovely candidates of Little Miss Hablon 2015 were also introduced. The kiddie personality pageant will highlight the 2nd Hablon Festival. They are PRINCESS ASHLEY NCOLE MOLLENIDO, MARIA ALEXY CALAOR, ZIREA JANE NOFUETO, JULIA AIKO AÑASCO, TRACY CLODETH MANDE, LEIYAN LORANE FANDAGANI, ARIELLE GWEN CARALDE, PATRICE CYMBELINE DALISAY, SAMANTHA AVIENE MORANO, ALEXANDRA MARIE JOY GAVAYERON, FRNACINE JOY MUZONES, MARIA AINA BRILLANTES, JULIANNE MARIE NAMO, MICHAELA DYNA HERNAEZ, AILEEN LEE GRACE PARIOLO and HAZEA ZHINEL SAMPOLLO.

Other activities of the festival include an agro-trade fair, food kiosks, games, color dance, live bands, logo making contest for the tri-centennial celebration in 2016, float parade, hablon-making contest, fashion shows and documentary film showing on hablon.

Aprés a sumptuous lunch of native fare, the designers, journalists and bloggers were given a tour of the weaving centers in Brgys. Indag-an and Valencia by Vice Mayor LEONARDO NALDOZA and fashion designer NONO PALMOS. There, everyone was awed at the artistry and intricacy of the age-old hablon-making!

A visit to the souvenir delighted everyone who all went home with complimentary goodies from the local government of Miag-ao.

Rightfully so, the visit was not complete without the customary photo op before the façade of the world-famous Miag-ao Church! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

 

“O” my dear!

It was REX VICTOR GARDOSE’s turn to celebrate his birthday at his family’s residence in Calinog. In professional pool player EFREN “Bata” REYES– inspired outfit, he welcomed his guests who came in their best sports outfit in keeping with his party theme.

Sir O to his colleagues and ONOY to his friends, he prepared a sumptuous and eclectic spread of grilled seafood, Chinese dishes, pasta, and fried and baked favorites.

The party was highlighted by sing-along and the awarding of Best of Sports Attire to RAMON ROBLES and MARECY OÑOS.

Amid steady supply of beveragic delights, bountiful hors d’oeuvres, hearty laughter and interesting conversation, everyone partied till wee hours!

From subdued to dramatic

At the valedictory State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President BENIGNO AQUINO III, the fashion parade on the red carpet saw hits and misses! Government officials, their spouses and celebrities competed in fabulousness and drabness!

Some made fashion statements while a few tried by failed. Whether negatively or positively, they still made it to the news! The Filipiniana gowns, in keeping with the theme of SONA 2015, were reinvented, rehashed and recopied by top couturiers in the country!

A few, like Senator MIRIAM DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO, tried to stop the “fashion show” but not even the Malancañang Palace has the power to end the “lavish wardrobe war” among the its participants.

Now, here’s my Best and Worst Dressed Lists. You may have your opinions but yours truly stands on my own.

Best dressed:

Dawn Zulueta in Cary Santiago: white is a tricky color to wear without looking like a bride; she pulled it superbly.

Lucy Torres-Gomez in Randy Ortiz: always on my best dressed list; she tied with Dawn Zulueta in the Number 1 spot.

Shalani Soledad-Romulo in Anthony Ramires: elegance personlified

Cindy Ejercito in Paul Cabral: in black and elegant.

Helen Gamboa in Paul Cabral: a bit costumy but she wore it with grace.

Hear Evangelista in Inno Sotto: she is ready to fly in feathered butterfly sleeves

 

Worst Dressed:

Loren Legarda: numero uno on my worst dressed; she tried to make a statement but miserably failed.

Risa Hontiveros: hail to the mother of the fiesta queen!

Pia Cayetano in Mia Urquico: her butterfly sleeves were clipped

Baby Arenas in Paul Cabral: she tried to replicate Venus in rising from the foam but failed

Cynthia Villar in Noli Hans: where’s the waist, dearie?

Grace Poe in Rajo Laurel: she looks like a principal sponsor in a wedding; dowdy!

Honorable Mention: Nancy Binay in Randy Ortiz: she is neither in the Best Dressed nor Worst Dressed List; at least she is better dressed than last year!