Legacy may be the single most important thing to think about leaving for one’s family. I was reflecting on this thought, realizing how family ties lead to a lasting legacy. We each are responsible for preserving our own family’s heritage. We build our own story to pass down to generations to come.

My own personal stories are full of celebrations of different milestones and adventures of travel and leisure. My mantra of celebrating life every day has been set ever since my brother Louie Prieto passed away very suddenly many years ago. With the unfortunate passing away of some relatives recently, I believe in this statement with even more conviction.

Age is just a number and it shouldn’t defy or define that you are capable of. At the wonderfully ripe age of 102, Doña Marcelina “Nena” Alejo Oreta was singing regularly with her Tuesday Group until she peacefully passed away last week. At her wake, iconic singer Pilita Corrales and the rest of the group serenaded the grand dame who lived a long and happy life.

At her grand celebration on August 9, 2013, Doña Nena shared her longevity secret as she turned a century old. She credited her long and happy life to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The party hosts, her son Babes and his wife Babot, the former Ma. Luz Aspiras, were overjoyed with the celebration.

At her wake, Dr. Pepito Oreta dedicated his song to his mother, who shared his love for music all these years. Pilita sang several love songs with her signature graceful pose, still impressive after all the years.

That evening, my mother Marixi Rufino Prieto, told me that Doña Nena’s husband, Justice Jose Sr., was the best friend and partner of her father, Don Vicente Rufino, who maintained their law office on the second floor of the State Building on Rizal Avenue.

Four generations later, our daughter Athena Valdes is one of the best friends of Brielle Oreta, granddaughter of Babes through his son Quinto and Maiki Oreta. The two girls are also going to be in CISV summer camp together in Germany.

Talking about family legacies, one of the most amazing is that still being built by Rustan’s patriarch, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., who at 95 years old, is still able to attend most Rustan’s and SSI events. Ambassador Tantoco was once an accountant and a management executive of the Rufino group in the 60s. He first worked for his uncle Don Ernesto Rufino while pursuing his studies at Jose Rizal University. It’s great to hear of all the great family connections from my parents.

For the ambassador, his family is priority one, and he remains close not only to his six children, but also to his 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He was present at the special unveiling of the newest collection of John Hardy.

Rustan’s Makati delighted Manila’s stylish set as the luxury department store celebrated a brand that perfectly exemplifies effortless elegance, John Hardy. Established in Bali in 1975, the eponymous brand promises that every piece of jewelry from its make is dramatic and inspiring in its own, unique way.

The evening allowed elegant ladies like lovely Agile Zamora to witness the versatility of John Hardy. Polished gentlemen also marveled at the contemporary elegance of its graceful designs. In combinations of silver and gold, the John Hardy pieces are skillfully sculpted for each wearer’s appreciation.

Inspired by nature’s gifts, John Hardy is renowned for artisan-crafted luxury jewelry based on a tradition of Balinese artistry. This remarkable brand has been a part of the Rustan’s roster for two years, and each season, they showcase a collection of beautifully crafted, hand-made designs. John Hardy is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati and Cebu.

Another family passing their legacy onwards is the Ponce-Enrile clan. Katrina Ponce-Enrile and her daughter Kristen are putting their trust on makeup. Self-confessed beauty junkies and makeup hoarders, they decided to put their addictions to productive use.

Together with Kristen’s best friend, Bianca Cabildo Jackes, the trio officially launched their new beauty blog, aptly named The Makeup Addicts (www.themakeupaddicts.com.ph). At the much-awaited event at the Soma, Green Sun Hotel, the beautiful trio of Gretchen Barretto, Kiana Valenciano, and Samantha Richelle del Rosario were the chosen muses.

Katrina, Kristen and Bianca, with the help of their respective makeup artists, envisioned stunning makeup looks for their muses. These looks not only reflected their unique philosophy on beauty, but also offered current makeup trends.

Katrina, with renowned makeup artist Patrick Rosas, highlighted the beauty of Gretchen Barretto through a strong yet radiant look. While the porcelain skinned Samantha Richelle became the canvas for Bianca’s effused touch, as created through the artistry of Jigs Mayuga. Kristen, on the other hand, envisioned a contemporary and edgy look, with the help of Imee Sitchon for Kiana Valenciano.

For the creative vision of ladies, Guerlain, Make Up Forever and Inglot were the makeup brands used and hair by Aveda. Drinks flowed care of Moët & Chandon and Belvedere.

Perhaps, my legacy is having lasting friendships and fun adventures surrounded with food. Over the weekend, our Girls Run For Breakfast gang bonded at Tali Beach and did lots of swim training. We also celebrated the 40th birthday of Raeanna Cranbourne who was delightfully surprised with a party at Makati Sports Club organized by her boyfriend Choloy David.

My Assumption Batch 81, in turn were in Lucban, Quezon for the colorful Pahiyas Festival. The annual festival is in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of the farmers, in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Buddy’s Pansit Lucban owners Zaldy and Nova Veluz were their gracious hosts.

Summer food festival is on this weekend at the 6th edition of The Gourmand Market at C1 Park Boni High Street. Sponsored by Globe Platinum, the outdoor market is open until late today. Organized by Trish Panlilio of NawwTy’s Kitchen, visitors will enjoy a variety of food merchants like Ricing Bowl and many more.





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