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A royal blast for a successful year

“The way we live our days is the way we live our lives.” — Annie Dillard

The 32nd anniversary of the Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines (FCCP) was highlighted by a grand “Royal Ball.” The affair was held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La and was spearheaded by the hardworking president Nene Leonor with annual ball committee director Grace Palma Tiongco, co-chairpersons Karen Macasaet, Rose Basa, Rosita Lesaca, Nene Pe Lim and Gilda Salonga with the support of committee members including Mabel Abaño, Lili Adina and Chit Bautista among others. It was truly a glittery evening as guests went garbed in royal fashion with their elegant gowns and dapper suits. Adding to the excitement were the spectacular performances of artists Michael Williams and Menchu Lauchengco who sang excerpts of famous Broadway hits. With the help of gracious sponsors like Imelda Cojuangco, Esther Vibal and former President Joseph Estrada, the proceeds of this event will be used for the organization’s scholarship, arts and cultural projects. Congratulations to FCCP for another successful gathering! Here’s to more prosperous years!


Happy birthday to our celebrators today, my dear wife Tere, Lucille Chebaldin, Chinits Rufino, Ging de los Reyes, and Mau Padilla.

Advanced birthday greetings to Dr. Benjamin Alimurong, concert queen Pops Fernandez, former prime minister Cesar Virata and Lovely Romulo, Dec. 12; Bulgari’s Mario Katigbak, Robert Yupangco, and Charlie Agatep, Dec. 13; golfer Steven Chan, twins Ernie and Amby Rufino, and balladeer Leo Valdez, Dec. 14; Ramoncito Campos, former Ambassador to Spain Lani Bernardo, designer Mike de la Rosa, socialites Mary Ann Carpio and Rosie Castro, Dec. 15; Don Marquitos Roces, Dec. 16; and Edwina Litton Ortigas, Dec. 17.

Happy wedding anniversary to Jay and Georgina Lopez on Dec. 15. May you share many, many cherished years together.

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