Andrea Bocelli charms Manila

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Internationally renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli took Manila by storm on April 26 for his concert dubbed Cinema World Tour. Staged at the Mall of Asia Arena, the one-night affair left audience clamoring for more.

Upon invitation of our good friend Emilio Mina, I had the privilege to meet Andrea and his lovely wife Veronica Berti personally before his show at his private room and had photos with him.

The next day, April 27, Andrea and his entourage graced the lunch at The Caruso Ristorante Italiano hosted and organized by Emilio and Sergio Boero, president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce who was responsible for bringing Andrea to Caruso.

The lunch was attended by known personalities from media, business and social figures led by the Italian ambassador Massimo Roscigno. Also in attendace was Martin McCarthy, International Development and Sales of the Bocelli Family Wines who flew in for the wine launch.


The highlight of the lunch was the launching of the Bocelli Family wines and prosecco which were served that day.

Andrea himself led the toast and made a short speech thanking everyone for gracing the event.

Emilio then led the singing of Azzuro where Andrea and Veronica were singing along. The guests then had photo opportunities with Andrea and Veronica.

Congratulations Emilio and Sergio for the success of the event.

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Meanwhile, the winners of the Lexus Golf Invitational 2016, a friendly game among Lexus car owners who are also avid golfers, were feted recently at an exclusive awarding ceremony that doubled as a thanksgiving celebration.

Lexus Manila Inc. Chairman Alfred Ty and president Danny Isla thanked valuable clients for “making Lexus a well-respected brand that it is today, not just in the automotive luxury category but across the industry.” Isla also acknowledged the “invaluable help” of his entire Lexus staff led by sales and marketing director Spencer Yu.

Named tournament champions were Philip Santos (1st division), Benjamin Go (2nd division), Sherwin Chua-Lim (guest division), and Gail Laude (ladies’ division) with James “Kit” Dichaves as overall champion while Don Juan Miguel “Cosco” Oben was the Low Gross Champion.

Fun and camaraderie marked the golfing event held at the Santa Elena Golf and Country Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The Lexus Invitational started six years ago, a year after Lexus Manila opened.

From the usual trophies early on the event’s history, the prizes now have winners being sent abroad to participate in golf fellowships with other Lexus owners from different countries.

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