I read the latest Internet meme that said, “If 60 is the new 40, then 9 PM is the new midnight!” Luckily, I’m neither 60 nor 9 PM is anywhere on my horizon. In my book, it’s OK to party and celebrate milestones to all hours.

At the festive celebration of her 60thbirthday, Wilcon Depot driving force Rose Ong was overjoyed to welcome this milestone with her family and numerous friends in the business and retail industry. The Isla Ballroom at EDSA Shangri-La Hotelwas bursting with extravagant flower arrangements making the occasion more beautiful and elegant.

Watching her family perform a song and dance number, the night was filled with surprises and smiles, laughter and love. Truly, the party was one to be remembered as her relatives, friends, and industry partners conveyed their birthday wishesto the most stunning woman of the night.

Through the years in the business, she has built friendships and partnerships as she worked as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in Wilcon Depot and newly elected President of Philippine Retailers Association. Time gone by, Rose has outstandingly bloomed in a men-dominated industry.

A few weeks later, Rose was treated to an intimate dinner hosted by LifestyleAsia at VU’s Sky Bar and Lounge at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas. We enjoyed ourselves dancing the night away looking at the beautiful Ortigas skyline.

Wilcon Depot and LifestyleAsia Magazine have been supporting the Red Charity Gala for many years. We are very grateful to the growing number of sponsors who have helped raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption HS 81 Foundation Inc. Good friend Becky Garcia, who also celebrated her birthday recently at Fashion Interiors Showroom also generously donates to our charities.

Apart from our major sponsors like Bench, Globe Platinum, Sun Life Financial, Megaworld, Jewelmer and Ultherapy to name a few, we are deeply honored to have so many generous friends who aside from buying a table, also actively participate in bidding for auction items. This year, we have for auction –  a handsome Omega Planet Ocean watch for men from Lucerne, a wellness package from St. Luke’s Medical Center and Ultherapy treatments, Bernhardt Jet Set bedframe and side tables with Uratex Premium king-size mattress, Gorenje Special Edition Volkswagen Retro Refrigerator, Viking Range, and several beautiful jewelry items from Diagold, Jewelmer, JMA, Jul B. Dizon and Royal Gem.

We are so excited to auction so many travel packages that include a Presidential Suite stay at the new NUWA Hotel (formerly the Crown Towers until the rebranding early this year). Our biggest auction item is a Balesin Island Club Gold membership generously donated by the private island club owner himself Roberto Ongpin.

This year, we have the most number of Boracay Island resort packages. These include Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay, Discovery Shores Boracay and Shangri-La Resort & Spa Boracay. With this weekend’s re-opening of the world famous island, these packages are exciting to bid for.

At the store opening of the Gifts & Graces Foundation, I chatted with Tourism Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat about Boracay and all the joint efforts of the government, the DENR and the Department of Tourism for the successful rehabilitation of the island. We should all do our share to keep this incredible island a pristine treasure. I am quite excited to take the invitation of Discovery’s COO Jun Parreno for a much -needed vacation at Discovery Shores very soon!

Yearly, Rémy Martin supports our Gala. Their latest collaboration is with world-famous visual artist Matt W. Moore, infusing a bold and exciting energy into its VSOP universe.

More than a fresh and captivating packaging design, Matt has crafted a new graphical language for VSOP, reflecting Rémy Martin’s rich heritage as well as the brand’s forward-focused mindset.

This new visual narrative blends natural elements like grapes and leaves, as well as many of’s cherished symbolisms, such as the the mythical centaur, in an invigorating array of colorful geometric patterns and semiotics.

Moore’s stylish art (which has come to be known as Vectorfunk) appears in the Matt Moore Limited Edition VSOP bottles that are exclusively available at all S&R outlets.

 

Inspired by the Cognac environment, the team-up with Moore shows Rémy Martin’s direction to expand its vision as its range of products grow finer with age. The partnership is meant to give fresher perspective to a liquor brand that has been around for years, yet is willing to try exciting things to bring something new to the table.

Rémy Martin VSOP embodies the perfect harmony of powerful and elegant aromas. Extremely versatile, it is composed of eaux-de-vie which comes exclusively from the highest-quality vineyards of Cognac, the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne.

To mark the launch of the Matt Moore Limited Edition VSOP bottles in the country, Rémy Martin recognized “Art & Style Icons”—the who’s who in their respective fields, established individuals who embody Rémy Martin’s love of the art.

Some of the “Art & Style Icons” include a fashion model, a furniture designer, an entrepreneur, chefs, a singers-songwriter, a painter-sculptors, a DJ, writers, a film director, a TV host, photographers, and a restaurateur.

Each of these carefully selected stand-out individuals were honored during the event, awarded with a plaque and a Matt Moore VSOP Bottle.

Rémy Martin will also work with local visual artists that showcase the exemplary talents of Filipinos through a mural art installation, appropriating the bold energy and vibe of Moore’s work. It’s the world’s first brand activation that leverages ARKit technology through an art perspective.

This grand, busy weekend has been one such party. At the Red Charity Gala on Saturday, we also celebrated the birthday of my gracious, generous and ever-so-stylish, co-chair Kaye Tinga. I only wish her the finest things in life and excellent health to enjoy lots of weekends in the beach!

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