WEARING an emerald green terno, former First Lady and now Ilocos Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos turned 86 years old—still radiantly beautiful, elegant and regal as she had always been. Hosted by her loving sister, Chita Romualdez Yap, the celebration was held at the garden Ballroom of the Edsa Shangrila Hotel on July 5.
In attendance were over 200 guests composed of her family, friends, supporters and businessmen—with some guests even coming from as far as China.
Starting the special occasion was a simple mass officiated by close friend, Fr. Matthew. This was followed by the dinner that featured a sumptuous assortment of salads, main courses, pastas and desserts served at a long buffet table.
Several performing artists offered an after dinner entertainment for Madame Imelda including Alcudia Trio, Juilliard scholar Dio Sararza on violins, youngest soprano Myra Mae Meneses, and the world class Madrigal Singers.
The second part of the program had singers Anthony Castelo and Victor Wood who also gifted the former First Lady a beautiful painting. The finale came from the crowd’s favorite Dulce who belted out several popular songs.
But the night did not end without song numbers by Madame’s family members like Mayor Bejo Romualdez, her sister Chita, and of course the celebrant herself.
Hosts for the event were Mrs. Marcos’ famous grandson Borgy Manotoc and singer Elle Adda.
Several days later, it was Muebles Italiano owner Noel Gonzales’ turn to host another big birthday asalto for Madame Imelda at his grand atelier in Magallanes. This time Mrs. Marcos wore a lovely red outfit.
Guests led by Dra. Ellen Binay enjoyed the after dinner entertainment which was opened by a duet of “The Prayer” courtesy of Gerphil Flores, Asia’s Got Talent runner up.
Indeed, it became a night of music and dance. Rendering song numbers were Noel’s famous son Chris, balladeer Arthur Manuntag, George Tagle of the Angelos, Merjohn Lagaya on the violins, and of course Gerphil who was well applauded.
Dance champion Edna Ledesma did two argentine tango numbers with Cecile Go. Not to be outdone was the host himself who sang several songs and was a revelation when he did a cha-cha and swing numbers with Edna who has been tutoring him.
The program would not be complete without the celebrant doing the finale number singing a romantic song she composed for the late President Ferdinand Marcos on board a flight to Russia.
But the night did not end there because other guests present were also asked to sing including actor and director Ricky Davao. Dr. George Sarakinis sang the duet “Dahil sa Iyo” with the celebrant.
It was truly a memorable night for Madame Imelda. Wishing her more birthday celebrations to come!