A celebration of life

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Becky Garcia

For several years, every tail-end of July, devoted friend Muebles Italiano owner Noel Gonzales hosts a birthday asalto for Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos. He usually asks Hi! Society to co-organize with him and this year was no exception.

The highlight of the party was, of course, the program where all celebrities rendered songs for the celebrant—Anthony Castelo opened the program with his Tagalog songs while pop tenor Jonathan Badon serenaded the birthday celebrant up to the end of the party.

The surprise appearance of songstress Imelda Papin, who performed her greatest hits, delighted the guests. Violinist Merjohn Lagaya, a scholar of the celebrant, dedicated his several pieces to her.

Not to be outdone of course was the host himself who sang several songs. Ping Valencia was also convinced to join the musical. The party will not be complete without the celebrant singing and she obliged, even doing a duet of “Dahil sa Iyo” with George Sarakinis.


Helping Noel welcome guests, like Israeli Ambassador Effie Matityau who led the list of well-wishers, was his gorgeous wife Eileen.

Imelda Marcos celebrates her 88th birthday

Others present were Ralph Manalo, Mom Nardone with daughter lovely Angelina, Nona Ricafort, Lolita Mirpuri, Actress Jean Saburit, Maurice Lim, Pianist Ingrid Santamaria, John Gaddi and Sonny Tanchanco, Joni Dizon, Wopsy and Agile Zamora, Cheloy Ignacio, Joy Fong and Joel Cruz who happily shared to guests his fundraising show for the soldiers of Marawi on August 13 at the AFP Theater. He likewise invited his guest to support the show.

US-based Jaz and Kendra Pinca, lawyer Rene and Ann Puno, Jinky and Jerry Rabano and Migs and Manuel Cabreros did not miss the celebration. Early arrivals were Ito Curata and Bob Miller.

A buffet spread of Filipino and Asian dishes were served during the special occasion.

Madame Imelda, now 88 years old but is still as radiant as before, is looking forward to another year of celebration. Happy birthday!

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