Curiosity, Adventure and Love from the eyes of a Centenarian


Gone are the days when people around would say, “bless you!” when you sneeze or give you a number when you cough. These days, when that happens, people move away from you as if you have the plague. Even the air we breathe is under attack. One wonders if any of us will ever live to be a hundred years old!

Get to meet an amazing centenarian, Jessie Lichauco, on March 12 at the screening of “Curiosity, Adventure & Love,” a multi-awarded documentary on Philippine history through the eyes of the 108-year-old. The hour-long film will be followed by a discussion on the filmmaking process with the film’s directors, Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Suzanne Richiardone. 

Sunshine is the granddaughter of Jessie, and her film weaves together three threads, Jessie’s life in the 1930s at the age of 18, our own country’s history as she witnessed it, and her insights and wisdom recalling the past. 

Jessie was married to Marcial Lichauco, a prominent lawyer lobbying for our independence in Washington, D.C. before World War II. She had a front row seat witnessing the rebirth of our nation. After the war, Jessie’s conviction to help her fellow man in every way possible led her to be granted Philippine citizenship for her profound contributions to the Filipino people. 

Tickets for the 8 PM screening at SM Aura are P300 each and must be purchased in advance. Email for more information. 

According to Jessie, the whole secret of life is moderation – a little bit of everything. I believe she also is receiving good karma for all the acts of kindness she has done through the years as well as helping young kids have a better start.  

Another charitable force, who has been focusing on abandoned animals, is Nancy Cu Unjieng, president of CARA (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) Welfare Philippines. CARA recently organized a fundraising event to help their animals as well as the animals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. The project was organized by Nancy, along with Wito Quimson, Lorrie Reynoso and singer Louie Heredia.

It was a truly dazzling evening with music from singers 92AD and the strong and vibrant voice of pop singer Venice Valdez. Many of Manila’s glitterati graced the event, supporting the successful fundraiser, and also greeted birthday girl Wito.  Special thanks to British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce and Rachael Morgan who offered their beautiful home to be the venue of the CARA fundraiser.  

More good karma will surely be granted to widely acclaimed abstractionist Justin Nuyda. After being diagnosed with cancer last year, Justin decided to pay tribute to his doctors for taking outstanding care of his health. For the upcoming Salcedo Auctions, he has donated four special pieces, named after his doctors, with proceeds of each going towards assisting the Kythe Foundation in its admirable efforts to improve the quality of life of hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illnesses. 

Salcedo Auctions kicked off its 10th year with a dinner for partners and close friends. The evening gathered respected individuals from various fields for good food, insightful conversation, and of course, fine art, jewelry, and timepieces.   

Among around 200 pieces that will be up for bidding on March 14 are a trio of oil-on-canvas works by National Artist H.R. Ocampo, all of which are from his famous abstractionist period in the 60s and provide unique insight into the development of his style. These are complemented by artworks from the collection of renowned jewelry artist Celia Molano. Included here are striking oil paintings gifted to Celia by Ang, and rare preparatory drawings, paintings, and sculptures by Luz. 

Art patrons can also look forward to a sterling line up of works by National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, Jose Joya and BenCab. Also included are works by modern masters Lee Aguinaldo, Nena Saguil, and contemporary stalwarts Ronald Ventura, Lao Lianben, Rodel Tapaya, Elaine Navas, Ramon Orlina, Elmer Borlongan, and Emmanuel Garibay.

Completing the entire selection are highly collectible designer watches such as a Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time, an elegant Maria Gaspari lady’s diamond bracelet, and a Patek Philippe Nautilus Flyback Chronograph.   

Salcedo Auctions are presented in association with Prestige Real Estate Purveyor List | Sotheby’s International Realty and 10th Anniversary Partner HSBC Premier. They will be holding the Important Philippine Art on March 14, 2 PM at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. The public preview runs 10am-6pm daily from March 6-13. For inquiries, email or call tel. +632 8659-4094 or 8823-0956 or 0917-107-5581. Follow @salcedoauctions on Facebook and Instagram.

I was happy to talk about charity at the recently concluded Go Negosyo’s 15th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit. It was wonderful to be surrounded by young women, all listening to inspiring entrepreneurial stories of Filipina entrepreneurs and women advocates. Among the panelists with me were Dr. Vicki Belo, dermatologist and CEO of Belo Medical Group, and Georgina Wilson-Burnand, co-founder and marketing director of Sunnies Studios, as well as other excellent entrepreneurs.

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888 

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