Jennifer Helen Weigel, a pride of Cebu not only for her elegance and style but also for her philanthropic work, celebrated her 50th birthday on September 25. Considered one of the loveliest personalities of the Queen City of the South, Jennifer was greeted by guests hailing from both Metro Cebu and Metro Manila.
Jennifer, or Penny to her close friends and family, is the daughter of the late Honorable Mayor of Lapu-lapu City Ernest Jun Weigel. She is a constant item in both Cebu and Manila newspapers and magazines. In June, she again made news as she bagged the title 2015 Classic Ms. Asia International Metropolitan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is also constantly a best-dressed awardee, the most recent one coming from Philippines’ Best Dressed Ambassadors for Life in benefit of the Philippine Cancer Society.
The venue of Jennifer’s splendid birthday blast was the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City. The guest list was composed of Metro Manila’s jet set group and Cebu’s A-listers, politicians, business tycoons and showbiz personalities.
The grand celebration was emceed by Oh, No It’s Johnny host himself, everybody’s favorite Johnny Litton.
Upon his cue, the lovely birthday girl entered the red-carpeted ballroom and sashayed like a beauty queen wearing a gold Jun Escario gown—generating a roaring applause from the guests. The beauty also changed outfit a couple of times with the second gown made by Escario and the third by Philipp Tampus.
Assisting the birthday girl in welcoming her guests were husband Edgar Sarmiento, son Drew, and twin daughters Jasmin Ellen and Jennifer Helen.
Edgar, of course, gave a touching speech. It was also talked about that he is up to grab a congressional seat in his hometown Samar come next election.
Jennifer was then serenaded by topnotch crooner Richard Poon, followed by the lively performances of veteran singer Jacqui Magno of the Circus Band fame. Also present were OPM movers Marco Sison, Rey Valera, Hajji Alejandro and Rico J. Puno who were all flown in from Manila. Cebu’s pride On the Cover Band provided the dinner music and dancing after the program.
Jennifer’s constant and loyal friends from Manila flew in as early as a day before to celebrate with her, which included yours truly and my husband Dr. George Sarakinis, Ofelia Nunez Wadle, Wopsy and Agile Zamora, Anna Sia, Ovah Rumohr, Marian Ong, Manoling and Sandie Poblador, Ernest Gonzaga, Ann Ong, Carol Ocampo Mercado, Beth Ventura, Mayenne Carmona, Philip Dizon, to name a few. STGold’s Lawrence and Ann Gan Ow, sponsor of the beauty pageant where penny won flew in all the way from Malaysia.
The Cebu who’s who comprised of Jennifer’s brother in law, newly-appointed Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, Jennifer’s mother Paz Weigel, socialite Amparito Lhuillier, Eduardo Gullas, Irish Arcenas, Zee magazine’s Eva Gullas, Jun Aregrado of Bluewaters, former Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmena, shipping magnate Chester Cokaliong, Jun and Lucio Lim, Alo Mendoza and family, well known furniture maker and suppliers Evelyn and Mosing Selma, Nonoy and Marian Tirol, Ray and May Gera, Mila and Patish Demicillo, Elizondo family, Albert Go and family, Buboy and Lenie Durano, Buloy and Virginia Durano, Kia and B&W car dealer Goho family, Almendras family , Dr. Mar and Tita Escario from Virginia, USA among others.
Jennifer’s only son, Drew, made every detail of the event interesting with the able support of his team, Andrew Anthony Alcantara, event coordinator Ritchie Mendoza and flower stylist Debbie Huang, who decorated the hotel’s ballroom stylishly and elegantly. An exact replica of Jennifer’s pet dog Lucky with crown was specially made as give away.
Jennifer’s lavish merrymaking lasted until the wee hours of the morning amid the endless selection of wines, and yes, the indulgent Cebu Lechon.
To Penny with a big heart, may you continue to share your blessings with the people around you. More birthday celebrations to come!