My heart is filled with gratitude and overwhelming happiness. The Red Charity Gala last Saturday had the highest ever number of attendees, all of whom actively participated in the live auction for the benefit of our beneficiaries – the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption HS 81 Foundation.

As RCG has grown over the past nine years, co-chair Kaye Tinga and I have had to find ways to accommodate the growing number of generous sponsors who want to contribute. We hosted a special tea affair as one such pre-event, held at Club Dusit at the top floor of Dusit Thani Manila just last week. Over tea, Cupcakes by Sonja and Auro Chocolates, we feted the generous ladies who have supported the Gala over the years.

The afternoon tea included a display of W/17 and Ann Ong, as well as the latest collection of Royal Gem, all elegantly displayed for the guests to try and shop for early Christmas gifts. Merrill Gaisano, owner of Royal Gem, was present to explain the different facets and setting of the jewelry pieces. Everyone went home with special gifts from Royal Gem. We are grateful to Royal Gem for their continued support as one of our auction donors.

The Red Charity Gala pre-event also allowed us to introduce the ladies to Tasha Rodriguez, associate ambassador of USANA, who talked about their new Celavive skincare line. The products were well received and the guests were all excited to try the samples given to them.

For several years now, Sun Life Financial has been one of RCG’s major sponsors. As one of their endorsers, I participate at some of the Sun Life’s wellness events. Jaymie Pizarro of Sun Life GoWell joined us at Club Dusit and invited me to their CyclePh happening on November 18. This bike event is open to all and will be highlighted with actor Piolo Pascual on his road bike.

Sun Life has been aggressively promoting interesting programs for the benefit of their clients. The most recent one was a client forum organized by Sun Life Asset Management Company. The wealth management experts who spoke at the forum were encouraging investors to diversify their portfolios and continue pursuing their financial goals by taking advantage of available opportunities.

According to Andrew Gan, managing director of Beacon Holdings, rebalancing one’s portfolio with the help of a financial advisor is the key action to take amid all the concerns about the world events. “Some key themes to invest on are digital disruption, e-commerce and related infrastructure, global consumer, new china, healthspan vs lifespan, rising rates, lower oil prices, geopolitical risks, and global growth,” he shared. “Diversify to capture opportunities, manage risk by controlling the downside, and protect yourself against mistakes.”

Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Capital Securities, likewise advised ignoring the “small waves” such as the issues with China and North Korea. “Don’t dwell on things you don’t have control over,” he advised. “Invest, and when you see that markets are starting to go up, have a passive fund, and entrust your money to professional fund managers.”

Also present was Michael Manuel, chief market development officer of Sun Life Financial Philippines. He stressed that the PSEi, GDP, and earnings are positively correlated. “When one goes up, the others tend to follow,” he explained. “The PSEi movement takes it cue on the growth of the economy.” Contact a Sun Life Financial Advisor today by calling tel. 849-9452 or sending an email to slamc@sunlife.com.

Last Friday the 13th was a lucky day at the Assumption HS Batch 81’s Pop-Up Bazaar. Over 35 merchants sold interesting and personalized products at what must be one of the poshest locations to ever host a bazaar, the Swatch Building on Arnaiz Avenue. Swatch Grand Dame Virgie Ramos has happy to support the Assumption HS Batch 81 Foundation by allowing us to use the building. Lots of customers swarmed the merchants and the event was a resounding success!

Some of the merchants at the Pop-Up Bazaar were The Moroccan Enterprise, Flamingo Bros, Three Perspectives, Good Luck Humans, Skylucks Boutique, Nueve, Greenergy, Mich Aurallo, Kala Textyle Connexions, Milky Way, Bananarama, KnK Personal Store, Name On Print, Hydration Nation, So True Naturals, Whim, Bagets, Kitchen Mommies, Saco, Aware & Present, Real Girl Toy Kitchen, Ann Ong, Tim Tam Ong, Jeanne’s Plants, and Pop’s Home. Swatch also participated by offering special deals, including buy-one, take-one on some Swatch models.

Over at the Shangri-La at The Fort, the main venue for the Red Charity Gala, a stunning Volvo S60 was also on display in the lobby. Albert Arcilla of Volvo Philippines generously sponsored the Gala this year. One of the perks of being the RCG’s co-chair is that I got to be driven to the event in a chauffeured Volvo, along with my hubby Dennis.

I’ll write more about the entire RCG when I’ve had the chance to recover from the buzz. For now, a special note of thanks to Cindy Yeung of Emperor Watch and Jewelry, who donated for the auction our most valuable item this year, a beautiful diamond and sapphire necklace.

Ferdi Salvador, Janice Leung-Lauraire, Sea Princess, Cindy Yeung and Benny Chong

 

In closing, let me reminisce about Washington Sycip, a management guru and one of the most charitable men I have ever met. I remember many occasions when I had the chance to visit his office in the SGV Building and admire his collection of turtles, which he treasured for their longevity. In that sense, Wash at 96 had much to share with his collection, including the wisdom and surefootedness that the animal is renowned to have.

Over the years, I also have had the good fortune to meet many of the people who, along with Wash, grew SGV & Co. into the accounting giant that it is today. Among these are Fred Velayo and Bobby Ongpin, who are the grandfather and uncle, respectively, of my hubby Dennis, as well as the firm’s former managing partners, Gloria Tan-Climaco, who was a ninang when we got married, and Cesar Purisima, who is a fellow alum of my hubby. It is they and the many more they have mentored that are Wash’s true legacy.

 

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