Timing is everything! When my hubby Dennis proposed to me over two decades ago after just two months of being together, I felt it was a perfect time to settle down. Twenty-two years later, it’s been an absolute joyride with more adventures and journeys added every year.
Last week seemed to be the right time for birthday boy Tim Yap to propose to his partner Javi Martinez. After three years, Tim decided to take their relationship to the next level and did his big reveal of love among his closest friends. His Miss Universe-themed birthday celebration was indeed so memorable.
During our Shanghai vacation hosted by Philippines AirAsia last December, Tim and Javi seemed to be very comfortable together. Air Asia invited our group to enjoy their new direct flights from Manila to Shanghai that opened in June 2016 just in time for the formal opening of Shanghai Disney Resort.
Being the third-largest property in the Disney empire, Shanghai Disney has many amazing rides and more live entertainment with interactive audience shows. We were all excited to discover the park and do all the rides.
All dressed in my Disney-themed outfit, I was stopped at the entrance for some questioning. I saw Tim and Javi in action when they quickly rearranged my look so I could enter the park. Apparently, it isn’t customary for adults to be in costume, as they might be mistaken for a Disney mascot.
We really enjoyed Shanghai with the shopping and food adventures. Gerard Penaflor, Philippines AirAsia’s head of commercial, told us that they are thrilled to re-connect Manila-Shanghai to boost tourism and trade between both countries and to celebrate the formal opening of Shanghai Disneyland with special fares. AirAsia flies to Shanghai three times weekly. Promotional fares are available for booking at www.airasia.com.
For the Chinese New Year celebration, I wore the Chinese cheongsam I bought in Shanghai. I also borrowed a dress from international and multi-awarded fashion designer Albert Andrada to complete my Year of the Rooster look.
Last Wednesday, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila started its CNY celebration with an elegant and nostalgic show of Albert’s latest fashion collection. For his fourth sartorial presentation at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Albert highlighted the celebration of abundance in life with a fifteen-piece collection inspired by the flowers of spring in China. The interpretation of Filipino design and innovation of Albert’s masterpieces are exquisitely noted for its opulence, detail and craftsmanship.
The Spiral staircase and escalators became a showcase of his haute couture gowns befitting luxury and elegance. Perfectly in tune with the Miss Universe fever gripping the country, the show featured models from Mercator including Bianca Guidotti, Binibining Pilipinas International 2014, Yvethe Santiago, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014, Marie Ann Umali, Binibining Pilipinas World 2009, and Elaine Moll, Binibining Pilipinas first runner up 2012.
Models were styled to glamorous perfection with make-up by Guerlain and hair by Aveda, while featured ensembles were enhanced with golden pearls by Jewelmer. Actress and model Kaila Estrada was awarded Lady Guerlain of the night. Lucky Spiral guests won special gifts that evening from Nuxe Paris, Tefal Kitchenware, Le Spa and Vietura.
I had the chance to sample the Abundance menu, the bountiful feast prepared by Spiral’s culinary artisan, Chinese Chef Michael Tai, which features three variations of Chinese cuisine: Cantonese, Hakka and Sze Chuan. This sumptuous Abundance Menu is available at Spiral for the whole family to enjoy, but hurry, because today is the last day.
This week is all about Miss Universe! I can’t wait to watch the big coronation night at SM MOA. I got to see some of the beautiful candidates at the Governor’s Ball held last January 16 at the SMX Convention Center.
Named after former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, the Governor’s Ball was a special gala where members of high society had an opportunity for a close encounter with candidates of the 65th Miss Universe at a by-invitation, black tie dinner which featured entertainment from world-class talents.
Top executives from Gov. Chavit’s major partners at the Miss Universe Competition included Kazuo Okada of Okada Manila, Wilson Tieng of Solar Entertainment, Hans Sy of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, and Manny Pangilinan of PLDT.
Other notable attendees were partners Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation, Lucio Tan of Philippine Airlines, Miss Universe Organization’s Paula Shugart and her team, Tourism secretary Wanda Teo, and Tourism undersecretary Frederick Alegre. Other notables included former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Senator Manny Pacquiao, 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz and 1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran. Also there were reps from regional partners JPark Island Resort, Waterworld Cebu, and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio.
Gov. Chavit was the visionary who brought Miss Universe back home to the Philippines, and he used the Governor’s Ball as a way of bringing together his staunchest pageant supporters while rolling out the red carpet for international guests at a private and upscale fundraiser.
The Governor’s Ball was also an avenue to further campaign awareness of Pass It Forward, a philanthropic outfit that acts like a charitable “market place,” facilitating the engagement between donors and recipients.
To date, nonprofits like Gawad Kalinga, the ABS-CBN Foundation, Philippine Red Cross, and others have been recipients of the Pass It Forward charities. For years, Singson has been PIF’s main benefactor.
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