For uplifting people through his writings and friendship, Atty. Rene and Ann Puno honored best-selling author and consciousness guru George Sison with a dinner at their plush and well-appointed home in Ayala Alabang on May 28.
It was a cozy gathering of close friends who have known each other long enough to really feel like family. And Ann pushed it further by preparing everything herself from the aperitif to the dessert.
Imagine cooking the following: cheese sticks, beef chorizo de jamon bites. Then there was the fabada followed by romaine and arugula salad with feta cheese, singkamas and pear slices with a choice of homemade balsamic and Caesar dressing; bacalao pasta with angel hair noodles; steamed banak fish wrapped in kale leaves; and her famous chicken relleno plus the pièce de résistance, the cochinillo. For dessert, there were guyabano/strawberry/blueberry sorbet, frozen mango cream, double Chocnut cake and cassava cake.
Rene chose to invite 23 of George’s friends that included Miss World Franchise Holder Cory Quirino; chef par-excellence Glenda Barretto; Hermès and Bulgari’s head honcho Mario Katigbak; international violinist Rony Rogoff; Bergamo’s Mel Meer; Dutch businessman Wim Van der Torre; Dr. George Sarakinis; Makati Garden Club food committee chairman Sandra Jocson; interior designer Paolo del Rosario; engineer Leonard Tiong; Princess Merriam Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu; young lawyer Drix Crisologo; musician Carlos Lopez; and the one and only Asia’s Queen of Songs, Pilita Corrales, who has recorded all George’s songs in a CD called, “Pilita Sings George.”
Carlos, who played the harmonica, brought with them a pianist for accompaniment. Naturally, Pilita sang her inimitable rendition of songs that we all love.
Also present were George’s family, Dr. Triccie, Margarita, Minette and PNCC president Louie Sison.
Luckily, George brought with him his “velum” bag filled with hundreds of parches of paper rolled neatly and held tightly with a rubber band. The bag goes around and each guest picks one while mentally asking a question in regard to a present concern. “All this,” he said, “was based on the Jungian theory of synchronicity.” And that is why amazingly our questions were answered accordingly.
And with a toast, we all thanked George for being a friend to all both in good times and bad times—which were not so bad because George was always there.
Also sending my gratitude to Rene and Ann for a truly unforgettable evening with George.