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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

IT WAS balikbayans night at The Terraces of Ayala Center when Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI) hosted its traditional welcome dinner for them during the Sinulog week. In his welcome remarks, CHI president Francis Monera reiterated the commitment of the Ayala Group to the yearly Balik Cebu party.

The occasion also saw the launching of the BalikBalay campaign organized by the Balik Cebu committee. Project chairperson Tetta Baad gave an overview of the project which aims to provide houses for the typhoon victims in the badly hit town of Pilar, Camotes. A substantial amount was raised that night, thanks to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, who serenaded the balikbayans, to the supportive Ayala group, and to the hard working committee members - Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, former Department of Tourism director Dawnie Roa, Cebu City Toursim Council commissioner Alice Queblatin, among them.



And speaking of balikbayans, we have recent arrivals Dr. Luciano Valdez and wife Vicky (Neri) from Illinois; Ted and Flammie Alo from Michigan; and Nick and Inia Veloso from Ohio, who have chosen to spend Valentine's day in dear old Cebu. Also in town are Germany-residents Hans and Cherrie (Duterte) Gross who are on extended vacation here; and Hong Kong-based Vickie Viajar Peard who now divides her time between HK and Cebu.

They all met for dinner at Lantaw up Busay Hills in the company of former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia and wife Ninette.


The Year of the Horse was given an early welcome by Shangri-La Resorts & Spa when it invited media friends for its traditional Yee Sang lunch 10 days before the actual date. It was a chance for us to formally meet with Shangri-La general manager Marco Vazzoler.


Chinese New Year was celebrated in style at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel (WCCH). On the menu were "all the works"—the Lion and the Dragon dance, a sumptuous Chinese dinner at Cafe Uno, and an impressive fireworks display at the hotel gardens. Frontliner was resident manager Carlo Sainz.


In celebration of its first anniversary, Qube Gallery presented an exhibit of the personal collection of internationally renowned Spanish-Filipino artist Juvenal Sanso at the Henry Hotel. The 84-year-old cultural icon personally came to showcase his body of work done in Paris, dubbed "Rare and Essential." The recently concluded exhibit featured summer beach scenes, lush greeneries and golden dawnscapes.


Early morning joggers Alvin and Ninette Garcia played breakfast hosts to their group of avid joggers who are known as the Ayala joggers because they run around the grounds of the Cebu Business Park. It was an easy jog to the Garcia home along Gorordo Ave. for the dynamic clique—and it was a super yum and super fun breakfast they enjoyed!


January birthday celebrant Gingging Morelos celebrated her red-letter day at jazz n' bluz with a dinner party for an intimate group of friends.

Helping her with host duties were dear hubby Nestor M. and loving daughter Grace with husband Dr. Vicente Avanzado.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 12, 2014.


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