• The Mother of all Mothers still Regal at 87

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    Becky Garcia

    Becky Garcia

    For five years now, it has become a tradition for Muebles Italiano owner, the successful businessmen Noel Gonzales, and his lovely wife Eileen to honor Former First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos every July for her birthday.

    Ninang Meldy, as I fondly call her, and Nanay, to people close to her, looked radiant at 87 in her red gown. This year, as in the previous celebrations, the venue was Muebles Italiano Showroom in Magallanes.

    About 80 guests were invited, mostly Ninang Meldy’s close friends like Ingrid Santa Maria, Maurice Lim, Minerva Tanseco, Doctor Raul Sunico. Also seen were Edna Camcam with son Junjun, Greek Ambassador Nikos, Panamian Ambassador Rolando Alvarado, Ephraim Genuino, Cory Quirino and a host of others.

    Birthday celebrant Representative Imelda Marcos with Natalya Browzova who made her portrait

    Birthday celebrant Representative Imelda Marcos with Natalya Browzova who made her portrait

    A sumptuous buffet was enjoyed by the guests including an after dinner program of several performances such as Merjohn Lagaya’s violin showcase and Dance Sport Champions Edna Ledesma and Cecile Go’s Argentine Tango numbers. Host Noel also rendered beautiful songs with the equally good-looking Victor Silverio while Caruso owner Emilio Mina sang Italian songs. Of course the party will not be complete without the celebrant’s own performance of her favorite songs, all of which were well applauded.

    Before wrapping up the occassion, Russian artist Natalya Borwzova presented the celebrant with a bronze sculpture and a portrait of Madame Imelda, which the former painted.

    The party did not end without photo opportunities with the birthday celebrant and her guests, a testament that she is still everyone’s favorite.

    Happy Birthday Nanay. I look forward to another celebration in July 2017!

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     Former First Lady Imelda Marcos with (from left) Noel Gonzales, Ailene Gonzales,  and Natalya Browzova who gave the celebrant a bronze sculpture from Russia

    Former First Lady Imelda Marcos with (from left) Noel Gonzales, Ailene Gonzales, and Natalya Browzova who gave the celebrant a bronze sculpture from Russia

    Meanwhile, the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)—the Hong Kong-based parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, The Peak Tram, Peak Tower and Repulse Bay Complex—celebrates 150 years of well-served tradition.

    HSH was incorporated on March 2, 1866, making it the oldest company registered on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the world’s oldest hotel group in continuous operation.

    In honor of this momentous occasion, HSH Chairman, the Honorable Sir Michael Kadoorie hosted a gala dinner for the Board of Directors, General Managers, and Key Members of its properties from all over the world at The Peninsula Hong Kong.

    In his speech, Sir Michael said, “The founders of The Hong Kong Hotel Company were visionaries who believed in Hong Kong and the future of travel. Hong Kong in 1866 was a place of great adventure, optimism and entrepreneurship. One of these Entrepreneurs and adventurers was my grandfather Sir Elly Kadoorie, who had the foresight to buy 25 shares in the company in 1890.

     Tina and Rupert Jacinto

    Tina and Rupert Jacinto

    “Both Sir Elly and my father, Lord Lawrence Kadoorie were far ahead of their time in their approach to the hospitality business. There were many doubts as to whether The Peninsula would ever succeed and they encountered stumbling blocks along the way.

    “With their determination and unfailing optimism, the project went ahead and the opening of The Peninsula Hong Kong was celebrated in 1928 to great acclaim as the ‘Finest Hotels East of Suez’.”

    Finally, Sir Michael noted, “My uncle, Sir Horace Kadoorie, whose involvement with the company spanned forty seven years, inspired management to pursue the highest standards of quality and service. These standards have carried through to our properties today.”

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