Overseas travel, dahlings, is a necessity to our town’s prominent citizens.
Their plans to escape the scorching summer heat were the main discussion when Renna Hechanova Angeles and husband Ed Angeles hosted a belated birthday bash for their circle of friends: Conchita Toda and her brother Bugoy Simo, Marivic Madrigal Vasquez, Baby Girl Fricke, Alex Van Hagen, Raul Manzano, moi, and the no-shows Jojie Dingcong, Conrad Onglao and Zsa Zsa Padilla (both were down with a flu), and Anton Roxas.
Over dinner, it was learned that some of them would be flying to different destinations for a breather.
Renna herself said she will go to Paris to meet up with her pal, Tatler publisher Irene Martel Francisco.
Chuchu Madrigal Eduque is going to New York but will follow Irene to Paris. Joining them are Irene’s husband, cardiologist Randy Francisco, and daughter Isabel.
Randy and Isabel will be jetting in from New York for the family’s yearly vacation in the south of France to check the best wineries in the region. Then the family will be off to Madrid.
Carla Tengco and husband Al Tengco will stay in San Francisco for a month. They will later proceed to China for an international baseball competition where their son Javier will compete as part of the Philippine team.
Caves of Cappadocia
Conchita Toda and her brother Bugoy Simo are going to Istanbul and visiting the caves of Cappadocia. Conchita will proceed to Rome; and Bugoy to Madrid.
Bibot Nolan will explore the chi-chi district of Gangnam in Seoul.
Freddie Olbes, Johnny Velasquez and Maripi Muscat will go to Tokyo.
Patrick Rosas will be flown to Kazakhstan as official guest of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Patrick will do the makeup of Razak’s daughter for her wedding at the ultra-luxurious ski resort of Almaty.
Gretchen Barretto will be visiting her daughter Dominique Cojuangco in the London campus of the exclusive design and art school Instituto Marangoni.
Karen Santos had just gone to Italy to attend the Venice Biennale. She will later go to Provence to wander in the lavender fields that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne’s masterpieces.
Maricris Zobel will bask under the Tuscan sun.
Jonathan Matti will visit Las Vegas where he’ll be welcoming in his Liberace-inspired abode Lorrie Reynoso from New York and Riza Tapales from San Francisco.
Ian Giron will escape to the tourmaline waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria, Egypt. He will also explore ancient temples, alone. Now, palangga, that takes guts, n’est-ce pas?
Mark Wilson will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to re-energize the mind, body and spirit.
Linda Oledan will go to Amsterdam and Copenhagen, places she had fallen in love with lately.
Tina Cuevas will go to London and Paris to check out the latest summer collections.
House of Bolkiah
Ludovic Branellec is going to Brunei where he’s the official guest of the House of Bolkiah, the ruling royal family of Brunei Darussalam. He will have a personal audience with Prince Jeffry.
Helen Ong said she will go to Paris to shop, shop, shop.
Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno and wife Agnes will escape to Corsica in France. It’s the best place in the world to buy healthy goat cheese.
Kaye Tiñga will also be in New York with her daughters Kerry and Kylie.
Maricris and Andy Vasquez Prada will be in Morocco and Mallorca.
Tracie Anglo Dizon will tour South America.
Aivee and Zee Teo will be in Melbourne, which is said to have well-preserved Victorian-era architecture.
Mimi Que will travel to out-of-the-way (at least for a Philippine tourist) Croatia.
Victoria Tambunting will go to Greece.