Top fashion magazine Mega held its annual “Mega Pinoy Pride Ball” at the chi-chi Makati Shangri-La’s Rizal Ballroom, where it honored the “10 Mega Global Pinoys.”
The night had a fantastic combination of fashion and music. It had the country’s most prominent social figures and the usual suspects in attendance, dahlings.
Because it was held on Independence Day, there was the singing of the Philippine National Anthem followed by a recitation of the “Panatang Makabago”—Mega’s modern spin on the country’s pledge to nationalism, the “Panatang Makabayan.”
Avant-garde artist Leeroy New created specially designed trophies for the 10 Mega Global Pinoys, while Regine Velasquez, a Global Pinoy awardee herself, sang her signature power ballad, “Narito Ako.”
Aside from Vasquez, honorees were Stephen Gan, Jessica Sanchez, Tony Tan Caktiong, Maria Ressa, Jerome Lorico, Ingrid Chua-Go, Erik Spoelstra, Lor Calma, and those hot Philippine Volcanoes, who are rocking the world of rugby, palanggas.
It was a performance-filled event as Jed Madela and Elmo Magalona delivered hot numbers; fashion models strutted on the ramp as well.
Guests were on the edges of their seats in the suspense-filled finals of the Mega Young Designers Competition All Stars.
The fab affair included a superbly prepared five-course dinner, with the totally divine mangosteen sorbet for dessert, dahlings.
Belated birthday bash
Another “belated” birthday happening was organized for yours truly at the superbly designed home of my pal from way back, Nini Licaros.
Other civic-oriented friends who co-hosted the affair were Mellie Ablaza, Mabel Alano, Chit Salud, Agnes Huibonhua, Karen Macasaet, Fortune Ledesma, Noni Basilio and golfer May Neri.
All of these friends honored me to celebrate another year that I was trying to forget—but we gotta move on, right?
Loads of yum-yummy aperitifs and the main course were excellently prepared by our palangga, Mellie Reyes of The Plaza, with her famous glazed leg of ham.
Joining the bash were men of culture and the arts such as Danny Vasquez, Jimmy Laya, Frank Evaristo and Bert Basilio, dahlings.
New ice cream address
I totally adore potatoes in any form of cooking, with fried chicken and ice cream.
Now, to add more calorific pleasure to my palate is the newly opened Philippine Cold Stone Creamery, a US-based ice cream brand, dahlings, at Serendra in Bonifacio Global City.
On a frozen granite stone, TV’s high-profile personality Boy Abunda, gorgeous Gretchen Barretto, and talented singer Karylle introduced Cold Stone’s various ice cream flavors, which guests enjoyed with no guilt at all.
Cold Stone Creamery began as a search for the perfect ice cream dessert 25 years ago. “Today, more than 200,000 unique frozen creations are served up daily,” said Michael McGill, president of International Kahala, of which Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary.
Present at the launch were Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornley, US Embassy’s senior commercial service officer Jim McCarthy, Arizona Ice Cream COO Yuki Rosenfeld, US Embassy Economic Counselor Joel Ehrendreich, lawyer Ric Puno, St. Luke’s chair Robert Kuan, Jollibee’s Grace Tan Caktiong, Miguel and Milette Belmonte, and Sabrina Co.
My Cold Stone favorites, so far, are Berry, Berry, Berry Good; Our Strawberry Blonde; and Coffee Lovers Only.
Cold Stone Creamy’s second parlor will soon open at the SM Mall of Asia, palanggas.
Rustan’s Supermarket opened three new branches south of Manila—EVIA City, Las Piñas and Ayala Alabang Village.
Present at the Ayala Alabang Village event, naturellement, were hotshots such as Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., Rustan’s Supermarket chair Rico Tantoco and president Donnie Tantoco, and Ayala Alabang Village Association president Frederico Sarabia.
Après the Mass at the Parish of St. James the Great, there was the blessing of the supermarket followed by a sumptuous breakfast.
Donnie later gave remarks on behalf of the management. “This new branch not only boasts of spacious interiors that lend to an overall improved shopping experience, plus also houses the much-loved Gourmet-to-Go, a signature Rustan’s Supermarket offering that features a delectable range of fresh gourmet offerings,” he said.
That’s very true since Rustan’s Supermarket is one stop I always make for its superb salads and delicious sandwiches, palanggas.
Meanwhile, the grand EVIA City launch featured an über-exciting 35K biking event dubbed “Bike Out,” with VIPs such as Sen. Manny Villar, footballers Phil and James Younghusband, my dahling Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Rep. Mark Villar and Las Piñas Mayor Nene Aguilar joining.
Check out Rustan’s Supermarket’s latest babies, dahlings, and you’ll leave with the definite must-go-back feeling.