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Spanish day celebration at Casino Español

- Honey Jarque Loop - The Philippine Star

Casino Español de Cebu club president Antonio Veloso together with members of the board, vice president Gabriel Leyson, house chairman Ed Gonzalez, secretary Edgar Chiongbian, treasurer David Chan, director for cultural and social affairs Paco Jarque and director for sports Louie Moro warmly greeted members and guests to an evening with guest of honor, Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq.

 Veloso, in his brief welcome remarks, explained that the Dia, as it is popularly known has been celebrated by the club since its founding in 1920. The event continues to promote Spanish culture through the clubs’ various activities.

 Ambassador Domecq for his part thanked Casino for promoting Spanish heritage and culture that showcase art, language, cuisine, music and dances. He also touched on Spain’s present economy  and expressed optimism that the country  would slowly recover in the coming months.     

 May Ocaba, the Club’s amiable general manager,  and Nicolas Rafols,  executive chef, masterfully-planned and created an exquisite menu that consisted of a fabulous spread of picas, jamon Serrano, mixed seafood salads, baked pasta with Spanish chorizo, and the must-have paella Valenciana  baked in its own pan with saffron rice.   Mouth-watering desserts specially prepared by innovative pastry chef Marvic Lomo completed the gastronomic meal.

 After dinner, Jose Luis Monton, one of Spain’s recognized flamenco guitarists, performed a series of guitar selections including his own compositions that completely impressed the audience. Driven by his passion and energy for flamenco music, Monton draws from it the inspiration for his creations. The performance was made possible through the cooperation of the Spanish Embassy and the Instituto de Cervantes.  

 Seen enjoying the evening were past presidents, Michel Lhuillier and his philanthropist wife Amparito, Jose Sala and his charming wife Susan, Honorary Consul of Spain Anton Perdices and his partner for life Maripaz, españoles Julina Muertegui,  Marichu Garcia, Myra Gonzalez,  and Diana and Javier Garcia.  

 With the combination of culinary creations, superb wines, fabulous entertainment and great camaraderie, it truly was an event for the senses and spirit.

 

AMBASSADOR DOMECQ

ANTONIO VELOSO

CASINO ESPA

DAVID CHAN

DIANA AND JAVIER GARCIA

ED GONZALEZ

EDGAR CHIONGBIAN

GABRIEL LEYSON

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