Fiesta Cebuana was the theme for the recent fellowship of the Cebu chapter of La Chaine des Rotisseurs at the open-air Kan-anan Filipino restaurant on the third level of Park Lane Hotel.
Presiding were honorary consul of France Michel Lhuillier, bailli delegue of La Chaine for the Philippines; and his wife Amparito Llamas Lhuillier, bailli de Cebu.
Lovely Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Park Lane’s general manager, sat with them, along with members of the board Teresin Mendezona, Nestor Alonso and Dave Sharpe.
Menu consisted of a comprehensive array of Filipino favorites, and some special Cebuana dishes from various municipalities around the province. These were all to the credit of chef Orlando Santos and Ian Dale Tan, the food and beverage director.
Present were Angie Mathieu with her son, Mickey Paulson, and their friend Wibitz Williams. Michael and Joanna Lhuillier were seated with Miranda Konstantinidou and Keith Siemens, Carmen Campbell and Rosebud Sala.
More: Louis and Honey Thevenin with Bruce and Stef Hauwere, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel general manager Anders Hallden, Stephanie Sharpe, Evangeline Hayco escorted by Domiku Ugarte, Jojie Alonso, ever present Stella Bernabe, Kaiser and Anna Tan, Jimboy and Merlie Escalona, and Aida Patana with a large group of friends.
There may be another fellowship for Cebu’s La Chaine, perhaps in October. What is sure is the anniversary gala on Dec.9 at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.
Cebu Cathedral was the venue of the grand wedding of Robby Ann Quintos and Edsel Iway, officiated by Msgr. Achilles Dakay. Principal sponsors were headed by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who came with his wife, Councilor Margarita Vargas-Osmeña.
They did not attend the reception that followed at the Mactan ballroom of the Shangri-La.
Glamorous beyond words was the bride’s maternal grandmother, Milagros Sembrano, in a champagne-colored tulle number embroidered with crystals, and ablaze with diamonds. At the reception she held court with dear friend Lorenza Ford, who was also sparkling with heirloom jewelry.
It was commented that on days previous to the wedding there had been beelines to several banks’ safety vaults. Such was the glitter and sparkle by ladies of Cebu’s old families present on this occasion.
Present were Edsel’s father, Beline Iway, Robby Ann’s parents Roberto Quintos, and Rose Sembrano Melgar with Jessie Melgar. They sat with the principal sponsors at tables blooming with white orchids, carnations and roses.
Heading the sponsors was Maria Granthom, who was partnered with Mayor Osmeña. The rest were Robert Tan with Evelyn Babine, Zephyrene Villaluz with Maria Rosario Borromeo, Manolo Agustines with Ma. Christina Ferreros, Miguel Hoel with Ma. Luisa Rodis, Dennis Pastrano with Elizabeth Mendezona.
Felipe Cinco with Marian de los Angeles, Wellington Lim with Mildred Kokseng, Eduardo Patalinghug with Esperanza Tejano, Omar Orig with Lirio Concepcion, Manuel Cola with Teresita Nuñez, Earl Kokseng with Pacita Toledo, and Evan Mendoza with Rosario Mella.
Milagros Mendoza was matron of honor, Krysten Melgar, maid of honor. Edsel had two best men in Matthew Iway and Marie Edwards Escario.
Bridesmaids were Moonyeen Durano-Streegan, Avril Tiu, Ma. Theresa Narvaez, Aimee Gregory, Emmelyne Barosa, Jessica Granthom and Henedina Aparece.
Groomsmen were Ike Mendoza, Jerry Aparece, Keven Furbuyre, Randolph del Valle, Justin Quintos, Ashutosh Karnik and Joshua Quintos.
Secondary sponsors were Robert Granthom and Carla Tan for the candle; Michael Chiongbian and Mary Therese Borromeo, the veil; Phillip Granthom and Maria Java, the cord.
Little attendants were flower girls Isabella Iway, Marissa Granthom and Madison Sembrano Mendoza; pages were Edsel Alexander Iway, Edsel Zachary Iway and Liam Aparece with the rings, coins and Bible, respectively.
Present were Jun Escario who created the bridal gown, Paquito and Marissa Unchuan (she baked the wedding cake), Myra Gonzalez and Margot Larrañaga, Mic-Mic Solon, Tina Ebrada sharing a table with Hazel Gonzalez, Flor Ynclino, Julius and Nelia Neri.