Hat Envy in Spain


For the first time in my life, I had hat envy when I attended a grand wedding in Spain where magnificent hats were required! Parents of the bride, Leo and Michelline Suarez invited Dennis and me to their daughter’s destination wedding in Madrid. 

The three-day festivities started with a Flamenco night at Palacio De Santoña, a spectacular 13th century palace in Madrid with beautiful marble floors, hand-painted walls and a grand staircase. 

Top Flamenco dancers were performing in several rooms while a solo guitarist was playing for the guests. For this Flamenco night, I wore a red brocade dress of Debbie Co. I matched the gorgeous Spanish style dress with a hat and accessories from Ken Samudio. 

The second day was called Asado & Dancing. The Asado Party at Finca El Feligres in Arganda Del Rey, a torero’s villa. An impressive performance of dancing stallions entertained the guests while they were feasting on endless grilled meats and other barbeque dishes. I made friends with very stylish Cosima Ramirez, daughter of designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. 

Wedding Day was the 5th of October, Saturday. Jaime Zobel de Ayala Urquijo and Alex Espiritu Suarez tied the knot at Los Molinillos, the groom’s family hacienda in Spain. King Simeon of Bulgaria and his wife Margarita were among the royalty in attendance. 

Officiated by Father Valentino Pinlac from Bohol and Spanish priest Fr. Jesus de Juan, the solemn, traditional and so romantic wedding ceremony was celebrated at a huge outdoor tent that was rustically decorated with summer blooms and vines. 

Their vows are so touching and made me cry again. After celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary last June. It was so heart warming to celebrate another beautiful wedding celebration.

Beautiful mother of the groom, Bea Zobel, Jr. was wearing a stunning orange feathery hat by top Spanish desiger Conchitta Hats. Jorge Vazquez Conchitta and Jorge Vazquez are both Spanish desingers from Madrid who created her gorgeous look. Bea’s daughters, Paloma and Monica Zobel Urquijo were wearing Conchitta Hats.

Stunning mother of the bride, Michelline Suarez was radiant in a green brocade dress by Mich Dulce. Hat designer Mich made a matching fascinator for her as well.

After ceremony, guests were ushered to the dinning tent for a sumptuous three-course menu that had wild venison and yummy Dulce de Leche Pavlova and Tarta Arabe with Cream and Almonds.

Touching speeches from the Best Man and Maid of Honor were shared between the cake cutting and other festivities. Jaime’s grandmother gave the best speech that ended with “please love my grandson endlessly because he deserves it!”

We danced the night away at the Dance Hall while others enjoyed Paella at the poolside. My outfit by Debbie Co and Ronald Enrico was a winner. I’m glad that the hat made for me by Ken Samudio was a perfect it. I did represent the Philippine fashion flag with high ratings.

Now, I’m back home for the 11th Red Charity Gala! It will be so epic with all other ten designers back on stage. We welcome back – Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, Chito Vijandre, Joey Samson, and Rajo Laurel. 

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