(Seated, from left) Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines Inc. (JSSP) treasurer Virginia Lane, Nene Leonor, Austrian Ambassador Bita Rasoulian and JSSP chairman and Monaco Consul General Fortune Ledesma; (standing) your columnist, Agile Zamora and Ramin Mahmoudi.
Of fine food & good friends
OH YES, IT’S JOHNNY! - Johnny Litton (The Philippine Star) - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie

Virginia Lane, Angola Consul Helen Ong and Tanzania Consul Betty Chua.

The always affable Austrian Ambassador Bita Rasoulian and her loving husband Ramin Mahmoudi recently hosted the traditional year-end dinner at their elegant house in Forbes Park in Makati City for the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines Inc. (JSSP).

Grand Hyatt Manila GM and area VP Gottfried Bogensperger, Ramin Mahmoudi and David Lim.

 The foundation, led by JSSP chairman and Monaco Consul General Fortune Ledesma, president Olga Severino Martel, VP and Gambia Consul Agnes Huibonhoa and treasurer Virginia Lane, is known to promote music, art and culture while at the same time assisting the underprivileged sectors of society.

(From left) Frank and Annabelle Adriano, Consul General Fortune Ledesma, Jorge Hizon and W Group of Companies founder and vice chair Rosalind Wee.

Guests from the diplomatic, social and business circles enjoyed a mouthwatering array of dishes and refreshing pours, as well as singing excerpts from Broadway musicals and movie theme songs.

Ambassador Bita Rasoulian, Namrata Rattan-Singh and Georgette Wilson.

Ambassador Bita was an exceptionally gracious, welcoming, efficient and sweet host, giving the year-end dinner a warm ambiance and delightful camaraderie.

Thank you for an unforgettable dinner, dear Bita, and congratulations to the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines Inc. for a successful year-end celebration! *


Happy birthday to our celebrator today, Conrad Calalang.

Advance birthday greetings to Dingdong Eduque, Jan. 14; FCCP’s Nena Casimiro, Jan. 15; Minnie Osmeña, Hilda Koronel, former senator Sonny Osmeña, Ronnie Salonga, Minnesota-based Dinah del Rosario-Filart and Betty S. Dy, Jan. 17; Karen Santos, Renee Salud, Marco Ballesteros, Joy Virata and Doris Nuyda, Jan. 19.

So, how was your week?

 (For comments and inquiries, please e-mail me at jjlitton@indanet.com.)

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