The 38th Annual Consular Ball remained to be the much-awaited gathering of the country’s international community. And this year, the highlight of the diplomatic-consular calendar became more meaningful as it successfully raised P1 million for the relief and rehabilitation of the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The donation was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development even before the actual ball through the intervention of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, the Dean of the Consular Corps of the Philippines and Canada Consul General Steven Chapman.
Also helping in the fruition of the charity event is the annual ball’s chairman, Monaco consul general Fortune Ledesma and her co-chairmen, Gambia consul Agnes Huibonhoa and Tanzania consul Betty Chua. Other members of the Corps’ executive board led by vice dean and incoming Dean of the Corps for 2014 George Yang, who is also Eritrea consul general, also took part.
More than 550 guests filled the tastefully decorated Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La, with Secretary del Rosario as the guest of honor. As in previous years, the United States consular officers and their guests, led by US consul general Donna Blair, comprised the largest contingent.
To spice up the evening, an array of exciting prizes that included airline tickets, cruise ship accommodations, and gift certificates to resorts, were raffled off.
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Meanwhile, the ever hard-working businesswoman Jean Rebong-Serratore and actor Raymond Bagatsing recently opened the Naomie Jean’s Beauty and Wellness Spa.
Not just your ordinary spa, the center also offers yoga and zumba facilities. Therapist trained in the US and licensed professionals are on hand to attend to clients.
As an added service, Bagatsing’s Training Center for Dramatic Arts are also held at the Yoga and Zumba room. The talented and versatile actor himself is the conductor of the classes.
Classes range from Beginners Acting Workshop, Intermediate Acting Workshop, Professional Actors’ refresher course and Summer Acting Workshop for kids.
Visit Naomie Jean’s Beauty and Wellness Spa located at the ground floor of Antel Spa Residences.