Ambassador Philippe Lhuillier at 70

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Like an evergreen, Filipino Ambassador to Portugal and Cebuana Lhuillier Chairman Philippe Jones Lhuillier showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated his 70th birthday on July 23 at The Axon in Green Sun Hotel, Makati City.

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Close family and friends arrived at the venue, which was transformed by event stylist Gideon Hermo-sa into a beautiful, enchanted garden straight out of William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier

Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier

Other guests who took part in the occasion included Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, representatives from government, foreigners from Italy and Portugal, and almost the whole of Philippine society. Eve-ryone enjoyed cocktails and a sumptuous dinner catered by the Makati Shangri-la Hoted while being entertained by the musical gifts of The Executives Band, Cara Manglapus, and Jose Mari Chan.

Birthday messages were given by his best friend Carlos de Oglou, sons Andre and Jean Henri, who are currently the vice president and president and ceo of Cebuana Lhuillier, respectively, and lovely wife of 47 years, Edna. His 13 grandchildren also sent their birthday greetings to their “Abu Philippe” through an adorable and delightful music video.

Ambassador Lhuillier with wife Edna, Camille  Lhuillier, Angelique Lhuillier-Miranda,  Jacqueline Lhuillier-Hess, Christine Lhuillier, Jean Henri Lhuillier, and Clinton Hess

Ambassador Lhuillier with wife Edna, Camille Lhuillier, Angelique Lhuillier-Miranda, Jacqueline Lhuillier-Hess, Christine Lhuillier, Jean Henri Lhuillier, and Clinton Hess

The evening capped off with the singing of the birthday song as Ambassador Lhuillier blew the candles on his white, three-tiered Penk Ching birthday cake.

Of cource, guests partied the night away to the Bloom Brothers’ 1960’s rock and pop classics. They burned the dancefloor rock and rolling till after midnight.

It was truly a celebration. It was truly a celebration of life and friendship. To Philippe looking forward to more celebrations like this.

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