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Carlos Falco, wine aristocrat and Isabel Preysler’s 2nd husband, feted by Manila high society

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ROYAL guest of honor Carlos Falco y Fernandez de Cordova, Ching Montinola, Rosanna Tuason Fores, Mercy Tuason, Baby Araneta Fores, Mannu Casnon, Oscar Garcia

SANTI and Marilen Elizalde, Gina and Pedro Roxas

Real-estate businessperson Rosanna Tuason Fores welcomed  Carlos Falco y Fernandez de Cordova, Marqués de Griñon, to the country with chic cocktails and an elegant dinner at the Atrium of Enderun Colleges in McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, dahlings.

(Falco was the second husband of Isabel Preysler, with whom she has a daughter, Tamara Falco.)

The restaurant’s stylish interiors were the perfect setting for simulating a colorful, high-end bistro in Paris, with flowers by Margarita Araneta Fores, naturellement.

The grand gourmet dinner was prepared by the school’s “Chef de Cuisine,” Julian Koberi; he provided a commentary for each course, pairing each meal with smooth vintage wines.

VICTORIA Preysler Tuason, Tessie Perez Rubio, Betty Preysler

Dinner consisted of Amuse Bouche, followed by Lobster and Asparagus Salad with Salmon Caviar; Green Pea Salad and Onion Foam; and Potato Truffle Ravioli with Foie Gras Sauce.

The main course was Braised Oxtail with Air-dried Beef with Red Wine Sauce.

Postres consisted of Pineapple Symphony Confit, Sherbet, Mousse, served with excellent wines from the Griñon vineyard estate, such as the 2007 Marqués De Griñon Summa Varietalis, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Marqués De Griñon Petit Verdot, and Heredad De Hidalgo Moscatel Sherry.

The wines were brought to the Philippines all the way from the grand Griñon Estate in Toledo, Spain.

SPANISH Ambassador Jorge Domecq, moi, INQUIRER chair Marixi Prieto, Chito Sobrepeña

Rosanna proudly introduced the Marqués to our town’s alta sociedad. He was effusive in his reply, saying he was “eternally grateful” to Rosanna for ensuring that he maintained close ties with “my family in the Philippines.”

He said the Falco family has maintained the family vineyard and estate “from generation to generation” and, through tradition and sustainability, has “created the best single-estate wine in the world.”

“My family,” he added, “has dedicated their time and resources to obtain high-quality ‘extra-virgin olive oil,’ now considered the best in the world.”

The Marques said the wine estate’s bestsellers are Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

ANTON Periquet, Beng Tesoro, Vivian and Dudo Vaca

Guests at the affair included Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Domecq; Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Mercedes Tuason; former Philippine Ambassador to Spain Lani Bernado and his wife Conchitina; former Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo; Baby Araneta Fores (wearing marble-size perfect pearls in one-strand necklace); and Victoria Preysler.

During the dinner, moi overheard three members of the Marqués’ Spanish entourage saying that, among the many women that night, the most “guapa y exotica” was none other than Bledes Fores-Legarda. And they were absolutely right, palanggas.

Little Singers of Monaco

The Ayala Malls hosted the concert of the Little Singers of Monaco recently.

LITTLE Singers of Monaco

This group of talented young choirboys instantly won the hearts of music fans in Manila at its show in The Gallery in Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, dahlings.

The Little Singers of Monaco was founded in 1974 under the directorship of Philippe Debat. He was asked by the Principality of Monaco to form the group and carry out a musical mission in every country.

Prince Rainier III later referred to them as “my little singing ambassadors.”

The choir performed an extensive repertoire of classical music from Bach, Mozart  and Verdi.

Its Philippine debut was incredibly successful as the crowd applauded thunderously and gave a standing ovation to the boys.

ANGOLA Minister Counsellor and Charge d Affaires Fernando Miguel,New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore, Anna Marie Heidorn, Belgian Ambassador Christian Meerscham

Hosting the event was RJ Ledesma, vice consul of Monaco, who was with his smart wife, lawyer Vanessa Ledesma.

His mother, the Honorary Consul General of Monaco to the Philippines, stylish Fortune Ledesma, welcomed the A-listers to the concert.

“Ayala Malls and Greenbelt continuously aim to bring excitement to all its shoppers as they feature internationally acclaimed talents to offer a world-class entertainment retreat,” said Greenbelt GM AC Legarda.


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