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An erte celebration

Club Bulakeño made a grand statement recently as it saluted its 27th anniversary with the theme “Celebracion con Erte.” The annual fundraiser, held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La, saw members and guests in Erte-inspired gowns. After its president Jonas Cabochan’s speech, all eyes focused on the beauteous lady president, Shelly Lazaro. Shelly mentioned that Club Bulakeño’s theme took inspiration from the Russian-French artist Romain de Tirtoff, who used the pseudonym Erte, saying, “We are delighted to see all of you enjoying tonight’s high fashion Gatsby décor, costumes, and production number prepared by our esteemed members, officers, and directors with the wonderful help of friends and benefactors.”

This was the third time that the club had the conferment of awards on outstanding Bulakeños called “Mga Huwaran ng Bulakan.” The honorees received a trophy symbolic of a torch created by Metrobank Foundation Prize for Achievement in Sculpture awardee Peter de Guzman. The spirit of excellence of past historical leaders such as Marcelo H. Del Pilar paved the way for future outstanding Bulakeño achievers.

  • Tess Castro and John Gaddi making their entrance

    Tess Castro and John Gaddi making their entrance

  • Dance number by Pres. Jonas Cabochan and Lady president Shelly Lazaro

    Dance number by Pres. Jonas Cabochan and Lady president Shelly Lazaro

  • Remy Besinga and Mars Lambino

    Remy Besinga and Mars Lambino

  • Cathy Huang

    Cathy Huang

  • Ping Valencia and Aurora Sagaz

    Ping Valencia and Aurora Sagaz

  • Beging Soriano and Rudy Montalbo

    Beging Soriano and Rudy Montalbo

  • The author, Mario Katigbak, and Consul Gen. Fortune Ledesma

    The author, Mario Katigbak, and Consul Gen. Fortune Ledesma

  • Cynthia Reyes and Dennis Belmonte

    Cynthia Reyes and Dennis Belmonte

  • Mga Huwaran ng Bulakan awardees (from left) Roberto Pagdanganan, Cheche Lazaro, Jessie Sincioco, Roman Reyes, and Donnie Tantoco

    Mga Huwaran ng Bulakan awardees (from left) Roberto Pagdanganan, Cheche Lazaro, Jessie Sincioco, Roman Reyes, and Donnie Tantoco

  • (seated) Nedy Tantoco, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr., and Dra. Elenita Binay. (Standing) Diana Jean Lopez and Crickette Tantoco

    (seated) Nedy Tantoco, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr., and Dra. Elenita Binay. (Standing) Diana Jean Lopez and Crickette Tantoco

  • John Gaddi, Tess Castro, Virma Vergel de Dios, and Bonnie Vergel de Dios

    John Gaddi, Tess Castro, Virma Vergel de Dios, and Bonnie Vergel de Dios

  • Becky Garcia

    Becky Garcia

The 2015 Awardees were Che-Che Lazaro of Probe Productions, Inc. for Media; Roberto M. Pagdanganan, chairman of Medicines Transparency Alliance, Inc., for Public Service; Roman Felipe S. Reyes, chairman of Reyes, Tacandong, & Co. for Accounting; Josefina Sincioco, president and CEO of Chef Jessie Restaurants for Culinary Arts; and Donnie Tantoco, president of Rustan’s Department Store for Entrepreneurship/Retail.

Also a highlight of the evening was the topnotch presentations of the club’s presidents, officers, members, and friends. Recreating the glamour of the Gatsby era, a fashion revue of the celebrated Art Deco designer Erte was presented, followed by a dance extravaganza choreographed by Jeremy Vallejo and Jerome Aquino. The guests danced the night away.

Proceeds were earmarked for the Club Bulakeño Scholarship Program. Sponsors were Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr., Stores Specialists, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Genaro Reyes and family, and Calata Corporation.

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