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KEVIN and Michelle Tan give their first toast as a couple. ANDREW TADALAN

Kevin and Michelle hold cheery engagement lunch

KEVIN and Michelle Tan give their first toast as a couple. ANDREW TADALAN

It was a cheery—and romantic—Saturday noon last week when Megaworld scion Kevin Tan and Michelle See had their engagement reception at Passion Restaurant at Maxims, Resorts World.

 

In fact, it wasn’t only an engagement. The young couple was married in civil rites right before the reception—a ceremony witnessed only by their families and principal sponsors.

 

As early as 11 in the morning, guests started arriving at the restaurant. Shortly before noon, President Aquino came, with sisters Ballsy Cruz and Kris Aquino.

THE NEWLY WEDS with President Aquino

 

Greeting the guests were the groom’s parents, Megaworld chair Andrew Tan and wife Katherine.

 

As the guests took their seats, the newlyweds walked in and the screens around the restaurant started playing their prenuptial video—a lush and sweet one—shot in Boracay. They make a handsome couple indeed.

 

They first met at Opus almost two years ago—an accidental late-night meeting. Kevin was hanging out with friends, while Michelle was waiting for friends who were rather late.

KATHERINE TAN, Kevin and Michelle Tan, President Aquino, Andrew Tan

 

Their initial conversation was a bit interesting, and guys wanting to make a first good impression on girls could take a cue. Talk between the new acquaintances veered toward drinking, and Kevin, 33, courteously advised Michelle, who’s three years younger than he, what to guard against when drinking. He gave her tips on how a young woman could hold her alcohol. Not only was she impressed, he also won her initial trust.

 

The two became a constant twosome since then.

 

THE BRIDE’S parents, Wilson and Catherine See

Kevin is really a sociable guy. He has what the corporate world loves to call “people skills.”

 

His father Andrew was chuckling when he said that many, if not majority, of the guests that lunch were Kevin’s friends and Michelle’s, not his. That was how wide Kevin’s social network has become as first vice president and division head of Megaworld, in charge of the conglomerate’s Lifestyle Malls.

 

ALEX and Marixi Prieto, Charlie Rufino

Among the guests were Secretary Rene Almendras, who came with wife Marides; Pagcor chair Bong Naguiat and his wife Tet; SSI and Rustan’s head Nedy Tantoco; SSI executive vice president Anton Huang and wife Nina; the Bench family led by Ben Chan; Virgilio and Nenita Lim, Bryan Lim; culinary entrepreneur Romy and Margie Mercado; and George and Kristine Yang.

 

Guests enjoyed the sumptuous lunch that included abalone, suckling pig, sea bass, beef.

 

Kevin and Michelle will have their church wedding in July in Singapore.

 

 

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