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2,000 partyphiles celebrate art of mixing


KENNER Chua, Marbee Go

My head is still spinning from Hennessy Artistry’s third outing at The Plaza and Opus in Resorts World Manila, both the perfect backdrop for this lavish music extravaganza.

Hennessy outdid itself, with over 2,000 invitees coming to party to celebrate the global art of mixing, and to be treated to a seamless blend of music and spirits.

As moi breezed around, I couldn’t help but notice the performers on stage—the group Sinyma composed of Silverfilter, Nyko Maca and Madz Abubakar.

JEAN Munos, Moët Hennessy mixologist

DJ Joey Santos made sure the hardcore partyphiles were kept on their feet.

DJs Nix Pernia and Ace Ramos planned out tunes for the spectacular event.

POPS Fernandez, Alyanna Martinez

The mob enjoyed listening to Up Dharma Down, dahlings. Moi had a steady supply of apple, berry, ginger ale and citrus that kept me hydrated throughout the long night till, would you believe, almost 4 a.m.

Highlight was the summer hit “Henny and Ginger Ale,” by international hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri.

Very pleased by the turnout were Moët Hennessy officer led by area director Steven Bullock. Local chief representative Olga Azarcon and business development manager Randy Uson made sure everything went smoothly, dahlings. It did!


“The guiding philosophy of The Global Art of Mixing was in full display on stage as top talents and upcoming artists wove their acts together to create a full-on and out-of-this-world, experience,” said Moët Hennessy Asia-Pacific Philippines representative Richard Alarcon, dahlings.

Great Singapore bash

TEDRICK Yau, ScottWeissman

Nini Mendoza Mitchell, a Filipino woman who’s married to British banker John Mitchell and is based in Singapore, marked her birthday with a bash as the Lion City was hosting Formula One’s night race.

Some 50 or so close pals and famille of the Mitchells of Hua Guan Avenue partied not only to mark her birthday but also the Mitchells’ 22nd year of residency in Singapore.

Ning’s birthday has always been much anticipated, dahlings. The birthday parties are known for their trendy motifs, audacious programs and to-die-for home cooking laid out in the most gorgeous manner with beautiful floral arrangements on the tables.

RALPH Wintle, Ana Kalaw, Jane Dee, Manolet Dario

Helping Ning lay out the food were Aida (a celebrator herself), Julie and Marivic.

Dishes included pollo con salsa Iberia, fresh baked salmon, and succulent roast pork by Nini’s Filipino staff, palanggas.

The sumptuous buffet included everyone’s favorite, Goldilocks sans rival, sent in by Lydia M. David, through Nini’s best friend, my cousin Mary Anne L. Borromeo, no less.

Juda J. Liu’s famous Costa Brava caramel birthday cake was flown in by Bobby and Dolly Galang.

PHOEMELA Baranda, Anton Zamora; Tricia Centenera

The highlight was the first prize for the most attractive guest, former Singapore-now-Dubai-resident Ruth Soley.

Nini’s Singaporean gang gifted her with a, take note, 10-carat bling ring, which dazzled all evening.

Over premium wine, great food and memorable conversations, Nini’s 65th year of her exciting life went on, like, forever.

For her Manille visitors the following days, the celebrator conducted her own personalized city tour of off-the-beaten-path hawker delicacies and drop-dead bargain shopping, with guests taking in the latest jaw-dropping attractions at the Marina and Gardens by the Bay.

“Awesome!” is everyone’s verdict of Ning’s party and hospitality.


New design mag

TJ Manotoc, JM Rodriguez, Borgy Manotoc, Alvin Yao

It was strictly a by-invitation-only affair when Jackie Ejercito-Lopez, together with interior decorator Jonathan Matti and banker Andrew Gan hosted a très private dinner for adorable Cristina Romero, the international director of Elle Decoration magazine, dahlings, at Jackie’s sprawling well-appointed Makati home.

The affair was supposed to welcome Cristina and introduce her to the leading taste-makers of our town.

The honoree jetted in from Paris especially to attend the launch of Elle Decoration Philippines magazine, published by Summit Media.

This Manila edition is now the 26th edition of the global luxury home magazine franchise, palanggas.

We started with aperitifs and a selection of charcuterie in the foyer and moved on to the dining room for a divinely prepared supper, which Jackie E. personally choose and tasted; they included Tuna Ceviche, Mushroom Cannelloni and Grilled Tenderloin with Au Jus.

ELLE Decoration international director Cristina Romero, moi, Elle Decoration editor in chief Becky Kho

After several toasts, everyone proceeded to the balcony for “digestifs” and a night of light conversation, with endless pouring of chilled bubbly champagne.

WILLIAM and Weng Chang; Jonathan Matti and Rogue magazine publisher Ipe Cruz

Earlier, welcoming the invitees was interior decorator Jonathan M, naturellement, who introduced director Cristina Romero to the 20 more less guests, dahlings, with Smart media president Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Elle Decoration Philippines editor in chief Becky Kho  Ipe Cruz, Andrew Gan, Johnny Velasquez, Freddie Olbes, Cecil Reynoso, Ruth Vera and Maripi Muscat, Victoria Preysler, William and Weng Chang, Mia Ynares, Dr. Glenn Carandang and Bobet Vera.

Check it out, dahlings, it’s totally a world-class magazine.

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