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Partnership for a cause

Then International Bazaar Foundation (IBF) overall chairperson Cecile Joaquin-Yasay and former IBF chairperson Lovely Romulo.

Notable members of the diplomatic community recently gathered at the Marble Hall of the Bureau of the Treasury’s Ayuntamiento Building in Intramuros, Manila for the 50th anniversary of the International Bazaar Foundation Inc. (IBF).

The IBF, which works in cooperation with Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM), was founded with the mission to help change the lives of the marginalized sectors of society by generating charitable capital and providing services that contribute to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

Led by then IBF overall chairperson Cecile Joaquin-Yasay, this year’s bazaar was titled “Partnership for a Cause” and was organized for the benefit of the government’s community-based drug recovery program. President Rodrigo Duterte sent his message and congratulatory remarks through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Congratulations to the International Bazaar Foundation!

(For more information on IBF and how to make a pledge, call 833-1320 and 834-3036 or e-mail


Happy birthday to our celebrators today, Liza del Rosario-de Jesus, CarmenKimiCojuangco, Josine Elizalde, CADP boss Pedro Roxas, Josephine del Gallego and Alexis Rebano.

Advance birthday greetings to Grace Glory Go and Judith Agustin, March 20; Vivian Yuchengco and Bambina Buenaventura, March 21; Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2016 Margarita Fores and Anya Katigbak Cajucom, March 22; “Handkerchief Queen” Julie Shing, Loling Panlilio, Snooky Taylor and Co Ban Kiat Hardware vice president for IT and logistics Wesley Cobankiat, March 23; CarlosLinggoyAraneta, March 24.

Happy wedding anniversary to Ernest and Josie Rufino, March 23.  May you share many, many more wondrous years together.

So, how was your week?

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