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A family affair

There were enough people to fill the newly refurbished Fiesta Pavilion at the Manila Hotel, over 500 people dressed to kill, each with a special reason being there, the 70th birthday of jeweler, antique collector, art patron, and philanthropist Benjamin Yap, Ben or Benjie to his closest friends and family. Self-effacing, almost reclusive, and not one to throw flamboyant parties on flimsy occasions, the celebrant pulled out all the stops to make this milestone one to remember not so much for himself but for every one of his guests who sat at 60 tables for 10 set thematically like a winter wonderland with silver lace, frosted trees, and mirrored balls to reflect the “shining, shimmering splendor” of the life he has lived as a jeweler enamored of the most sparkling …

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Tracing the hero’s steps at Tirad Pass

It all started with the idea of inviting inspiring personalities to join a Meaningful Travels PH (MTPh) trip, a new travel brand I am developing. I wanted to come up with a trip that aside from traveling and making a difference, travelers would also have a memorable experience engaging with inspiring individuals while on the road. I’d been to Tirad Pass in Ilocos Sur before and I want it to be one of MTPh’s destinations. I also knew that people from the film, Heneral Luna, would be interested in this location as their team is set to develop a follow-up film titled Goyo, which follows the life and times of the young general, Gregorio del Pilar, during the Philippine-American War era. Tirad Pass is where del Pilar and 60 of his men made their final …

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So fly

Never again will I take airplane food for granted. Not after seeing what that delicious dish handed inside a lunch bag, warm still and fresh, went through. Each dish served on Cathay Pacific’s 190 flights to various destinations around the world, whether on coach or business class, is cooked to perfection by chefs with different specialties, schooled in worldclass culinary traditions. Whipped up in its dedicated kitchens and bakery is a wide range of authentic Asian and Western cuisines. There are self-contained Halal, Japanese, Kosher kitchens, as well as a Special Meal kitchen, where dishes for people with special dietary needs  are prepared. Each dish conforms to the highest quality standards in both taste and plating. Preparations begin at the warehouse Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS) hours before a flight. Ingredients are …

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New man at the helm

ANGEL THOUGHTS “One song can change a moment, one idea can change the world. One step can start a journey but a prayer can change even the impossible.”—Anonymous “Let’s make each day count.” This is the battle cry of the new Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary Adrian “Che” Cristobal, Jr. So, no “just cruising along” for the DTI team that former secretary Greg Domingo left behind when he resigned to go back to the private sector. Innovation and reform is the way to go, says Sec. Che, to build on the things that are already there and improve on them for continuity and predictability. These are essential to a good trade and business environment. Sec. Che is not bothered by the fact that he is co-terminus with President Noynoy Aquino who …

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Fire Horse Batch ’66 of Upsilon and Sigma Delta celebrates Golden Year

“The passionate influence of the Fire Element makes the Fire Horse the most unconventional, freedom-loving, and adventurous of the Horse types. For the Fire Horse, there is little enjoyment to be found in a slow-paced life. Instead, members of the sign prefer excitement at every turn. The passionate nature of the Fire Horse is often found to be appealing to others and is quite at ease in leadership roles and actively seeks the opportunity to do so. When the members of this sign embrace their passions, there is truly no limit to what they can achieve.” And so were some of the members of Batch’66 of Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sigma Delta Phi Sorority who joined these two prestigious student organizations at the University of the Philippines way back in …

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Farewell, Kuya Germs

German Moreno is an entertainment icon, mentor, legendary star-maker, Master Showman but in show business circles he’s fondly called Tatay, ’Tay, ’Pa, Ninong by all the people whose lives he has touched and ultimately changed for the better. Across the social media, everybody who has been privileged to work with the Master Showman expressed their condolences, gratitude, and abundant love to the one and only Kuya Germs. “Salamat po Kuya Germs sa lahat!! Hanggang sa huli ipinaramdam mo ang iyong pagmamahal sa industriya.” - Gladys Reyes Sommereux (Twitter/@iamgladysreyes)     “Today is a sad day for the entertainment industry. His legacy will live on. You will be missed. Paalam, Kuya Germs.” - Anne Curtis-Smith (Twitter/@annecurtissmith)   “To a dear friend, mentor, father figure, Ninong who genuinely cared for others. We will surely miss you. Thank you, Kuya …

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Cebu gears up for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress

The Queen City of the South is rolling out its red carpet for the more than 15,000 local and international delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), which will run from Jan. 24 to 31. It will be the second time that the Philippines will hold the IEC, an international gathering aimed at promoting an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. In 1952, Manila hosted the event. Cebu’s hosting of the 51st IEC is both timely and historic, considering that January is also the month when the city celebrates the feast of the miraculous Holy Child, Sto. Niño, and Cebu has long been considered as Asia’s “Cradle of Christianity.” The Archdiocese of Cebu, which plays host to the gathering, considers the IEC as an ecclesial event of the …

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One last applause for Kuya Germs

The Master Showman, an icon in the Philippine entertainment industry, a talent manager, a father, a lolo, a great friend, and a role model to many, German Molina Moreno, popularly known as “Kuya Germs,” spent 82 years of his life and more than 50 years in the industry, not as just as a host but a happy pill to the people surrounding him and to his viewers. All he wanted to do was to make people happy, and that’s exactly what he did in his every hosting session. “Gusto kong magpaligaya ng tao, ayokong magpalungkot (I want everyone to be happy, I don’t want them sad),” he said in an interview with Asian Journal and One Philippines. He died 20 minutes past 3 a.m. on a Friday, Jan. 8 due to cardiac …

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Hope in a dress

On Jan. 18, at the Mayuree ballroom of the Dusit Thani, a merging of high and wearable art and fashion, rendered in 40 breathtaking, one-of-a-kind couture creations, will be sold at a silent auction to benefit two charities. The first ever collaboration of Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero and designer Mark Bumgarner, produced in a span of nine months, features 40 dresses, 15 of which was painted on by Love Marie (a.k.a. Heart Evangelista), a prolific actress who is now well on her way to becoming an equally prolific painter and whose works of art, exhibited both here and abroad, can easily fetch six figures (on the high end). (Images by Noel B. pabalate) Drawn from varied inspirations and ideas,  the dainty dresses—“timeless and edgy, but wearable and basic,” says Heart—takes its cue from the …

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Glamour and Dance

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 …

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