Mar Roxas vindicated by a Romualdez | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

YOUR mantra for the week: “My lovingness brings about a metamorphosis in my life.”


Last week, we wrote the first 10 pointers on how to keep the music playing in a relationship, trusting that it may help many partnerships in which “flowers” are no longer sent or received.


Here are the rest:


11) Perfection is not a requirement of love, but honesty is.


12) Love is not about opening old wounds but about healing them.


13) It is not our toughness that keeps us warm at night but our tenderness which makes others want to keep us warm.


14) Love is enriched by praising, mantra-ing and demonstrating one’s affection.


15) Redesigning another human being in the name of love is not love—it is ego wearing its best disguise.


16) Love is shown and felt through lovingness.


17) The fun of loving is in the surprises, the humor and the laughter.


Somerset Maugham said, “I have had many loves in my life and they all had one trait in common—they all made me laugh.”


If you find yourself alone and are still looking for love, I suggest that you immediately cease doing this and start loving yourself more and perhaps you may finally find your true love. And if this still does not work, for heaven’s sake, love life—there is so much of it to love and the music never ends.


Loida’s help


I wonder whether there are other Filipinos besides socio-civic leader and philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis who can claim that US President Barack Obama had been their dinner guest at home.


Loida is campaigning very effectively for Hillary Clinton, who triumphantly beat Bernie Sanders in her home state New York last Tuesday where Loida said, “There’s no place like home,” and wishing she could do as well, if not better, for presidential candidate Mar Roxas.


Well, Loida would be very happy to know that I believe Mar’s ranking in the surveys would improve significantly after Rep. Martin Romualdez confirmed that Mar “risked his life” when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” hit Tacloban and stayed for two weeks helping in the relief efforts. Crisis does open opportunities.


Hermes’ metamorphosis


When you talk of a metamorphosis, the first thing that comes to mind is a caterpillar transforming itself into a butterfly. So, when Eric Festy and Anton Huang invited guests to the “Metamorphosis” of the new Hermes store—and knowing that it is Mario Katigbak spearheading all the arrangements —one can have no doubt that a metamorphosis would, indeed, take place.


Suddenly a glass elevator is made manifest in the original Hermes showroom to lift one  to the new second level where Hermes furniture, china, cutlery and other home items are tastefully displayed, not to mention, men’s leather goods like shoes, belts and a wallet costing a whopping P191,000 with no male guests raising an eyebrow.


Anyone who has bought anything from Hermés is aware that he/she should be ready to spend; and I assure you, they do.


Royally transported


After the ribbon-cutting by Zenaida Tantoco and French Ambassador Thierry Mathou and wife Madame Cecile, guests  were royally transported on four black shuttle buses. The vehicles’ interiors can be likened to that of a first-class airline cabin with the aroma of its genuine leather seats still filling the air.


Riding with me were the beautiful and loquacious Frannie “let’s go for Duterte” Jacinto (“Ano Poe ang masasabi ninyo?” quipped a Grace fan up front); eye surgeon Christine Francisco; the always glamorous Linda Ley; and Philippine Tatler Traveller editor Mia Borromeo.


We were being driven to an unidentified place in San Lorenzo Village, which I assumed was some palatial residence.


But surprisingly we were dropped off at a covered basketball court which had been transformed into a ballroom likened to a five-star hotel, with two bands performing. Four food stations overflowed with lamb, salmon and beef. There were endless pass-arounds to go with the bubbly and the best of red and white wines.


People who doubt that the economy has improved during P-Noy’s six-year administration will have to eat their words when they behold the chic, polished and spending guests in this Hermes affair.


Seen having a good time was Mimi Que, sister-in-law of Hetty through Paulino’s brother Mario. The lovely Hetty just informed me that there are seven Que brothers. For a Chinese family, one can say, “Que bien fortuna.”


There was also the ever-smiling Weng Domingo, as well as Rick and Juana Manahan-Yupangco, Jia Estrella, Cris Tantoco (the super intelligent son of Marilen), and Chatty Roxas.


Happily mingling with the diverse and multifarious guests was another Valdez, the irrepressible Leo with the stunning Tess Schoefer in beige; the constantly stylish Duday Tuason; the attractive Lynette Guzman who I see in all Hermés events; Rupert and Tina Jacinto who are now on a cruise visiting Venice and the temples of Greece; the indefatigable Nes Jardin with constant companion Pablo Arguelles; interior designer par excellence Chito Antonio; and lawyer Rene Puno with wife Ann.


The celebration went on till 1 a.m. The surprised Helen Ong said, “Oh my, my Best-Dressed Women have let go of all inhibitions and are dancing to their hearts’ content.”


Was it the bubbly or another metamorphosis in the making?!


E-mail the author at; visit and; listen to his “Positive Session” radio program on DWIZ 882 AM every Saturday, 9-10 p. m.



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