With the sweltering heat of summer, it was a pleasure to spend the day beside the pool. The Manila groupie of Baronessa Eva and Citoy Lopez came to visit Sagay’s Central Lopez. Of course, the guests immediately took to the cooling waters of the large pool in the Manager’s Compound of the sugar central. There was cool as a cucumber beauty Frannie and her hubby, iconic rocker RJ Jacinto, New Yorkers Reggie and Stephen Young with graceful ballroom dancer blonde Pamela Dutton, Lisa de Castro with Nona Sarangaya and her Columbian hubby.
Alvaro Pertierra, Chita Reyes, ELG, Jean Puentebella, Scot Jackson & Maggie Echaus (l-r)
The Onib Olmedo exhibit tour of the Philippines marking his 75th birthday began in our very own Bacolod’s Italia restaurant. With his glamorous widow Bettina and daughter Giselle Araneta in attendance, Italia’s beautiful couple owner Charles and Mymy de Luzurriaga made sure that the A-list of local art connoisseurs made it to this important event.
Nune Alvarado & Omon Maravilla
If you don’t see me socializing nowadays, that’s because I’m dieting from all the fabulous food from a recent trip to Cebu Island that had me perched high on top of the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel overlooking the Queen City of the Philippines.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu's General Manager Hans R. Hauri welcomes RANI Ambassador Ed Garcia to the hotel's Continental Club together with PR Director Lara Constantino.*
From the Benedicto’s, Montelibano’s, Cuenca’s, Lacson’s and Locsin’s to the de la Rama’s—all bear a relation to the Conlu family of Molo. The 1st Conlu Reunion took place in Iloilo last month at the Malacañang-style Punta Villa Hotel and Resort.
The grand Crown Ballroom was extended three times to accommodate the spill-out crowd of more than two thousand. What was great about this reunion, was that it was free entrance, free luncheon-merienda-dinner to all Conlu relatives. Making sure that the whole family ate well was Engineer Alfonso Conlu Supetran, President of ACS Corporation, makers of Unique Toothpaste, Starwax Floorwax and Pride Detergents among others. His generosity exceeded anyone’s expectations by bringing 300 huge bags of his corporations’ goodies for giveaways to the first families that arrived.
Tudy Yotoko, Celita Conlu, Joen Conlu, Baby Tanalgo, Aklan Board member Joeen Miraflores, Aklan Representative Joeben Miraflores, Cynthia Santos, Manuel Conlu & Chit Conlu (l-r)
Considering the social standing of the Lacson family name, I was quiet
disappointed with the 2nd Lacson Reunion. It didn’t bear the “Grand” adjective
it had for the 1st Lacson Grand Reunion. There was nothing to celebrate about…
ELG with the famous Rose Lacson
What should have been a clarion call to get together and tie the family bonds
led to disarray and disunity. Each branch tried to outdo the others, there was
no sense of grandeur that has made the Lacson name stand out from the rest—even
being called the Kennedys of the Philippines sounded terribly out of place. The
only thing that came to my mind was the bickering of petty complaints why this
branch was called royale and why that branch was designated as pure blood.
Hello! Must you take all that crap seriously?!!!
Due to the changed email address of Negros Daily Bulletin, my secretary sent my photos to its old address, the reason why my column was not complete last week. In yesterday’s super fun birthday party of our beloved President Sir Pert Toga, the problem was resolved and today we are reprinting my column complete with the photos that you missed last week. Enjoy!
Church of our ladies- Der Frauenkirche
You must have thought that Ambassador Ed had already retired last year. Well, I was so busy flying around Europe that I couldn’t even find time to hang my hat and write an article. There was just enough time to attend the premiere of the film "PUREZA" for a personal appearance and then off we went to Katmandhu, yes that quiet unknown (to some aspiring sports columnist… hey, gurl, you should be an editor sometime!) mecca of hippiedom.
Play Studio, Bacolod’s first and premiere photography studio for kids and families, opened its second branch at the East Bridgeway of SM City Bacolod last November 11, 2011. For owners Margot Lopez, Gretchen Varela, Katrina Varela, Bianca Limjap and Gia Garcia-Dupont, it was a special day filled with thanksgiving as they opened a second store in Bacolod City after establishing Play Studio 5 years ago.
The grand opening ceremonies began with a prayer and thanksgiving, followed by the ribbon cutting by Councilor Carlo Lopez. SM Mall Manager George Jardiolin, Assistant Mall Manager Julia Javellana and Tenant Relations Officer Nicelle Vistar attended the opening as well as guests Celing Lopez, Melinda Garcia, Ed and Nora Varela, Jas Valderama and Tisoy and Pop Henares.
This third piece took some time because one library of documents was handed to me by former Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., valuable documents which needed to see print as a “kabilin-bilinan sang napatay”, former SRA Administrator, Atty. Wilson Gamboa, Sr. If J. Abello’s PUREZA is a contribution to History, wow, in my possession now are legal documents of the late SRA Administrator who was lambasted by 56 sugar industry leaders Last 1996 printed in local and national papers for one week. They alleged Gamboa’s pretensions as a “modern messiah”. How I wish Mr.
When Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari and his charming wife Silvana came to Negros Island with organic food advocate Mara Loinaz, we had a chance to receive him for dinner to meet with our RANI (Resort Association of Negros Island) officers led by Pres. Bomber Zayco, Sec/Treasurer Raymund Javellana and Tourism Ambassador Ed Garcia.