The rich also ask for doggy bagsBy Maurice Arcache
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The last days of summer are gone, dahlings, but it’s still sooo hot; the humidity is awful. I really don’t know which is worse, the heat or the humidity.
Whatever, we gotta live with it, ’di bala?
On the night of our vivacious Queen for a Day, super fun Dette Aquino-Tan, we found a way to beat the heat—she welcomed her famille and pals with flutes of chilled champagne, dahlings, and specially chosen hors d’oeuvres.
The guests chatted about travel, politics and that teleserye of The Thomas Crown, oops I mean, Corona affair, that finally ended after four seasons. Oh well.
In the gorgeous garden, aglow with candles and spruced up with flowers, was laid out a sumptuous buffet. It consisted of spinach and ricotta ravioli, seafood marinara pasta, salmon au gratin, prawns thermidor.
There was also an angus roast beef carving station—most everyone dug into it till only the bones was left. See! Even the rich go hungry, palanggas.
One guest even asked the hostess, “May I have a doggy bag for some of the bones for my dog”?
Even the rich ask for doggy bags. The wish, of course, was granted, palanggas.
The last bite was at the dessert bar oozing with sinful, calorific luscious cakes and chocolate truffles. “Ahh, the heck with calorie-counting tonight,” said business magnate, our palangga, Rante Aguila.
Among the 70 guests were Robinson’s Land president Frederick Go with attractive wife Winnie, National Book Store’s super couple Fred and Precy Ramos, eligible bachelor Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian with handsome Glenn Soco, Mega hotshot businessmen Bobby del Rosario and top event host, my partner, Johnny Litton, dahlings.
Looking at Dette, moi told her, “You know, I think you, too, have stumbled on the fountain of youth.”
Another great year has come and gone for this vivacious fun lady! Dette Aquino-Tan, palanggas.
Casa Marcos revived
One of our iconic restos, Casa Marcos, the Spanish restaurant on Roxas Boulevard established in the ’40s by former pelotari Marcos de Guisasola, just celebrated its first year at Burgos Circle in the Fort, dahlings.
Many will remember the restaurant being run by Ben del Rosario, an executive of GSIS, LandBank and National Housing Authority in the ’60s, after Señor de Guisasola moved back to Spain.
Casa Marcos opened branches in Gilmore Avenue and Tomas Morato in Quezon City in the succeeding years before finally closing its doors in 2000.
Then came the founding of The Bread Bag Pandesal Bar at Ortigas Home Depot in 2008, owned by Ben del Rosario’s grandson Jigger Galvez and business partner Kevin Khoe.
Among the namedroppables spotted at Casa Marcos were Vice President Jejomar and Dr. Elenita Binay; Sen. Manny Villar; former Sen. Butch Aquino; Tony Boy Cojuangco; eyecatching faces like Gretchen Barretto, Ching Cruz, Consul Agnes Huibonhoa; Tina
Cuevas of Sulô Hotel; Therese Coronel of Cinderella; Fe Rodriguez; Maritel Nievera of Cabalen, plus young entrepreneurs and the office crowd who prefer the restobar downstairs open in the evening.
Check out Casa Marcos at F121 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Call 7037784 / 5523781. Casa Marcos Steak Tapas is at Unit 20A/20B, Ortigas Home Depot, J. Vargas St., Pasig. Tel. 4703637.
Ever New Melbourne opens
In-demand, high-profile Australian fashion brand, Ever New Melbourne, founded in Melbourne, lit up Bonifacio High Street Central with its eye-catching collection of fun, feminine apparel and accessories.
The young and stylish guests, dahlings—over 400 of them—enjoyed the high-ticket opening. The girls dashed around the store, in a shopping frenzy, swarming around racks of Ever New Melbourne’s gorgeous dresses, tops, shoes, necklaces and bracelets.
Guests were assisted by—here we go again, those overused two words—brand ambassadors— from the exclusive Ever New Fashion Clique. Personalities on the fashion front received fabulous style advice and gift certificates, naturellement, palanggas.
“This brand celebrates the feminine beauty of women, with a signature style, inspired by global trends in art, film, music and theater, haute couture runway shows in Paris, London, Milan and New York,” said Thinline president Frank Briones who welcomed the enthusiastic guests, dahlings.
Like in most “openings,” guests were treated to “oh wow! so refreshing and so good” extras—strawberry and blueberry-banana smoothies from the already popular Jamba Juice. The Ever New shopping bags were filled with goodies, palanggas.
Ever New Melbourne is at E Super Block, Bonifacio High Street Central. Follow @EverNewPH on Twitter.
British Issue June 2012
“The Philippine Tatler has built a reputation for giving its readers exclusive features not only locally but internationally as well. It has traveled to the United States, Spain, France, Italy and England to source the photographs and stories that tell of rare experiences in luxe living,” explained Tatler’s pillar of success Irene Martel Francisco, managing director of the magazine, dahlings.
For June, Tatler again has a feat, and scores a first!—its special British Issue covering everything Britain has to give a toast to. It’s the tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates the diamond jubilee of her ascendancy to the throne.
Check out the Gallery section to see a series of marvelous portraits of the queen as well as a private tour of the Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and some more exclusives as it visits established UK-based Filipinos who give their success stories.
“Opening their homes, which they don’t normally do, are Lulette Moran-Monbiot and Katrina Panlilio-Craig, plus other more successful Filipinos in London explaining why life in London is so wonderful, and another first! The Prospero World Fashion Show, a showcase of pure Filipino talent that was held in London and going behind the scenes and more!” Tatler editor Anton San Diego told us.
Now it’s my turn, dahlings. Moi loved the exciting profile of designers Paul Smith and Christopher Bailey, two awesome names that defined the British (and international) fashion arena. Also read about “Downton Abbey,” everyone’s favorite TV drama, and the handsome classical-pop group Blake, as they model head-to-toe British gear.
Definitely a must-have issue, dahlings.
So sorry palanggas, it’s not Kristine Braden, it should be Bonnie Santos and her husband Frederick Santos which came out on the June 1 issue.