Proof that Former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos of Ilocos Norte is still very much well-loved was seen recently at the birthday party for her hosted
by Muebles Italiano President Noel Gonzales.
Hi! Society helped Gonzales in organizing the party which invited about 100 guests—mainly close friends. Charo Yu, meanwhile, helped in the entertainment numbers by bringing the famous singing group The Angelos.
The party started with a mass in the open garden officiated by Madam Imelda’s good friend, Fr. Matthew from England.
A buffet spread of Filipino and continental dishes was enjoyed by her guests.
Again, it was Gonzales and Hi! Society who worked together as emcees of the program. It was opened with two beautiful songs rendered by Noel’s talented son Kris who is getting to be a favorite guest in gatherings and special events.
This was followed by performances from the Ricarte family of two young sisters Pam and Kaye, and their very cute 10-year-old brother Matthew who amused the Madame; tenor Den Ramos; pop singer Peter Gonzales; and talented violinist Merjohn Lagaya who thanked Mrs. Marcos for encouraging young artists like him.
The highlight of the program was a piano rendition by world-renowned pianist and President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Raul Sunico; followed by singer and belter Dulce; and Tony Bennett of the Philippines Arthur Manuntag and son Sean.
Flying in from the Netherlands Lou Prince, the Lou Rawls of the Netherlands who had the lady guests swooning. Not to be outdone were song renditions from Noel himself, Anthony Castelo and a Tagalog duet by Dr. George Sarakinis and Lou who was at home with the Tagalog lyrics and surprisingly joined by the Madame herself.
It was indeed a power show and because of that Mrs. Marcos requested Raul to hold a Maharlika Festival of songs and dances next year.
To Mrs. Marcos whom we fondly call Nanay, may you continue to inspire everyone with your beauty, kindness, generosity and love for the arts.
Happy birthday and more celebrations to come.
A week after the birthday party, it Madam Imelda’s her turn to host a sit down thank you dinner at the red of the Makati Shangri-La as a token of appreciation for those who organized the celebration for her.