Then and now: the celebrator Cathy Sancho Tabanao
Sisters CECILE PORAL-HEREDIA and PING PORAL-EBRADA threw a surprise 70th birthday bash for their mom CATHY SANCHO TABANAO at Golden Salakot of Hotel del Rio. It was so top secret that the celebrator had no idea of it. In cahoots were siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandchildren. Upon entering the venue, she was indeed overwhelmed of the presence of nearest and dearest!
Cathy S. Tabanao with Ditchie Arenas and Nieva Javellana; and with Rebecca Maravilla
The choice of the venue was for sentimental reason. It was at Golden Salakot where she debuted in 1967 as the lead singer of the famed SanLop Orchestra. Her signature song was “Sabor a mi,” which she soulfully sung and danced with her grandson, the cute THIRDY EBRADA, that night.
Myrna Koopmans, Cynthia Oñate and Ping Poral-Ebrada; Bob and Grace Llorico and Sandra Sta. Rita; and Lily Tan, Baby Pagahari-on and Baby Ang
Good food and fine wine set the pace for the night’s fun and revelry. The program was divided into three parts: the Kiddie Party for the young at heart, the Debutante’s Ball because the celebrator did not have it, and the Oldies but goodie portion, the most enjoyable part. Games and raffle highlighted the night.
Michael Koopmans and yours truly; the trio set the guests in dancing mood; and the birthday cake paid tribute to the celebrator’s favorite past time – majhong!