Talent at its best

The iconic Fountain of Robinsons Place Iloilo was transformed into a musical arena when the fun mall held the Grand Finals of Singing Star 2016!

After two months of elimination rounds, four grand finalists – CHERRY ANN SALGADO, JAN VINCENT ABEJO, JESSA BARRATO and RICKY DELOVIAR competed in two categories to clinch the title of Grand Winner!

In the first category, the grand finalists outdid each other by performing their songs of choice to move on to the second category. The second category was a showdown between CHERRY ANN SALGADO and RICKY DELOVIAR as they interpreted “It is Just There,” a composition by ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO and MARTY CATEQUISTA, with SHEM MORALES and JADE MAÑEZ as back-up singers.

CHERRY ANN SALGADO got the nod of the judges, Robinsons Singing Star Official Voice Mentor and Choir Director of USA Troubadours ARNE LUBUSAN, JEA PANES, Robinsons Land Corp. Group Marketing Communications Manager ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO and yours truly. She was declared Grand Winner with an average score of 92.5% while RICKY DELOVIAR came very close second, getting a  mark of 92%!

They will join MARK GELMER PIEZA and PRINCE ACE BILLONES of Roxas City, and MARY ANN MARFIL and LEONAJEAN BRETAÑA of Antique for the Robinsons Singing Star Regional Showdown in May!

The talent competition was followed by a dinner party at Chikaan to celebrate the birthdays of ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO and STEPHEN VON JERUTA.

Amid fun conversation and pictorials for FB and IG, the groupie led by STELLA MAE HEMBRA and the celebrators enjoyed on grilled, fried and steamed favorites.

The management and staff of Chikaan surprised the celebrators with a Happy Birthday song and cakes!

Well, it was a wonderful day to celebrate talent, friendship and happiness!


Italian flavor, Filipino touch

When you say cheese, cold cuts, assorted bruchetta with toppings and spreads, crostini and breads, pickles and side caprese, and fine wine, you think Italian! Yes, La Buona Cucina Italiana by chef SALVATORE de VINCENTIS was brought to Straight Up on the rooftop of Seda Atria Hotel. It was indeed a gastronomic experience – informative and exciting!

According to Chef SALVATORE, who jetted in from Italy, Italians and Filipinos shared the common love for good food! Like Italians, Filipinos, simple or elaborate, love their dishes bursting with flavors.

La Bouna Cucina Italiana was a weeklong food festival at Seda Atria Hotel.

Bloggers, lifestyle columnists, gourmets and gourmands had the chance to enjoy these delectable victuals ala aprecina, paired with fine wine and sinful desserts, on opening night!

The nightscape of Metro-Iloilo, fun conversation and hobnobbing added zest to the party! The ambience set the mood for dinner – calamares, Italian meatballs, glassed pasta and risotto, arancini and ascolana. For sweet treats, there were panna cotta, chocolate mousse and tiramisu.

“Needless to say, we went Italian without going far,” enthused blogger and marketing executive RAYMART ESCOPEL.

Grazie, Seda Atria Hotel, ho apprezzato l’esperienza gastronomic Italiano! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)


Beauty knows no end

At the height of Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2016, beauty contest guru EDDIE JUATAS staged the Iloilo Festival and Hiyas Sang Iloilo Pageant at The Fountain of Robinsons Place Iloilo.

Tall and beauteous ANGELICA ESTRIVILLO of John B. Lacson Foundation University was crowned 2016 Iloilo Festival Queen while sexy and stunning KHEY RAMACHANDRAN of Barrio Obrero National HighSchool was declared 2016 Hiyas sang Iloilo!

The former also bagged the Best in Talent, Best in Gown, Best in Filipiniana Gown, Miss Renew Placenta, Miss Valvoline and Miss Royqueen Awards. The latter took home the Best in Swimsuit citation.

Completing the magic circle were 1st runner up JOYCE SEBIO of University of the Philippines-Visayas; 2nd runner up, Best in Festival Costume and Best in Production Number PAULINE SILGUERA of the Univesity of San Agustin; and 3rd runner BLESSIE JOY VILLABLANCA of Iloilo Community College.

Miss Photogenic is DIANARAH TARRE and Miss Friendship is IZLE MAY GAYLAN.

The sixteen-member Board of Judges was led by beauteous businesswoman KATHLEEN ESPINA-YNION. The pageant was hosted by indie film and stage actor JM SUELO.

Twelve candidates competed in 2016 Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas sang Iloilo. Celebrating its 15th year, the beauty contest is a production of Señor Santo Niño Festival Queen of Iloilo. CEO and Artistic Director is ZEDRICK SEÑERES. (Photos by Antonio Lara and J & R Digital Family Studio)

Eating with fun at Choobi Choobi

“Choobi choobi” is Fukien for  “lingaw lingaw” or having fun! Recently, this aptly named restaurant chain opened its 15th branch at the North Wing of SM City Iloilo. Its brand ambassador, pretty actress ERICH GONZALES, jetted in from Cosmo-Manille for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Joining her were the owner STAN TANCHAN and his family members – RUFINA, SANTIAGO and SHEILA TANCHAN.

Aprés the dedication and prayers led by Pastor RAFFY GONZAGA, ERICH GONZALES did a short show much to the delight of her screaming fans. It was followed by a fun-filled and informative presscon with local lifestyle columnists, bloggers and photographers.

Naturellement, the media practitioners were treated to sumptuous array of Filipino and Asian fusion and innovative dishes with names culled from family members and with humorous play of words and phrases.

Choobi Choobi was founded in Cebu City. A little birdie whispered in molto sotto voce to yours truly that before the end of March it will open its 22nd branch!


Guess who’s in town?

Fresh from Chicago, USA, where is based half the year, tres charmante AU PALOMAR is here for a short stay.

She gathered her closest and dearest friends for lunch at Ponsyon in Plazuela de Iloilo. Amid sumptuous grilled and fried favorites, she caught up with latest tidbits on politics, fashion and current event.

After a short respite in her hometown Tapaz, Capiz, she jet to Australia for sight-seeing.

Lunch segued to coffee and wine, and more chika-chika at Henry’s Wine and Liquor. As if not enough, more reunions are scheduled any time soon!


Boyce Avenue in the City of Smile

The boy band Boyce Avenue electrified Bacolod City with its kind of music. On its “Be Somebody” tour in the Philippines, the three handsome brothers performed before a roaring crowd that filled St. La Salle Coliseum!

And thanks to eventologist JANE JAVELLANA of ArtJuana, the Panay News coterie — business writer cum blogger RAYMART ESCOPEL, correspondent FRAIRE ACUPAN and yours truly — were given VVIP tickets for the concert. We were settled on the fifth, fourth and third seats of the third row on the right side of the aisle, giving us a vantage view of the show!

The YouTube sensation is an American rock band by brothers ALEJANDRO LUIS, FABIAN RAFAEL and DANIEL ENRIQUE MANZANO. It took its name from two streets in Sarasota, Florida, USA were they lived as kids.

They were back in the Philippines to promote their new single, Be Somebody, and performed a 21-song setlist that contained cover hits with originals sprinkled in, and of course, an acoustic segment. When drummer JASON BURROWS took a break, DANIEL MANZANO sat in on the cajon and jammed with his brothers. This is their fourth time in the country.

They also made stops in Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Baguio.

The concert ambience was heightened by dense fogs, special lightings and fabulous sound effects! At the urging of the crowd, Boyce Avenue gave a three-song encore!

While the “Be Somebody” Tour in the Philippines was produced by Ovation Production, the Bacolod leg was assisted by ArtJuana and with Panay News as exclusive print media partner. (Photos by Raymart Escopel)


Sky’s the limit

Today, March 15, the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, will unveil its maiden international route between Cebu and Los Angeles. This is in celebration of PAL’s 75th founding anniversary.

The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday trips are part of the expanding flight route network to the U.S. Mainland – 11 weekly flights between Manila and Los Angeles, 10 weekly flights between Manila and San Francisco, and four weekly flights between Manila and New York.

The Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu flights will have connections with key cities of Visayas (Iloilo, Bacolod and Tacloban) and Mindanao (Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Davao). Thus, PAL had its Visayas Roadshow for the launch.

PAL top honchos — CHRIS LEBUMFACIL, Area Head for Visayas; PINKY ARMADA-CUSTODIO, Head of Marketing Activations; CIELO VILLALUNA, Spokesperson; HARRY INOFERIO, SAVP Passenger Sales; and KOOKAI SILVERIO, Marketing Activations – jetted in for the presentation in Metro-Iloilo. PAL Iloilo Manager RICKY de la CRUZ was also there.

The Iloilo launch kicked off with a press conference at the Velvet Room at the Rooftop of Seda Hotel Atria. It was attended by bloggers, lifestyle columnist and business writers. The open forum was interesting and informative.

It was followed by cocktails and dinner at the Satin Ballroom, also at Seda Hotel Atria. Seen on the scene were Iloilo City Mayor JED PATRICK MABILOG, Councilor JAY TREÑAS, RENE CORTUM of Department of Tourism-Region VI, Honorary Consul MARY ROSE CACHO of Spain, businessman FELIX TIU, businesswoman DONNA RATILLA and more people like them.

The piece de resistance of the night was the raffle of prizes – tickets for Iloilo-Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu-Iloilo trip. From the media, lucky winners were GRETCHEN LEGARA and JAYPEE KEIN ENTREDICHO, and from the guests, the fortunate recipients were GILBERT CABILDO and DELIA JARANTILLA. (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)



Assorted Mini Sandwiches

Assorted Cookies

Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Dip

Coffee/iced Tea/Soda


Vietnamese Spring Roll

Fresh Beans Wrapped in Pastrami

Bacon and ham Croquettas

Pork and Shrimp Siomai

Fruits and Nuts

Soda/Red and White Wine/Spike Fruit Punch


Assorted Bread Rolls and butter

Potato and Leek Soup

Braised Beef with Carrots, Celery and Potato

Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Sauce

Grilled fish fillet with Lemon Caper Sauce

Roasted Season Vegetables

Steamed Rice

Assorted Baked Cheesecake

Assorted Fresh Fruits

Iced Tea

What are your plans for summer?

The hot hot days of summer are upon. For many, it’s vacation time! Some will just find time to go on a holiday to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or simply taking a break from office routine.

Whether here in the country or abroad, and with family or friends, it is how you make your vacation memorable.

One thing is for sure. Whatever you will call it — a break, trip, R&R — it is meant to recharge the body, clear the mind and renew the spirit!

On this page are the plans of some of my friends for summer.

Agnesette Marie Ausan, fashion designer: This summer I am planning on taking my dogs to the beach for the first time, try to be more fit and completely indulge myself in fruit shakes.

Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing, chef and restaurateur: My husband and I will be going on a bike and wine tour in Tuscany this summer.

Scarlet French, fashionista: I lived overseas for many years and what I realized now that I’m back in the Iloilo is that I haven’t really had the chance to go around the country. My summer plans would definitely include visiting popular beaches (Boracay on top of my list), historic and quaint towns, and discovering for myself the reason why ‘it’s more fun in the Philippines.’ Taking road trips would be fun with my (grown up) sons in tow, now that we’re all driving. I’m thinking, most of my summer days would be spent by the beach, watching the sun set with a cold drink in hand, beside someone I love. Perfect!

Rita O. Peña, lawyer: My summer plans are to go out of the country with my family and an out-of-town beach trip with my friends. I also plan to visit our hometown in Isabela, Negros Occidental and our place in Guimaras.

Marco Salcedo, chef: It’s going to be with my Salcedo and Ganzon cousins for three days of bonding at Islas Gigantes while the rest of summer (after holy week), KAMPANYA-SERYE!

Antoine Greg Flores, blogger: Given the opportunity to go places this summer, I would go island hopping in northern Iloilo or visit the Malumpati Cold Spring in Aklan. Stay cool!

Dauson Bermtay, fashion designer: Summer is all about the making use of the free time and the privilege of the sun. I wish to lounge lazy on a sea shore doing nothing, perhaps submerge myself in a deep blue sea sneaking the light passing through crystal waters. I plan to escape the buzz of the city. And I wouldn’t want to miss music festivals of my favorite DJs in company of good friends. In between, I will be going through the process of creating my mid-year collection which will undergo a lot of changes and hopefully maturity. So I hope they’ll watch out for the final output.

Sheila Golez-Tiongco, banker and businesswoman: This summer I want to purify my spirit, mind and body through a blend of meditations. So I plan to have a holistic treatment. To enjoy this summer, I will visit one of my favorite spot on earth, the lakeside of town of Lucerne, Switzerland. Once again I will savor the raclette cheese with a glass of my favorite vintage wine while having a candlelight dinner with the love of my life, my husband. Then we will proceed to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum and cruise the ancient canals of Holland’s golden age. Our last stop will be Paris, will stay for a while and be French for a week. Before summer ends, I hope I will have my portrait done by a famous artist.

Sheila Draper, businesswoman: I’ve always wanted to spend summer with the entire family — my beloved husband and our three wonderful kids! This time we wish to explore more beautiful places here in the Philippines, possibly starting with the Luzon area. It doesn’t have to be fancy and spectacular — something simple yet enjoyable with the family and something that would complete our summer.

Stella Mae Hembra, marketing specialist: The fambam and I will be in the beautiful island of Guimaras for four days for various activities. After a few weeks, we’ll be in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio, and Vigan. Hubby and I will explore Dumaguete, Apo Island and Siquijor as well.

Jong Combing-Pijuan, businesswoman:  Unfortunately there won’t be any break for me this summer as this will be the perfect time for me to grow my business before school starts in June and I have to multitask again as a “mompreneur”. However, summer vacation is for kids, so I will have to find ways to keep my two children busy (and happy!) while I slave in the office. I guess it will be Japanese lessons for my son and violin lessons for my daughter plus I would have to insert a mini out of town adventure in between. Vacation time for me though will be sometime in August and my siblings and I are planning something exciting so I’m really looking forward to that!

Jay-R Santos, businessman: Summer is coming and I have quite a few plans set for my son and I. Gavin is turning 16 this July so I plan to start teaching this young man how to drive. He is so excited especially since he is an avid car enthusiast. Aside from that, of course, we are going have some R&R, perhaps in Singapore once again. We both seem to like the place because of the similar weather they have, the people are quite nice not to mention being an English speaking country and the food is simply worth coming back multiple times. Lastly we both agreed to do some gym time during the summer stretch but for polar reasons — Him to put some muscle into his skinny frame and me to shred the flab. Hopefully we succeed. Honestly it’s  alot easier when you have a partner to go with and motivate you. So there, these are my summer projects.

Mary Ann Darroca-Matiling, eventologist: We’re planning a family reunion this summer. Most of us are now based in Manila and abroad. Some of our cousins are coming home with their kids to revisit and explore Iloilo, the hometown of our great grandparents. It’s also the perfect time to hit the beach. We will be exploring the beaches of Guimaras, Concepcion and Isla Gigantes this summer.

Rex Victor Gardose, academician: Summer for me this year will be real fun. Beaches will be the prime target. It will kick off immediately after the end of classes which will be on April 1. Tibiao, Antique will be the destination. After that will be preparations for our first grand homecoming at Sto. Domingo church, Quezon City. One week will be spent in Manila. Upon my return, another group of friends will camp in the island of Pulopiña, Concepcion, Iloilo. I’m also intending to visit a friend in the island of Sicogon, Carles, Iloilo. That will be in May. It will be a busy but fun-filled summer.

Jet Yap-Jiz, restauratuer: A quiet weekend at Phaidon in Antique and another quick family getaway in Dumaguete and Siquijor Island.


Singing sensation

One fine Sunday, yours truly took time out to judge at the Grand Finals of Robinsons Singing Star Season 2 at Robinsons Place Roxas

Twenty-four year old MARK GELMER PIEZA of Roxas City and 18-year old PRINCE ACE BILLONES of Panit-an, Capiz got the chance to move on to the final round when they performed powerful renditions, respectively, of Muling Buksan Ang Puso by GEORGE CANSECO and Hanggang by WENCY CORNEJO.

In the final round, they outdid each by belting the contest piece, It Is Just There, a composition by ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO and MARTY CATEQUISTA. Medical students from Metro-Iloilo, ANDREA MAÑEZ, SHEM MORALES and HERNZ JUMAWAN, performed with them as back-up singers.

In the end, MARK GELMER PIEZA got the upper hand and was declared the Grand Winner. PRINCE ACE BILLONES came close second.

Other contestants were SUNSHINE ARELLANO, 21, of Pan-ay, Capiz, who sang When You Believe by WHITNEY HOUSTON and RIZZA MAE LAYSA, 17, of Mambusao, Capiz, who rendered Stand Up for Love by Destiny Child.

Joining me in the panel were choir master ARNE LUBUSAN, Robinsons Place Iloilo Singing Star Season 1 runner up RUSHYEN BUENSUCESO and ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO, Group Marketing Communications Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation for Panay and Eastern Visayas.

The top two winners will compete with the champions of Robinsons Singing Star Season 2 of Iloilo and Antique in a regional showdown! Definitely, it’s a show not to be missed!

The heat is on

Young heartthrob GRAE FERNANDEZ jetted in from Cosmo-Manille for the launch of Summer Trippin’ Raffle of Robinsons Place Iloilo, Robinsons Place Roxas and Robinsons Antique.

He performed before a big crowd of screaming and shrieking fans at The Fountain of Robinsons Place Iloilo.

Summer Trippin’ Summer Promo runs until March, 29, 2016. Every P1,000 single receipt purchase, cash or charge, from any shop of Robinsons Place Iloilo, Robinsons Place Roxas and Robinsons Antique entitles a customer to join the promo. Raffle draw will be on April 5, 2016 at the Regional Office of the Robinsons Land Corporation Administration office, 2nd level Carpark Building, Quezon-Ledesma Sts., Iloilo City. Prizes up for grab are Go Pro, Instax Cameras, Lifestyle and Shopping Gift Certificates and Go Hotel Gift Certificates! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

Maybank/Commonwealth is the champion.

At Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gym, the combined efforts of forward WINZEL SOMBREA and guard ANDREW LIGAD, and teamwork with the support of Commonwealth Insurance, fans and Almighty God the Father helped Maybank clinched the championship versus Banco de Oro. The team secured the championship it last won in 2011.


The art of fashion and beauty (Part 2)

His muses ANNA LISSA COO-CHUSUEY, JANE UY, MATET DEBUQUE, MARJORIE FLORETE, Dr. ANN PATRIMONIO, VANESSA MAE ANTIOJO and NORMA ROSALES presented him with bouquets of flowers at the curtain call.

The ceremonial ribbon for the opening of “Pigments” Exhibit was snipped by the man of the hour and his special guests, beauteous CHRISTINE ANN CHUSUEY and top international stylist PATRICK ROSAS.

Seen at the cocktails, prepared by tres charmant MIGUEL CORDOVA, were Metro-Iloilo’s most fashionable and sociable personas dressed in their chic-est black outfits (the event’s dress code).

Hot topics of the night were fashion, beauty and social weather. Politics was a non-issue! (Photos by Ray Tabafunda)


The art of fashion and beauty (Part 1)

Through the years, beauty expert to the rich and famous PEPOY TANCINCO has elevated image styling into a living art! Another feather on his cap of achievements was “Pigments,” a coffee table book that features his body of work on some of Metro-Iloilo’s most beautiful and famous faces – socialites, models, beauty queens, debutantes, brides, businessmen and achievers!

He launched it in a glam event which included a fashion show, an exhibit of photos by top photographers and cocktails at the Event Center of SM City Iloilo Northwing.

During the fashion show, which was spiced by video testimonials from loyal employees and satisfied and supportive patrons, he collaborated with young designers for his varied looks – Glamour with MIKE SORILLA, Angels and Demons with JET SALCEDO, Oriental with AGNESETTE MARIE AUSAN, Fantasy with JUN-G CANDELARIO and Bridal with DJOHN CLEMENT. Cosmo-Manille based Elite models sashayed the collections. (To be continued. Photos by Ray Tabafunda)

A joint fête

Fab couple JUDGEE and SARAH PEÑA marked their 35th wedding anniversary with a joint celebration of their daughter Dr. RISA’s 27th birthday at the family residence in Ledesco Village in Jaro.

The highlight of the memorable occasion was the one of a kind menu, specially prepared by Chef WILSON ESPANRANCILLA for the sit-down dinner. The table had a Mediterranean feel with shabby chic plates and wares.

The signature beveragic delights by drinking coach MANUEL YULO BARANDIARAN of the bounce fame added flavor and zest to the party.

Led by the youngest in the family, tres charmante RICA, friends serenaded the celebrators much to their surprise and delight!

Amid interesting conversation on hot issues of the day, the double whammy celebration went on till wee hours!


Hors d‘oeurves



Chorizo Cuffs

Main Courses

Vegetable Basket

French Onion Soup

Pasta Aglio Olio

Pollo Pruneaux

Fish Meuniere

Beef Wellington

Bread Assortments with Boursin Pepper, Chicken Liver Paté and Herbed Butter


Crepes Suzette

Saying hello

Hosting a Barrio Fiesta-inspired dinner party at her well-appointed Ungka, Jaro place de maison, the ever-gracious RUTH TIROL-JARANTILLA welcomed Mayor ANTHONY SILVA of Stockton City, California, USA. He came with prominent residents of Stockton City, the seat of San Joaquin County in north-central of the Golden State.

Guests came in traditional and stylized Filipiniana outfits. Filipino songs were sung and gifts exchanged. The night was also highlighted by a mini-fashion featuring the Hablon collection of ALFIE JOLO DESAMPARADO.

The party was capped with dancing and more fun. The program was emceed by Iloilo-Stockton Sister Cities Association president JOE MARIE AGRIAM.

The week-long visit coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Stockton City and Iloilo City Sisterhood.  On February 2, 1966, the Stockton City Council proclaimed “Iloilo Sister City Day” in Stockton and, in response, the Iloilo City Council declared February 3, 1966 as “Stockton Sister City Day” in Metro-Iloilo!

The exchange of visits was a triggered by an Iloilo City Council Resolution No. 291 passed on June 29, 1979 inviting the mayor, officials and residents of Stockton City to visit Iloilo City. Since then, every five years, goodwill visits between the sister-cities were made without fail!

Sheila’s revelry

Dallas, Texas, US-based SHEILA AROCENA-SAADE celebrated her birthday bash with the help of good friend, tres charmante SUZANNE GARGANERA-KING. The party was held at SUZANNE’s well-appointed residence at Lawaan Village in Jaro.

The guests’ casual get-up lent an easy and happy atmosphere to the affair. Everyone delighted in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, courtesy of MIGUEL CORDOVA.

Thanks to the breezy weather, much of the evening was spent outdoors, sipping mixed drinks, iced-cold beer, flavored vodka and fine wine, and dancing to 70s and 80s music by hotshot DJ Dr. STEPHEN CASIOS from Roxas City!


Reason to celebrate


What do you do when you turn 75? Celebrate, of course! Engr. ZINNIA PARCON-TERUEL, former Department of Science and Technology Regional Director, did just that!

The celebration kicked off with cocktails on the sea-side veranda of The Galley of Anhawan Beach Resort. Early birds watched the picturesque sunset while enjoying hors d’eourves by WILSON ESPARANCILLA, beveragic delights, interesting conversation, each other’s company, and Latin and reggae music by hotshot DJ TATA GUSTILO.

Late comers made it in time for the sumptuous dinner at The Galley’s airconditioned room. Seen on the scene were Fr. BOY CELIZ who led the prayers, Vice Mayor JOE ESPINOSA III, councilorable JEFFREY GANZON, woman of style NORMA ROSALES, PIA Regional Director JANET MESA and CHIQUI MESA-PAMUNAG of NEDA.

Also there were the celebrator’s husband HENRIE TERUEL, son JOSEPH, daughter JOSEPHINE and grandchildren.

As we took our leave for another party, more guests were coming in – a testament of the celebrator’s popularity.

Cheer, best wishes and more blessings from God for Tita ZINNIA!


That festive get-together

It has become a much cherish tradition for many of Metro-Iloilo’s who’s who to celebrate the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival with MARS Jr. and SUSAN FLORETE. As always the family penthouse on B&C Square was ready for the occasion.

The atmosphere was festive amid the revelry on the main streets of City of Love!

The well-heeled guests enjoyed on sumptuous delectable by chef MIGUEL CORDOVA!  It was complemented by fine wine, scotch whiskey and iced vodka!


The Queen with the King

The homecoming of the newly crowned Miss Universe 2015 PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH, the Philippines’ representative to this prestigious beauty contest, was indeed hectic. But she took time out for an interview at ABS-CBN’s “Tonight with BOY ABUNDA.”

It was a walk down memory lane. Unbeknownst to many, the King of Talk was her mentor in the Q&A and in developing her poise and confidence in interview portion while tres charmante BOY SO of the La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel fame was instrumental in convincing her to join Bb. Pilipinas Pageant for the 2nd and 3rd times until she got the much-coveted Miss Universe Philippines title last year.

The beauty queen who is confidently beautiful with heart was profuse in her thanks to the two “BOYS.”

Also behind the scene of the interview were PIA’s mother CHERYL ALONZO-TYNDALL who jetted in from London for her daughter’s homecoming, ABS-CBN Channel Head and COO of Broadcast CORY VIDANES, Direk BOBOT MORTIZ and her well-wishers. According to BOY SO, security was tight.

The get-together was both cheery and teary!

PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH is the third Filipina Miss Universe title after 42 years.

Scenes during Panay News Editor-in-Chief Danny G. Fajardo’s visit to Palm Concepcion Power Corporation