Each day brings us closer to 2020, a new decade that was once regarded as the “future” in many sci-fi movies. In Chinese astrology, it is also the Year of the Rat, the first animal to arrive at the Imperial Palace. This signifies the auspicious start of a new 12-year cycle that will dictate the positive energies to come. As shared by expert Feng Shui master Marites Allen, all activities next year should be related to new ventures, building investments and anything that indicates new beginnings and expansions. This upward activity will generate the trend for the next 12 years.
For a more in depth analysis of the Feng Shui for 2020, join the annual Feng Shui Convention of Marites happening today at the Novotel Hotel. Starting at 10 AM, Marites will give her forecast and tips per animal sign as well as the preparations for Chinese New Year happening on January 25, 2020. Check out her website www.maritesallen,com for more Feng Shui updates.
I heard that those born on the Year of the Rabbit are the luckiest during the Year of the Rat, so I am quite excited for that. If I am going to be luckier next year, I would be amazed as 2019 has already been so wonderful. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, I reflect on the incredible blessings and milestones of the year with our 25th wedding anniversary last June as the most precious highlight!
2019 has also been fabulous for our wedding sponsors as well. In fact, our generous Ninong Felix Ang is celebrating three special milestones this year – his company CATS Group 30th anniversary, his 60th birthday and his 25th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife, Grace. Not to mention, his daughter’s first birthday a week before the big bash.
From a small car accessories, tires, and servicing shop in Greenhills into a leading force in the local automotive industry, CATS Group definitely has much to celebrate with 30 years of innovation and success. The evening of festivities at the Grand Hyatt Manila was quite cinematic in scope as event stylist Barbie Prado-Tiangco beautifully created several car vignettes throughout the ballroom.
The Francis Ford Coppola classic was the perfect inspiration for the double celebration, as “The Godfather” is Felix’s all-time favorite movie. The evening had two parts. The first was a celebration of the CATS Group’s 30thyear, with a presentation of how the company expanded, from its humble beginnings in 1989 to become the exclusive distributor of prestigious and luxury car brands in the country, such as Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Harley-Davidson, Mazda, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
At the second half, close friends roasted Felix to cheer the birthday boy! They were Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s George Barcelon, Ben Yam, Art Tan, and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.
The highlight was the Michael Jackson dance number of Grace and her best friends.
Both Ninong Felix and Ninang Grace are so generous and supportive of all our charitable programs like the Red Charity Gala and Save Philippine Seas as well as the Philippine Underwater Hockey Team that will compete in the upcoming SEA Games 2019. We are all excited and giving our full support especially since my hubby Dennis is the Competition Manager.
Mercedes-Benz also sponsored the Philippine Tatler’s 18th Ball last weekend at the Shangri-La at the Fort’s Grand Ballroom. Managing Director Irene Martel Francisco welcomed more than 500 distinguished guests to the elegant soirée, a “passion project” that she orchestrates every year.
In light of the changing landscape of the publishing industry, Irene made her deep appreciation known for the unwavering support from advertisers. She warmly acknowledged the ball’s lead partners, Mercedes-Benz, represented by Felix Ang, and Rick Santos of Santos Knight Frank, as well its supporting partners, Bulgari, HSBC Premier, and Subic International Golf Club.
To raise funds for this year’s beneficiary, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, a charity auction was held. The highest bid went for an exclusive six-night safari in private camps at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for eight people, a generous contribution from A2A Safaris. In support of WWF, Myla Villanueva won the bid and is excited to take her mother and family. As of this writing, over P11 million was raised through donations and the charity auction.
Afterwards, Tatler’s editor Anton San Diego and Pops Fernandez announced this year’s awardees. The entrepreneurial Joey and Marissa Concepcion were named Couple of The Year, while Joanna Preysler Francisco was named the Most Stylish Woman. Alice Eduardo, the Most Charitable Force, was recognized for her philanthropic endeavors and Sofia Zobel Elizalde for her cultural contributions as Patroness of Arts & Culture. Retail magnate Ben Chan was then honored with this year’s Diamond Award.
My highlight was singing with the surprise entertainer of the night, Arnel Pineda. I think it was the flowing Rémy Martin XO that got me dancing and singing the rest of the evening. On the way out, everyone flocked to take photos at the elegant vignette by Moss Manila.
At the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by our other Ninang Dr. Vicki Belo, we enjoyed a Mexican fiesta with sumptuous Mexican dishes and fun games. I was overjoyed to win Best Costume but was so late that I missed cute Scarlet Belo in her Frida Kahlo costume. The Belo family has indeed much to be grateful for.
The Belo Medical Group is entering a new phase as it turns 30 next year. From having one small clinic at the Medical Towers in Makati back 1990, Belo currently has 14 clinics and will open three more by the end of this year. This includes the biggest Belo clinic to date located at One Bonifacio in Taguig.
Belo recently held a General Assembly for its 600 employees to show them how much Dr. Vicki Belo appreciates all their hardwork. Dr Belo said she’s really grateful she has extra hands to make every patient feel special and beautiful every time they visit a Belo clinic.
During the General Assembly, Dr. Belo surprised everyone with a big announcement — a retirement plan for its employees! She started this to show her love and appreciation for each of them. Cheers to an exciting 2020, Belo Medical Group!
In closing, I wish you all boundless abundance, unexpected rewards, financial prosperity and luck and blessings! Happy Thanksgiving!
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