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A celebration of its ruby jubilee, the Consular Corps of the Philippines’ 40th annual Consular Ball, held recently at the Makati Shangri-la’s Rizal Ballroom, was a night filled with beauty, glamour, and dance.

Event chairperson Monaco Honorary Consul General Fortune Ledesma said in her speech:  “The ball has lived up to its longtime tradition of being the annual highlight of the Philippine international community’s diplomatic-consular calendar.” Seated at the dean’s table are guests of honor Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and wife, Gretchen; Felix and Grace Ang of CATS Motors; Dr. Francis Chua, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) chairman emeritus, and Peru Honorary Consul General and his wife Tanzania Honorary Consul Betty Ang. Betty is the ball’s co-chair and corps auditor, among others.

Celebrity host Johnny Litton introduced outgoing dean Tetsuro Amano, minister, deputy chief of mission, and Consul General of Japan. In his speech, Amano thanked the executive and advisory boards as well as all committee chairmen and members for their support for core activities during the year. Fortune then gave her acceptance speech as incoming 2016 dean of the Corps and for having chaired the annual Consular Ball for 32 years. Acknowledgment of the ball committee, the Award of Merit, went to Dr. Juan Pena, Consul General a.h. Estonia.

  • The author, Consul Louie Ablaza, and  Consul Mellie Ablaza

    The author, Consul Louie Ablaza, and Consul Mellie Ablaza

  • Rico Garcia and Maribel Calma

    Rico Garcia and Maribel Calma

  • Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines, Monaco Consul General Fortune Aleta Ledesma with past dean, minister and deputy chief of mission, Japan Consul General Tetsuro Amano and Tanzania Consul Betty Chua

    Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines, Monaco Consul General Fortune Aleta Ledesma with past dean, minister and deputy chief of mission, Japan Consul General Tetsuro Amano and Tanzania Consul Betty Chua

  • Sec. Albert del Rosario, Johnny Litton, Grace Ang, and Felix Ang

    Sec. Albert del Rosario, Johnny Litton, Grace Ang, and Felix Ang

  • Ambassador Victor Garcia and Connie Garcia

    Ambassador Victor Garcia and Connie Garcia

  • USA deputy chief of mission Michael Klecheski and Gambia Consul Agnes Huibonhoa

    USA deputy chief of mission Michael Klecheski and Gambia Consul Agnes Huibonhoa

  • Babes Romualdez and Arthur Lopez

    Babes Romualdez and Arthur Lopez

  • Gretchen del Rosario and Olga Martel

    Gretchen del Rosario and Olga Martel

  • Monthip Upatising and Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising

    Monthip Upatising and Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising

  • Gilda Antonio and Ambassador Joey Antonio, Connie Toledo and Mike Toledo

    Gilda Antonio and Ambassador Joey Antonio, Connie Toledo and Mike Toledo

  • Becky Garcia and Anjana Hasper, Kathya Guevara of Panama, Mme. Irene Reeder of Canada, and Mme. Toni Pachett of Chile

    Becky Garcia and Anjana Hasper, Kathya Guevara of Panama, Mme. Irene Reeder of Canada, and Mme. Toni Pachett of Chile

  • Mme. Lizia Lu of Israel and Mme. Ana Maria Villaseñor, Aurora Sagaz and Thelma Gana

    Mme. Lizia Lu of Israel and Mme. Ana Maria Villaseñor, Aurora Sagaz and Thelma Gana

  • Ping Valencia, Mme. Ziki Ralte, and Amb. LA Ralte of India

    Ping Valencia, Mme. Ziki Ralte, and Amb. LA Ralte of India

  • Ambassador Roberto Bosch and Mme. Julia Bosch, Mariana Mayorga

    Ambassador Roberto Bosch and Mme. Julia Bosch, Mariana Mayorga

  • Susie Bayot, Fanny Blanco,  and Georgette Wilson

    Susie Bayot, Fanny Blanco,
    and Georgette Wilson

  • Ukraine Consul General Oscar de Venecia and Connie Beltran, Tina Carlos and Ivory Coast Consul General Vince Carlos

    Ukraine Consul General Oscar de Venecia and Connie Beltran, Tina Carlos and Ivory Coast Consul General Vince Carlos

  • Maurice Lim and Lulu Castañeda, Baby Luat and Nena Casimiro

    Maurice Lim and Lulu Castañeda, Baby Luat and Nena Casimiro

  • Tessie Rodrigo and Rose Lazaro, Amb. Neil Reeder of Canada and Mme. Irene Reeder

    Tessie Rodrigo and Rose Lazaro, Amb. Neil Reeder of Canada and Mme. Irene Reeder

  • Amb. Effie Ben Matityau of Israel, Conchitina Bernardo and Amb. Lani Delano-Bernardo

    Amb. Effie Ben Matityau of Israel, Conchitina Bernardo and Amb. Lani Delano-Bernardo

  • Eritrea Consul General George Yang and  Pabling Calma

    Eritrea Consul General George Yang and Pabling Calma

Thirteen pairs from the consular and diplomatic corps waltzed in a dance presentation. Major raffle prizes from sponsors included airline tickets, cruise ship vacation, resorts packages.  Among the major raffle sponsors were  Philippine Airlines, Etihad Airways, Royal Caribbean International, Cebu Pacific, Thai Airways, Palawan‘s Huma Resort and Spa, to name a few.  The dance floor was packed as revelers enjoyed the Paparazzi and Highway 54 bands.

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