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Welcoming the ‘royal’ babies

(Seated, from left) Princess Synne, Aficionado Perfumes and Personal Care president and CEO Joel Cruz, Prince Harvey, Milagros Cruz, Prince Harry and Prince Sean; (standing) Mory Mansouri with Charlotte and Mindau Gas Grazys with Charles.

The “Lord of Scents” Joel Cruz recently hosted a royalty-themed celebration following the christening of his newest set of twins, Charles and Charlotte.

Known for giving his children only the best, the Aficionado Perfumes and Personal Care president and CEO handpicked the twins’ godfathers and godmothers — all of whom are hugely successful in their fields and will surely be positive influences in the children’s lives.

The christening was held at San Vicente de Paul Parish in Ermita, Manila, followed by an elegant reception in Manila Hotel’s Tent City. The who’s who from the business, government, social and even showbiz circles were seen gracing the festivities.

The christening and reception were a rousing success and truly became delightful memories that Charles and Charlotte will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Congratulations on becoming a father once again, dear Joel!


Happy birthday to our celebrators today, Isabel de Leon, Fely Abaya, Tony Olbes, Antonio Garcia Jr. and Joanne Matschuck.

A joyous New Year and advance birthday greetings to regal lady Ambassador Cristina Ponce Enrile, Jan. 1; Alice Briones, Jan. 3; STAR editorial board head Isaac Belmonte, Manny Maceda, Offie Recto and Babette Aquino Benoit, Jan. 4; megastar Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan and Cesar Gaupo, Jan. 6.

Happy wedding anniversary to, Lyra and Manny Maceda, Jan. 2; Bea and Eric Puno, Jan 2. May you have many cherished years together.

So, how was your week?

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